As I mentioned, we are already so busy with college preparations for our daughter who’s a senior. I’ve been purchasing items I’ll know she’ll need to take with her, like extra razors and other toiletry items they run out of. We bought new bedding she says she’s bringing with her for her dorm. We’re scheduling college visits and talking scholarships, grants and whether she’ll work her freshman year. There’s so much to do and so much to talk about, it’s a little overwhelming for both her and us at times.
One thing I look forward to while she’s away, is sending her care packages. I moved off to Europe when I was only 18, and there were times my parents’ care packages are what got me through the week. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it there and would do it all again, but home is home and I missed the people and the comforts of what I was used to.
I was thinking about what I would send my daughter while she was at college and actually sat down with her to make a list. Here’s what she came up with:
- Toiletries – like her favorite Schick razors (that I’ve already stocked up on!)
- New release books
- A cute purse to hold it all in
I think this makes a fun care package, don’t you? I wanted to make it a little more meaningful, so I thought about sending a note with it, giving each item a meaning.
- Schick Razors – For when things get hairy
- Lotion – For when studying becomes dry and dull
- Notebook – To record their thoughts
- Snacks – For when they get a sweet tooth
- Books – For when it’s time to escape reality
- Tea – For when it’s time to take a deep breath and relax
Just include a note, giving each thing you sent special meaning and end it by letting them know you love them and miss them.
Is anyone else feeling a wee bit emotional right now? Because I sure am!
In talking to other moms who have sent their kids off to college, they’ve told me that toiletries are one of the top items asked for in a care package. It’s something they use everyday. It’s something that seems to run out quickly. It’s something they need to feel confident.
I actually remember receiving a care package with razors, toothpaste, underwear, floss and a number of other toiletry items. It was the best.day.ever. Why? Because things like my favorite shaving products were important to me. It helps you feel confident and not to mention clean.
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Now, where are my tissues…
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Oh wow, I can’t even THINK OF preparing my oldest for college! She just started high school this week and I’m an emotional train wreck! (Though she’d never know it, lol-moms got to keep her composure sometimes)
She’s at that age where she’s embarassed to have parents but she gets a little homesick when she goes on a school trip..she told me this year she doesn’t want me to slip “mom notes” in her bag anymore but when I didn’t she got a little pouty. Oh to be a teenager. Mehta were doig now is using Zymbol messages so I can still send her with her “notes” without her getting embarrassed. Oh..Zymbols are these little charms that contain every letter of the alphabet and you’re supposed to trace out a message with them..so I trace the message, give it to her with breakfast, and she takes the charm to school with her so it’s “symbolic” but she still has a piece of her mama if things get tough at school..it’s a cute idea I got from Pinterest a while back. Let’s me keep my “mom-nets” as she grows up. Siiiigh. Where does the time go? ..I got them at a jewelry store in Austin if you want to try it!! I can’t find the exact link to them but here’s the main site: http://www.copelandjewelers.com
Thank you Lilly! I’ll have to check them out. Long gone are the days of mom notes for us. Sigh.
Sure, you could just send money, but college kids aren’t known for making the wisest choices when cash is burning a hole in their pocket. A better idea to give them gift cards to stores and restaurants in a care package er, email.
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