Care Package Ideas and Printables for College Students

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  • Midterms and finals can cause a lot of stress for college students.

    Between attending office hours and spending late nights studying at the library, it’s easy for students to feel overwhelmed.

    Being away from home seems daunting and nothing makes you wish you were home more than feeling under the weather.

    Parents away from their students can still support and comfort them with some thoughtful gifts in the mail. Send a care package full of goodies and snacks to cheer up your student and motivate them to conquer the week!

    These care package ideas will make the perfect gift to encourage your student to push through studying or simply get some much-needed rest. Download and print these creative care package printables to decorate your box and package contents. Using the printable stationery, write your student a motivational note they can read when feeling stressed.

    Feeling Under the Weather

    If your student is complaining of a cold or just not getting enough sleep, send them some of these get well soon items and encourage them to take some time to themselves:

    • Cold and flu medicine
    • Cough drops
    • Tea
    • Mug
    • Microwavable soup
    • Fuzzy socks
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Thermometer
    • Band-aids
    • Tissues
    • Hand sanitizer

    Surviving Finals Week

    For big exams or the dreaded finals week, surprise your student with a pick-me-up including all of these items to get them through studying

    • Stress ball
    • Coffee (or a gift card to a coffee shop)
    • Water bottle
    • Healthy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, mixed nuts or trail mix
    • Study supplies like notecards, highlighters, colored pens and sticky notes
    • Candy and chocolate
    • Chewing gum
    • Stress relief candle
    • Headphones
    • Chapstick
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    Housekeeping Items

    Perfect for any time of year, these housekeeping items are always on the shopping list for college students. With limited time to run to the store, simplify the shopping trip for your student and stock them up with these must-haves for around the dorm or apartment

    • Laundry detergent pods
    • Clothing hangers
    • Razors
    • Body wash
    • Toothbrushes
    • Q-tips
    • Sunscreen
    • Lotion
    • Scissors
    • Lint roller
    • Stain remover pen

    Don’t forget the roommates! To double the surprise, pack enough goodies so your student can share with their roommate. This random act of kindness will mean more than you ever know.

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