exam survival kit

How to create the perfect exam survival kit for a loved one

Exam season is around the corner and if you’re like me, then you’ve already been there, done that and worn the t-shirt. However, even if you haven’t got any exams of your own to deal with, we’re all familiar with that dreaded exam stress and most likely have a friend or a sibling who is about to embark on theirs.

Here at Fuzzable, we want to bring a little light into the lives of those who are currently bogged down with exam pressure, and one way of doing so is by giving someone an exam survival kit. Made up of various little items, an exam survival kit will give your loved one a little boost when they need it the most.

We’ve rounded up ten items that you can put in an exam survival kit which will brighten the day of any student.

Sticky notes

Sticky notes are a must for any exam taker so you should definitely include some in a survival kit. Not only are they handy for the student to identify pages and make notes whilst revising, but you can also add a few nice messages on random ones for them to find when they least expect it.


We’re talking about funky pens (with black ink as this is typically an exam requirement) and highlighters of all colours. Everyone loves getting new stationery and not only will the highlighters help during the revision process but you know that your loved one will have fresh new pens ready to take on their exam papers.

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Snacks are a must and this can be anything that your loved one enjoys. Think along the lines of granola bars, dried fruit and nuts alongside the usual sweets, crisps, chocolates and gum. You could even bake some cookies or brownies for their enjoyment.


There is a tea for every occasion, but the likes of peppermint, chamomile, lemon balm, passion fruit, rose and green tea are know for their calming properties and can help to reduce stress. If those teas don’t float their boat, you can’t go wrong with some good old English breakfast tea.

Motivational quotes

Similar to tea, there’s a motivational quote for all occasions too. Write up some words of wisdom for your loved one – whether that be some appropriate quotes from the Internet or a heartfelt letter in your own words, they will definitely appreciate the sentiment and it will show them that you’re their very own personal cheerleader.

Stress ball

Exams are enough to send any student mad and sometimes they just need to let off some steam. Why not add a stress ball into their exam survival kit? They’re great for relieving tension and pent up frustration.

Lucky charm

Not everyone is superstitious but there’s something cute about lucky charms. They can pretty much be anything, as they’re just a small token gesture which is given with best wishes. From a little cuddly toy to a friendship bracelet, a lucky charm will definitely perk up your loved one and they can carry it with them at all times.

Bath bombs/candles

After a hard day revising or taking an exam, it’s important that your loved one takes a moment to chill, de-stress and relax. Why not add in a bath bomb so that they can have a nice soak, or maybe even a candle with a lovely calming scent?

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Store card

As important as it is to work hard for exams, it’s just as important to take a break both physically and mentally. Adding in a store card for their local Starbucks or supermarket will encourage your loved one to take a much needed break, fill their lungs with fresh air and have a change of scenery, all whilst stocking up on some more snacks to help with their revising later.

Countdown calendar

What better way to motivate your loved one than by making them a countdown calendar? As they revise and take their exams, they can cross off the days until they’re free once more.

Will you be making someone an exam survival kit? What else would you suggest putting in a box for a loved one? Let us know on Twitter @Fuzzable

Written by Katrina

twenty-something content writer with a penchant for boybands, theatre and Disney. Email: katrinanaomirees@gmail.com

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