My college student would be SO HAPPY to receive an awesome exam care package. Love these ideas.

Exam Care Packages

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My college student would be SO HAPPY to receive an awesome exam care package. Love these ideas.

 

Exam college care packages are a fairly well-covered topic on ye-olde internet, however I’d like to share my own experience with these, because it is just so, so fun and happy.

My local church sends out care packages before spring exams to our post-secondary students.  Before exam time, they compile a list of the two dozen or so students who call the church home.

Then, they put out a call for people to bring things for the boxes, enough for each box to get one.  You can drop things off in advance, or bring them on the box assembly day.  It’s usually a Friday or a Saturday morning, with coffee, snacks, and lots of laughs.  I have only been able to make it once, but it was oh so much fun.

After the exam care packages have arrived in the dorm rooms and apartments of the students, people grab screenshots of the happy Facebook status updates (with the person’s name and photo blurred out), or snippets of emails home.  Then, they are turned into a slideshow and presented to the whole church, so folks can ooh and ahh, and smile about all the joy these simple care packages bring into the lives of the students.

The students’ reactions are overwhelmingly positive and full of fun, I absolutely love seeing them.  I mean, what’s not to love, seeing a whole bunch of happy stories!

What I Put in Exam College Care Packages

What did I give this year?  Cans of Play Doh!.  There was  a huge bin at the grocery store and I loaded up :-)  Also a big box of microwave popcorn.  I am sure that they were well received.  This  year there were 19 care packages, so cost become a bit of a concern.  Spending $2 per student turns into $38 very quickly. If you are only making one or two, you can probably splash out for a few items that cost more than a dollar!

What did I want to give this year?  Lip Balm.  There was a bulk pack of Disney princess lip chap, but unfortunately my choices were the good ($2-3+ each) kinds, or the ridiculously over gendered kinds.  By over gendered, I mean extremely girly.  So, no lip balm for the college care packages!

Another year, I gave mini Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bubbles.  You KNOW those are amazing.  Amazing.

Pro tip: Use snack size ziploc bags to make sure liquids don’t explode all over.

The Most Popular Item

What is the most popular, weird thing in the packages every year?  The local newspaper’s Police Report.  It’s always good for a laugh and definitely reminds you of home.  When you’re in the city, the police reports do not talk about bears in sheds or moose charging school children!

As I have mentioned before, I really love Random Acts of Kindness and sending things to your old student house is a great and easy way to do one.  Depending on the time of year and the year of school that your recipient is attending, you may want to alter your ideas so that you are not shipping a bunch of “stuff” that will require packing up and disposing/moving very shortly after it arrives.  In that case, it is probably best to stick to small, lightweight things and consumable things.

As much as terrible snack foods can be delicious, when you are trying to stuff as much as possible into your noggin, it is probably best to avoid sugar highs and crashes and other crap-food negatives.  Stick to relatively healthy snacks foods, vitamins and beverages for your care package.  Maybe add in a few of your amazing homemade cookies or brownies, or if you’re Kathleen from Frugal Portland, some caramels!

Exam Care Package Ideas

Snacks

Beef Jerky

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Cliff Bars

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Luna Bars

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Pudding Cups

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Nuts

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Dried Fruit – MangoBanana ChipsApricotsRaisins

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Fruit Cups

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Trail Mix

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Candy Canes –  at Christmas time!

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Homemade Baking

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Microwave Popcorn

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Corn Chips

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Pretzels

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Potato Chips

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Candy Bars – That’s Chocolate Bars in Canadian

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Chocolate Bars

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Granola Bars

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Tic Tacs

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Gum

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Double Bubble

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Altoids

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Mentos

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Mints

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Candy

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Starburst

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Seaweed Snacks

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Sesame Snacks

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Goldfish Crackers

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Pocky

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Protein Bars

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Party Mix

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Crackers

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Nutella

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Rice Cakes

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Rice Krispie Bars

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Salsa

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Tuna to Go

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Craisins

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Biscotti

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Fudge

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Pringles

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Jelly Beans

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Gummy Bears

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Yogurt Covered Raisins

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Spitz

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Applesauce

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Animal Crackers

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Fruit Loops

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Mini Eggs

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Marshmallows

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Protein Powder

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Ice Cream Toppings

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Beverages

Coffee

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Instant Coffee

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Caffeine Free Tea – for late nights!

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Hot Chocolate Packets

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Energy Drink

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Mio

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Nuun

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Crystal Light

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Starbucks Frappuccino

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Lemonade Mix

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Koolaid

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K Cups

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Juice Boxes

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Gatorade Powder

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Coffee Creamer

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Tang

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Iced Tea Mix

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Nesquik

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“Meals” & Things for Students with Kitchens

Easy Mac

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Ramen Noodles

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Instant Oatmeal

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Soup

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Pancake Mix

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Syrup

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Muffin Mix

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Ghirardelli Chocolate

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Pork and Beans

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Peanut Butter

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Spices

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White Rice

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Quaker Natural Granola Oats

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Ravioli

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Spaghetti

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Salad Dressing

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Fun & Funky Ideas

Stickers

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Comics Super Heroes

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Comics

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Hot Sauce

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Bacon

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Christmas Light

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Desk Calendar

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Postcards

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Comics

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Easter Bunny

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Gazillion Solution

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Magazine

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Latex Balloons

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Bathroom Odor Spray

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Toys

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Nerf Super Soaker

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Silly Putty

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Silly String

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Play Doh

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Bottle Opener Keychain

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Electronics Cleaning Putty

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Hand Warmers

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Magnetic Poetry

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Mini Lego

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Thumb Tacks

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Rubik’s Cube

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Glow Sticks

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Moleskine Journal

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Bananagrams

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Deck of Cards

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Frisbee

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Hot Wheels Car

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Eraser Car

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Magic 8 Ball

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Mug Warmer

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Face Paint
– in school colours!

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Astronaut Ice Cream

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Chia Pet

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Bop It

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Cards Against Humanity

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Exploding Kittens

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Poker Chips

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Mad Libs

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Travel Scrabble

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Travel Cribbage

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Catch Phrase

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Ring Pop

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Yo-yo

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Kite

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Fun Magnets
– for the fridge

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Instagram Photo Printer

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Advent Calendar

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Adult Coloring Book

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Crayons

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Temporary Tattoos

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Hacky Sack

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Slackline

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Sudoku Book

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Crossword Puzzles

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Fiction Book

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New Headphones

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Scented Candle

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Personal Care Items

Nail Clippers

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Nail Polish

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Hair Elastics

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Lip Chap

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Lotion

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Soap

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Shampoo & Conditioner

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Deodorant

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Nail File

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Hand Sanitizer

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Toothpaste

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Toothbrush

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Shaving Cream

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Face Wash

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Facecloth

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Makeup

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Mascara

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Shower Shoes

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Contact Lens Solution

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Glasses Cleaning Kit

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Socks

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Listerine Pocket Packs

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Hair Gel

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Razor Blades

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Perfume/Cologne Sample

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Kleenex

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Cold Medicine

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Allergy Medicine

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Advil

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Tylenol

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Cough Drops

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Condoms

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Vitamins

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Q Tips

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Dental Floss

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Tums

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Pumice Stone

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Feminine Hygiene Items

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Funny Bandaids

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Foot Massager

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Face Mask

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Sleep Mask

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Sunscreen

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Hair Brush

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Hot/Cold Pack

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Study Stuff

Post Its

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Highlighters

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Nice Pens

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Flash Cards

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Erasers

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White Out Tape

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Notebooks

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Printer Cartridges

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Fun Paper Clips

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Binder Clips

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Scotch Tape

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Mini Stapler

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Scissors

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USB Drive

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External Hard Drive

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Dry Erase Markers

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Pencil Crayons

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Gift Cards

CASH – everyone likes this stuff.  Everyone.

iTunes

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Starbucks

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Grocery Store

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Subway

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Panera

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Chipotle

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Target

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http://www.walmart.com/

Phone Credit

Visa

Movie Theatre

Handy Household Stuff

Laundry Money

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Laundry Detergent

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Fabric Softener

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Napkins

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Dishcloth

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Air Freshener

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Tide Pen

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Mr.Clean Eraser

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Hydroflask

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Postage Stamp

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Thank You Cards

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Mini First Aid Kit

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Laptop Case

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Phone Case

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Quick Cookbook

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Diffuser

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Storage Containers

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Lunch Containers

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Spork

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Chopsticks

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Straws

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Febreze

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Reusable Grocery Bag

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Fleece Blanket

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Reusable Coffee Mug Sleeve

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Mini Whiteboard

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Lysol Wipes

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Inflatable Furniture

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Holiday Window Clings

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Mesh Laundry Bag

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Swiffer Duster

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Wool Dryer Ball

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Picture Frame

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Hot Water Bottle

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Calendar

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Flashlight

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Rechargeable Batteries

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Poster Tape

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Sticky Tack

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Command Hooks

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Multitool

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Duct Tape

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Kitchen Knife

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Chip Clips

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Cord Organizers

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Portable iPhone Speakers

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Nice Care Package Touches

Notes from Home

Photo Album

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Hometown Newspaper or Announcements

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Letters & Drawings from friends and family

Journal

Clothing & Such

Pajama Pants

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Gloves

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Scarf

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Hat

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Toque

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Gym Shorts

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Jewelry

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Watch

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Slippers

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School Sweater

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Hand Warmers

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Sunglasses

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Swimsuit

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Halloween Costume

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St.Patrick’s Day Shirt

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Valentine’s Day Shirt

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Seasonal Socks – ie Christmas

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Shoelaces

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Undershirts

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(Alternatively, buy a care package directly from Amazon.)

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3 thoughts on “Exam Care Packages”

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      I agree, especially things that will make you smile :-)

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