When your son or daughter lives in a different town or province receiving a care package from home is almost as good as a hug. But, the first time your child moves away to College or University is special. Sending them a bit of love in a box is a great way to let them know you're still there for them.
I’ve been sending care packages to my children and now my grandchildren for a few years and have learned some lessons along the way. The biggest is to plan ahead. This one task will keep the costs down and the package filled with both useful and delicious treats.
Lack of Storage
It’s important to keep in mind that students living in dorm rooms, have limited real estate. While they often have a small microwave they don't have much cupboard space and tend to only have small fridges. Compact, small items and non-perishables are always at the top of my list.
Personal Items make a good, practical choice. Including toothpaste, shampoo, razors, shave cream and bandaids in the box will be appreciated. Many of these items are available in small travel size, so they don't take up much space, they’re light and are great to have on hand when your son or daughter suddenly runs out of an item and can't get to a store.
Easy Hot Drinks
To help with those long study nights why not put together a mixture of drinks that can be heated in the microwave or that only require a kettle.
Hot chocolate mix in a mason jar doesn't take up much space, and only needs a couple ingredients. Make sure to include some mini marshmallows for that bit of something extra. Then, when your student needs a warm, comfy drink all they need to do is heat 1 cup of milk or water in the microwave, add a couple tablespoons of the cocoa mix and toss some marshmallows on top and they’re good to go. A variety if teas such as chamomile, earl grey and green tea are great choices.
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp Salt
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine.
Heat 1 cup whole milk in microwave. Add 1- 2 Tbsp cocoa mixture, stir to dissolve. Top with marshmallows.
Healthy Tasty Treats
A few munchies will always be appreciated and they can be healthy helping to keep your student focused. Homemade trail mix is easy to put together and can be customized to your teen's tastes. Pumpkin seeds, goji berries, dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cherries) almonds, peanuts a bit of sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg thrown in will enhance the flavour without adding any sugar.
Popcorn is another good choice. Include a paper bag and the only thing left to do is to add a couple tablespoons of corn kernels in the bag, microwave for a couple minutes and they have fresh air popped popcorn.
Don't forget the cookies and some magazines and you’re all set to put your care package together.
Keep Shipping Cost To A Minimum
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