College Care Packages

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It’s that time of year again for college students – college care package time!  The end of October until winter break just drags on and on.  It’s a particularly tough time for college freshman.  Some of the newness and excitement of being out on your own has been replaced with reality and the drudgery of being a grown-up.  So, it’sthe perfect time for college care packages!


College Care Packages

a college care package made up of popcorn, Halls, bubbles, command hooks, bandaids, sticky notes, candy and gum

I started by collecting items that are needed and items that are fun.

I had to start with some organizing items, of course:  Command hooks and different sized stick-on notes.  Then I moved onto practical items: cough drops, tissues and bandaids{I made the bandaid container from a Mentos bottle}.  Next up were snacks: microwave popcorn, gum and a candy bar.  I had to include a silly, fun childhood item: bubbles.  And lastly, I made two different kinds of cookies.

I wanted to send one care package to a friend’s daughter, C.  She is in the first semester of her freshman year.  I wrapped most of the items up just to make it a little more fun for C. (who doesn’t love to unwrap a gift?) 

a college care package in a green and white bucket and clear tub with the items wrapped in pink paper

I figured C. could use the cute polka do bucket to store things in her room.  I packaged the cookies in repurposed packaging from store bought salad.

a package of Organic Baby Romaine
a college care package wrapped in black and white print paper, and a movie themed tin

I also wanted to send a care package to a friend’s son, J., who is also in the first semester of his freshman year.  I didn’t think he’d appreciate a pink and green polka dot theme, so I went with a more sophisticated black and white.  {I used the same paper I used for the office organization box.}

I figured that J. would be able to reuse the Tupperware container that I sent the cookies in.  He could use it for food items or to hold other things in his dorm room.

For shipping I made sure to put the liquid bubbles in seal top bags.  I used plastic shopping bags as padding in the boxes.  I thought that C. and J. could use the empty plastic bags around the dorm room for trash or to pack shoes in for their next trip home.

Have you got any other good care package items that you’ve found are appreciated?  I’m already planning for the late February, early March care packages.

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  1. Thank you for sharing at the Curb Alert! Friday Block Party. I am definitely going to need these ideas for my college freshman next year! Have a great week! Tami @ Curb Alert!

  2. This is great! I loved receiving care packages when I was a freshman–it gave me that extra push/motivation during finals week. My brother is a freshman in college now, so I’ve been doing a lot of these packages for him šŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  3. I always loved getting care packages in college, and these are SO fun! I love how you wrapped everything. They look fantastic!Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week! šŸ™‚

  4. What a cute idea! Who doesn’t love a little love from Home?
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  5. Awesome care package! Those 3M stickies were always a life saver in college. šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  6. Great care packages. So cute. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. Debi

  7. Years ago when my daughter and her friends went off to college I had fun putting together care packages with FUN and useful things. I included candy, toothbrush, rubber mouse to place in roomate’s bed, a map of home state (so you can always find your way home) , etc. I ALSO included a fill in the blank letter with an envelope with my address and a stamp.
    I had things like:
    When I got this box I thought_______
    The funniest thing that has happened so far is________
    The first thing I will do when I get home is_________
    My favorite class is ________ because_________
    The thing I miss most that I never though I would is ______
    One letter was so funny. He said the best thing about the box was the fun stuff. All his Mother sent was kleenex ! Ha ha.
    Well, you get the idea. That was 7 years ago and I treasure those letters. When they graduated college, I made copies of the letters and included them in the Graduation card.
    I think I sent out 8 boxes. THE ONLY ONE TO NOT RETURN THE LETTER was my daughter. She still is not good at communication.

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