For those of you who have been following me on social media for a while, you’ll know that my husband is currently serving overseas on his first deployment.
And if you know me REALLY well, you’d have also realized that he left exactly three weeks before our first wedding anniversary.
So that’s great.
While we both are insanely upset about the entire ordeal (the deployment in general and us being apart on our anniversary) I took things into my own hands and quickly put together a military care package to lift his spirits, that, hopefully, will get to him in time to enjoy on our anniversary, or at least close to it.
(PS- For those wondering, he isn’t much of a social media/online person, so he won’t see this- and, ya know, he is halfway around the world with limited access to even call me and say hello, soooo, I’m not too worried about spoiling any care package surprises for him since it is a guessing game of when he will get anything I send.)
To get your care package supplies free (packing slips, boxes, tape) from USPS head over here and follow the instructions. The package includes more than what is listed online- and I ordered several kits to ensure they last for us!
Since he had just left right before I sent this military care package (like, the day before I sent this) I didn’t include much in the box since I knew he would still mainly be focused on getting settled and into a routine, as well as, he didn’t need much since we just sent him off.
Here is what I sent:
- Small sleeves of crackers (and yeah, I know the chances of them getting smashed in the mail are high, but I risked it)
- Unrefrigerated summer sausage– these things last a while on the shelf (find them near the beef jerky) and I only wish I found it in a smaller size so he doesn’t have to worry about throwing away leftovers, sharing, or trying to find a fridge while over there.
- Ginger beer– don’t worry ya’ll, this is non-alcoholic, and since it is one of our favorite drinks, I thought I’d send two cans (I bubble wrapped them before sending the package- be sure to do that with any cans!)
- Snack cakes– Since we won’t be able to split our cake top this year (we will when he gets back) I thought he’d enjoy some snack cakes and the extra boost of sugar and sweets will probably be appreciated
- Mini muffins– I actually bought a box of these for me on a whim and thought he might enjoy a few bags of these mini muffins on the go after chow in the morning, or to stuff in his pocket for later.
- And of course, a funny, but sweet card– I totally forgot to take a photo of the card before I put it in its envelope, but trust me, it was hilarious.
For each item I had to add a funny message on pink paper, more or less to help me lift my spirits and potentially give him a few heckling’s from his battle buddies.
Before mailing this off, I did add more packaging and padding to the box to prevent damage and slipping and sliding around- always be sure to do that before sending the gift off!
Check out my other military care packages I’ve sent here!
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