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Roommate care package ideas please :)

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So, we move our dd into the dorms in August.  Her roomate is a friend of hers, although they don't see each other often, maybe once a month.  

 

I want to leave them with a 'roommate care-package' (boxed and wrapped). They can open it together after they are all moved in & we leave them. I'd like each item to have a 'reason'.  

 

Here's what I'm thinking:

 

A Costco package of gum - I think there are 14 packs, so 7 for each of them.  "To remember to stick together when the going gets tough."

 

2 pks of bandaids - "To patch things up quickly if things go wrong."

 

2 pkgs of glow sticks - "To be a light to each other and those they meet."

 

2 lip balms - "To take care of your smiles."

 

A gift card to a local restaurant - "To enjoy a dinner together away from the cafeteria."

 

Any other creative ideas?  Thank you!!

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Ear plugs or sleep masks because good fences make good neighbors.  Sometimes putting in ear plugs makes more sense than fuming about your roommate typing too loud at 1am.

 

Wendy

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Ear plugs or sleep masks because good fences make good neighbors.  Sometimes putting in ear plugs makes more sense than fuming about your roommate typing too loud at 1am.

 

Wendy

 

Lol!  Love it!  Humor & reality  ;)   Thank you!

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Some chocolate and maybe a package of hot chocolate mix and a couple of mugs, for those times when they need to take care of each other emotionally or if they need to talk out roommate issues.

 

A couple of flashlights, in case one is sleeping, and the other needs to get up early or be up late.

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A couple of flashlights, in case one is sleeping, and the other needs to get up early or be up late.

 

This reminded me...I was at MIT during the Y2K scare.  The university gave each student who was going to be in the dorms over the New Year a flashlight to protect ourselves with as the world as we knew it collapsed into a date induced cataclysm. Our twenty five grand in yearly tuition did not, however, cover batteries for our cheap, plastic flashlight; we had to provide our own.

 

Wendy

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Hershey's hugs -- friendly hugs are always good

 

Packaged nuts -- everyone acts nutty sometimes

 

Canned soup -- for 2 "soup"-er girls

 

Chocolate -- because chocolate fixes everything

 

ETA:  Ramen Noodles -- for study time (use your noodle)

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These ideas are awesome! I'm so stealing these, Junie's too!

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Jigsaw puzzle -- for when you're puzzled about how to handle a situation

 

Clue (board game) -- for when you haven't got a clue what to do with a rainy afternoon

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These are fun ideas.  

 

I would include your phone numbers so that if they needed to call you, they knew how.  There have been a couple instances mentioned here over the past few years where kids were worried about their roommates but didn't know how to contact their families.

 

 

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Rather than an ordinary flashlight for each of them that they won't be able to find after the power goes out, I would get combo nightlights/emergency flashlights like these:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Eton-Emergency-Flashlight-Nightlight/dp/B0045W0MD4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1429493973&sr=8-2&keywords=plug+in+emergency+flashlight

 

I got my kids something like this for the dorms. In a power outage, they can be on for up to 4 hours and they will turn on automatically if the power goes out so you don't have to hunt for them.

 

Either earplugs or noise cancelling headphones are recommended. My 19yo wears her noise cancelling headphones every night. 

 

My 16yo sent a pair of noise cancelling headphones to her best friend after finding out that the roommates snored.

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