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Moving 600+ miles away from the only home you’ve ever know is HARD. Moving 600+ miles away to a state you’ve never stepped foot in is even harder. I was lucky enough to have a friend living in the area we transferred to and she’s been an integral part in our house hunt, as well as helping us learn the area and find all of the resources we need to make the transition as smooth as possible. She’s scouted out properties for us while we were still living back home in North Carolina and answered all of my crazy questions.
I wanted to do something nice for her, like send her a little something to show her how much we appreciate all of the help. She’s in her 40’s and is back in college, balancing life as a college student, wife and mom. I decided to send her a little “college care package” to get her through those long studying sessions between meal prep and homework with her own kids.
The most important part of putting together a care package for anyone is knowing what whey need. I know she takes both classes online and on campus. I know she’s conscious about snack habits. I know she needs something to take a break with from time to time.
With all of this in mind, I headed out to do some shopping. My first stop was Kroger, where I picked up the new Extra® 35-stick packs. Both Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® are available in durable, recycled packaging and will survive being tossed into whatever bag she’s carrying for the day. With more gum in each pack, she doesn’t have to worry about running out either. I also picked up snack packs of almonds and dried apples to get her through those long study sessions.
Proper supplies are a must, so I picked up some cute file folders, sticky notes (who doesn’t need those?) highlighters and pencils. You can never have enough highlighters or pencils. And knowing that she needs to stay charged when on the go, I grabbed a portable power bank for her phone. They are super convenient and I highly recommend everyone have a few. Taking a few minutes to decompress is just as important as studying, so to encourage a little break time now and again, I picked up an adult coloring book and new pack of colored pencils for her. I’ve had mine for a few months and love to break it out when I need to veg out for a few minutes.
I didn’t want to throw all of her goodies in a box or basket, so I picked up a storage caddie instead. It made a cute vessel for delivering my goodies and is something this can use on her desk or somewhere in her home. I love the little compartments. The larger compartment on the back was just what I needed for the file folders and coloring book.
We were so happy to have her help in getting acclimated to a place we didn’t know, and this care package is only a tiny way to say thank you, but I know she will appreciate it – just like we’ve appreciated all she’s done to help us.
Make a College Care Package for an Adult Learner in your life –
- Choose a cute, but functional vessel to deliver your goods. Baskets are ok, but using something that can be used in a practical application later gives you more bang for your buck.
- Provide a mixture of snacks, utility tools (in this case, office supplies) and something recreational (like an adult coloring book).
- Know who you’re shopping for. If you don’t have a good idea of what the person needs or can use, don’t be afraid to ask their family or other close friends. The gesture of sending a care package is always nice, but it’s even nicer when the recipient needs what you’re sending.
- Package you loot in an appealing manner. Layering the goodies front to back creates dimension and allows you to really see what’s in your care package.
- Ship it. Even if you live close by, ship or drop off the care package without trying to meet up. It will be a nice surprise and your friend won’t feel pressured to add another appointment to their already too busy schedule.
New Extra® 35-stick packs are easy to find in the check out aisle at your local Kroger.
Who could you show a little love with a care package? If someone was making a care package for you, what would it include? Tell us in the comments!