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Care Package Ideas!

Themes, recipes, all kinds of ideas plus mailing tips and tricks.  It's fun to have them here in one place, so come get ideas and share yours!  

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Carla:  I am a moderator for Navy moms on Yahoo, but also through the years have done troop support for all branches. I also have started and maintained hometown troop support, and send from our little community in Spirit Lake, Idaho - that has been very very cool. So, if you have ideas you want to share, bring it on and read and enjoy and use!  My email is crlstrt5@msn.com if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to share these in other groups or with friends.

Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom I'm co-admin and been sending care packages since 2008!  The best method is using the flat-rate priority boxes from USPS.  There's a two-dollar discount when sending to an APO/FPO address and you can send up to 70 lbs - that's 7.7 bricks!  You can order a free carton of 10 or 25 of the large-size boxes to be delivered to you at USPS APO/FPO flat-rate boxes; or call them at 800-610-8734 and request the "military pack" of six assorted boxes, customs forms, tape and address labels.  It can take two weeks or more for mail to arrive, and much longer if your sailor is deployed.  

Tips:  To save space, remove things from original packaging and put them in Ziplock bags.  Don't pack fragrant items such as soap or fabric softener sheets with food as the odors get absorbed.  Use clear tape or USPS priority tape to seal.  Put a copy of the address IN the box.  Storage space is limited so send accordingly.  Notes from friends, children, anyone saying Thank You for serving on deployment are passed around and treasured.    Per a Navy survey on Facebook, the top two items that Sailors ask for are cookies and beef jerky.  Send enough to share!  More info at USPS military mail FAQ.

For your sailor, two great checklists for deployment planning are the Single Sailor Deployment Readiness Checklist and Pre-Deployment Checklist for Family Members, prepared by JAG.

Just how does your care package reach the ship?  Watch!  Video: Underway replenishment

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining "Molly's Adopt a Sailor" (MAS) here on Navyformoms.com.  Every month they adopt a deployed ship or unit and send the service members themed packages.  It's a super-fun and friendly group and you'll make great friends while sending much-needed and appreciated love and support from home.  I learned how to send care packages by joining the MAS group before my corpsman was first deployed!

Discussion Forum

Care Package theme ideas

Started by AngiePNMx2. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Mar 8, 2017. 16 Replies

How much is too much?

Started by Sandra D. Last reply by hope4answers Sep 25, 2016. 5 Replies

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Comment by John and Yvonne 7 hours ago

Phoenixmom,

It's the Flat Rate boxes that save you money. And they can weigh as much as fits in the box. 

Yvonne

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom 19 hours ago

Bandmom, not about the having the “America Supports You” slogan on it.  It is the fact that it’s the identical USPS Priority 12”x12”x6” box being mailed to an FPO address that qualifies it for the discounted flat rate.  

Comment by Bandmom on Thursday

I finally received my "Military Pack" in the mail.  I really doubt that I will save the $2.00 per package that they said I would receive since the box says nothing about Military.  Oh well, it saves me some time I guess.

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 11, 2018 at 6:05pm

Really Proud Mama, I have always paid a different amount each time, they charge me by the weight everytime. That is so strange...... Thank You for sharing.

Comment by Proud mama on September 11, 2018 at 5:53pm

I have used the 1-800-610-8734 several times and ordered boxes. Sometimes it does take up to 3 weeks to receive them. Each time I mail them, no matter how much I put in them it has been a flat rate of 17.40 each time. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 11, 2018 at 2:19pm

You are so right I have paid up to 40 bucks to ship packages to my Son. they are not a flate rate at all.

Comment by 9699mom on September 11, 2018 at 2:08pm

Regarding the post office packages of mailing boxes, tape and labels- I live in Liberty County, Texas.  My mom and I both ordered two packages a piece and we received them all as scheduled. However I passed the 1-800 # on to a fellow military mom who lives 30 miles away and she never received them and had nothing but confusion with post office.  I have not had to mail anything over seas just yet, but I will tell you i saw no price break using the priority military boxes and had the same experience using my own put together boxes wrapped in brown craft paper. I saw no advantage to using them at all!

Comment by Phoenixmom on September 11, 2018 at 10:01am

Good Morning Bandmom, I had the same problem, I ordered twice and then when I called the Post office they said they never received anything so I went down, very inconvienence but I had them give me a Bunch plus tags.

Even though My Son isnt deployed I still have to ship everything to the Carrier. It is a Hassle because he doesnt get the stuff right away it takes like 2 weeks or more.

Comment by Bandmom on September 11, 2018 at 7:12am

Has anyone else had problems receiving the Military Packs from the Post Office?  I have order two times now, (the first time August 23) and have not received and boxes yet.  It is very discouraging.  I have checked the tracking numbers, and Status is not available.  I am beginning to think that this is a scam.

Comment by tangled skeins on August 20, 2018 at 10:06am

Our son was deployed. The first week he was there, he sent us his address for care packages. Immediately, we mailed one to him. Into his second week of deployment, he informed us his address had changed! Ugh! Does anyone know what happens to a package that is mailed to an incorrect address? Do they forward it? Or is it returned to sender? (His last deployment the packages reached him within 3-4 weeks.  He said with this deployment it might take 4-6 weeks??!)

 

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