If you want to show your appreciation for deployed service members, few things do so, as well as a care package. The following tips will help you send an unforgettable package.
First, you can request a Military Care Kit for free from your Post Office. The kit includes boxes, packing tape, and the necessary customs forms to send a package overseas. You can request the kit online, and it will ship directly to your home within seven days. If you’re not sure where to send it, several organizations can help.
What care package is complete without some treats? Many people enjoy home-baked goods, but the items you choose should be resilient during shipping. Some people bake a cake in a jar to survive the long trip and heat. If you’re not an excellent baker, don’t worry. You can send jerky, hot sauce (packets especially), sunflower seeds, gum,
While you might focus on the edible goodies, don’t forget necessities. Even the most battle-hardened service member will smile upon receiving some high-quality socks. Include body or foot power with the socks, and you may have a new best friend. Along with those items, toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, and sunscreen are all appreciated. Don’t forget baby wipes, hand sanitizer, topical pain relief cream, or Vicks VapoRub. Finally, hand warmers, sewing kits, and lens-cleaning cloths make excellent gifts. Skip any aerosols and go for trace sizes when possible.
If you want to go beyond the basics, consider board or game games with small profiles. Service members have little to do during their downtime, and these items help them socialize. Games such as Hanabi, Love Letter, Jaipur, Hive, Pickonimo, or any of the Tiny Epic games, which take up little space ad can offer hours of fun. A deck of plastic playing cards can also go a long way.
Finally, consider a thumb drive or small MP3/media player with music and movies.
Now that you have plenty of things to send, remember to carefully pack them so that they’re secure. Triple bag food and non-food items separately to prevent contact in case of a spill or broken container. Top it off with a card or hand-written note and send it to a service member.