Care package contents: cookies, games, photos, and home-made items.

Building the ultimate care package

Your student is off to college – after the first few weeks of adjusting to college life, homesickness just might be kicking in. A well-timed care package from home might be just the thing to give your new college freshman a lift.

But what should you send? Think fun and personal to make your care package really special—and worth sharing with roommates! Here are a few quick ideas to get you started:

  1. Homemade goodies. Nothing beats something homemade – cookies, brownies, or other treats are a great break from pre-packaged food. And it’s always a great way to make new friends.
  2. A personal favorite. Does your student have a favorite gum, candy, mint, or other small item? After spending weeks around mostly strangers, it’s a fun way to remind your student that you still remember the favorites.
  3. Something useful. Practical can be fun when you’re mostly stuck on campus. Little things like new pens, sticky notes, or a pair of gloves can be helpful.
  4. Something meaningful. Put a small picture in a frame and send it along. It’s fun to get a little piece of home to put on display.
  5. A handwritten note. You may text your student several times a week, but a thoughtful handwritten note is something special these days. Add one to their care package for a really personal touch.
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Dana Fulton

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Creative professional with years of sales and marketing experience, specializing in segment-specific strategy and customer-centric communications. Skills include problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and clarifying the complex.
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