Are you a parent dropping your oldest child off at college?
It’s a time of mixed emotions, including pride, excitement, sadness, worry… the list could go on and on.
The person who has been entrusted to your care for so many years is no longer living in your home. Their bedroom is empty… and so is their chair at the dinner table. The transition can be difficult for everyone in the family.
Though your son or daughter may seem ready to leave and excited to start a new adventure out on their own, they are likely feeling a little nervous and anxious.
Once the goodbyes are all said and done, they will look forward to little reminders that you are thinking of them. Care packages are a simple and easy way to make them feel special even if they are many miles from home.
Here are a few fun and easy ideas that will surely bring a smile to your students face.
Your student will be busy with classes and campus activities and not always be able to find the time to get to the store to replenish the basics like toothpaste, kleenex, shampoo, etc. And how about those expensive razors? They will appreciate getting these essentials without having to empty their piggy bank.
Granola bars, microwave popcorn, and other snacks are great to have on hand to grab on the run or make great late-night study treats. Also consider items like hot chocolate packets, instant oatmeal and soup for easy weekend mini-meals. And don’t forget the mints and gum!
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Dorm life and crowded classrooms can only mean one thing – more germs and the risk of catching cold or flu. Fill a small box with tissue pocket packs, cold medicine, herbal tea, cough drops and a thermometer — and they will feel your caring touch while they are sick.
If they love your homemade chocolate chip cookies, have a favorite treat from the local bakery, or they have a sweet tooth for Girl Scout cookies, don’t make them wait until the next time they come home. Pack items tightly in a plastic container (stuff those extra spaces with clean paper towels) and then secure them with bubble wrap. They will be smiling from ear to ear when they get treats from home.
And of course, don’t forget about sending packages for holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and even fun treats to survive finals week. From the homesick to the health nut, there are so many ways to give your student a quick pick-me-up from their favorite people at home.
Have any other great ideas for college care packages? Share yours in the comments below!
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate about providing top-quality, comprehensive dental care. He is located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.