Care packages! If there’s one thing I enjoy about this deployment, it’s definitely this — decorating, shopping for and sending out care packages. Not only does it unleash the Martha Stewart in me, but USPS has also made it a lot easier to send them out. And since I’m still on a care package high, allow me to share with you how easy it is to make your service member feel how loved and cared for he/she is, even across the miles.
First up, call the USPS at 1-800-610-8734 to order your Military Care Kit. It’s extremely hassle free, quick and simple! You’ll just need to provide them with your name, phone number and address and before you know it, your Military Care Kit is delivered right at your door. Mine took 6 business days — not too shabby.
Not a fan of waiting? Order up to 10 kits per phone call.
What’s in the Military Care Kit?
- Two large priority flat rate boxes (12 x 12 x 5-1/2),
- Two medium priority flat rate boxes (11 x 8-1/2 x 5-1/2)
- Two medium priority flat rate boxes (13-5/8 x 11-7/8 x 3-3/8)
- Priority mail tape
- Priority mail address labels
- Clear envelopes to attach the customs forms to the package.
*NOTE: They no longer deliver customs forms. You can either fill these out online, or at your local post office.
Second, my absolute favorite part… shopping and decorating. In order not to overspend, I have two rules that I go by.
- Buy in bulk
- Take advantage of the dollar store for fun, inexpensive decorating materials (ribbons, wrapping paper, stationary, etc.)
Lastly, fill out the customs label online, print it out and schedule your box for a pick-up. Voila! Saves you a trip to your local post office.
And for those of you without service members actively serving in the military but would like to show your support to the brave men, women and K9 currently deployed, here’s a list of organizations that you can reach out to:
Peace, Love and Semper Fi,