This is an idea for a going away gift for anyone going to college. My neighbors daughter is leaving for college and I wanted to give her something special to take with her. I found a very nice small vintage looking suitcase at an estate sale. I have had such fun filling it with inexpensive necessities and I am really proud of myself at how thrifty I have been.
Items included in the suitcase are, cookies, instant ramen noodle soups, instant hot chocolate, a pretty mug, again purchased at a estate sale. Pencils, pens, highlighters, a dayplanner, a phone card which was a buy one get one free at Walgreens drug store, a pretty package of notecards and a book of stamps. Gifts do not have to be expensive to be a blessing! All of the items I have purchased at estate sales, or at a very good sale price!
By Bobbie G from Rockwall
My friend's oldest daughter did it in reverse: a "mom survival kit after sending child to college". She wrapped 30 tiny presents (chocolate, hand-written cards etc.) to be opened one a day for the first 30 days she was gone. Since the parents are in Japan and the daughter has gone to the States, this was a big trauma, and the mom has really appreciated it!
We have a College Survival Pack that teaches kids about CREDIT CARDS and STAYING OUT OF DEBT. More than 50% of students are getting into $5,000 or more of high interest credit card debt by the time they graduate (according to the Jump$tart Coalition for personal finance).
Our illustrated financial survival pack teach kids everything they need to know about building credit, controlling their spending, and budgeting. We also cover the most common mistakes that students make.Check out www.DollarCampBooks.com .
1 - TOILET PAPER!
2 - Different dorm friendly snacks, popcorn, pop-tarts, top ramen, trail mix, ect
3 - PRINTER INK! seriously, some of us students use it more than others but it is EXPENSIVE! parents if you can put it in the care package!
Everything that was already said plus a laundary basket or a laundary lug around thing if they come home on weekends to wash clothes. A flash drive would do great wonders. Otherwise more expensive items like a labtop, tv, fridge, etc. I think a radio would be appreciated plus a few cd's if you are generous, oh, and an alarm clock and a water bottle (don't be cheap an give em an aquafina bottle) aka a reusable bottle, plus dish soap and towels to get their dishes clean.