Give a College Survival Kit

Posted by on August 17, 2012

Off to college! Me, Lisa and Ann Marie

I can still remember the day in August 1987 when the first of my close high school friends left for college. My friend Ann Marie and I rolled out of bed much earlier than usual to say goodbye to our friend Lisa. I don’t remember if we gave her a gift, but we could have.

An estimated 1.5 million newly-minted college freshmen will head off to school this month. Along with the necessities of dorm life – a fridge and a TV for sure! – send them off with a college survival kit. Fill it with a mix of fun necessities and things that remind them of home, and of fun times shared together.

Here are a just a few possibilities:

  • Energy/snack bars
  • Vitamin packs
  • Highlighters
  • Duct tape
  • Mini tool kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Gas gift card
  • Restaurant gift card
  • Laundry instructions
  • Laundry detergent samples
  • Adhesive putty (for posters)
  • Framed photo
  • Quote a day book

Include things that are meaningful and even evoke a private joke or shared moment. The possibilities are endless! Of course, this isn’t limited to a new freshman – returning students would appreciate it as well!

Package it in camouflage gift bag as shown, or print this College camo graphic with a color printer, cut it out and adhere it to a kraft paper gift bag with double-sided tape or glue stick.

No matter what you put in your college student’s survival kit, be sure to include a note of encouragement and good wishes for their journey and their success.