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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 :)  And everyone loves to share cookies, brownies, anything chocolate!  For your sailor now, 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 - Guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) sailor Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Marian Byrd discusses her role as a rig captain during replenishment-at-sea evolutions.

And if you've got the bug and would like to do more, please consider joining Molly's Adopt a Sailor 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!

Discussion Forum

Cake and pies in a Jar Links to receipes

Started by AngiePNMx2. Last reply by blitz1201 Mar 18. 18 Replies

Care Package theme ideas

Started by AngiePNMx2. Last reply by AmyJane Dec 17, 2015. 15 Replies

shopping links

Started by duhhuh58 Ship 10/Div 267. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Apr 12, 2015. 9 Replies

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Comment by lmnadelady on March 7, 2016 at 10:10pm

Ok ladies,  I need to ship a birthday box oversea.  Looking for birthday cake ideas.  

Comment by anniebananie55 on February 26, 2016 at 9:17pm

thanks, Marcy. I will work with our local post office on this.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 25, 2016 at 10:35pm

Thanks for the great image of prune canisters in a box, love it!  Anniebananie55, you can use the regular (large 12"x12"x6") priority mail flat rate box at the post office and still get the APO/FPO discount.  

Comment by anniebananie55 on February 21, 2016 at 4:36pm

Love it...time to start buying and eating prunes! Thanks!

Comment by lmnadelady on February 21, 2016 at 4:33pm

anniebananie55  No it is an 18oz container.  Our local (Wegmans) sells raisins in the same size container, but not as much fun as receiving prunes.  LOL!

Comment by anniebananie55 on February 21, 2016 at 4:24pm

Thanks, Imnadelady!  Do you mean the 7 oz Sunsweet plastic canisters filled with wrapped prunes? What a great idea - you sound like a very creative person...

I was just on the USPS site to order some of the boxes and it said they are currently not available. I'm assuming we can still get them at our local post office?  Thanks!

Comment by lmnadelady on February 21, 2016 at 1:51pm

My favorite is filing prune canisters.  I save them including the inner seal.  Then fill them with drink mixes, energy bars, puzzles, candy, gum, command strip hook etc. Then hot glue the inner seal back on.  9 fit perfectly in the large flat rate box.  Then my son has fun sharing them, makes for a laugh for them all.   So each time he gets relocated I get a new bunch to share this with.   I love creating surprises.  Recently sent a snow box, as my son loves snow.  Now working on all things green.

Comment by Pooh'sMom on February 19, 2016 at 7:40am

That's a great idea for a care package!

Comment by MaeJay on February 18, 2016 at 11:01pm

It wasn't exactly a care package but I wrapped up 19 things for our sailor's 19th birthday. It didn't completely fill the box so I was putting in whatever I could find in the pantry that I thought he would eat or drink - lots of hot cocoa mix...we'll never use it all with him gone!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 15, 2016 at 12:27pm

Welcome new members!  Thinking that it would be great to see some pictures of care packages being sent nowadays, cool ideas you come across on Pinterest, whatever!   


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