Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Care Package's 101

Here is a list of some care package ideas and helpful tips [have an idea or tip that is not listed below? Feel free to comment and I will add it to the list as well as give you full credit!]

Things to Send:
1. Earthquake cookies using devils food cake mix. - you can find the recipe by using Google.

2. Small packages of sauces [like ones you would get at a fast food restaurant]. Individual packs of tobacco sauce, honey, mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, etc. help make MRE's taste better.

3. Send holiday themed packages along with decorations. They're fun for them to put up and helps them feel like they aren't completely missing out.

4. Disposable camera if they didn't bring a nondisposable one along with them. They can always send them right back to you once they're full to help show you what they've been up to. This also works with a USB.

5. Altoids or mints - they dont always get to brush their teeth

6. Icy/hot patches - help sore muscles.

7. portable dvd player and dvds - the poor guys need to do something in their spare time!

8. Don't send pork products, alcoholic products, or porn. It's a no-no for Islamic countries. (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

9. Tie Fleece blankets... you know... the ones where you make knots around the edges

Care Package Themes:

1. Date Night - "When my husband was deployed last time I did a theme care package that I called "date night". I bought 2 of the same movie (kept one for myself and put the other in a box for him) and put some of his favorite snacks, a few pictures, and a letter in it. When he got the box, he called me and told me and then we set up a date and time that we could sit down and watch the movie "together". Granted the time change isn't bad from where we are stationed, but it was definitely a huge huge boost to know that we were watching the same thing at the same time." (ADDED BY: Bonnie @ The "Sometimes Single" Mom)

2. GIANT list of care package themes here!
Helpful Package Tips:

-Contact the post office. They will ship (free of charge!) a package containing priority mail boxes, tape, and customs forms right to your house. No need to go to the post office to get the shipping materials! (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

-To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies, simply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days. (ADDED BY: Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife)

-All mail must be addressed to a specific service member. Mail addressed to "Any Service Member" will be returned to sender (ADDED BY usmcgal)

Care Packages Getting Expensive?

-Check your local newspaper for coupons on things he likes. Finding things on sale will save you money in the long run.

- Check out a local dollar store. I can't tell you how much Dollar Tree has saved me! You can get fun little toys from there and they usually have items that correlate to holidays coming up.

- Don't buy EVERYTHING - send homemade things as well! My favorite - tie blankets!

- Get their family and friends involved along with yours! If you ask everyone to pitch in a few items or at least letters, this will take up some space in the package and of course your loved one will be really excited to see things from other people too!


The Do's And Don'ts of Sending Baked Goods:

DO use a food saver. Don't have one? Either invest in one - you'll use it a lot or you can always package baked goods in Pringle containers or zipblock bag. To keep fresh, make sure you put a couple slices of bread with the baked good. It will help the cookies taste fresh for much longer, because the bread will absorb the air since it's less dense than the cookies.

DO use a butter flavored vegetable shortening as a butter alternative and white sugar as your sweetener otherwise the butter in the baked good can go rancid and make your loved one sick! Don't want to do that!!

DON’T send any baked goods without wrapping them tightly first in ziplock bags.

More To Come Soon <3

4 comments:

Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife said...

Another few tips:

1.) Don't send pork products, alcoholic products, or porn. It's a no-no for Islamic countries.

2.) Contact the post office. They will ship (free of charge!) a package containing priority mail boxes, tape, and customs forms right to your house. No need to go to the post office to get the shipping materials!

To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies, simply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days.

A Law Student in Love with her Marine said...

I'm thinking of using the reynolds vacuum bags and then putting the bags in a cheap tupperware in case they lose their seal. Do you think I should put the bread in the bag before vacuuming? Or in the tupperware?

It's Something Beautiful said...

If your vacuuming you shouldn't have to use bread, but if your worried about it losing its seal then I would put some bread in before vacuuming. That way if the seal opens up, the bread will be fresh and not already hard from the air in the container.

Hope this helped :)

A Law Student in Love with her Marine said...

Definitely helped! Thanks!

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