The Ultimate Care Package Guide

This is a guest blog post by Hydaway ambassador Zelphia Peterson. Follow her on Instagram @z_claire29.

I love sending care packages. Plain and simple, it’s just a joy for me to figure out what someone wants or needs, and surprise them with something that is both thoughtful and extremely practical. This fall I partnered with Hydaway and sent out a couple of care packages. One was for my future sister-in-law as she started her first year at grad school, a close friend that just moved away from home for the first time (across the country, too), and a few family friends just starting their freshman year of college. I have put together guide for how I assemble a care package. Feel free to mix and match, and really personalize it to your loved one. I hope you can use this to  make someone’s day brighter!

Category 1: The Essentials

  • Packs of travel tissues. Perfect for throwing in a backpack.
  • A water bottle. I recommend Hydaway: it collapses for easy shipping and storing!
  • Lip balm. Everyone needs lip balm, end of story.
  • Travel hand sanitizer gel. Have you been in an airplane or college dorm lately? A must.
  • Notebook. Good for creativity, extra doodles, or the class you forgot about.
  • Nice pens. To go with the notebooks, obviously.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste. Everyone SHOULD be using these.
  • A pack of socks. Because nothing is more useful or gets lost in the wash faster.

Category 2: The Snacks

  • Healthy snacks. Individual sized trail mixes, good granola bars, dried fruit, beef jerky, etc.
  • Easy snacks. Microwave popcorn is the MVP! Soup packets work well too.
  • Favorite snacks. Are they addicted to cheetos or oreos? Spoil them just a little.
  • Hydration helpers. I love sending water add-ins, like lemonade powder or Nuun tablets.
  • Coffee, tea, or cocoa. There’s nothing a warm cup of comfort won’t help.
  • Minty fresh gum or mints to feel your best.

Category 3: The Fun Stuff

  • Movies or books. One or two favorite movies and a good book make a difference.
  • Pamper products. Face masks, nail polish, perfume spritzers, nice lotion, etc.
  • Coloring books and pencils. Not just for 3 year olds anymore, this is trendy and soothing.
  • Small puzzles. Not too time intensive, plus you get a great sense of accomplishment.
  • A nice scarf, winter gear if they need it, another pair of earbuds, etc.
  • You can’t really go wrong with a Starbucks or Chipotle gift card.
  • Handwritten letters. If your person loves words, write them an encouraging note!
  • Holiday decorations. To make their space more cheery for the next holiday coming up.
  • Physical copies of pictures. Facebook is great, but you can’t put those on your real wall.
  • A fun mug. Like the one that tells other people when they can talk to you.
  • A reed and oil diffuser. They look classy and make any place smell great.

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