Lifestyle 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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Grocery Store Gift Cards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Grocery Store Gift Cards

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289 27
On-the-Go Snacks (Granola Bars... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
On-the-Go Snacks (Granola Bars, Chip Bags, Trail Mix)

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276 25
Personal Hygiene Products (Deo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Personal Hygiene Products (Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash)

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280 27
Laundry Detergent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Laundry Detergent

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234 33
Toothbrush and Toothpaste is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Toothbrush and Toothpaste

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238 45
Advil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package

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236 49
Lysol Wipes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Lysol Wipes

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226 55
Air Fresheners is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Air Fresheners

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228 69
Quick Dinner Options (Instant ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Quick Dinner Options (Instant Mac 'N' Cheese, Top Ramen, Instant Oatmeal, Canned Soup)

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189 50
Socks and Undies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Socks and Undies

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182 55
Hand Sanitizer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Hand Sanitizer

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181 55
New Bedding Items is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
New Bedding Items

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183 64
Bedroom Organizers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Bedroom Organizers

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164 52
Pens and Pencils is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Pens and Pencils

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192 71
Printer Ink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Printer Ink

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175 61
Ziploc Bags is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Ziploc Bags

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176 66
First Aid Kit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
First Aid Kit

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150 71
A Family Photo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
A Family Photo

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153 76
Tupperware is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Tupperware

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134 74
Throat Lozenges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Throat Lozenges

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135 80
A Funny Note About Something D... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
A Funny Note About Something Dorky Mom/Dad Did

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98 53
Energy Drinks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
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122 75
Gourmet Coffee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Gourmet Coffee

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131 89
Stamps and Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Stamps and Envelopes

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123 91
Shower Loofah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Shower Loofah