Care Package 101

November 11, 2011

In honor of Veteran’s Day I thought I’d take you step by step through sending a Care Package to a deployed member of the Armed Forces.   You will need to gather a few supplies before you get started!

1.  An APO/FPO Flat Rate Box, Customs Form & Priority Mail address label, all available from your local Post Office.

2.  Goodies to put in your Care Package.  Snacks, hygiene items, magazines, and games are all good ideas!  Remember all food items must be sealed in their original packages.

3.  Find a soldier to “adopt”.  My two favorite sites for this are: Soldiers’ Angels and Any Soldier.  You will find a wealth of information on both of these sites.

Tape together your box with some good strong packing tape.  Then line the bottom layer with any square-edged items you have.  Fit them as closely together as you can!

Use any small spaces to put little items, such as, gum, playing cards, and travel-sized hygiene items.

Next, layer any odd shaped items.

Make sure to seal anything that could leak in double zip-lock bags.

For your final layer, fill the box with bags of nuts, trail mix, candy … anything that will ‘squish” into the leftover spaces.  Be sure to include a note!  If you’d like a response you may include your email address and/or a self addressed envelope and writing paper.  (No stamps required – deployed soldiers can send letters for free.)

Lastly, seal and address your box.  I like to use a lot of tape as it’s going a long way and often through rugged territory!  I also like to decorate the outside of the box  to make it look more fun. Fill out your customs form and off to the Post Office you go!  The current rate for an APO/FPO Flat Rate Box is $12.95.

Okay, now that you know what to do, what are you waiting for?  The Holidays are a great time to show your appreciation to a soldier who is far from home!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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