Everyone appreciates knowing they are loved and there are so many ways to create a great care package for your deployed loved one, but here are A LOT of ideas to help you get started! After including things from this list, lift their spirits more by customizing it to your military service member. Also, be sure to follow the tips below for sending care packages.
Food: energy bars/protein bars/granola bars/cereal bars, Chex/Trail mix, Pringles (or another chip in a solid container), beef jerky/Slim Jims, peanut butter and jelly, nuts, pudding cups, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, microwaveable food like popcorn, gum, hard candy, instant oatmeal, Ramen noodles, crackers/Cheez Its/Wheat Thins, pretzels, dried/canned fruit, fruit roll ups, Poptarts, tuna (in foil), individually packaged cereal.
Drinks: Gatorade/Koolaide powder, Mio drops, Emergen-C, protein powder, hot chocolate mix, instant coffee/creamer, hot tea.
Condiments: hot sauce packets, ketchup, mustard, sugar, seasoning salt.
Keeping Clean: shampoo/conditioner, razors/shave cream/after shave, toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, deodorant, Q-tips, nail clippers/file, body/face wash, loofah.
Toiletries: sunscreen, hand-sanitizer, lip balm, lotion/moisturizer, insect repellent, feminine hygiene products, hair ties/bobby pins, comb/brush.
First Aid: antacids, Advil/Tylenol, sinus meds, cold meds, cough drops, bandaids, vitamins, anti-itch cream.
Clothing: t-shirts, socks, underwear, gloves, sunglasses, hand/foot warmers.
Reading Materials: books, magazines, comic books, Sudoku games, religious materials.
From Home: letters, cards, photos, videos, scrapbooks.
Electronics: batteries, DVDs, headphones.
Linens: sheets (twin-size), pillow cases, towels, blankets.
This is just a start! There are even more ideas that can be found by following the link below!
- Check on size and weight restrictions for packages. Pick up free Priority Mail boxes at your post office. Or call 1-800-610-8734 for a FREE military care package kit.
- Include a card listing the contents of the care package. Enclose the recipient‚Äôs name and your name and everything that‚Äôs in the care package on the card. That way, the recipient knows that to expect when he/she sifts through and if the package breaks opens, mail handlers will know what to repack.
- Place items that may spill or leak in heavy plastic zipper-lock bags. Get the gallon freezer bags, they‚Äôll also help to keep things organized.
- Write out the complete address. The address should include your service member‚Äôs full name , unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address. Be sure you have the unit name, including the battalion, ship, squadron, platoon, etc., with the nine-digit ZIP code, if one is assigned. Also, be generic way you fill out the customs form (instead of all the foods, just put ‚Äúnon-perishable snacks‚Äù)
- Number your packages and letters. Some care packages arrive later. Numbering them will alert your service member to care packages that are still on the way. Better yet, theme your care package, if possible (ie. 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas)
- Don‚Äôt send perishables to warm climates during March to October. They will melt, spoil, or burst.
- Be aware of what you can‚Äôt send. Obscene articles/photos, alcohol, weapons etc.
Collected from: http://www.semidelicatebalance.com/2014/05/19/care-packages/