TIPS FOR SENDING THE ULTIMATE MILITARY CARE PACKAGES
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Ideas for Military Care PackagesFirst off, the best way to complete your military care packages is to be thoughtful. The act itself is very thoughtful, of course, but because every soldier is different, you’re going to want to send something that they will personally appreciate. With that in mind, take a closer look at some easy military care package ideas to help you build the ultimate military care packages:
Lettersare always a top-notch idea. A heartfelt letter is the starting point of any care packages for the military. This is especially true for those in basic training where less is more and a full package may end up being stored until after their training is completed anyways. Also, if they are unauthorized to receive a care package, it could lead to negative repercussions. Skip the goods and send a non-decorated, heartfelt letter instead.
Photosand letters go perfectly together and can help military personnel reconnect with home. Don’t go overboard, but small photos can bring any updates to life.
Snacks and homemade treatsare a tasty way to lift the spirits of anyone. Be sure, of course, that your packaging is secure and that the food you do send won’t spoil for a considerable amount of time. Packaged sauces can also be a great gift to help liven up the taste of the food they are provided. Send it over, and they’ll appreciate it more than you know.
Small basic suppliesare helpful to keep soldiers protected and comfortable. Think of things such as sunscreen, toiletries, hand warmers if it's cold, flip flops for warmer temperatures, etc.
Pens, paper, envelopes, and stampscan be used by troops send letters back home because cell phone service may not always be available or allowed.
Cards, games, and puzzlescan help troops pass the time and relax during the downtimes of service.
IcyHot, aspirin, and allergy medicinescan help alleviate some of the pains that come with working out, operations, training, etc.
Sports equipmentis another thoughtful gift, such as a soccer ball, football, baseball and glove, etc. While you are unlikely to be able to ship over a basketball goal, sending small sport-related items provides a fun way for troops to unwind.
What Not To Send in a Military Care PackageSending the wrong items can result in punishment for you and the soldier receiving the items. It’s best to avoid certain things and stick to what won’t land anyone in trouble, even jail. Remember: Basic training isn’t the right time for a full military care package, but during deployment, it’s important to know what isn’t a good item to send. For important military care package list no-no's, be sure to check out the USPS shipping restrictions, but here’s a short list of things to keep at home:
- Aerosols, explosives, or pressurized items.
- Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and adult materials are forbidden.
- Food that can perish (or at least perish very quickly).
- Weapons and ammo.
- Clothing or other items with profanity or a specific political affiliation.
- Pork isn’t allowed in many countries, so skip it as part of your snacks when appropriate.
How To Send Military Care Packages for FreeThe Military Care Kit from the USPS has everything you need for a successful military care package. It’s a free way to send your goods to a soldier stationed away from home. Each kit comes with six boxes, tape, and labels. You can even track your package online and receive up to five kits for your order.
Crown Royal Military Care PackagesThe Canadian whisky powerhouse Crown Royal has teamed up with Packages From Home, a non-profit organization, to help send free military care packages every month through The Purple Bag Project. Crown Royal has sent more than one million care packages through the initiative to American troops serving all around the world. The popular whisky comes packaged in its iconic purple bag, and when customers are finished, they can bring the bag back to participating stores to donate them. The bags are then sent back to the program and filled as military care packages for those in the service. Check back each month to help make the day of a military member who is helping defend America the Beautiful.
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