I’ve been a bit absent this week (I apologize that there was no link party yesterday!). I dropped my oldest “baby” off at her first year of college last week and it’s taken me this long to recover. Enough or I’ll start tearing up again. Putting her first care package together kicked me back into blogger mom mode and I thought I’d share some of my college care package ideas with you.
First College Care Package of the Year
Of course, the most important thing to include in your first care package is homemade cookies. My daughter is already missing homemade treats. I made sure to send enough cookies that she can share with roommates and friends. And I sent her two favorite kinds of cookies so she knows how much she’s loved. My secret to mailing cookies is to package them in a ziplock bag and then pack them into a repurposed plastic salad box, the kind store-bought lettuce comes in. I like to decorate the top of the box to make the treat even more festive. I used craft paper and stickers on my daughter’s package…
I’d requested guests at my daughter’s graduation party write her cards, so I included a couple. I’ll include more of these cards from her family and friends in future care packages. (Ho’omaika’i means congratulations in Hawaiian.)
When I dropped my daughter off at college she mentioned that she’d forgotten envelopes and that she couldn’t find her favorite moisturizer at her local store, so I included these. I had to add a bag of her favorite candy (yes, she has several “favorite” candies) just because I miss her.
I made sure to include the container she’d made with her younger brother this summer during one of our “memory making activities.” When she sees this container she’ll remember the day we spent crafting and being together.
My daughter also mentioned that she wished she’d brought more things to hang on the walls. We’d made this easy art together this summer (tutorial to come soon), so I included it in her care package. It’ll be simple to hang on the wall with poster fun tack.
I picked up several Priority Mail boxes a couple of weeks ago so I’d be ready to put care packages together whenever I wanted. I like to use plastic shopping bags as packing material because 1. it’s a great way to recycle 2. they’re lightweight 3. the student can use them as trash bags and save on buying trash bags.
Since I’d pick extra boxes up I thought I’d go ahead and send my friend’s son a care package at the same time. (I’d given him an IOU for 2 care packages as his graduation gift). In addition to cookies, I sent drink mix. Since it’s a liquid, I put it in a ziplock bag before I put it in the box.
I already have plans for my daughter’s next college care package. What was your favorite care package item?
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