Loved ones can be scattered across the globe for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be there for them. Send them a thoughtful care package to bring happiness, love and memories all wrapped up in an adorable box. From college kids to military members, these care package ideas are sure to deliver something sweet to your long-distance loved one.

We’ve included some unique printables to accompany your care package so you can dress up your gift for any occasion. They include box flap decorations that you can cut to size, fun tags to decorate with and matching stationery to write a heartfelt note.

For college students

For college students miles away from home, the second best thing to a visit from family is a surprise delivery in the mail. Care packages are a great way to send your love and let your college student know you’re thinking of them. Whether they’re a little homesick or under pressure during finals, these college care package ideas will send a little piece of home to comfort and encourage them.

Feeling under the weather

Catching a cold in college is hard to shake off, especially without mom there to make you feel better. Send medicine and feel-good items to your college student and let them know it’s okay to take a break to get some rest.

Care package ideas:

  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Tea
  • Mug
  • Microwavable soup
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Band-aids
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

Surviving finals week

Between spending hours in the library and attending study reviews after class, finals week causes a lot of stress for college kids. Sending a finals survival kit gives your college student a much-needed boost of energy and motivation to get through the week and finish strong.

Care package ideas:

  • Stress ball or fidget spinner
  • Coffee (or a gift card to a coffee shop)
  • Water bottle
  • Healthy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, mixed nuts or trail mix
  • Study supplies like notecards, highlighters, colored pens and sticky notes
  • Candy and chocolate
  • Chewing gum
  • Stress relief candle
  • Headphones
  • Chapstick

Housekeeping supplies

Taking care of your own space with limited trips to the grocery store means frequently running out of common household items. Stock up your college student with some items they may forget to pick up and keep on hand.

Care package ideas:

  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Clothing hangers
  • Razors
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Scissors
  • Lint roller
  • Stain remover pen