As society adjusts to these unprecedented times, we find ourselves yearning to connect with each other more than ever before. Text messaging and video chats are fast and easy ways to stay in touch. But why not add a classical spin the next time you re-connect with college friends? Care packages are a traditional college staple that doesn’t seem close to going out of style. During these times, a coronavirus flu care package may be just what your friend needs to cheer them up. Check out our flu care package ideas below!
Start With an All-in-One Bundle
Purchase a flu care package armed with the basics before customizing and decorating it for your BFF
Don’t know where to start? Start with the basics. You can either start from scratch or purchase a pre-bundled package. Many online retailers offer comprehensive flu care packages that include tea packets, vitamin-C packets, hand sanitizers, tissues, and more. Even though you can’t see your best friend in person, that doesn’t mean you can’t send them a little TLC from far away.
How to Pick the Right Tea Packets
Tea packets are perfect for relieving sore throats and headaches. But while some teas are great for recovering from a cold or flu, others may leave you feeling worse off than you started.
Here are the best teas for healing a sick body.
- Chamomile: For years, chamomile tea has been used to treat chest colds and relieve cramps. Many people enjoy chamomile for its calming effects.
- Green: Green tea is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients and natural compounds that are great for relieving colds.
- Ginger: Is your friend feeling nauseous? Give them a couple ginger tea packets. Ginger tea can also relieve headaches and warm the body up from the chills.
Emergen-C Packets — Are They Worth It?
While Emergen-C packets are a great resource for boosting your immune system, people still aren’t sure whether they can actually prevent or treat colds. However, some people have found that Emergen-C packets were effective in reducing fatigue and relieving the duration of their cold symptoms. The ingredients in Emergen-C are also said to support healthy skin and help metabolize fats. Either way, Emergen-C packets are pretty much a staple in every flu care package you see nowadays.
Order the Proper Hand Sanitizer
Multiple tests have recently confirmed that two hand sanitizer formulas recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. The tests also found that store-bought sanitizers can also combat the virus. Keep your friends safe and make sure they have the proper hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s make the basket a little more fun and personal.
Let Their Creativity Run Loose With Crafty Art Supplies
Adult coloring books, paint-by-numbers, and more are growing in popularity
Whether your friend is an avid artist or a casual doodler, they will love any arts and crafts supplies you add to their basket. Not only is creating new art a fun way to pass the time, but it is an easy method for reducing stress and anxiety. Coloring, for instance, can induce the same mental state in people as meditating does. It can also encourage mindfulness and quietness — a perfect combination for enjoying a restful night after work!
Need some ideas? Check out these popular options below!
- Adult coloring books
- Paint-by-number paintings
- Clay modeling kits
- Craft kits for jewelry and decorations
Pamper Them With Luxurious Skin and Beauty Gifts
Buy or make your own bath bombs and face masks they can treat themselves with
Self-care is important! Make sure your friend is maintaining theirs by checking up on them and packing some fun spa items in your care package. Brighten your friend’s day with some nourishing shea-butter soap and luscious face masks. Purchase some bath bombs and salts for your friend to throw in their luxurious bubble bath. Send them a scented candle for them to meditate and practice yoga to.
Need some more ideas? Consider packing these items into your best friend’s care package.
- Face, body, or hand moisturizer
- Body scrub
- Hand or body soap
- Slipper socks
Challenge Them With Puzzles and Games
A Sudoku book or perplexing puzzle is a fun way to test your brain and pass the time
The hours in quarantine can feel unending and boring. It can be tempting to scroll through social media all day. But you should try to give your eyes a break every once in a while. Make them pass by faster with some intricate puzzles and games.
- Mini puzzles
- Mini checkers, chess, etc.
- Crossword puzzles
- Word search
Bonus: Want to change up the group chat? Send a daily Question or Riddle of the Day your friends. Keep track of how many times each group member gets it right.
Throw in a Few Photos and Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Send them memories of the good old days and remind them the best is yet to come
There’s something special about holding a physical photo of you and your friends from a past time in your hands. The feelings of nostalgia are stronger and you don’t have to adjust your eyes to the brightness of the phone screen. Remind your friends that you are constantly thinking of them by printing out and adding old photos to the care package. Don’t be afraid to throw them in a funky frame or add some glitter to spice them up!
Add Some of Their Favorite Snacks
Chips, pretzels, gummies, and more snacks are easy additions to any care package
Even though you guys are all at home, you still have to finish up your classes and schoolwork. Snack breaks will be essential for helping you and your friends finish the year strong. Add some small bags of chips, trail mix, dried fruit, and gummies to your friend’s care package!
Is your friend a picky eater? Purchase a gift card for their favorite restaurant instead! When you can finally return to campus, remember to grab lunch or dinner there.
Coronavirus Flu Care Package Tips: Budgeting and Logistics
Where to Find Items and How to Safely Send Them
Many of the recommended items, such as the coloring pages or the personal note, can be made at home. Other products, such as hand sanitizer or snacks, may need to be purchased online or in-stores. Once you gather all the items for the care package, you will need to figure out how you want to send it. Many companies offer flu care packages that customers can customize and send online.
Since they are considered essential businesses, the United States Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS are still open. Sending a customized care package through one of these centers is usually fast and easy. Make sure you follow the social distancing rules for your county and state if you need to go out.
Tips for Staying in Touch With Your College Friends
Even though you are far from each other physically, you can still stay in touch
Thanks to advances in technology and social networking, staying in touch with friends is easier than ever. Have a birthday coming up? Just want to hang out? Throw a Zoom party filled with games and music. Encourage guests to introduce themselves before officially starting the party. Play fun games like Truth or Dare or Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t already, start a new Snapchat group or text message group chat to catch up a little throughout the week.
Want to change it up a little? Check out these fun virtual activities you can plan next with your friends.
- Virtual Netflix Party: What’s more fun than binging TV shows in your pajamas? Binging them with your friends. While you won’t be able to plop onto the sofa next to them, you can still watch them together virtually. Programs such as Netflix Party and Kast allow users to watch the same films and shows together.
- Make a Collaborative Playlist Together: Create a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify with your friends. Simply create a new playlist and select the “Collaborative Playlist” option under the three dots. This will present a link for you to copy and send to your friends.
- Send Some Handwritten Letters: Don’t forget to add a handwritten letter to your care package! While you probably don’t have the budget to send a care package every week, you can send a thoughtful handwritten letter to your friends regularly.
- Start a Book Club: Now may be the perfect time to start reading that book that’s been resting on your dresser for the past several months. Start the book with some friends and meet up with them via video chat every week.
While we aren’t sure when the country can begin to relax social distancing measures, it’s important to continue to stay in touch with friends and family members. A flu care package is a fun and easy way to help loved ones get through the quarantine. What items do you plan on packing in your care package? Tell us in the comments below!