25+ Epic University Care Package Ideas

What is the best gift for someone going off to school? Check out these university care package ideas! One of the first major changes of your adult life is when you move away from home from the first for the first time. For most people this move happens when you are going away to college or university. College students need all the support they can get, from school supplies, gift cards, and other little things that can help lighten their anxieties about college life. A care package for university student is a great way to support your favorite student.

awesome care package ideas for a student who is away from home

Leaving for school is a scary and exciting time for both parents and the kids. As excited as I was to embark on my “grown up” life at University when I was 18, I really appreciated the small gestures people made to help make the transition a smooth one and to show that they cared. From a gift of a CD (yep I am that old) or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies from my grandma to take back to my dorm.

care package ideas for college and university students

When my sister started university she was provided with a gorgeous care package made by a close family friend. It was such a thoughtful yet practical gift. A perfect way to help send her off to university. Although there are many college care package ideas, being innovative is the best part in making someone feel that they are in your thoughts. If you know someone who is moving out for the first time, maybe you will be inspired to put together a care package for them as well.

First thing is first, you need to decide what you are going to package your University Care package in. You could pick up a nice basket or re-useable bin that could be handy for storage in a dorm room. You could even color coordinate with their new school colors. In this case a beautiful box with attached lids was used. It is so pretty you don’t need to wrap the care package after everything is packed inside and would look beautiful on a bookshelf offering extra storage.

Care Package for University Student Ideas

Need ideas of what to include inside the University Care Package? Here are some gifts that the new student will appreciate:

Care Package for University Student Ideas

  • Hand sanitizer – help keeps those germs away
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes
  • First Aid supplies – bandages, polysporin
  • Beauty supplies – nail files, nail polish remover, soap
  • Body wash and body lotion
  • Toiletries – shaving gel, razors, tooth paste
  • Face cloths
  • Slippers
  • Candles – battery operated
  • Snacks – healthy options and something for their sweet tooth
  • Plastic Plates, cups, cutlery
  • Laundry supplies – detergent and dryer sheets
  • Stress ball
  • Picture Frame – with photos included
  • Gift Cards – grocery store, drug store, coffee shop
  • Cleaning supplies

The best care packages include special treats that will lift the spirits of a homesick student. Bonus points for including individual items they can use throughout the school year. It may take a little bit of planning if your favorite college student lives far away. The easiest way to send a care package if you are not going to see them in person is to send some items directly to them via amazon, or look at a subscription box that can be delivered.

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Before picking up candles make sure that you know the policy for candles where they will be living. Many school housing do not allow candles with an open flame, and alternative to that is too buy battery operated candles that still gives the same effect without the flame.

University Care Package Ideas

A thoughtful gift would be some healthy snacks or the student’s favorite snacks to make it even more special and well thought of. Nothing will be appreciated quite as much as snacks to enjoy after long lectures. When completing reports, writing essays and studying university student always seem to have snacks close at hand. You can include microwave popcorn, chips, chocolate or favorite snack food so they will have a stash to get them started. Some more ideas include Candy bars, instant coffee, peanut-free packages and home-baked goodies like oatmeal raisin cookies, rice krispy treats, or rolled fruit snacks are perfect addition and can be a perfect surprise and remedy to their yearning for a little taste of home. You can also add options like a Starbucks gift card, or fast food vouchers that they can use for a nice meal whenever they need it.

There are wide variety of options when it comes to the best college care packages, and another perfect gift would be laundry or kitchen essentials. Tide pods, dish soap, or fabric conditioners may sound simple, yet can greatly alleviate stressful time especially in basic supplies since college kids need to wash their own clothes, or do the dishes in their rented apartment

college student care package

During finals week, one best way to relieve the hard time would be sending them your own personal note accompanied by a box of medical supplies or maybe even cough drops, herbal teas, or cold medicine that can just be an arm’s reach whenever they feel under the weather.

Even if the student is living in a house with a meal plan where they will not be cooking their own food they will likely still have access to a shared kitchen area to prepare basic things like cereal. In that case they will need to provide their own dishware and cutlery as well as have a few cups to use in their room. Picking up some easy to wash plastic dishes is also a nice idea. Cleaning supplies like a foldable mop, disinfectant wipes, microfiber towels can come in handy and can be a great gift to include in your best care package ideas.

Dorm living can come with some challenges, so a better way to show your care would be sending them a mini coffee maker, a small electric kettle for hot water or even air fresheners containing stress-relieving herbs or flowers that can soothe and relax their minds and bodies.

A perfect time to send care packages would also be after their final exams as they decompress after all that studying and prepare for another semester at school. Something like fresh fruit or gourmet gift baskets that can satisfy the student’s cravings would be a nice way to way to comfort them for all the long hours and hard work they have invested into their studies.

So if you know someone who is getting ready to move out for the first time why not put together a little care package for them to help get them started on the right foot and show that you are thinking about them with these great university care package ideas.

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