Miss Feeding Your Grown Kids? Easy Steps To Ship Them A Home-Cooked Meal

Posted on: 29 June 2015

Sending your kids off to college can be an emotional time, especially if the move leaves you with an empty-nest. If you're used to doing a lot of baking and cooking for your child, you may miss that once they leave home.

If you want to surprise your kids with a care package full of homemade treats, you may be able to use a shipping service. It's possible to package and ship perishable food items if you use the proper packing techniques. Here's a simple guide to help you prepare your perishable food for shipping. 

Contact Shipping Company

Before you send off your care package, you'll need to make sure that the foods you're sending are safe for shipping. If you're planning on shipping foods outside of the United States, you'll need to confirm the requirements for the country you're shipping to.

Schedule the Shipment in Advance

You don't want your perishables to sit in a warehouse before being shipped. To ensure the best chance that your package arrives in good condition, schedule your shipment for earlier in the week. This is particularly important if you're trying to ship foods that have been frozen.

Pick the Right Containers

Air tight containers – plastic containers with snap-tight lids or resealable plastic bags – are the best containers for shipping perishable foods. Not only with the air-tight containers protect your foods from spoiling, they will also protect against spills during shipping. Smaller containers work best, so divide your foods into several small containers instead of one large one.

Prepare the Cooler

Once you have your foods packed in their airtight containers, you'll need to place them in a cooler for shipping. The cooler will ensure that your foods maintain a constant temperature during shipment.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Insulated foam cooler

  • Several pieces of cardboard

  • Gloves

  • 1-2 lbs of dry ice

  • Packing tape


  1. Place your containers inside the cooler.

  2. Place a thin layer of cardboard over the containers.

  3. Put your gloves on and place the packages of dry ice on top of the cardboard.

  4. Place another layer of cardboard over the dry ice.

  5. Close the cooler and seal it with your packing tape.

  6. Take the cooler to your local shipping company for shipment.

Just because your kids have moved away to college doesn't mean they have to miss out on homemade goodies. With special handling, you can ship perishable food items right to them. If you run into problems while packaging your gifts, your shipping company (such as Packaging Center Inc) will be able to help you with custom packaging.