How To Make A College Survival Kit

How to create a college survival kit for the high school graduate in your life. Wendy Cranford

I have a little something different for you today!

How to make a College Survival Kit.

High school graduation is such an exciting time and there is so much to look forward to.

For my cousin who graduates in just a few days, I thought the perfect gift would be a College Survival Kit.

I took to Pinterest to see what kind of ideas were out there.  Most of the kits were in boxes, or plastic totes.  However, I thought it would be nice for my cousin to have a tote bag.  Just in case her dorm room was too small to have a plastic tote.  This way she can unpack the bag and put the stuff where  she actually needs it to be.

If I was heading to college soon, this would be the gift I would want.  It’s all the little stuff that we don’t realize we need until we are without Mom and need it.

To see all the contents of the bag you can watch this video.

I pinned a lot of college survival kit ideas on my GIFTS board on Pinterest.  You can follow that board or just check it out by clicking HERE.
Here are all the items I put in the tote bag:
Highlighters, pencils, post it notes, ear plugs, pens, tylenol, ibuprofen, starbucks gift card, target gift card, cold stone creamery gift card, band aids, cold medicine, neosporin, chapstick, emergen-c, gum, quarters (for laundry), kleenex travel packs, tide stain and go, wet wipes, red vines.
I plan on adding the following:  microwave popcorn, top ramen, 3M tacks, lint roller, sunscreen, nail kit, on the go drink pouches you can add to bottles of water.
Thanks for popping in today.  I would love to hear any suggestions you have for graduation gifts or items that should be added to this bag.  Just post your comment below.

5 thoughts on “How To Make A College Survival Kit”

  1. Thanks so much for the video. I’m going to graduation party this Saturday at now I know what to take. Thanks for the ideaS!!! ;->

  2. Don’t forget safety pins and a mini sewing kit. I enjoy your blog, but have a SU demonstrator in my home town.
    Blessings, Liz M

  3. I will show my age ….my gifts included an iron, an umbrella and a cross fountain pen and pencil set!! Another generation that is for sure. Bandaids are always needed. Also one of those little hammers with a screw driver inside.

  4. First aid kit. Scissors, nail polish remover, toothpaste/brush. Fun things would be movie gift certificate, Dairy Queen certificate or any food outlet, calling card for long distance calls home.

  5. Hi Wendy, Great idea. I’m sure that she will love this kit and find it very useful. I did something similar for my two nephews when they were in college, but my “survival” packages contained food. I sent quarterly survival packages to the two boys for eight, yes, count them, 8 years (their college times overlapped). They greatly appreciated them and devoured them quickly. I had fun doing it, and didn’t even mind the shipping costs (I’m in MI, the boys went to school in PA.) The additional suggestions that you’ve been getting are great ideas, too. Keep up the good work!


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