Everything Your College Student Needs in Their First Care Package

From the sweet to the sensible, we’ve got you covered.

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September 14, 2018
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Just like shower caddies and a mini fridge, care packages are a college essential. They’re a comforting reminder to your homesick college kid that they're loved and missed, especially when they’re filled with the right presents. That’s why we put together a list of the must-have items your college student needs in their first care package. Send a little love their way with any (or all) of the gifts we suggested here. They can thank you later.

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An insulated water bottle is the perfect item to have on campus. It'll keep drinks cold during the last of the summer heat or warm them up on crisp fall mornings. Best of all, it can be outfitted with a number of designs to show off your student's personal style — we're partial to the bacon and eggs.

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When living in a crowded dorm, students will take any comfort they can get. Send them a pair of these cozy, fuzzy socks to keep their toes nice and toasty. Plus, they're packaged to look like cupcakes. How sweet!

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If your student has ever dropped, scratched, or cracked their phone, they need a PopSocket. It makes gripping their phone easier and also adds a touch of style. We think they'll go bananas over it.

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Locking yourself out of your room is so embarrassing, especially for someone who's new on campus. Send your student a super-trendy keychain and they'll never forget their keys again.

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A snazzy notebook makes a great gift for students who still prefer to take notes with a pen and paper. These designs are quirky and colorful, but sturdy enough to hold up in a crammed backpack. Win-win.

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Though cooking on campus is difficult, your student most likely has easy access to a microwave (or two). A large lidded mug traps enough steam to cook oatmeal, mac and cheese, or ramen, but can also reheat leftovers or a cup of coffee.

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Their days of trick or treating might be long gone, but any student will appreciate free candy. Pack a variety of treats for your student to share and they'll be the most popular kid on their floor.

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When your student pulls a late-night study session, they'll need brain food. Granola bars are filling enough to keep them motivated during long hours in the library, but not so heavy that they'll want to fall asleep. Just watch out for the crunch factor during quiet study.

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