Emergency Kits – Graduate Kit

Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies or for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This kit makes a great gift for the new high school grad in your life.


To gather all of the items for this kit, grab a laundry basket in a fun color or design to keep the gift fun and functional.

Some travel laundry detergent will always be handy for a new college freshman, or even a high school grad moving out on their own for the first time. The travel-size detergent will keep your gift basket affordable and will also be handy for the grad, given the limited space and storage in a dorm room.

The steady diet of a college student is usually of a fast food or microwavable variety. Toss in a selection of different microwave entrees. Look for a healthy variety with limited sodium and lower fat to help encourage them to make healthier options. If your grad is pickier about their meal options, you could always grab gift cards from their favorite fast-food restaurants.

A dorm room essential is shower shoes. Using a communal bathroom and shower is a likely setup for athlete’s foot or plantar warts, with that many teenage feet floating in and out. Toss in a pair of inexpensive but durable flip-flops that your grad can wear in the shower to maintain his or her foot health.

Living with a stranger for the first time is going to be overwhelming. There will likely be different study habits, sleep patterns and more. A great gift for your new grad will be a quality pair of earplugs so they can go to a quiet place whenever they need to. An added bonus would be an eye mask to help out with nap and bed times that don’t mesh with their roommates.

College dorms are a breeding ground for germs, and the latest colds and flus move quickly. While your grad won’t be able to beat them all, they can be proactive. Include vitamin C to keep their immunity up during those late-night study sessions, hand sanitizer so they can avoid the latest bug wherever they are and some Clorox wipes so they can wipe down their dorm belongings regularly.

Your grad is going to have lots of early-morning classes that will likely follow late-night paper writing and studying, so they will probably appreciate a steady supply of their favorite coffee. Since they likely won’t be allowed to have a coffeemaker in their room, grab the to-go version if it’s available. If you’re not sure what they drink, you can always grab a gift card to a Starbucks or whatever coffee shop they’ll have near or on-campus.

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