After AAALLLL the thinking and planning we’ve been doing these past 12 months in our gap year, this is a no-brainer post. Just all-heart <3! I just wanted to share with you what I’ve come up with for Arielle’s college care package. I’ve never heard of the term until we were getting down to details on her transfer to Hong Kong and I came across the term in an article. A college care package is basically a package of items put together that your son or daughter needs (or YOU THINK your son or daughter will need!) For us Filipinos, I think we’re familiar with this tradition or gesture as “padala” or “pasalubong”. But in other countries, care packages are just sent via mail, while we would most often ask a friend or relative to bring it over or if not, via couriers like LBC.
Since I needed to make the care package as light as possible, I reused an old bubble wrap envelope (yes it was an envelope and not a sheet) used by my sister in the U.S. to send over something to us. The items I had been putting (and hiding) together fit PERFECTLY! Take a look!
The next photos are to show you the Post-It notes I had written on each 🙂
The final care package now looks like this!
The only items I wasn’t able to take pictures of are bars of Kit-Kat chocolate, 2 packs of regular and mini M&M’s and a pack of mints. I was planning to add packs of chocolate chip cookies (her favorite!) but she had already grabbed 2 packs for herself when we went to the grocery last weekend. She told me those will be for Hong Kong!
After packing all sorts of things (and we’re not yet done!), this is going to be a surprise package we will put on Arielle’s bed on her moving-in day! (Kayla also has “something” for her Ate.)
Now I see the value of care packages. It is a way to keep in touch with your son or daughter who has left for college and to make them feel that family is not too far away. Whether or not someone’s love language is gift-giving, I think care packages, big or small, are a sure way to let someone know that we’re thinking about him or her.