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What College Students Really Want in a Care Package 

Lauren Slocum
Updated January 14, 2020 7.9k votes 630 voters 9k views 35 items

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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On-the-Go Snacks (Granol... 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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Laundry Detergent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Laundry Detergent
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Personal Hygiene Product... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Personal Hygiene Products (Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash)
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Toothbrush and Toothpast... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
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Advil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
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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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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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Quick Dinner Options (In... 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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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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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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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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Printer Ink is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Printer Ink
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Bedroom Organizers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Bedroom Organizers
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Ziploc Bags is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Ziploc Bags
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Pens and Pencils is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Pens and Pencils
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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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Home made sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Ms.green added Home made sweets
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A Family Photo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
A Family Photo
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Tupperware is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Tupperware
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Throat Lozenges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
Throat Lozenges
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A Funny Note About Somet... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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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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Energy Drinks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What College Students Really Want in a Care Package
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