Military Care Package Ideas – Care Package Lovin’

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. Whether he’s gone for just a day or an entire year, I pretty much miss him like crazy.  So cheesy, I know.

Care Package Lovin' - Military Care Package Ideas

Care Package Details and Ideas

February box of LOVE

  • Grab a box of kiddie valentines and write a sweet note on each one.
  • Write notes and inside jokes on handfuls of red and pink paint chips.
  • Love Grown Granola [they donated two boxes of love to P’s squadron! <3 them!]
  • Warm Fuzzies [hello nostalgia!]
  • Valentines Day Candy + other snacks
  • Individual packets of hot sauce and other condiments
  • Command Strips [these come in handy for gear and uniforms]
  • Hand sanitizer and face wipes

Care Package Lovin' - Military Care Package Ideas

Spring Easter Basket

  • Coffee + Portable Coffee Mug
  • Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers for snacking
  • Annies Pizza Bunnies [pizza party in a box!]
  • Assorted junk food [aka stuff hes not allowed to eat at home]
  • Emergency Chocolate, duh!
  • Easter Eggs filled with notes instead of candy.  [some sweet + some funny!]
  • T-Bell Hot Sauce Packets
  • Stacks of Magazines
  • I also added shredded pastel paper to make the entire thing look like an easter egg hunt 😉

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 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!

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Julie Luong

This is great. What’s your favorite LoveGrown product? I need to try them out. How about a rainy day/April showers care package?

You are the best wife ever!! These boxes are beautiful & I’m sure they put the biggest smile on your hubby’s face. I always tried to send my husband “comforting” things.. He was on a boat for 7 months, and I knew he was uncomfortable.. so I sent him pillowcases that smelled like me & lots of things to help him with boredom… movies, books, puzzles, exd… 

xx Liz

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Aww thanks schnookums! I’m with ya on the comfort front. We’ve sent him tons of blankets when it was cold and I’m def sneaking a pillowcase or two in there! I keep wanting to send books but he hasn’t had a hot minute of down time. Poor kid!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

The Raisin Almond Crunch is my all-time favorite — so so so good! I LOVE your idea for an april showers package! Thanks Julie =)


My Dad was deployed a few years ago and I sent him Christmas in a Box – complete with a dollar store stocking, snow in a can, cheap garland, a CD I burned with holiday songs, candy, cocoa, and a mug (that he brought home and still uses). He loved that one. Another great one – my Aunt hosted Thanksgiving that same year and put out a blank poster and different color markers. The entire family wrote notes and funny things. As the day went on and people started – um- having “more liquid fun” the notes/pictures got more ridiculous. She sent it in a care package and he hung it up and said that for the remaining six months (he was gone a year – sad face), he kept finding something new and laughing every time he looked at it. 


    I will definitely will do this for my deployed husband this year. Thanks for the idea

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

ahhh I love it! Thanks Kristen!!!! The poster idea is so happening in the future. Liquid shenanigans and all =)

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

These packages are so cute!!! What a lucky hubby to get such thoughtful gifts!


I sent my hubby “Thanksgiving” in a box… with a note to explain the items.  I sent Jerky because it rhymes with Turkey.  Potato chips instead of mashed potatoes.  Craisins for the cranberries.  Little muffins to “stuff” in your mouth for the stuffing.  Green “jelly” beans.

Courtney B

You are the sweetest/best wifey EVER! These care packages are the PERFECT way to stay connected to him while he’s a million miles away. You two are such a strong couple! Love it! And you 🙂

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Love you too chica! Coming from someone in an amazing relationship that is the best compliment! =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

AHHHHH I LOVE IT!!!! If we’re ever apart for another Thanksgiving I’m totally taking some tips from you! =) Brilliant <3


Awww. I don’t know anyone over there now, but I remember when I was younger, during desert storm I think, we sent a box. It was basically what you said, wipes, nice soap, food, candy…and we each wrote a letter to a soldier. I remember feeling such a good feeling from that!

I know when I am traveling, I miss: chapstick, peanut butter, and cheez-its! 

Kim Groll Scornavacco

We send care packages thru the Anysoldier program to a group stationed in Afghanistan.   I try to send 1 package a month.   I wish I could afford to do more.  We send lots of candy, snacks, games, books, magazines, cards and letters.  It’s such a pleasure for me to do it and I know they appreciate anything we send.   My mom made homemade crocheted scarves for Christmas, then we gift wrapped enough presents for the whole group, and sent Christmas cd’s.  I made them play musical presents with the gifts to the tune of Christmas songs.  They had such a good time and sent me photos of their party.  I really enjoyed seeing that!


This is the sweetest thing ever. You have one very lucky man! (:

Maria Ibbitson

So cute! Bet you can wait to see him again. Also, we bought a few of those Contigo travel mugs and they are uber amazing. Philip lost one and I went bananas 😛

Cat Tan

I used to send soooooooo many baby wipes. I also sent a shit ton of horlick for my Chinese horlick loving hubs. I do NOT miss this.

Kristen @ notsodomesticated

Wow, thanks for sharing.  That is so amazing to see.  I love all of your little notes that are somehow related to the items you are sending. 🙂

Nicole Foster

I don’t know what his laundry situation is there, but when my friends were deployed they had “issues” with the laundry coming back with an unpleasant odor.  So I would send those Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets and they would hide them in their laundry.  Worked like a charm.   And Old Navy flip-flops.  Hand Warmers (during the winter).  Oh, and Warm Delights which they used as birthday cakes.  And candles.
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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

so fun! love the magazine idea!


One of the wives in our squadron sent remote controlled toy cars haha.  GREAT for a laugh during their down time. 


This is SO sweet! What a great package to send


Very cute and thoughtful…

morgan johnston

So cute! Makes me want to send some care packages!

Liz @ iheartvegetables

These are SUCH good ideas!!!! And you are so cute and crafty 🙂 Come visit me soon??

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

haha maybe I’ll send a remote helicopter!!! <3

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

lol they’re like children! always losing their cups and lunch boxes =)

Kadee Cramer

The care packages I sent my hubby last time he deployed were not nearly this adorable. Thanks for the ideas because he is deploying again in May 🙁 but you mentioned things I had never even thought of.. so hopefully this time his care packages will be more memorable. 😀 

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

So happy to help! This is our first, but I’m always an email away if you ever want to talk/vent/laugh/bitch about the military =)

Lifewithms Random

Aww your care package is so sweet and thoughtful! Pretty darn awesome! 

Have a good weekend XX

Ladies Holiday

You are so thoughtful- your fella is a lucky man!

Kiri W.

Awwww. I am sure he’ll absolutely love it!


You are so wonderfully creative my dear. Can you send me a package?? I will take your love notes!! haha.

Jemma Andrew

Your care package is so thoughtful…love it!


Aw, you are such a wonderful person and wife. Really all the care packages are full of love and joy. The hot package just slayed me :).

From the comments below I can see you are helping so many with their care packages. Big hugs to you and hubby for his service.



Oh this is a wonderful package and Paul is such a lucky man (of course he probably already knows that).
I think the hand written notes is a wonderful way to have a “conversation” with him.
May he have safe travels and return home soon to you.


Thanks for the great Easter box ideas.  My little sister is stationed overseas until December so I am gonna get this one ready and in the mail this week!

Andrea @ Vegvacious

Oh my gosh – what sweet packages — your husband must LOVE getting these!!! My husband is here, but he’s working 70 hours per week plus his volunteer position as minor baseball president is in overdrive right now – I think that I am going to do a little package for him to keep in his vehicle for days when he’s gone from morning til night! Here’s a link to a super sweet idea that I copied for my husband for Christmas. He LOVED it and it might give you some inspiration for your next package –

Dionne Baldwin

OMG this really melted my heart.  I know that our men are strong in some ways but being away is probably even harder than they express.  You are so sweet and thoughtful to do this. It’s a great way to spend time together over distances and if you can’t read a magazine with each other in the room, this would be the next best thing.  I bet he just loves these things and is maybe even moved to tears with your love.  OMG if Yannick told me all he had was a poptart all day I’d send him food too!  Rules my patoot I’ll go feed him and I don’t care what his commanding whomevers say!  🙂 

I just love how sweet you are.  Sending you hugs with this comment…

Meredith @ DareYouTo

This is SO sweet.  Although he’s not in the military, I was long-distance with my boyfriend for a while, and I frequently sent him letters and left him surprises after a visit.  Your packages are so beautiful and sweet; I’m sure he (and his friends) appreciate them greatly!  Agree: it’s the little things 🙂


this is incredibly sweet. you must put A LOT of time & effort into these 🙂


I love it!

Hayley @ Oat Couture

My goodness your care packages are AWESOME!! Such a sweet idea and they must take you ages to put together! Well worth all the effort though I’m sure! 🙂

Kara Thomas

haha, I love the paint swatch Valentines. I have a feeling his answer was “duh.” 

Tasha @ Dine & Dash

Hey boo!I love making care packages. great ideas! especially the one about writing notes in the mag. stealing that one. miss u!


This is so sweet!  I can’t even imagine how nice it must be to receive a package like that when you’re so far from home and your loved ones.  You guys are adorable!  🙂

Annie Oakley's Kitchen

These are so sweet (literally and figuratively!)  I don’t have a significant other in the military but love the idea of sending care packages. Is there any way that someone like me can send something to a random person?

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Hey Annie!!!! There are a few ways! Two of the largest care package for the operations for the troops are [ ] and [ ] and I know for a fact they 100% make someones day/week/month and help so so so much with morale over there. The stories I’ve heard make me bawl like a baby — There are so many young, single, men and women with little family that would be overjoyed to receive a care package or letter to know they are loved. Though I sent a lot to my hubs, I try to send some random ones out for everyone too — your post reminds me that my last group-package was in feb and I’m totally overdue to send another =) Thanks so much for your comment love! xoxo

Koko @ Koko Likes

LOVE this. amazing ideas. Love the notes in the mags. You are a gem my dear 🙂 Paul is lucky to have you


I studied abroad for a semester and the best thing I got in the mail from home was a few bottles of Mountain Dew (my favorite drink then) and a hand written cards from my parents and sister with pictures of them! 

And when I fiance would go out of town for weeks at a time he would always leave me notes around the house/car/my scrub pants pockets and under my pillow. I would race home from work, the day he left, to see what it said!
Getting a letter someone wrote and not just typed on the computer means so much more!! Love your post. 

maria@ sinfully Nutritious

Jenn, you are so thoughtful and creative. I proud to be a loyal blog reader! God bless your hubby and all his fellow men and women in arms.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

thank you so so much maria =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Seriously I save EVERY NOTE my husband has ever left me. Whether it’s a post it against the wall of the shower asking me to call him later and tell me about my day (in college) or a random card that says i love you tucked in some random place. He’s so not romantic but if i save enough of the tiny gestures over the past 6 or so years it SEEMS like he is =) bahaha! there’s a note he left on the mirror before deploying that I will not windex off until he’s home again!

glad you get and appreciate the notes too girly! =) little things like that make life so much more amazing!


Thank you so much for the ideas! I’ll be book-marking this. I just found out my fiancé is leaving in January for a year so I’m already book-marking lots of care package ideas!!

Emily G.

Love this!! My hubs is currently deployed and I’m always looking for great things to send him! I posted a blog post the other day on ideas I have thought of!! This is great! Thank you for posting! 

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

I’ll keep posting them as I make em! =) So beyond happy to help!