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First College Care Package

Updated on October 14, 2012

A care package is great for anyone, for any reason but if you have a first year student - freshman who is more than 2 hours away, you need to do a little extra to make them transition into another phase of their life's journey.

And receiving things from home is a great way to demonstrate that love for your freshman. Sending goodies boxed up in a package makes this such a joy for those who pack the items and those who receive them.

You just need to remember to send things that are non perishable or that can travel well, yet typically this can mean any number of things.

The best thing to do is to send those snacks and goodies that your student enjoyed at home.


  • chips, popcorn
  • cookies, homemade or store bought
  • gummies, star bursts, chocolate bars
  • gum
  • crackers
  • peanut butter


  • singles
  • instant tea
  • hot chocolate
  • coffee
  • mixes to add to water


send vitamin packs that will help that freshman combat any type of viruses and common colds

  • vitamin C packs, you add to water
  • Zinc
  • multi vitamin, gummy or chew able


  • asprin
  • cold & cough syrup
  • thera flu
  • band aids
  • hydrogen peroxide

Health & beauty

  • nail care items, nail polish & remover
  • Q tips
  • cotton balls
  • face wipes or wet wipes
  • scented soaps, lotions, cologne or perfume
  • makeup, lip gloss, lip stick, mascara


  • mouth wash
  • toothpaste
  • tooth brush
  • deodorant or antiperspirant
  • razors & shaving cream or hair removal products
  • shampoo & conditioner

pens, pencils, paper, envelopes w/stamps,

books, notepads, sticky notes, calendar

dvds, cd, computer sticks


Plain popped popcorn is interesting.

  • baggies
  • individual packs

Variety, the more variety the better!

Remember anything you pack needs to be approved to be sent by the Post Office, so to avoid any delays or repackaging verify with the mail personnel, what is allowable.

But let nothing stop you from sending stuff with all your love and kisses.


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    • Celiegirl profile image

      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      Thanks jessefutch, it is a great thing, receiving what can also be termed as, 'survival packs or breaking the monotony eating pack,' glad you were a recipient of them...

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      jessefutch 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Getting my care packages was always a serious highlight to my poor ramen eating college days! Great hub idea. Shared and voted.