The perfect care package

Getting care packages is one of the primary perks of being a college student. I know that.

It’s supposed to help make up for the fact that you live in a 10′ x 10′ dorm room with only a microwave and a mini-fridge. That you have no money. And that you’re up to your ears in papers, projects, study groups, and ultimately, a week’s worth of grueling final exams Click here to learn about third-party website links.

I know all that. So, I was planning to be the perfect college mom, sending fun and festive care packages to my stepdaughter on a monthly basis.

Way better than a stress ball: encouragement from your little brotherOK, so I didn’t exactly send a care package every month.

I sent exactly one care package—at finals time. But it was pretty good: packages of cocoa, a new pair of gloves, Christmas candy, and a picture of her little brother holding a sign that said “Good Luck On Finals Steph!!”

It was during second semester that I really dropped the ball. The one and only “care package” I sent was when she asked me to mail her the winter scarf she had left behind. I couldn’t just send the scarf. How disappointing would that be?

I searched the cupboards and added some leftover packages of cocoa, a can of soup, and a half-used bottle of vitamins Click here to learn about third-party website links. Wow. It looked more like a box of junk than a care package.

Clearly, I’ve got to redeem myself this semester. But I’m at a loss. What’s really fun to get in a care package? Candy? Cash? A stress ball Click here to learn about third-party website links?

What would you most like to get in a care package?

Caroline Hanson

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
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6 Responses to The perfect care package

  1. Rachel says:

    Homemade goody’s are the best- mom’s cookies and brownies! A card that says “I am thinking of you” and a nice message inside if also a nice touch.

  2. Liliana says:

    Things that remind me of home are always great. Send the ingredients and recipe of her favorite meal. Or giftcards for gas, WalMart, or a grocery store. Being in college we don’t always have money to buy stuff for fun; like nailpolish, hairdye, makeup, or cd’s. Even fuzzy socks or a simple but fun way to show you care! :)

  3. Sha says:

    Yummy treats and gift cards to stores around the college :) And borders/barnes&noble giftcards especially.

  4. Linda says:

    My friend sent me a care package from Box-O-Box, and I was so impressed that I visited their website,, and sent several to my kids and their friends, and even a few of my own.

    They really have a unique, fun twist for a solution of what to send.

  5. Mike says:

    I sent my son a care package from

    It was full of stuff he loved and he wants more!

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