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What Penn State Students Really Want In A Care Package

With midterms in full swing, receiving a care package from your family can be a relief amidst the hectic nights of studying. And while any gift received is a nice surprise, there are a few specific items on the wish lists of many college students.

Whether you’re the student hoping your parents take the hint or you’re looking out for your own Nittany Lion away from home, here’s what Penn State students really want in a care package:


You’re not a struggling college student if you perfectly match all your socks without losing a fair amount of them. Kids basically decide when to do laundry based on how many pairs of socks or underwear they have left, so why not just get some more?

Cold Medicine

The Penn State Plague is real, and it’s ruthless all year long. Stocking up on the appropriate cold and flu remedies is a must for any student.


This can be anything that helps you stay fresh during the day. It’s always nice to avoid an extra trip to the drug store whenever possible.

Home-Cooked Food

Dining hall food is subpar at best, and if you’re cooking for yourself, chances are it’s not much better. Missing out on warm meals is one of the hardest parts of transitioning to college, and nothing will ever beat the taste of home-cooked comfort food.

Favorite Snacks and Treats

Ideally, this would be a mix of junk food for late-night cram sessions and granola bars for those mornings when you wake up a little too late. College life is all about balance.

Seasonal Goodies

It’s nearing Halloween in Happy Valley, and most college kids still love to receive cute decorations, candy, and other little goodies to fully enjoy this spooky holiday.


Sure, McLanahan’s is just a short walk downtown for most students. But nothing beats receiving a new hoodie or game day accessory in the mail as a surprise.

LionCash Deposits

For students living in dorms, keeping LionCash stocked is the only way to do laundry. Whether or not you choose to use your card elsewhere is up to you, but having at least a few bucks to spend at all times is a necessity for almost every Penn Stater.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are the perfect little present for college students because for once, it’s money you have an excuse to spend.

Cold. Hard. Cash.

How else are you going to pay cover at your favorite Penn State bars? (Sorry, Mom and Dad.)

What else do you want in a care package from home? Let us know in the comments!

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About the Author

Sarah D'Souza

Sarah is a senior biobehavioral health major and a staff writer for Onward State. Like basically half of Penn State, she is from "right outside Philadelphia," and is the first Nittany Lion in her family. She is an avid lover of cheese, sushi, and carbs of all sorts. Unlike most people, she loves grammar and, like most people, enjoys long walks to wherever the puppies are. Hit her up at [email protected].

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