What can you send to someone in the military?

By: Mohammad MirzadehUpdated: February 03, 2021


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Here are some military care package ideas that are appreciated by service members:
  • Necessities, such as sunblock, socks, underwear, flip-flops, lip balm and powder.
  • Snacks, including chips, salsa, nuts, cookies, beef jerky, non-melting candy and trail mix in packaging that isn't easily crushed.

Hereof, what can you send to someone in basic training?

What can you send in a Package to Army Basic Training?
  1. Hand writing a letter: I like to use very plain paper and envelope to keep it basic. It will take a couple of weeks for your soldier to receive the letter.
  2. Using the SANDBOXX app: You can send a letter from your smart phone. A real, physical letter gets delivered to your SIT! Letters are delivered faster with SANDBOXX.

Secondly, how do I send a care package to a random soldier?

  1. Go here. You will find flat rate boxes for APO/FPO addresses.
  2. Send Travel Size Items. Make sure anything you are planning to send is in travel-size accessories.
  3. Put Everything in Ziploc Baggies. This is to avoid sand and other debris getting into your items.
  4. Find a Serviceperson's Address. You'll find them here.
  5. Mail It.

How do you send a package to a deployed soldier?

Select Sturdy Packaging – The best packaging to use are the free USPS military care kits. These kits include flat rate boxes, shipping labels, tape and the appropriate customs forms. Secure The Package – Too much tape never hurts especially if you're shipping to Afghanistan or Iraq.

What do soldiers want in care packages?

Here are some things to send:
  • Toothbrushes.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Shaving lotion.
  • Disposable razors.
  • Shampoo.
  • Mouthwash.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Lip Balm/gloss.


Can deployed soldiers text?

Yes. Even when deployed, if a connection is available, they can text. In Afghanistan, for example, many soldiers have sim cards which allow them to use the local network.

What can you not send in a military care package?

What to Send and What Not to Send in a Care Package
  • Alcohol.
  • Carbonated Beverages.
  • Drugs.
  • Cigarettes or Nicotine.
  • Explosives or Fireworks.
  • Flammable items, like lighter fluid.
  • Pornographic images.
  • Pork products (not allowed in Muslim countries)

What to say to a soldier being deployed?

Encouraging Words for a Soldier
  • We all love you so much! Stay safe and keep in touch - we read all your letters!
  • We can't wait to see you again, but we all know you're working hard keeping us safe. We love you!
  • Everyone here is so proud of your service.
  • I was thinking about you all day today.
  • We had your best friend over for dinner last night.

What can I send my military boyfriend?

Gift Ideas for Military Boyfriend
  • Handmade Gifts. Handmade gifts are always special.
  • Care Packages. Another great gift idea for a military boyfriend on deployment is a care package.
  • Durable Watch.
  • Custom Sunglasses.
  • Old Fashioned Grooming Kit.
  • Rugged Reusable Water Bottle.
  • Durable Cell Phone Accessories.
  • Stylish Flask.

What to give someone who is deploying?

These great pre-deployment gift ideas are small, thoughtful, and meaningful, so they can be treasured no matter how long or harsh the deployment will be.

Pre-deployment gifts for the one staying behind.
  • Kisses in a Jar.
  • Voice Chip.
  • Dog tags.
  • Countdown sign or chart.
  • Cozy throw blanket.
  • Books or Devotionals.

How do you help someone who is deployed?

I didn't know it at that moment, but I had a whole cheering section of folks who helped me make it through the deployment.
  1. Sit with them. Sometimes there are no words.
  2. Talk. Talk about the deployed service member.
  3. Ask for an address.
  4. Don't forget the family.
  5. Commiserate.
  6. Don't disappear.
  7. Be cool.

Why do soldiers need care packages?

Support Our Troops® Care Packages enhance the morale and well-being of the deployed troops worldwide by seeking, receiving, and shipping care boxes containing items specifically requested by them. This is especially important outside the established holidays. Troops, use the Contact form to request Care Packages.

What can you send to soldiers in Iraq?

Personal and Practical Items
  • High-quality socks (I have to put this first, because some high-quality socks will make the toughest soldier smile with delight)
  • Soap (shampoo, body wash, face wash, etc.)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss.
  • Deodorant (travel size/non-aerosol)
  • Lip balm.
  • Foot powder.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Sunscreen.

How do you know if a soldier is real?

Verification of Military Service
Please use the Defense Manpower Data Center's (DMDC) Military Verification service to verify if someone is in the military. The website will tell you if the person is currently serving in the military. The site is available 24-hours a day.

How do you send care packages?

Select Sturdy Packaging – The best packaging to use are the free USPS military care kits. These kits include flat rate boxes, shipping labels, tape and the appropriate customs forms. Secure The Package – Too much tape never hurts especially if you're shipping to Afghanistan or Iraq.

How much does it cost to ship a military care package?

The package costs $15.90 to send at retail, which is $2 less than the price for the same package if sent domestically. also will give you an additional discount of $2.10 off the USPS retail rate and free USPS Tracking, for items sent through Priority Mail.

Can you send tobacco to military?

If cigarettes and smokeless tobacco items are permitted, customers must use Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) or Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation for shipping these items to APO/FPO/DPO destination addresses. For Express Mail shipments, Hold for Pickup service is not required.

How do you pack a military care package?

Care Packages for Deployed Marines: Packing Tips
  1. Use Sturdy, "Lock-Style" Bags. Use plastic bags with zip-style closures for everything (like ziploc™ bags).
  2. Do Not Combine Toiletries With Food Items.
  3. Avoid Using "Packing Peanuts"
  4. Reusable Packing Materials.
  5. Boxes And Packing Tape.

What do you put in a Thanksgiving care package?

Ideas for a Thanksgiving care package:
  • Pumpkin bread or cookies.
  • Spiced cider packets.
  • Hot cocoa packets.
  • Turkey jerky.
  • Thanksgiving decorations.
  • Thanksgiving art work from the kids (don't forget the turkey made from a handprint!)
  • Autumn scented candle or room deodorizing spray.
  • Dried fruit.