Creating a College Survival Kit to Keep Your Kids Healthy

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College Survival Kit

We’ve settled in (sort of) to our homeschooling routine, and are finding our groove. This fall has proven to be busy for our crew. I started running again, the boys are wrapping up their soccer season, while Rachel juggles AHG with working at the barn. Maeve adores her preschool (the same one we’ve used for 20 years!), and Daniel is firmly planted right beside me.

While I can monitor all of my wee ducks at home fairly closely, my oldest duckling is away at college. She has her own apartment, works part time, and attends one of our local universities full time. To combat the stress of a pre-law major, she spends much of her spare time at the gym.

I am AMAZINGLY proud of her. She’s driven, but still finds time to volunteer in our community, and spend time with her younger siblings.



Even though she’s an adult, I still worry. That’s what moms do.

Even though she’s not under my roof anymore, I still want to take care of her.

I send her texts and Facebook messages frequently to check in, and plan her favorite dinners when she’s able to visit. I thought about a care package, but then came up with something better, since midterms are looming on her horizon.
College Survival Kit


Making a college survival kit is super simple. Just customize it to fit your young adult.

DIY College Survival Kit

First, gather your container. I picked up some of these pencil holders before school started, and they’re perfect for making a college survival kit. Abby can snap this into her binder or toss it into her gym bag and have all of her tools at hand. No more forgetting Chapstick® at home!

Next, gather your supplies. Since she loves hanging out at the gym and lifting heavy weights, I know she’s bound to be sore some mornings. I made sure to add in Advil® Liqui-Gels® for her. Nothing’s faster on tough pain* (*Among OTC pain relievers. Use as directed.)

Another must have? Chapstick®. As we head into fall, the humidity is disappearing, and the air is dry. She’ll need to take extra good care of her lips before winter arrives. Chapstick® moisturizes & softens for smooth lips everyday, and is available in so many varieties! (Hello — Green Apple!)

College Survival Kit #Healthy4School
It’s so easy to grab these while we’re shopping at Walmart. (I can even add them to my online shopping cart — and not even have to get the kids out of the car!)

College Survival Kit
Use your imagination and add in other items for your child. Think about the things you’d want them to have on hand, but they’d likely forget or overlook on a trip to the store.

Ideas to consider:
Cough Drops
Hand Sanitizer

College Survival Kit

This pencil bag is big enough to hold the essentials, but small enough to clip into a binder or slide into a backpack.

Last, present it to your student. Abby is coming over Thursday night for dinner, so I plan to fix her favorite dessert ,make sure she leaves with extras, plus her College Survival Kit.

College Survival Kit -- make sure your college students are taking care of themselves with this easy DIY Kit! #Healthy4School
Have you ever created a Survival Kit for your college student? What items are your must haves?

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