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Every year the USPS announces the dates for which packages being mailed overseas to military must be sent out. Those dates were recently released:
|Military Mail Addressed To||Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)1/||First-Class Mail Letters and Cards||Priority Mail||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/||Space Available Mail (SAM)3/||Parcel Post|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec-18||Dec-10||Dec-10||Dec-3||Nov-26||Nov-12|
|APO/FPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec-4||Dec-4||Dec-1||Nov-20||Nov-12|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec-18||Dec-10||Dec-10||Dec-3||Nov-26||Nov-12|
|APO/FPO AA ZIP 340||Dec-18||Dec-10||Dec-10||Dec-3||Nov-26||Nov-12|
|APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec-18||Dec-10||Dec-10||Dec-3||Nov-26||Nov-12|
You can read details here: http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2010/pr10_092.htm
Care Package 101
View my previous post on sending care packages for the holidays: https://armywife101.com/2009/09/halloween-care-packages-what-to-send-in-them.html
One more tip that I always forget to mention is to fill out customs form beforehand, believe it or not I have seen people wait until they get to the PO to do that. Do it beforehand so that you have time to make sure everything is filled out correctly and you don’t feel rushed.
Amanda Walker from Miss Your Voice graciously shared her Halloween care package tips with us the other day. Today she is sharing some basic care package goodies that will help you put together the best package you can for your loved one:
Great snack ideas:
***Please note! Individually wrapped food and snack items are preferred because they are easier to take out on missions! ***
Hard Candy and Gum
Fruit Snacks (fruit roll ups, gushers, dried fruit, Welch’s fruit snacks)
Cookies (individual snack sized packs)
Nuts and Trail mix (Small individual bags)
Granola Bars, Pop Tarts, Protein Bars
Oatmeal, Cream of wheat, Instant soup mix
Chips (Individual snack sized bags)
Crackers (Snack sized packs)
Tuna or Chicken lunch kits (in foil packets)
Great drink ideas:
Gatorade Mix (individual water bottle packets)
Crystal Light Mix (individual water bottle packets)
Kool-Aid (individual water bottle packets)
Coffee (powdered mix)
Hot Cocoa (powdered mix)
Protein drinks (powdered mix)
Deck of Cards
Crossword Puzzle Books
Help your service member keep in touch with you! These are items MissYourVoice suggests you include in your package for communication purposes!
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Hooah & Smooches
Army Wife 101
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As a frequent deployer for the Army I totally agree with these care package items. The easier it is to take with you around the better.
My hubby always said send tons of baby wipes. They were great for when he couldnt shower.
That is a good suggestion Angela :) I will have to add that onto my list!