CARE PACKAGE IDEAS

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care-packages.jpgFor anyone who wants to send a package to a soldier or a unit, here are some ideas to create your own Care Package . All you need is a flat rate box from your Post Office or visit the Post Office Website and they will deliver your flat rate boxes to your door at no charge. Flat rate boxes now come in 2 sizes – the small box comes in a “shirt” size or a “shoe box” size.  These boxes, regardless of weight, cost $8.95 to mail.  A larger flat rate box was intorduced in March; it  can be mailed to a military address, regardless of weight, for $10.95.  When you go to the Post Office ask for a Customs Form to accompany your package.  Your friendly Postal worker will help you complete the Customs Form.

If you have an email address for your soldier ask them for specifics they need or want to make their package even more special . Throw in a few touches from home, like photos of you and your family. Have your children draw pictures. Get your Brownie or Boy Scout Troops involved. If you are a teacher, have your students adopt a soldier or a unit.

Be creative and make it a family or a small group project.

See our list below for ideas, suggestions, and tips, visit our Care Package Ideas Page. 

If you need the name of a solider who would like mail and support from home please contact Karen @ kprather2001@aol.com

 

Care Package Ideas

 

 Food

  • Homemade cookies or brownies
  • Beef jerky
  • Slim Jims
  • Soups
  • Chowder
  • Beef Stew
  • Spaghetti-O’s
  • Ravioli
  • Canned or vacuum sealed tuna
  • Canned or vacuum sealed chicken
  • Vacuum sealed Salmon
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Instant Oatmeal      
  • Instant Grits
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Trail Mixes
  • Chex Mix
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cereal Bars
  • Cereal
  • Protein Bars
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Canned Fruit
  • Chips in containers like Pringles
  • Pudding Cups
  • Snack cakes
  • Fiddle Faddle
  • Crackers
  • Salsa
  • Cheese Spreads
  • Cookies
  • Packaged cake
  • Frosting in Plastic container
  • Candy Bars
  • Hard Candy
  • Gum
  • Crystal Light mix
  • Gatorade powder
  • Kool Aid mix
  • Instant coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Spices

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Insect Repellant – non aerosol
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti Bacterial Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Facial Soap/Cleanser
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shave gel or cream
  • After Shave
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Body Powder
  • Foot Powder
  • Dental Floss
  • Advil or Tylenol
  • Antacids
  • Nasal Spray
  • Cold Meds
  • Cough Drops
  • Sinus Meds
  • Eye Drops
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Kleenex
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Polish
  • Puma Stone
  • Foot Soaks and Facial Masks -for the girls
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

 

Other

  • Hand Held Electronic Games
  • Batteries    AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Dart Boards
  • Nerf Balls
  • Word Puzzle books
  • Water guns
  • Phone Cards – International Use
  • Frisbee
  • Silly String
  • Soccer Ball
  • Volleyball Set
  • Packaged Poker Sets
  • Used Gaming Systems with games
  •             Play Station, Game Cube,
  •             PS2, X-Box, Nintendo, Wii
  • Bath Towels
  • Twin Size Sheet Sets
  • Blanket
  • Mattress Topper
  • Air Mattress (camping equipment)
  • Cooling Bandanas
  • Plain Black Sunglasses
  • Sand Scarves
  • Gel Innersoles
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Flashlight for reading
  • Greetings cards they can send to family/friends back home
  • Air Freshener
  • Scented Candles
  • Clorox wipes
  • Dusting wipes to remove sand  from everything

 

 

Care Package Tips and Suggestions

 

 

         Soldiers LOVE homemade goodies, but nothing is worse than having them arrive already stale – be sure to wrap items so they will remain fresh.  It may take up to 2 weeks for your package to be delivered.  We suggest vacuum sealing items; however, if you do not have access to a sealer, we have found Press ‘n Seal to work well.   Be sure to put goodies into a zip lock bag for extra protection.

 

         Do not send pork or pork products

 

         No alcohol or pornography   (this includes suggestive magazines)

 

         Do not send aerosol cans – they may explode – we make an exception when it comes to Silly String J

 

         Due to extreme heat – do not send Chocolate in the summer months – April thru September

 

         Bubble Wrap anything in a glass container

 

         Bag (Zip Lock) anything that has a scent – otherwise, your food items will arrive smelling and tasting like the air freshener, soap, deodorant, etc…

 

         Some items on the list are obviously seasonal – send in appropriate months. 

**  Freezer Pops are a great treat in the summer IF they have access to a freezer

      Be sure to bag them in zip lock bags

 

         Do not send microwavable items unless you KNOW they have access to a microwave.

The same applies to coffee for coffeemakers, freezers (for Freezer Pops), etc…

 

 

Think outside the box – look for fun items to send.  When these guys and gals have time off they need to relax and unwind…. send something fun for them

 

 

 

 

 


 
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