College Survival 101

 I recently had not just one, but two occasions to spend some quality time with my oldest niece, a soon-to-be college student.  Maybe it’s her youth combined with her attempt at maturity (she’s a great kid) but her stage in life has me both reminiscing about those glory college days and planning a super-special care package full of college gift essentials that only an aunt as super-awesome as myself can provide.  (hahahaha)  Take a peek at the survival kit I plan to send: 

An amazing College Dorm gift basket my niece is going to love!

In all seriousness, I think my little college survival kit is going to be both used and loved.  I mean, I wish I had received this package when I was 18, wouldn’t you?  It’s got cashmere (yes, she’s going to BYU – not my alma mater, but my parents and my siblings and my aunts and my uncles and my cousins and……), some glam essentials that will pass muster on the I-just-sleep-walked-my-way-in-to-class, a few hygiene essentials no girl (or anyone for that matter) should ever be without and of course, Hot Tamales.  Doubles as a quick breath mint and breakfast (that’s right, remember eating candy as a meal during finals?)

Hot Tamales: This super-sized box from Urban Outfitters is funny and should last for one semester, at least.
Kleenex Expressions Oval Chevron Designs: Because no one deserves scratchy, thin tissues, ever. 
Burt’s Bees Lip Ointment: Chapstick, an everyday essential especially in the dry mountain air.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream What college student has time for a real manicure?  Everyone has 30 seconds to fake it!
Gingher Gold scissors:  The forgotten necessity – for crafts, sewing, repairs, and sometimes just to cut that darn plastic off the tub of ice cream!
Floss:  Because there is never a reason to not floss those pearly whites. Never.
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Pink Gold:  Pink and gold (duh!)  Diamonds might be a girls’ best friend, but this lip gloss comes in at a very close second!
Starlet Hair Tie Set:  Let’s face it, ponytails are as common as sleeping past your alarm and bad hair days. 
Burberry Cashmere Scarf in classic check (or this cute knock-off at DSW):  Cashmere. Cozy and comfy and almost as good as a real-live hug from your mom 🙂

What are a few of the essentials you couldn’t live without (and please don’t say Ramen!!)

This discussion brought to you by Kleenex + Walmart.  All opinions (and my niece) are my own.  As always.

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