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The steps it took to get your child off to College was so stressful. Testing requirements, getting High School classes organized, admissions deadlines, college visits, choosing the dorm, registering for classes, getting financial aid and tuition plans started and now they’re gone! The bedroom sits empty and the Helicopter parent role you’ve been playing to keep them focused and stay on track until dorm move-in day has left you feeling taskless! One of the most popular and self-gratifying tasks you can do is send care packages. It allows you to still ‘be there’ for them when you can’t be beside them. You pack their favorite things because you know they miss home even if they aren’t willing to admit it and Mom and Dad always fixed everything by providing comfort and care products! Care packages fill their void.
Creating a College Care Package
When you are settling into the dorm room and moving items in and out, you have the best opportunity to leave some care packages. Pick up some sacs that maybe are of their favorite sports team and they will also use them for other events as well. Attach a note as to when to open each care package. Not only does this save you on shipping to leave them behind, you know your child has received them as mail can be confusing at first and you want to make sure these care packages are ready to go as soon as they need them.
College Care Package Ideas & Themes
We are sending our kids off to College right at the start of cold and flu season so make sure they are prepared with a sick package. In my package above I have items such as Robitussin CF Max SEVERE Multi Symptom Cough Cold+Flu in an am/pm package because it has a powerful relief for your worst cough and cold symptoms! Now available in a better tasting formula (compared to Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF Max)! I also have the new ChapStick Total Hydration because not only is it 100% natural and smoothes and nourishes lips, but it contains an Advanced nourishing formula with argan oil, avocado butter and rose hip oil with Omega 6 & 9 for healthier looking lips. I threw in some tissue, a blanket from home and some Advil Liqui-Gels because when used as directed for headaches, muscle aches and joint pain, nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers). I chose his favorite sports team cinch bag that was also at Walmart to pack it all in and attached a note instructing him to open when sick!
Chances are you will visit a Walmart for your dorm stock-up supplies, so add care package items to your list and create some themed bags you can sneak to the campus with you leave in their room as you are setting up their new place. Walmart is where I grabbed these items up for our care package.
Relax! You did good! They have entered one of the best chapters in their lives and with little notes from home, it will keep them as connected as they really do want to be! I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you have ever sent a care package or if you would send one, what is in it?