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DIY Finals Survival Kit

It’s that time of year again! The air is colder, Christmas music is playing on the radio, and the stress levels of college students everywhere are reaching new heights! Yep, finals time. Luckily, as an English major, I’ve been mostly immune to the horrors of finals week because for most of my classes all that’s due is a ridiculously long paper. And while papers suck, I usually have a lot of time to work on them and so my final consists of me dropping off my completed essay (damp with tears and lost dreams) at my professor’s office and continuing on my way. However, my non-English major friends have to actually prepare to sit down for two hours taking a test designed specifically to test your ability to spit back the material you’ve been force fed since orientation. To combat this horror, I’ve come up with the perfect DIY Finals Survival Kit!

My friends all live across the country from me, and instead of mailing them a gift card for Christmas, I figured this survival kit would be much more useful! Whether you put together this kit for yourself or the stressed out student in your life, I guarantee it will make finals week a little less awful! The greatest thing about this kit is the items can be bought basically anywhere! I’ll be going to Target (because it’s basically heaven) but Walmart, CVS, or even the Dollar Store would have plenty of similar options!

Here are some ideas for things to include in your diy finals survival kit!

Office supplies

  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Index cards
  • Notebook

Food

Beauty/Relaxation

  • Lip balm
  • Nail polish
  • Face mask
  • Bath bomb

Other

I like to choose at least one thing from each category, adjusting as needed depending on the recipient! Once you’ve gathered your kit items, it’s time to decorate the box. Since I’ll be mailing mine, I’m simply going to decorate the box to make it the kit itself, but you could also include a separate box inside the box or use a basket if you don’t need to mail it. Since my handwriting is atrocious, I printed my labels on cardstock and included a list of all the stuff included in the box of goodies. You can download the customizable pintable’s here for your own box (You might need to download these fonts for it to work properly: one and two)!

Hopefully, this survival kit is useful to you or a college student in your life! What are your survival tips for college finals week?

  • My best friend and I are pen pals since she lives in another state now, but I have been wanting to send her a little more than a letter with finals and Holidays around the corner- this is a perfect idea!!!!

  • Yes yes yes! All of this is seriously the cutest put together! We all can agree that the only good part of finals is the care packages/survival kits. This is awesome! 🙂

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

    • Thankfully, all my finals are presentations now, but I always made sure to cut myself off at a certain time because I would get obsessive and that was bad for my mental health. Now, I enjoy a nice glass of wine.

  • Oh these are so cute!

    You had me dying at, “…damp with tears and lost dreams..”

    Man, is that ever true! The crazy part is that I love writing papers anyways and even now I love on paper-writing by tutoring students in English and writing online PLUS keeping my blog updated with inspiration for students. I would have thought I was INSANE if I could look into the future back in the ol’ high school days, haha!

    I imagine you have a similar love-“hate” relationship with writing papers as an English major. 🙂

    xo Ximena (he-mena)

  • Thankfully, all my finals are presentations now, but I always made sure to cut myself off at a certain time because I would get obsessive and that was bad for my mental health. Now, I enjoy a nice glass of wine.

  • I think the Starbucks gift card will come in handy during finals! Great list and great tips!

    Sunny | astoldbysunny.com