who regularly send parcels, advise
that the postal services flat rate box is the perfect choice. These
boxes are more like shoe boxes wherein you can stuff things that you
send to the soldiers. The postal service department also sends you
with labels. The labels are not charged for. Donors must not overstuff
The weight of the box is not a concern until it stays in shape. The
department charges you a flat fee for this box. Donors can now order
boxes online through the postal department’s website i.e. usps.com.
Package Kits- do’s and don’ts
other best thing that donors can think
of doing is order a complete Military Care Package Kit online from
families miss their loved ones who are deployed overseas for their job.
a care package doesn’t actually mean picking things from the market and
it. The Military care package needs special care and has to be prepared
in mind the restrictions imposed by the postal service department of
States. To help families create and send care packages, USPS has
‘Mili- Kit’. The Mili-Kit contains items that are most needed by the
(3) each of flat rate boxes O-FRB1 and O-FRB2
each of Cube boxes OBOX7
labels - Label # 228 8 each
labels - Label # 106-A 1 each
FORM 2976-A 8 EA.
FORM 2976-E 8 EA.
How to order the kit:
may be requested by calling 1-800-610-87341-800-610-8734 (Packing
your language (1 is English, 2 is Spanish).
option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail® service, Priority Mail or
you reach a live agent, request CAREKIT04.
patiently for over a week as the department would take some time to
your order and deliver the package to your doorstep. The average weight
ranges from 7-10 days.
placers must note that the postal charges are applicable.
Care while sending packages to a
a parcel to a soldier deployed in far off location is not as easy as
gift box, wrapping it and posting it. There certainly are some
make the process a tricky one. The mail processing is always slow it
more time than considered to be to make a parcel reach soldiers and
The other thing that needs concentration is the needs of the soldier or
Do you know what a sailor/soldier wants? Not unless you have been one
Here is a small guide that would come handy to prepare a package that
soldier/ sailor would love to receive:
Do not embarrass
soldier or sailor on duty would definitely love it when you send them
favourite thing. They appreciate the gesture but it is your
you care for their respect also. A parcel should not embarrass the
who is receiving the parcel. Sleazy pictures, pink boxers, soft toys
things that should be avoided being packed in the parcel for your loved
Soldiers are always on duty and surrounded by colleagues. There are
time when they are left alone. When they receive parcel from you, they
swept away that they do not wait to reach their rooms to check the
Even if they wish to wait, his friends would not allow him to.
sleazy pictures or a cuddly toy would definitely leave him red faced.
friends might start teasing him. So please think about things that can
embarrass him and do not include them in the parcel.
Do not let him be
called the perfume guy:
He knows your smell and he knows that you miss him as much as he
misses you. Your perfume definitely won’t do any help, but will surely
tagged him as the Christian Dior guy by his friends. Army men are
are known for their nickname giving nature. In the army, every soldier
nickname that is assigned by his friends. The perfume in which you have
the letter or the parcel will be your husband nickname as soon as he
Chocolates are a
strict no: As
mentioned, soldier parcels take longer than promised to reach the right
The parcels have to wait for longer than expected period in the transit
over the period. This long wait will surely melt chocolates and make
into the other items packed in the parcel. The gooey sticky parcel
hard to clean. So, it is an advice by soldier wives that you avoid
to be packed in the parcel.
Do not overdo: A deployed soldier do
feels nice when his kids and wife makes something special for him, but
storing those special masterpieces can definitely be a burden for him.
soldier accommodations are not very spacious. Send things that they
the most and if the kids insist on a special painting for their dad,
to make a small one so that their dad can treasure it and carry it in
pocket all the time.
Make him feel he is
still at home:
you miss him, he too misses his home. The deployment steals the little
of grocery shopping, solving the quarrel among children’s and making a
project together etc. You can make him feel at home by recording things
sending a DVD to him. He can watch it when free and it will surely make
feel at home. You can also send him a family portrait.
Make the parcel
miss entertainment. They do not get time to check on the latest movies
music videos. When on board, they also have to stay away from their
sports. The newspaper is also a rare sight. You can make the parcel an
entertaining one by sending some DVD’s, newspapers and his favourite
You know what your soldier husband loves, so send him those and make
sending parcels: yes, this is an
important one. Soldiers, without the support of their families, are not
soldiers. You are the pillar of his strength. You are the one who can
stronger and you are the one who can make him weaker too. Keep sending
things that would make him feel that you care for him and you are
to support him. If you don’t have anything to send, send him a
letter or a card that is handmade.