Today’s military is stretched all over the world doing the many important missions that our military leaders and ‘commander in chief’ deem necessary. In addition to the many places our soldiers, airmen and sailors are stationed around the world, we also have boots on the ground in Afghanistan and are now sending advisors to such places as Iraq, Ukraine and Syria. That adds up to a lot of military service members being far from home. When they are that far away from home, it is always nice for them to get a package with some goodies in it to remind them that someone is thinking of them. But before you just start packing, here are some helpful tips on what to send them and how to package it:
- The first thing to keep in mind is the amount of time it takes for a package to get to a military service member that is deployed overseas; this is especially important if they are stationed at a remote location. You certainly don’t want to send anything that is perishable within less than 10 – 14 days. So for items such as food, send things that are packaged well and last a long time. Things like chips packed in sturdy containers, nuts, dried fruits, crackers and cookies make excellent shipping choices.
- Never ship liquid drinks to your beloved service member no matter what they are packaged in. Powdered drinks make excellent choices as they will not break and are easy to pack.
- You also have to make sure you are aware of the climate you are shipping the packages to. They will be at the temperature of their surroundings for most of the time. Chocolate melts easily in warmer climates and things that are liquid in nature may freeze and break, ruining the entire package in very cold climates. So take things like this into consideration before packaging.
- Toiletries are always appreciated as are books, writing material and writing utensils. If sending clothing items such as T-shirts, socks or undergarments, then make sure they are 100% cotton instead of a cotton blend.
- Pack the material well to avoid breakage in route; this is especially important for fragile toiletries and food that can easily crumble. Never ship fragile items such as glass, ceramics and other materials that easily break.
- Be creative when you are packing too. Ship things like homemade cookies padded well inside airtight metal tins; the tins can later be used as a convenient way for your deployed military member to store and organize things. Pack fragile items surrounded by current local newspapers instead of foam peanuts or bubble wrap; after the packaged is unwrapped it will give the deployed service member some enjoyable reading and make them feel a little closer to home.
- Make sure to enclose at least one photo, video or other memento as a reminder of home and to put a smile on their face.
For more information on sending your deployed service members packages go to websites like this or contact their units family support group.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
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