Since we just graduated our first, higher education and what’s ahead for him has been on our minds lately and I know the minds of many other new graduates. Heading away to school is an exciting time, but can also be a little scary to be away from home for an extended period, for the first time in your life. I didn’t go away to college, I actually got married right out of high school… I know, the thought of that now scares me a bit, but over 22 years later…so far so good! I do wish someone made me up a care package when I got married and moved 1866 miles (really!) away from home. Leaving home (for whatever reason) can be hard. So as a graduation gift this year, I made a care package for a special young lady in our life.
When I decided to create a college care package, I enlisted the help of my kids to come up with ideas of things they would like to receive if they were away from home and needing a little comfort and care. So, working together these are some of the things we put in the care package.
1. Photo Album – Fill it with photos of fun times and special people.
2. A Comfy Blanket – When I’m having a hard day, I love to snuggle on the couch with or without someone, wrapped in a blanket.
3. Extra Electronic Supplies – A bad day can be caused by a broken set of headphones, a missing charger, or some “necessary” supply. So, adding these to the care package could ease a little frustration.
4. Snacks – Find out what this person’s favorite comfort foods are and send them in the package. This package had black licorice and Oreos. YUM!
5. A Memory Jar – If you follow my blog, you know I’m a big advocate of a memory jar and starting a new experience (like college) is the perfect time to start a new memory jar.
6. Tissues or Other Personal Hygiene Products – A box of tissues is always nice to have in case there is a need for a good cry and a favorite shampoo, bodywash, or luxury item is a bonus!
7. Scripture Verses or Other Inspirational Quotes – I wrote down a bunch of my favorite verses of encouragement and added them to the package. Hopefully they will be an encouragement to her as well.
I wrapped my package in tissue paper and placed it all in a little laundry basket. Any reusable container is good for extra storage later.
So, as you get ready to send your kiddos off to college, make sure you send them with a package that will bring comfort to them during this time of transition.