It has been a long time since we wanted to do this post.
While your loved ones are deployed overseas or currently in bootcamp, sending a care package is one of the best way to show the love and care to them.
Getting a taste from home in a care package is a pain reliever for both the soldiers and their family.
We’ve listed all the things in our mind that your military spouse may need physically and mentally.
If you have no clue what to pack in the care package for your sweetie or for soldiers you’ve adopted, you will find some inspirations in this post.
If you are a new or future Milso, you will have a better understanding of what they really need and get your military care package ready in no time.
So let’s dig in.
Care Package Items By Category
1. Food and Snacks
Cookies – Nothing’s better than homemade cookies. When it comes to sending them overseas, packing is the key. You would not want your hubby to open the box and find them in pieces. Here’s a post from Heather that demonstrates how to pack them perfectly.
Sauces and seasoning – It depends on what your sweetie love that he/she may not be able to get overseas. Sauces from his frequent local restaurant will also be great for it will remind your soldier the taste of home. Preferably sauces in small packs for easier consumption and storage.
Most popular: Taco Bell hot sauce / Ketchup / Salsa
Instant soup in a cup – fast, easy to make and store.
Snack crackers – Choose the favor his love
Breakfast cereal – better go for those with individual packs
2. For Entertainment
Books – Novels, comic books and anything that may take the stress off temporarily or give them a great laugh.
Be extra cautious about sending a bible. Due to religious policies, it is NOT allowed in some countries and will get your whole package hold up.
3. Personal Hygiene
We’ve noticed that some soldiers and their family complaint about the shortage of hygiene products in troops, especially in the recent 2 years.
So here’s a list of everything they may need including the very basics. (Tell us in the comment if we miss anything:)
Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
Shampoo / Conditioner
4. Personal Care
Scentless baby wipes – for wipes and deodorant, it’s better to go for the scentless ones for strong scent may expose the soldiers in the field.
5. Clothing and Linen
6. First Aid
Zinc Oxide Ointment – in tubes, never send them a large jar
Contact lenses – It depends on whether they wear them as a habit. Get those that they used in the past but also send daily disposal lenses as well.
7. Sentimental Things For Mental Support
A hand-written letter – We know that if your loved one has access to a cellphone, it would be easier to keep in touch with them. But it’s always a good thing to write them something that they can touch and feel. It would bring tears to their eyes.
An Open-when Package – Life in troops can be difficult and there will always be ups and downs. Though you are not there with them, you can still cheer them up.
You can DIY your own or get this done-for-you printable open-when letters.