Care packages are one of those things that are at the center of deployment for military significant others. For me, they were always a tangible way to connect with John and take care of him, even when he was 7,000 miles away. It was nice to know that, when he got mail, there would be at least a few minutes of his day that weren’t the same-old, same-old. (After all, there’s no one who doesn’t like getting mail or opening a gift! And if you say you don’t, you’re lying. Just sayin’.)
I thought I’d tap into the collective knowledge of military significant others. I put up the Bat Signal (or whatever is the equivalent… the Camo Signal? the MilSO Signal?) and got a lot of amazing responses from amazing women! (Thanks to everyone who contributed!) Read on for a ton of great ideas!!
What to Send
“My husband takes a Pyrex measuring cup with him. I send any microwaveable meals, as well as the laundry detergent pods.”- Amy
“Try to send them a few weeks before a major holiday! My husband has gotten all of our packages weeks late. We send photo books of a session we did at home so it’s a nice surprise to have something tangible of us in the care package. I like to send AAFES gift cards for small things we can pick up. Also small crafts like what our son colored for him is nice to send.” -Dina from Blueberries and Bokeh
“I always have to send Sriracha sauce.” – Tracy
“Even though, say, there is a Tim Horton’s or Wendy’s in the main base, the person you are sending the package to may not be in a position to take advantage of it. Many well meaning friends wanted to bless my husband with Tim Horton’s gift cards when they opened one at the Kandahar Airfield. Only my husband is armoured Recce (Recon), so he spent 5 days of 7 months at the base and came home with $87 in gift certificates. ” Kim from She is Fierce