Thursday, July 14, 2011

Care Package Tips/Ideas

The last 5 Deployments (this is #8) there was not a need for me to send any care packages to Hubby. Because anything he needed or wanted for the most part he was able to get himself a lot faster than a package would get there.
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
Non-food items:
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.


Trisha

2 comments:

  1. I love the idea of using memory cards. I was thinking of making a playlist for my boyfriend on one, printing a little sticker of a cassette tape for the case so it's like a mini mixtape.
    But it would be great for making longer video messages. Or even make a personal video with a free movie maker. Film the garden, the pets, the children, anything at all.
    Thank you for the great ideas.

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  2. It must be so difficult to have such limited contact while he is gone. It is really sweet of you to send him stuff and creative to include all the personalized items that he can enjoy...

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