It’s that time of year when students everywhere prepare to head for college.
For parents, the feelings can be bittersweet. It’s a delicate balance: how to let your child fly the nest while still showing that you care?
That’s exactly the purpose of a college care package. Care packages are a great way to let your child know you’re thinking of them while they’re away from home. They also provide a little extra support as a young adult learns to live independently.
As back to school draws close, it’s never too early to plan what to send.
A back-to-school care package for college students can provide the perfect message of hometown support for freshmen or returning students settling into a new environment and a new academic year.
A student care package can also serve as a loving guide for a young person figuring out the best ways to look after themselves. For young minds, college can be physically and emotionally demanding in many ways.
Care packages for college students provide great opportunities for your child to share things with their fellow students. Snacks and assorted goodies can be the perfect icebreaker with new dorm mates. Who didn’t appreciate the college buddy with baked goods to share, or a pack of gum to spare?
But, most importantly when it comes to a back-to-college care package, it’s the thought that counts.
There are as many variations on the college care package as you might wish to consider. But a few trusty staples should give you a good place to start:
Don’t forget to include a handwritten note! Long letters may be a thing of the past, but a handwritten message does the trick every time.
Sorry, we forgot socks. Lots of socks for every season. Oh, and rolls of quarters for the laundromat.
With a little thought and planning, preparing a care package for shipping can be a rewarding experience.
Consider wrapping items individually to place inside the package. Make it a fun “unboxing” experience for your loved one.
Next, select a sturdy box big enough to fit all the contents of your care package. Find top tips from The UPS® Packaging Advisor, or visit a The UPS Store® location for help. Consider purchasing a specialty care package box or sending a gift basket for maximum effect.
Use filler items like bubble wrap to provide additional cushioning and minimize movement of your goods in transit. Nobody wants a damaged gift.
Be creative in the way you pack the box. Soft items like socks and gloves can act as additional padding and fill empty space.
Remember to tape your box securely to keep it intact on its journey and to prevent moisture getting in.
Is your care package time sensitive? If not, UPS Ground will probably be the most economical option for you and offers day-definite delivery within the United States.
If you need your package to arrive as soon as possible, consider UPS Next Day Air® and UPS 2nd Day Air® expedited transit services. Perhaps you have a birthday to make or you’re including perishables in the box.
If your loved one is overseas, there may be additional considerations around shipping internationally, particularly when it comes to food – check out The UPS Help and Support Center for advice and to inquire about any restrictions for specific countries.
Stay on top of your package once it’s on its way. Enable shipment tracking notifications straight to your smart phone so you’ll know exactly where your shipment is, and when it reaches your loved one!
Finally, don’t forget The UPS Store can ship your package and pack it for you too.
Care packages aren’t just for back to school – they work great at any time. Mark your calendar to send them at various points throughout the college year. For example:
And for anyone traveling on a gap year or studying abroad, there’s never a bad time to send them a special something. A study abroad care package will go a long way for young adults already a long way from home. Just make sure whatever you put in the box complies with customs regulations at your foreign port of entry.
Finally, why not suggest to another family member that they take a turn sending a care package. A grandparent, aunt, or uncle who sends a parcel will provide a nice surprise for your college student. It takes a village, after all.
Receiving a care package can brighten up anyone’s day. For college students away from home, they’re a practical and helpful way to keep homesickness at bay.
Stay involved in your loved one’s welfare and enjoy the satisfaction of preparing a care package that sends smiles across the country and even around the world. Show you care and let UPS help get your college care package delivered safely and securely today.
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