Back to School: College Survival Kit

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College survival kit

 There are so many things to think about when starting college. It’s a stressful but exciting time for kids and parents. Kids are stressed about getting things ready and worried about how everything will go. Parents are wondering if they’ve taught their children everything they need to know. It’s hard to send your children off into the world, even though you’ve known that day was coming. While shopping for everything they’ll need for college, pick up some supplies for a fun survival kit!

Pink glitter paint

Start with an inexpensive plastic, white bin. Place a strip of masking tape around the bin, about 2 inches from the bottom. Use pink glitter paint to paint the 2 inches at the bottom of the bin. Paint several layers to increase the vibrancy of the color, allowing the paint to dry between layers. Allow the paint to dry completely and then carefully peel off the masking tape.

College survival kit labels

Print and cut out the college survival kit labels. There are five labels: College Survival Kit, Prioritize, Organize, Energize and Glamorize. Use the pink glitter paint to paint the edges of the labels. You can download the labels here:

College Survival Kit Labels

Prioritize bucket

Gather together supplies for all of the buckets. For the “prioritize” bucket, I bought mini office supplies in a small case like a stapler, pencil sharpener, staple remover, staples, tape and a hole punch. I also added pink sticky notes, pink scissors and pink and silver glitter pencils.

College supplies bucket

Attach the label to the bucket with glue or double stick tape. Then, add all of the supplies.

College organization buckets

Do the same for the other buckets. For the “organize” bucket, I added mesh zippered bags, mini clothes pins, tacks, adhesive putty and adhesive hooks. In the “glamorize” bucket, I put paint markers, adhesive gems, washi tape and a washi tape dispenser. I filled the “energize” bucket with trail mix, liquid water enhancer, chocolate and mixed nuts.

Back to college kit

I tried to find items with a similar color scheme to fill the buckets.

Girls college survival kit

Make a couple extra college survival kits to give to college-aged friends and relatives. If you need to make a kit for a boy, switch the color scheme and paint to blue or green. College kids will love receiving their kits and as the school year progresses, you can mail them items to refill their baskets.

Photo Credits: Tonia Larson

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