What to Send to a Deployed Soldier.


Deployments. 

Yuck. Hate. Them. With. A. Passion. The. End.

HOWEVER....

We loved sending care packages when my husband was deployed. It was our way of loving on him and encouraging him from home. Every time the kids and I would go out shopping we would keep an eye out for little fun things to send daddy. We would send him all his favorite snacks and of course personal hygiene items. Plus all the love letters we could write and pictures we could send. You can get a list of approved items to send deployed soldiers at Military.com.

It's fun to decorate the boxes and it gives the soldier an extra smile. There are lots of fun themes. You can do a simple Google search or Pinterest search for lots of ideas. Follow me on Pinterest. Here is my Care Package board. 

We have sent ..



 *You are my Sunshine box and filled it with lots of yellow colored items. 

*Happy Father's Day box with letters and pictures of the kids. 

*Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box because the kids and him would watch the cartoon every Saturday morning before he left and still do now that he is home. 

*Happy Birthday box. I sent cake in a jar as his birthday cake. 

*Why I love you box. I used different colored post it notes and wrote a ton of reasons why I love him on those post it's and placed them all over the inside of the box. 

*Heart Attacked box. Hearts everywhere!!!! Everywhere! Attacked by hearts. 

*Happy Anniversary box. I taped pictures of us to the flaps of the box and added a special love letter to make him blush. ;)

and more....

Have fun with it when you send care packages. Decorate them! Ask your soldier what are some items they would like to receive. Nothing is more comforting than goodies from home. Remember to check the website above for prohibited items. Remember if sending to a hot climate country chocolate will melt. For Liquid and gel items, I would suggest placing them in baggies in case of leakage. When shipping perfumed items like soap with food items, in the same box, wrap them separately so the food doesn't end up having a perfume taste. Send some encouraging prayers and bible verses. Tip: double sided tape is your friend. 

Enjoy! 








Blessings, 

Starla J. 

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38 comments:

  1. Deployments are the worst! My husband completed 4 during his military career and I wish had been this creative with my care packages! Wonderful post!

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    1. ugh! 4 deployments!! Thank you for all you and your family have done!!! ((hugs))

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  2. Such great ideas! And it must have been so much fun for your soldier to open them.

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    1. He really enjoyed them. Plus he would share usually! :)

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  3. My sister did these when her fiance (now husband) was deployed. I know he appreciated them a lot!

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    1. Nothing says love like some home made goodies!! :)

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  4. Those are fabulous ideas! Big time thank you to your soldier for all that he has done. Bless the troops, always.

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  5. It is so difficult when our loved ones are deployed. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  6. This is such a great post, I don't know what it's like to go through deployment but it's something I had to consider last year when my husband was debating joining the army. Thank you for sharing! I'll be passing this along to my friend who's husband just joined the airforce ;-)

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    1. I'm proud of my husband just hate deployments. :) Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Fun ideas! When my guy was a wee one, we were really active with Soldiers Angels and we sent out a lot of care packages. Double wrapping any smelly stuff is important! I think a lot of my guys and gals were surprised by the matchbox cars that my then 3yo was dropping in the packages we were wrapping (unbeknownst to me!) Thank you both for your service and sacrifice - it's a much a sacrifice for the soldier's family, too.

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  8. Wow, great post. I love the themed boxes. You are so thoughtful!

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    1. Thank you. We probably enjoyed creating them as much as he enjoyed receiving them.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  10. Thanks to your whole family! And these are great ideas :)

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    1. I appreciate that. We enjoyed making them.

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  11. This is a great post. Thanks for your family's service and thanks for sharing these ideas with us all.

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    1. I hope it helps someone else be creative and fun with care packages.

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  12. Great ideas to send to deployed Soldiers. I sent my husband many care packages when he was deployed. TFS!!

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  13. Thank you for the tips eventually I'd have to be sending some of these. Thank you to your husband and whole family. I understand all the sacrifices made.

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    1. There are so many ideas out there to choose from or make some up of your own! ((hugs))

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  14. Care packages are the most sweetest way to send your love !!

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    1. It is a great way to love on them!!

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  15. My Dad was deployed while I was in college and care packages meant a lot. Thanks for sharing so others can spread love to our soldiers and all they do.

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    1. They do mean a lot! The kids and I loved sending them as much as he enjoyed getting them. Thank you for stopping by!

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  16. Pinning this for when my son ships out again in January. :)

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  17. I really love this idea!

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  18. Great information!! Thanks for sharing this and a reminder as well.

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  19. Love these ideas! I remember sending my dad care packages when he was deployed, but I don't think they were as creative!

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