Need a few military care package ideas? I’ve got you covered!
Over the years, the pilot and I have gone through quite a bit of distance and a few deployments too. Sending care packages has always been a way for me to make him smile from afar and I love making them!
Since I know a lot of you have husbands, boyfriends, family, and friends in the military, I thought it might be fun to do a post on some of the packages I have sent to my pilot.
Military Care Package Ideas, Inspiration, and Details
Let’s do this!
Valentine’s Day Themed February box of LOVE
- Grab a box of kiddie valentines and write a sweet note on each one.
- Write notes and inside jokes on red and pink paint sample sheets.
- Love Grown Granola (they donated two boxes of love to P’s squadron!)
- Warm Fuzzies (hello nostalgia)
- Valentines Day Candy + other snacks
- Individual packets of hot sauce and other beloved condiments
- Command Strips (these come in handy for gear and uniforms)
- Hand sanitizer
- Face wipes
Spring Easter Basket
- Ground Coffee + a Portable Coffee Mug
- Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers for snacking
- Annies Pizza Bunnies (pizza party in a box!)
- Assorted snacks
- Emergency Chocolate, duh! (ship with ice packs around it to nix melting)
- Easter Eggs filled with notes instead of candy. (some sweet + some funny!)
- Magazines + Books
- I also added shredded pastel paper to make the entire thing look like an easter egg hunt!
care package tips and tricks
Never underestimate the power of a million little notes + letters! Most of the time it’s the things that don’t cost a dime that mean the absolute most.
Also, the likelihood of any of it coming back to the states is slim to none. Though I did send him his fancy Contigo coffee mug — Paul if you’re reading this you better bring that thing home!
When they’re ridiculously busy they tend to choose their beds over the cafeteria and miss meals, so don’t hesitate to send an emergency stash.
I’ll never forget the day Paul told me he had nothing but a blueberry poptart to eat for pretty much the entire day. Now he gets food in every package.
Another ridiculously random thing I do is attack the magazines I send him with post-its and a sharpie. I’ll leave random notes on articles telling him what I thought of them or cracking jokes.
I think there was one Men’s Health issue that I straight up COVERED in “That’s what she said!” post-its. It’s the little things in life…
Leave your favorite care package tips + ideas in the comment section! <3
I can’t wait to hear about packages you’ve sent or received to/from loved ones!
DEPLOYMENT BY NUMBERS
Those of you that have been reading my blog for a while (I love your faces off!) have probably noticed that my posts have progressively been getting a bit more angsty… more sarcastic… more colorful even. The longer I exist without my husband, the closer I get to impending insanity. This might explain the countless ball jokes, the stories of pantslessness, and the overall inappropriateness that is carefully woven in between recipes and my standard post shenanigans. I’d apologize… but I have a feeling that if you’re still reading, you kind of love it.
Laughter is undoubtedly the world’s best medicine and humor has been my deployment self-defense mechanism of choice. So when my blog antics get a little out of hand, I’m simply refilling my prescription. Plus belly laughs double an ab workout. Win-win.
In other news, I started a tally of things that happened while P was gone.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Number of time I’ve locked myself out of the house 3
Number of times I thanked my husband instead of god for installing the 8th wonder of the world, the remote control garage keypad 3
Number of nights I decided wine and chocolate were an acceptable dinner 2
Number of toes broken 1
Number of obscenities screamed when the aforementioned toe broke 8
Number of savory stuffed sweet potatoes I stuffed in my face [insert obscene # here]
Number of times I’ve set off the smoke alarm 10
Number of new batteries I’ve had to put in that damn smoke alarm 3
Number of classes I’ve taken at the gym 130+ [in 8 months]
Number of books read 100+
Number of times I grey hairs I found 6 [$%&*!]
Number of times I dyed my hair b/c of those stupid silver strands
Number of times I watched Despicable Me 25
Number of times I swore I would never make it through this without a straight jacket 20
Number of times I was wrong every. single. time.
And since we’re doing the numbers thing, thank you x1001 to everyone that left countless comments, tweets, texts, emails, and other forms of encouragement over the past year. You guys are the absolute best support system I could ask for — Love you fiercely! At the risk of making this the cheesiest post ever… “You complete me!”
If you get a chance to try any of these military care package ideas, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!