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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 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  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. 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 IslandGal on November 9, 2017 at 6:38pm
I totally ditto Grandma D! Write every day. Get siblings, grandparents, anyone to write. My son said he got so much mail and it was awesome. Send sport scores, music and movie stuff, any news ( they don’t get any there). I sent comics, puzzle pages, jokes and riddles, anything to fill a page. ( but no newsprint-it gets on their uniforms. Make a copy of it and then send, just an FYI.
Comment by RyansMom on November 9, 2017 at 11:52am

Thank you Grandma D.  This is great information!

Comment by Grandma D on November 8, 2017 at 7:40pm

I forgot to mention the day they leave start writing letters and date them and keep adding to them so when you get their address you will be ready to send a letter and send one every day if only high it's been a busy day for me but I miss you and love you. My granddaughter said there was nothing like hearing her name called at Mail Time

Comment by Grandma D on November 8, 2017 at 7:38pm

Welcome to all moms who are just starting the Journey of boot camp in Great Lakes. I am a grandmother and we just finished graduating there September 29th. Get on YouTube and put in Navy boot camp and you will be able to see a lot of things. Let me tell you mother it will be hard and probably harder on you than your sailor. First 72 hours or bad. Our granddaughter the first two times she called home did nothing but cry but you know what on graduation day I saw a young lady that had grown up and she looked radiant. They are taking a bunch of teenagers and making them into sailors.  Just letting you know don't let the tears shake you up expect them. Get connected with moms in your son or daughter's division because you will have so much in common and when you go for graduation you will have made friends that you will be so excited to meet there. Please keep us informed with any concerns

Comment by RyansMom on November 8, 2017 at 7:05pm

My son, Ryan, is going to boot camp on 12/6.

Comment by IslandGal on November 8, 2017 at 6:37pm
Welcome Pina to a wonderful journey. Lots of things to learn and lots of friends to make! Network with other Moms whose son/daughters are in the same phase as yours. ( and just so you know, no care packages can go to BC. Only letters. But there are lots of good ideas here for the future!
Comment by Pina on November 8, 2017 at 6:02pm
Does anyone has a son/daughter that is going to Chicago?
Comment by Pina on November 8, 2017 at 6:00pm
Hello! My son is going to boot camp in Chicago
Comment by Phoenixmom on October 30, 2017 at 5:40pm

John and Yvonne that is so very sweet of you, It is nice to know that ones son/daughter will be able to enjoy what you give.

Comment by jsefamily on October 27, 2017 at 2:25pm
If packages are a pain, gift cards are preferred but can be stolen, it seems a PayPal transfer to a personal bank account might be best. They are free and funds arrive quickly.

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