Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Care package ideas for college students

When your child goes off to school, your responsibilities as the parent does not end.  College can be a very hard transition, even for the most mature and well adjusted 18-year-old. In addition to talking to your child regularly, sending care packages is also a must. Depending on the needs of your child, care packages can contain a variety of items. A care package should show your child you care, but also contain items that they want and need. Talk to your child and get an idea of what they would like before sending the care package.

Best foods for a college care package

The most common type of care package consists of food. While a lot of colleges offer meal tickets for cafeteria food, that's not always enough. Students keep odd hours and need snacks on hand at all times. Fast food, in addition to being unhealthy, can also be costly – especially for college students. That's where food related care packages come in.
When sending food care packages, make sure that everything you send is non-perishable. Also take into account the space your child has to store the items and whether or not your child has a stove, oven or microwave at their disposal.

Here is a list to get you started:

  • Beef jerky
  • Bottled water
  • Candy bars
  • Gum
  • Canned soups
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Chips
  • Brownie mix
  • Rice crispie treats
  • Homemade cookies
  • Ramen noodles
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels or party mix
  • Protein bars
  • Tea or lemonade mix


For an extra treat, consider gift cards to your child's favorite restaurants or fast food places

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