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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!

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on October 8, 2015 at 1:47am

It's time to start planning!   Suggested 2015 holiday overseas military mail deadlines from USPS via Military Times.

If you plan to mail holiday packages to troops deployed overseas, now is the time to prepare.

The U.S. Postal Service’s first suggested deadline for mailing packages — by way of Standard Post — is Nov. 7.

The deadlines are the same for all methods of mailing, for all overseas APO, FPO and DPO ZIP codes, with notable exceptions for some mail going to and from the AE ZIP 093, which covers overseas contingency areas.

The following are suggested deadlines to mail your items so they arrive in time for Christmas. To get them there in time for Hanukkah, which starts Dec. 6, subtract 19 days from each deadline.

Standard Post: Nov. 7

Space Available Mail (SAM): Nov. 25

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL): Dec. 3

Priority Mail: Dec. 10, except for AE ZIP 093, which is Dec. 3

First-class letters and cards: Dec. 10, except for AE ZIP 093, which is Dec. 3

Priority Mail Express Military Service: Dec. 17. This service is not available to AE ZIP 093; check with your local post office to find out if it’s available to another specific APO/FPO/DPO address.

Standard Post generally takes longer than other mailings. Compare the costs; the USPS notes that in some cases, the costs of Priority Mail and Standard Post are similar, while Priority Mail travels faster.

Also, remember that the USPS offers a postage discount of $2 per box on its largest priority mail flat rate box, at $15.90, for mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses worldwide. There is no cost for the boxes themselves; the cost is for the postage to send the boxes. You can get them at local post offices or online at

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 24, 2015 at 1:55pm

Welcome new members!!

If deployment is coming up for your sailor, here are two great checklists - Single Sailor Deployment Checklist  and  Pre-Deployment Checklist for Family Members, prepared by JAG.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 16, 2015 at 1:31am

Regarding A school care packages, you may want to check with your sailor first.  Those who have gone through the Hospital Corps A school say that the hassle of going to the post office outweighs the benefits and most are adamant about NOT wanting care packages while there.  Also, keep in mind that after A school, sailors have to carry everything to their next duty station in their sea bags or ship extras home.  A good gift during A school can be a Visa gift card that can be delivered via email and used at the NEX or wherever.  

Comment by AngiePNMx2 on June 14, 2015 at 10:41am

Yes you can send them care packages in A-school

Comment by Alex's_Mom on June 14, 2015 at 7:47am

Can you send them care packages once they get into A School or do you have to wait til later on?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 7, 2015 at 11:13pm

Welcome to the group MT's Mom!  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 11, 2015 at 7:10pm

Welcome Catt443!

Comment by Mommamac MM(CVN77) on May 4, 2015 at 8:18pm

Thank you so much for the welcome Marcy. I didn't know they had a group like this. I love sending our son care packages and now that he has finally gotten to his ship, I'm sure the thing s I send him will change. I'm looking forward to what our future holds for us. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 4, 2015 at 7:24pm

Welcome Mommamac MM(CVN77)!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MM(CVN75) on April 15, 2015 at 6:54pm

Thanks for the welcome Marcy!  I've been sending care packages to my son for the last 2 years while he's been in nuke school, but now looking forward to the new challenge of when he deploys!  I'm gathering ideas ;-)


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