College Care Package Ideas for Every Kind of Student

Even in the age of Amazon, when retailers sells seemingly everything online, college kids LOVE receiving a care package. For the generation that can go an entire semester without once checking their mailbox, there is nothing as exciting as that email telling them a package has arrived.  While we are not huge fans of the pre-made care package, there are many great ones available and they can be found here. They often consist of carefully selected items, but you know your kid best and you know what they love, so why not take a look at these college care package ideas and make it personal?

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College Care Package Ideas for Every Kind of Kid

For the sporty kid: While the sun still shines and the days are long, Spikeball is the game to play on campus. A great way to make friends (who can resist joining in the game) this Shark Tank winner is a huge hit among college students.

Great college care package ideas

For the glam kid: What quicker, cheaper pick-me-up than a new nail color? There are dozens of easy options to send. Or we love this set of four great lip gloss colors LONDON Lipstick Gift Set.

Great college care package ideas For the forgetful kid, the one who has begun stealing his roommate’s shampoo: Send him a basket (or order the stuff online yourself) full of extras necessities like shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste and throw in a couple of nice shaving extras Be sure to include an Amazon Dash button to reorder items he always runs low on.

Great college care package ideas


For the lawn party kid: The ever-popular CornHole Game  was always too bulky to bring to college, until now. This set is easy to send to campus and keep stored under a dorm room bed.

Great college care package ideas

For the unicorn lover: How could we resist these? Here are Unicorn Light Up Slippers. Winter is coming and they are sure to attract attention and envy.

Great college care package ideas

For the thirsty kid: We love these Nalgene bottles with the American flag,

Great college care package ideas

these indestructible S’well and S’ip by S’well bottles in EVERY color

Great college care package ideas

and our new favorite Hydro Flask which work just as well for cold water as hot coffee

Great college care package ideas

For the bookworm kid: We have a list of great books that parents love to send and kids have told us they love to receive, right here. 

For the game-loving kid: Want them to put down their phones and do something in real life?  Catan is a hugely popular board game that provides a healthy diversion for hours. Believe it or not, sending a board game may be one of the trendiest college care package ideas on our list!

Great college care package ideas

For the athletic kid: Ever heard a kid say they had too much Lululemon? Nope we haven’t either. Running, yoga classes or just that go-to outfit for walking to class and here are tons of options.

Great college care package ideas

For the techy kid:  Having a lightweight portable battery in your backpack takes the stress out of finding a convenient socket to plug into. A Mophie External Battery is one of our favorite college care package ideas  and comes in great colors, too.

Great college care package ideas

For the hungry kid: Here is a very inexpensive way to stock your kid’s room with an assortment of Healthy Granola Bars and other snacks. Let’s face it, sending food is probably at the top of what most kids want to see in a college care package.

College care package ideas




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It's sometimes hard to know what to send your college student in a care package, but don't worry. We've got you covered! From the student that loves sports, to the one that is always hungry, we've got every care package idea you could imagine for your student. #college #carepackage #carepackageideas #collegelife #collegecarepackages


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