Introduction: College Care Package on a Budget
The following instructions will take you step by step through the ideal way to put together a care package for a college student. Whether you are a parent, friend, or significant other, a care package is a great way to show someone you care! When your college student retrieves it in the mail, it will let them know that they are in your thoughts.
Care packages should be personal, so the materials are flexible. Below are several types of items to put in your care package divided into several different categories.
*Caution: allergies, mailing rules, perishables, weapons
Be wary of the food you send your college student, espeically if they have any allergies. Do not send food that will not go bad or spoil. Packaging foods are best for travel and will stay fresh. Do not send your student anything that, if used, will get them in trouble with campus police (i.e. illegal substance, weapons, etc...). According to postage rules, you should not mail any hazardous materials or animals, living or dead, via mail.
WARNING: The heavier your package is, the more it will cost to send!
If you want to decorate your package and make it colorful, you will also need:
Some places to find decorative items that cost less include:
To pack and send your package, you will need:
Step 1: Pick Your Items
The list in the above section gives four categories that are typically included in college care packages. Selecting one or two items from each category is sure to let your college student know they are in your thoughts.
Step 2: Pick and Put Together Your Box
There are many options for which box to choose. If you have an old shoe box that will safety fit all of your items, then feel free to use that. You can also select a box at your local post office. Keep in mind, it is easier to pick your box size if you already selected the items you plan on sending. It helps you to visualize what size box you will need, and it keeps you from buying a bigger box.
Step 3: Decorate Box, If Desired
The simplest way to decorate you box is to pick two colors of construction paper, or any other paper you have, and cut them to fit on the inner flaps of the box. This will give your box color and excitement. For examples of creative decorating, see this link or this link.
Step 4: Place All Items in Box
Fitting all of your items in the box can seem like putting together a puzzle or playing Tetris.
Be sure to wrap any fragile Items with newspaper or bubble-wrap to protect it.
Step 5: Tape, Secure, and Label Your Box.
Step 6: Mail Package
Take your package to your local postal office. They will weigh it, and then charge you for that weight.
To get an idea of how much your package will cost, you can go to your postal service's online site. They typically have a calculator that you can enter the address and size of the box. It will then tell you how much you should expect to pay. If you want the box sent with priority, or faster, shipping, then there will be a higher price.
The FedEx calculator can be found here.
The United States Postal Service calculator can be found here.
Step 7: FINISHED
Congratulations! You have completed your care package!
We hope that the person receiving this package will appreciate it and will know that you are thinking of them.