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50 great care package ideas for your son

Being separated from your son for an entire term can elicit anxiety in many boarding families. Furthermore, living away from home can be even more daunting for him. A care package can help him adjust and deal with feelings of homesickness.

Sending a care package to his school ensures he has everything he needs and shows you care. Here are 50 care package ideas for your son.

It's also a good idea to check with the school or his Housemaster to double check what is and is not allowed - different schools will have different guidelines around what you can send.

For the growing child

  1. Hot cocoa
  2. Granola bars
  3. Crackers
  4. Pretzels
  5. Mints
  6. Vegemite
  7. Sugar-free confectionery

The necessities

  1. Underwear
  2. Socks
  3. Hair brush
  4. Lip balm
  5. Hand sanitiser
  6. Soap
  7. Mini sewing kit
  8. Air freshener
  9. Portable charger
  10. Odour eaters
  11. Insect repellent
  12. Disinfectant wipes
  13. Batteries
  14. Dental floss
  15. Deodorant
  16. Body lotion
  17. Nail clippers

Look after their wellbeing

  1. Vitamin C
  2. Herbal tea
  3. Stress ball
  4. Ear plugs
  5. Throat lozenges
  6. Sunscreen 

Help them study diligently

  1. Post-It notes
  2. Books
  3. Highlighters
  4. Flash drive
  5. Folders
  6. Organiser
  7. Mini white board 

Keep them close to home

  1. Framed photos
  2. Letters
  3. Home-baked goods

To pass the time

  1. Magazines
  2. Book light
  3. Colouring books
  4. Playing cards
  5. Headphones
  6. Frisbee

Give their dorm a personal touch

  1. Diffusers
  2. Lightbox
  3. Stainless steel water bottle
  4. Mug 

Try to avoid sending your son anything of value – he won’t need it and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Nonethless, receiving a care package is a wonderful way to remind your son that you love him and are thinking of him during term.

For further guidance on boarding schools, download our Boarding ebook.

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