Check out 10 great care package ideas for university students.


Wondering how to show your loved one that you are thinking of them once they’ve flown the nest and gone to university? A university care package is a wonderful way to demonstrate that you are supporting them and their adventures. Whether you decide to supply a box full of their favourite goodies, or a package of cleaning essentials, it is undoubtedly going to be appreciated.

Check out some of our favourite care package ideas.


A package full of all your loved one’s favourite things. Your aim is for it to be the package that they open and straight away think about Instagramming! This package may include:

  • Their favourite book.
  • Some sweet treats.
  • A voucher for a local restaurant or café.
  • Noise cancelling headphones. Housemates can be loud, so headphones help to block out sounds when they need to concentrate.
  • A re-useable water bottle. This way they can stay hydrated during their studies and help save the planet by reducing plastics.


Feel like your student needs a helping hand? Why not send a package full of things that may not seem the most exciting, but are useful, such as:

  • Washing detergent.
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste.
  • Washing up liquid.
  • Anti-bacterial gel.
  • Tea bags.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • Anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Tinned food.
  • Dried goods for simple student meals.


A box full of home comforts can be incredibly reassuring when you’re in a new and strange environment away from home. Here are some of the things your package can include:

  • A written note/ letter. Telling your loved one that you’re thinking of them can go a long way.
  • Include their favourite foods from home. Just make sure that they have a long shelf life.
  • Put in a picture to remind them of the things they love the most. Consider a framed photograph of their beloved pet.
  • Create a homemade gift. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, so be creative and have some fun.

Was there something that you always used to do together? For example, if you went to football games, consider popping a vintage football shirt into the box. Personalisation is key.


What about sending a box of sunshine to help keep your student motivated? This box is a care package that typically only includes yellow gifts such as:

  • A little yellow note with an inspirational quote.
  • Yellow post-it notes with pick me up sentences.
  • A countdown to a future trip on a yellow calendar.
  • A yellow mug for those countless cups of tea and coffee.
  • A yellow brolly because, there’s nothing more satisfying than being that person who has the brolly to stay dry. And it’s less likely to be lost if it’s bright yellow!

Image Source: Pinterest – Laura (Organizing Junkie)


Easter Care Package

Your student will be jumping with joy if you send them an Easter care package. This could consist of:

  • An easter egg.
  • Chocolate (obviously!)
  • Bunny ears.
  • A surprise seed to plant.
  • Easter-related decorations. Little bunny stickers would work well.

Christmas Care Package

If it’s coming up to the most wonderful time of the year (AKA Christmas), you could consider sending a Festive package including:

  • Cosy socks.
  • Sweet treats.
  • Their favourite beverage.
  • Make it extra festive by decorating your box with bells and ribbons!

New Year Care Package

If you are not celebrating the New Year with your loved one, you could consider sending a New Year package. This could encompass many things, such as:

  • A bottle of their favourite drink.
  • Party poppers to see in the New Year.
  • A calendar.
  • Flavoured tea bags ready for the Winter months.
  • Balloons (un-inflated) to get the party going.

Halloween Care Package

Give your student pumpkin to talk about with a Halloween Care Package. This could include:

  • Face paint to add the scare factor to their Halloween outfit.
  • Scary (fake) spiders.
  • Caramel apples.
  • Fake blood.

Print out some chilling images which you can stick on the box for an extra fright.

Image Source: Pinterest – Etsy


Going to university can be an incredibly stressful time, from trying to make friends in first year, to writing a dissertation. Receiving a package full of stress relief related items could be a game changer and there plenty of things you can include such as:  

  • Face masks or nail polish for the ultimate pamper night.
  • A diary to plan their time.
  • Hot water bottle.
  • If you know a fidgeter, a magnetic stress relief toy can help them unleash their creativity and quiet their mind.
  • Essential oils. These can help bring your student a sense of calm after a hectic day or week. There are plenty available to purchase online.


The most obvious time to send a package full of love would be Valentine’s Day however, they can be sent any time of the year. Whether your partner is at university and you’re doing long distance or you’re a parent who just wants to show your child that they’re loved; here are some items you could include in their package:

  • A little notebook with reasons why you love Keep some pages spare so they can use them for notes in the future.
  • An instant camera to cherish those memories.
  • Dried flowers are a wonderful way to show you care and they are much easier to transport than real flowers. They look great and can make a significant difference to what can be drab student accommodation.
  • If they have a love for food, consider sending them a cookbook. Don’t go complicated, there are plenty of student cookbooks available to purchase on the market.
  • Add in some movie recommendations. You’re the one that knows them the best, so challenge them to watch some of their favourite films.


There are many things to consider when posting a care package for your university student.

First, think of practical things a student really needs. If your student is on a tight budget, adding things that can help them save, could make an enormous difference.

Second, think about how much it’ll cost to send your parcel. It may be tempting to fill it with everything but the kitchen sink however, this could become quite expensive. The larger your parcel is, the more it’ll cost to send. You can visit the DHL website to find out how much your parcel might cost.

Third, sending your care package shouldn’t replace talking to your loved one who is away studying. Take the time to visit them or just give them a quick call to see how they’re doing. Regular check-ins can help moving away from home feel a lot easier.


Another way to help your student through university is by considering Student Insurance. The Insurance Emporium’s Student Insurance comes with contents cover up to £5,000 as standard. Then, you can adjust the policy, meaning that students only pay for what they need. Head to our student insurance page and check out what we can offer.

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