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How to Create The Perfect College Care Package

Whether it's your child's first year at college or they returned for another fun-filled year, being away from home can be hard. The stress of school and exams stacks up as the year progresses, and getting a package (or any mail for that matter) can make your child's entire day. We've got some great ideas to make sure you create the perfect college care package.

Remind them of Home

Your child might not admit it, but they are going to miss home. Having things around that remind them of the family can help during a rough day or week. Send a DVD everyone loved to watch together or a photo of something everyone did together. It might seem small, but they will appreciate anything that gives them a sense of home.


Even if your son or daughter has a job, they aren't going to want to spend their hard-earned money on things like toothpaste, shampoo and other basics. They might be starting their journey into adulthood, but that doesn't mean you can't send them a few of the essentials every now and then. When else will they get the chance to spend their money on junk food and not have to worry about all the expenses that will pile up once they get into the "real world"?


Studying into the wee hours of the night can become taxing. Having some good snacks can help a student through a vicious all-nighter before a big exam. Things like popcorn, granola, and hot chocolate are all good starting places if you don't know what snacks to send. We also have a good selection of food gifts to help get you started.

Homemade Goodies

Snacks are a good start, but who doesn't love their mom's homemade cookies or brownies? Whatever your culinary masterpiece is, make sure you send some to your child this year. Nothing says, "I miss you," like homemade baked goods. And chances are, you'll get a phone call for the hard work.

There's an App for That!

You may not be as tech savvy as your college-bound kiddo, but that doesn't mean you can't try. There are a lot of good apps out there these days for college students. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Evernote Peek: This app takes your class notes and will make quizzes and flashcards out of them. The best part is, it's free for iPad users!
  • MyPocketProf: According to Businessweek, "the most basic function syncs course notes to your phone so that the notes can be viewed offline. That means you can review material for exams and look over lessons between classes or while commuting. Creative users can set up online courses and test questions to review."
  • Todoist: This app is a virtual to-do list that lets your child set deadlines and priorities to help them stay organized and focused on the task at hand.

Getting a care package can really brighten any college student's day. This list of ideas can help ensure your package is a winner. Just remember, even if you don't know what to send they will appreciate the gesture regardless of what is in the box.

Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is the Supervisor of Social Marketing for The Lakeside Collection® and loves to help people maximize their budget for a better lifestyle. She also shares fun and helpful tips on our blog and YouTube channel.