Make a Passover Care Package for Your College Girl or Guy
Sending a Little Bit of Home to Your College Students
Being away from your family can be hard at best, but to be away during a holiday can be really difficult. It's not easy for parents, either! I have come up with a plan to keep my kids in the loop. I send them what I call a "Party in a Box." I don't just do it on Passover, but on any occasion I can think of! Who doesn't like getting a care package?
What Is Passover?
Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a Jewish Festival celebrating The Exodus, when the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. As are most of the Jewish holidays, Passover is steeped in symbolic gestures. It is a widely celebrated holiday, beginning with the Seder (festive meal) and lasting for seven more days. The most widely known tradition is that practicing Jews do not eat bread or anything leavened during the eight days of Passover. A daunting challenge for a college student, indeed!
When Is Passover?
As Jewish holidays follow the Hebrew calendar, the dates change from year to year. When I'm writing this in 2013, for example, Passover begins on March 26th. If you are planning on sending a care package, make sure you have plenty of time to send it.
Care Package Tips
- During the year, I stock up on things to include in my care packages. They range from useful to silly.
- Always include something yummy!
- Make it fun. That's why I call it a party in a box. They should look forward to it. It should meet or exceed their expectations!
- Sometimes, I include something from home that is not new but I know will bring a smile to their face.
- I also include things they need like deodorant or pencils.
- I may include a small gift card. (They love Starbucks, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts!)
- If I put cash inside, I put only a little.
My care package goal is to make their lives easier and happier!
Step-by-Step Photos of Packing the Care PackageClick thumbnail to view full-size
Care Package Dos and Don'ts
Include small, lightweight things
Include perishable items
Pack a variety of goodies
Include very weighty items
Include something to share with their friends
Put anything too valuable in there.
Do a practice run to make sure everything fits
Overstuff your package.
Check that everything is closed tightly and wrapped properly
Include too many serious, boring things
More Cute Care Package Ideas
- Make a "theme" box where everything is related to the theme.
- Wrap and number/label each item. Write clues that direct them which to open first.
- Include personal notes, inspirational notes, or fun sayings scattered throughout the box.
Make it fun!
How to Ship or Mail Your Care Package
Prices will vary depending on weight, distance, and speed of delivery. You can also add frequency if you do a lot of mailing. For my occasional packages, I have tried several different sources. I have found the United States Postal Service works best for me. They have a website that not only helps you determine what you need, there is also a place for online payment and shipping labels. All you have to do after that is drop it off!
Remember to Allow Time for Your Package to Arrive
Make sure you leave plenty of time for your package to get there. Even though what is inside may be a surprise, do let your child know it is coming, so they will watch for it. When you are preparing this, remember, it is a a little taste of home. Be sure to include all your love!
Will Your College Student Be Able to Celebrate Passover While Away From Home?
Most colleges and universities have places for students to worship. There are usually dinners and events planned around the holidays. Check into your child's school to see if they are holding a Passover Seder.
In addition, they will still need some of the essentials for during the week of Passover. Many schools will help your student by preparing meals that are kosher for Passover on request, but there aren't too many school "cafeterias" anymore. They seem to leaning more and more towards "Food Courts."
If they live in a sorority or fraternity house, there will be more leeway on getting the right foods. And, of course, if they have their own apartment, they should be fine.