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What College Students Really Want in a Care Package

Have you been trying to put together the perfect college care package for your beloved college kid? Creating a care package that's useful and fun can be a challenge, so we're providing you with a list of items that every college kid needs! Is your dorm dweller equipped with a proper first aid kit and all their personal hygiene needs? Could they use a little reminder of what they're missing out on at home by receiving a family photo or a quirky Mom note? We cover a variety of college care package ideas in this list so you can find the perfect gifts for college students.

A care package's contents should be balanced between practical items like room organizers or air fresheners, and fun items like candy and magazines. Your hormonal angel should receive items that help them get through finals (printer ink, pens, pencils) but also remind them it's important to unwind between classes and study sessions (gourmet coffee and funny notes). You can also do them a favor by sending new underwear, laundry detergent, and maybe even some acne medication.

Your college kid will probably fly the coop feeling liberated and independent... until they realize dorm life means they have no money, no stove, and probably no car. So rest assured that while your college kid is trying to prove their independence, they're still heavily reliant on your advice, your money, and your thoughtful care packages. And since it can be hard to know what your child needs when they're away from home, use this list of ideas to send them a package that will truly help. Vote up the items you think are the most important, and add anything that should already be on here! 
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  • Grocery Store Gift Cards
    1

    Grocery Store Gift Cards

  • Personal Hygiene Products (Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash)
    2

    Personal Hygiene Products (Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash)

  • Laundry Detergent
    3

    Laundry Detergent

  • On-the-Go Snacks (Granola Bars, Chip Bags, Trail Mix)
    4

    On-the-Go Snacks (Granola Bars, Chip Bags, Trail Mix)

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
    5

    Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Lysol Wipes
    7

    Lysol Wipes

  • Air Fresheners
    8

    Air Fresheners

  • Socks and Undies
    9

    Socks and Undies

  • Hand Sanitizer
    10

    Hand Sanitizer

  • Quick Dinner Options (Instant Mac 'N' Cheese, Top Ramen, Instant Oatmeal, Canned Soup)
    11

    Quick Dinner Options (Instant Mac 'N' Cheese, Top Ramen, Instant Oatmeal, Canned Soup)

  • New Bedding Items
    12

    New Bedding Items

  • Pens and Pencils
    13

    Pens and Pencils

  • Bedroom Organizers
    14

    Bedroom Organizers

  • Ziploc Bags
    15

    Ziploc Bags

  • First Aid Kit
    16

    First Aid Kit

  • Printer Ink
    17

    Printer Ink

  • A Family Photo
    18

    A Family Photo

  • Tupperware
    19

    Tupperware

  • Throat Lozenges
    20

    Throat Lozenges

  • A Funny Note About Something Dorky Mom/Dad Did
    22

    A Funny Note About Something Dorky Mom/Dad Did

  • Gourmet Coffee
    23

    Gourmet Coffee

  • Stamps and Envelopes
    24

    Stamps and Envelopes

  • Shower Loofah
    25

    Shower Loofah