Packages for College Prep

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The holidays have passed and college students are returning to their studies. This means a whirlwind of packing, shipping, travel and other items to check off the to-do list. Before making the journey, remember that there are certain essentials any college student needs when going back to dorms or student housing for the spring semester. We’ve skipped some of the more obvious items—pens, backpacks and the like—and put together a checklist (of sorts) to make it easier for you to prepare:·

        

·         An extra hoodie (or two) for those long morning classes

·         An alarm clock with snooze and extra alarm functions

·         Vitamins and supplements to get you through the inevitable colds

·         Chocolate bars for that extra boost while studying

·         Soups, easy mac and frozen meals

·         Extra toiletries to replace the ones that go missing

·         Hats, gloves and an umbrella to get you through the weather

·         A reusable water bottle to bring to class

       These ideas are great ways to start the semester off on the right foot, but really, the list could be endless. College students require so much these days to get them through school, so we’ll make it easier for you to collect the necessities in one simple step! Check out these great companies that cater to students with some amazing care packages:

Redship.com – An eco-friendly company with a large variety of on-the-spot packages to purchase. They have a unique cylinder package and give-back philosophy that really sets them apart!

Coedsupply.com – The big orange box of incredible goodies can be delivered monthly to your dorm and it’s a great way for your family to show that they care—hint, hint!

Pjionbox.com – As another company with an animal mascot, we can’t help but love pijonbox and their mission to offer great monthly boxes as well as a store filled with all their treats!

Have you received one of these awesome college care packages? Show us your photos! And if you know of other great services, let us know about them 🙂

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College Care Packages

care_packageBy now, it’s been several weeks since college students have returned to school and for most, it might be several weeks more before their doting parents get to see them again. The solution to this is simple. Send a care package! If you’re not sure what to include in your college care package, we can help. Here’s a great list of fun and practical items your college student will be happy to receive:

Snacks- Treats and other things to munch on are a given for any college student. Time between classes, or days they don’t want to go to the dining hall result in major snack attacks. Chips and pretzels make great savory snacks while cookies and candy can help recover from a bad day.

Asprin- With all the early classes, study sessions and late nights on weekends, a couple of asprin will definitely come in handy. In all likelihood, they’ll catch a cold during the year (especially around finals) so some cough drops couldn’t hurt either.

Flashcards- Encourage good study skills and send flashcards, or other supplies that might help them earn high grades. Make the gesture fun-loving by leaving a note or two scattered in the box to let them know you’re proud.

Entertainment- Everyone has to unwind at some point and one of the best ways to do that is with a good book, movie or a board game with friends. One or all of these items is an easy way to remind the college student in your life to enjoy themselves.

Stress Ball- College is a fun time for everyone, but it can also be a time of great stress. Maybe your student is worried because of classes, friendships, new loves or big life choices. Whatever it may be, a stress ball will surely help ease any worries.

Air Fresheners- Boy or girl, if they’re sharing a room with someone else or maybe even a group of people, they will certainly need a freshening up from time to time. Send static air fresheners or sprays. While you’re at it, send some cleaning supplies. Who knows when the last time they washed their room was.

Once you’ve collected all your gift items, arrange them in the box however you’d like. We suggest using packing material in the colors of their school. Or stuff it with extra socks and underwear, just in case. Without a doubt, your college student will relish in the gift and eagerly await their next visit home.

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Care Packages for the Military

This Memorial Day, in addition to attending parades or other celebratory events to honor people who have given their life to our country, why not spend some time putting together a care package for someone you know who is actively serving in our nations military? It’s the ideal way to remember the servicemen and women who have made an impact on our country while showing appreciation for those currently protecting our freedoms. If you don’t know someone personally, ask around. Surely you know another person who does. Here are some ideas for your package:

Underwear– No matter where your troop member is located, they likely need new socks and underwear on a recurring basis. It might not seem like the best items to send, but the recipient will surely appreciate them.

Individually Wrapped Snacks– For people always on the go, snacks in their own wrappers are ideal for carrying around light but efficient calorie sources.

Hygiene Supplies– Soaps, toothbrushes and shower items are a great tool to include in your package because they are integral to keeping the troops clean and healthy.

Games– When they’re not training or on a mission, service members can get bored just like any other person. How about sending an electronic / board games or mental stimulation like Sudoku that can help pass the time?

Books– Much like games, books provide a sense of comfort and escapism that allow troops to peacefully and enjoyably pass the time.

Reminders of Home– Pictures, postcards, letters and other personal items from you sometimes are the best items within a package. Create or include something that reminds them of home.

Once you’ve compiled your package items, create a list and count of each piece to include inside your package. Be sure to properly address and seal your package before shipping it to your favorite person in uniform. And remember this holiday weekend that there is always someone out there keeping America safe.

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