The Ultimate Guide for the Best Back to School Care Package Ideas for Parents
It is that time of year again, the days are getting a little shorter, and people are talking about the fall and getting ready for Back to School. This can be a stressful time for everyone. You can make Back to School a much easier time for yourself and your student. It doesn’t matter if it is their first time away from home, or the start of another year of school.
51 of the Best Back to School Care Package Ideas for your College Student
1. Wish your student “Good Luck” on the first day of school.
There are many ways to do that, and in fact, there are companies that specialize in making it easier with a full line of greeting cards for the first day of school. Wish your loved ones good luck on that first day and include one of these greeting cards in their Back to School care package.
These links might be a great start:
2. Send a “These are the things your forgot to pack” care package
It lets your student know you care and that you are thinking of them. It is easy to forget
important items, and unless you have been to school recently it isn’t easy to remember everything.
3. Don’t forget school supplies.
School supplies are an important part of a successful start to the Back to School season. There is nothing like going around needing notebooks, pens, binders, calculators and other important school supplies only to find the local retail shelves are empty. Make it easier on your student by sending them some school supplies in their Back to School care package
The best places to get school supplies? Here is a start:
4. Everyone can use more toiletries.
No Back to School care package is complete without additional toiletries. This includes antibacterial gel, soap, body wash, deodorant, hair gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and many more.
Send your student toiletries for their Back to School care package. You will be glad you did.
5. It always helps to send a picture of family pets at home.
Pets are a special and emotional connection to home. It is hard enough to be away, let alone without that special pet. Don’t forget to send some pictures of the pets to help that Back to School transition.
6. Home baked goodies are always a great way to make that Back to School Care package an A+
Home baked cookies, and other homemade treats are a wonderful way to make your Back to School care package a winner. Sending baked treats is always a great idea.
7. Socks and Underwear
Every student could use more socks and underwear. It is just not high on the priority list, but it does let them know that they are high on your priority list.
8. Healthy Eating Care package
Every student needs a little extra encouragement to eat healthy when heading Back to School. This is a nice way to show how much you care. Just a quick solution to the nagging question “Are you eating right while you are away?”
9. “Home in a Box” Care package
Heading back to school isn’t always easy, so what better way to show them you are thinking of them by sending a Comforts of Home Back to School Care Package.
10. Happy Birthday Back to School Care package
Even the August birthdays need a little reminder that you are thinking of them on their special day while they are away at school. This is just a nice way to show your special student you are thinking of them on their Birthday.
11. “Don’t Bring Your Laundry Home” do it at school
Just teasing. Sending important laundry supplies just helps get the semester off to a great start. While it is OK for them to bring laundry home, it certainly is easier to get things cleaned up at school with the right supplies.
Some laundry detergent, stain remover and fabric softener really helps. Your students make a clean break when they head back to school.
12. Show Your School Spirit.
Heading back to school means getting ready for the new school year, and what better way than to send your students some school spirit apparel: mug, t-shirt, hat or even a school sweatshirt with the school logo or school mascot. Help them show their school spirit when they head back to school this season.
13. Gift Cards are always a hit.
Everyone loves gift cards. They are easy, and quick, and take up no space. National brands are great, but if you have time, don’t forget to think about local grocery stores, and restaurants where they go to school. It makes a difference.
14. Personalized Note from home
This is always a hit. Don’t forget to send a personalized note of encouragement to your student. It makes a difference.
15. Travel Mug Back to School Care package
When you want to send something practical, this is perfect. Send a nice stainless steel travel mug with hot chocolate, tea or coffee. It is something they will use again and again.
16. Get Well Back to School Care package.
Nobody likes to get sick away from home, but it can happen. When it does, send a Get Well package so they are prepared for Back to School.
17. New Cell Phone
What a better way to head back to school than with a new cell phone?
Here is a great roundup of cell phone options:
18. New Workout Gear for your Back to School Care package
New workout gear is a great way help your kids stay in shape with positive habits. Your Back to School Care package can make sure they are saying on track while being stylish.
19. Laptop or Phone Case for your Back to School Care package
What a great item for any Back to School Care package. This makes it easy to protect your tech investment with a new case, for your laptop or cell phone. The are both excellent additions to any Back to School Care package.
For cell phones (these are the best sellers)
20. Book: 77 Things You Must Do Before You Finish College
This is a wonderful book, with over 4.5 stars on Amazon. It is very popular and is an excellent book to include in a Back to School Care package. This book is not about Frats but about learning new skills, from negotiating terms of your apartment rental to attending a school sponsored lecture and much more
21. A New Set of Headphones
A new set of headphones can be a very useful addition to any Back to School Care package, not only for enjoying the latest music, but also as an aid in learning. Playing back lectures on a good set of headphones can make a big difference.
22. Fun Games
Back to School can be serious business, but it is also a great time for making new friends, and enjoying time with them. Nothing helps add fun like a good game. There are lots of choices, but including a game might be just the ticket for the next semester. Here are some popular games on campus.
23. Seasonal Decorations
Nothing adds more fun to a college dorm room or apartment than great seasonal decorations. Doesn’t matter if it is Halloween, Valentines Day or Christmas. Good decorations are a great Back to School Care package addition that is often overlooked.
24. Space Saving Containers
Life at school is full of challenges, and space is typically at the top of the list. You can make space a little less challenging by sending some space saving containers in your Back to School Care package.
25. Razors, or better yet…a razor club subscription
Razors. A staple for almost everyone at school. You can make their life a little easier by sending them a pack of razors, or better yet – a subscription to a razor club. They offer high quality products at better prices, and their products come to your door each month, or usually at a frequency you choose.
Here is a quick comparison:
26. Indulge in their sweet tooth
A little candy doesn’t hurt, once in a while. Find out what your student’s favorite treat is and then include that sweet treat in their Back to School Care package.
27. Diary or a Journal
A diary or a journal is great for anyone heading back to school They are inexpensive, and will be appreciated over the years. Sometimes these simple gestures make a big difference. Want to make your Back to School Care package a bit more personalized, then include a diary or a journal.
You can make Back to School a little more special by sending something special. It doesn’t have to be big, but a well selected piece of jewelry will be cherished for years: earrings, necklace, a bracelet or something else. It just makes Back to School special.
29. Amazon Student
Amazon Student is Amazon’s half price version of its Amazon Prime membership. If you or your student uses Amazon, then Amazon student is a great deal. It is free for the first 6 months, and then $49 after. This program is available to students enrolled in at least one class in college, and it does require an .edu email address.
Blankets are great for picnics, football games when it is bit colder, or just for taking a much needed nap. Make your Back to School Care package better by sending along a blanket. It just feels like a bit of home.
31. Tea with an infuser
Sending a bit of tea with an infuser is a great way for your student to enjoy a healthy refreshment, hot or cold. Tea is good for soul.
32. Gloves or Mittens
This is a great addition to any Back to School Care package. If your student is attending school where the weather can turn cold, then include some gloves or mittens in their care package. It is an easy way to make sure they stay warm.
33. Lip Balm
Lip Balm is soothing, and helps keep your lips from getting too dry.
34. Q Tips
It is kind of amazing how many different uses one can find for these little, tiny cotton swabs. They are inexpensive, and very versatile. Make your Back to School Care package better when you send along some Q-tips.
It is hard to eat right when you are away from home, working with a hectic schedule. Send a little boost by including vitamins in your Back to School Care package.
Everyone could use another pair of socks. It is too easy for them to get lost from the dorm to the laundry, or apartment. It is a simple way to show you are thinking of them as they head back to school.
Soup is good for the soul. It is an easy meal, and very convenient. Especially when the semester starts getting busy. Include some soup in your Back to School Care package. It just feels right.
Who couldn’t use a nice new pair of pajamas? They are practical, and will be appreciated when they are back at school. A nice new pair of pajamas are fantastic for any Back to School Care package.
39. Flat rate shipping boxes
Shipping or mailing stuff is a pain, so including some prepaid flat rate shipping boxes make it easy, and affordable. As long as everything fits in the box, it ships for one price.
40. Anything that Glows – Balloons, glow sticks, necklaces and more
These party favors are really fun for spur of the moment. You can find balloons, glow sticks and many more items that glow in the dark.
41. Beef Jerky
This is a great source of protein, and a great snack for any Back to School Care package.
42. Peanut Butter and Crackers
Peanut Butter and crackers are hard to beat, and are the perfect campus snack.
43. Stuffed Animal
Who couldn’t use a nice stuffed animal for Back to School?
Everyone needs some mints. They are a necessity when it comes to going Back to School. Make your Back to School Care package practical and include some mints. Keeping things fresh isn’t a bad thing at all.
45. Note taking pen (converts handwriting into text)
These highly technical writing instruments are a student’s dream. When you want to send a very practical gift that supports good studying, these note taking pens are fantastic. They convert your writing into text that can by transferred to your computer.
There are many choices on the market, so here is a side-by-side comparison.
46. Resume writing service
Whether your student is looking for a part-time job or perhaps getting to the point of looking for work…a resume writing service is a great way to give them an edge. There are many options, but it shows how much you support them.
A quick review of the top resume writing services for 2016
47. USB Portable Charger
In this mobile world, everyone could use a little more juice. Including a USB portable charger (a little usb battery) for their cell phones, tablets and iPads just makes sense.
48. Bluetooth Speaker
In addition to headphones, a bluetooth speaker can offer flexibility and portability that students crave. A bluetooth speaker is a must for students heading back to school.
49. Fitness Tracker
Fitness trackers, the little portable devices that keep track of your steps and exercise routines are invaluable for any student wanting to stay on track, and stay in shape. It is a great habit to get into and hopefully, it will encourage them for the rest of their lives.
The Street has a great compilation of the best fitness trackers for 2016.
50. Magazine Subscription
Keep them informed and entertained with a couple of magazine subscriptions for the semester.
51. Weekly Planner
Help your student say on track with a weekly planner for 2016, and then followup in January with another one for 2017. It encourages important organizational skills for their busy schedule and will serve them well the rest of their lives.