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What College Students Really Want in a Care Package  

Lauren Slocum
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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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Antacids is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
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Hot Sauce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Hot Sauce
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Multi-Vitamins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Multi-Vitamins
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Ear Plugs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Ear Plugs
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Magazines or Other Light... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Magazines or Other Light Reading Material
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Coffee Filters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Coffee Filters
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Acne Medicine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Acne Medicine
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Mountain Dew is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Mountain Dew
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Home made sweets is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Ms.green added Home made sweets
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Cell Phone Airtime Cards... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Malisa Shutt added Cell Phone Airtime Cards