College Care Package Idea – Allergy & Cold Season

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With two of my “babies” away at college this year, I have lots of extra time on my hands. In an effort to keep busy and distract myself from missing my babies, I look forward to making college care packages to send to them. An-nd my babies enjoy receiving a concrete example of how much we love and miss them. This time of year is allergy and cold season so that started me thinking and gave me a new college care package idea.

white bucket with colorful stars filled with tissues and cold medicine with printed checklist

Education and doing well in college is a focus in my family. I want to do what I can to help my baby do her best in her first year of college. As a mom, I’m always nagging reminding her that getting enough sleep is an important part of staying healthy and doing well in classes. With the double whammy of allergies and cold season, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough, especially when you have one or more roommates in a much too small dorm room. Whether my baby has congestion or my baby’s roommate is congested, it can impact whether my baby can sleep well. How well she sleeps can impact how well my baby does the next day in classes and on exams. To help her do well in college by getting restful sleep, I decided to put together an allergy and cold season college care package for my baby and her roommate. (See what I did there? I earn best mom points for including the roommate in the care package when really I’m doing it to take care of my baby. But, shhhh, don’t tell on me.)

close up of gift basket with tissues, lip balm, nasal strips and candy

College Care Package Idea – Allergy and Cold Season 

yellow tissue paper, white bucket with colorful stars and card that says "sleep well, then do well"

Pick Fun Packaging & a Note –Look for a colorful container, packing materials and note cards. Receiving a celebratory care package lifts spirits, especially in the midst of college stress. Those extra touches like bright, fun packaging make the care package that much more special. Add a note in your own handwriting to personalize the care package for your baby.

image of red and blue checklists

Add  My “What to Do for Congestion” PrintableYou can print out a copy of my free What to Do For Congestion printable. This checklist gives natural and drug-free tips for dealing with congestion. I’ve included tips to prevent the triggers of congestion as well as treating the symptoms. Send at least one copy of the checklist for each roommate. You can also laminate a copy to send so it will last the entire year of dorm living.

overhead view of colorful tissue boxes, washcloths and candy on white table

Care Package Items – Add brightly colored wash cloths to make sinus heat packs, soft tissues, hard candy or lozenges and other bright and cheerful items.

overhead view of package of clear bags, washi tape, red scissors, and blue jar filled with white powder

Make Individual Use Saline Packets – Place 1/2 teaspoon salt into individual packets for gargling and Neti pot use. Your baby can simply mix one packet with 8 ounces of warm water with no measuring and no mess.

2 lip balms, 2 boxes of nasal strips, 2 hand lotion, 2 clear bottles

Add Multiples of Each Item – Be sure to add a set of items for your baby and each of her roommates. Providing care package items for each roommate will help everyone in the dorm room sleep better (and do better at college the next day).

I’ve been fan of Breathe Right® Nasal Strips for years. They’ve helped my husband (and me) get a better night of sleep when he’s congested. They’ve been clinically proven to instantly lift your nasal passages and open your nose to help you breathe better. Breathe Right Nasal Strips can instantly open your nose up to 38% more than cold or allergy medicines alone* (*versus decongestant sprays alone). Breathe Right products can be used for better sleep whether you have a cold or allergies, are a mouth breather, or even proactively.

Breathe Right® Nasal Strips come in a variety of options. I chose the the Extra Tan nasal strips with the strongest adhesive because they are a favorite of Breathe Right users nationwide. I also included the Extra Clear for Sensitive Skin nasal strips because my baby does have sensitive skin and the adhesive is more gentle. Because they’re drug-free, I don’t have to worry about interactions with cold or sleep medications since I won’t be there with my baby and her roommate.

gift basket filled with cold items and checklist

Breathe Right® Nasal Strips are easy to use. Simply apply them to your clean nose on the narrow part of your nose just before it flares out to your nostrils. Make sure the tabs cover the part of your nostrils where they flare, then rub gently to ensure they adhere well. The nasals strips are designed for one-time use only. In the morning, simply wash your face as you normally do and the nasal strip will come right off. The instructions for application are right on the Breathe Right packaging to remind your baby how to use them.

I was able to gather my college care package items at Walmart and found the Breathe Right® Nasal Strips in the cold care aisle in the health care section of the store.

overhead view of gift basket with cold remedy items and checklist on white table

There’s a college student with a roommate out that would appreciate receiving a surprise and a good night’s sleep. You can send this college care package idea for allergy and cold season today.

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  1. There are so many great ideas here – I am pinning this to go back when I get sick! I love the saline packets, and think the Breathe Right strips are so helpful. What a great college care package!

    1. Thanks, Michelle. Enjoy every moment now, because time really does fly by when you’re raising your “baby.” The next thing you know, you’re sending care packages to them at college.

  2. Susan, what a great care package. I know my daughter used to get pretty sick around mid-terms and finals time. Little sleep lowered her immune system. This care package would be like a hug from Mom.

    1. You so get my mom motivations, Cynthia. While I’d like to go there and take care of my babies, but a care package will have to do it for me.

  3. This would be a welcome care package not only for children who are away at collage, but also a caring gift for a family member or friend who is feeling under the weather!

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