Well, that is not the case this Deployment. So I have been trying to get to the post office once a week to send a care package to him. Which takes at least a month if not longer to get to him... Due to the time it takes, I cant send anything homemade, because it wouldn't be edible by the time it got there.
We are also lacking in communication this Deployment... I get on average one or two emails and one phone call a week. Hubby has a lap-top with him, but he can only get on the internet on the government computers, not on his laptop. Which means I cant send him any pictures or video via email because he cant download them.
So, I had the greatest idea!
I bought several small thumb-drives that are all 4GB each. I put pictures, videos, etc. on the thumb-drives and send one in every few packages along with a small bubble envelope. Hubby gets them, swaps out the data (he has a digital camera with him and can make videos with his web cam) and sends it back in the envelope!! I haven't gotten one back yet, but two are on there way in the mail!!
Each package also includes hand-made pictures that our daughter draws for him and sometimes she writes him a letter as well.
I buy food for multiple packages at a time, in bulk if possible, so I always have stuff on hand and just grab a few things each time I am at the store.
Here are some of the foods I send:
Canned fruit with the tab to open it, cup a noodles, easy mac in bowls, tuna & crackers, Twinkies, ding dongs, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, trail mix, little boxes of cereal, oatmeal, pop-tarts
Magazines, books, deck of cards, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, baby wipes, new underwear, socks, under-shirts
I have discovered that unless the box is going to be very heavy, which mine never are, the "flat-rate" postage boxes at the post office are not the best deal. I can buy boxes at the Military Exchange for $1.89 a piece. I get 6 at a time. Postage is anywhere between $8-10. Postage for the flat rate box I need $14.95 so, my method is cheaper. Not to mention I don't have to get boxes from the post office. ALSO, whenever I go to the post office I grab extra Customs Declaration Forms, that way I can fill it out at home! Less time I have to spend at the post office with my two kids in tow.