Friday, July 18, 2014

Tips to Pack the BEST Care Package!



It's summer time here in Nebraska and my middle son is away at camp for a week.  This is his first extended camp, usually they last for 3 days, but this time he is away for 7 WHOLE days.  His brothers and I decided we would send him and the Troop a package of goodies.  After a few hours of brainstorming and debating ideas of what to pack, we finally settled on a few treats.



Here are a few tips to help you pack the BEST care package!  EVER! 

  • Choose items that won't melt in a vehicle or the summer heat.  Can you imagine receiving a special package from home, only to find a puddle of chocolate inside?  Yuck! 
          Here are a few suggestions (a lot of these are from teenage boys):
Twinkies
Small Bags of Chips
Gum
Pop Tarts
Powdered Drink Mixes
Granola Bars
Non-Chocolate Candies
Caramels
Gummy worms
Pixie Stix
and
More!


  • Add something homemade or special for the recipient.  We baked up a batch of sturdy cookies for the boys.  My Grandmother used to mail O'Henry bars to my Uncle or his favorite sugar cookies.  If your package is going a long way, store a slice of bread in with your cookies.  This will keep them moist!
  • Include small books or cards.  These could be Sudoku books, word finds, jokes, playing cards, or trading cards. 
  • Enclose a hand written note or letter.  You are showing the person that you value them enough to sit down and write. 
  • Choose a box to fit your needs.  We used a flat rate shipping box from the Post Office, but you can use whatever your items to fit snuggly and prevent shifting. 
  • If you have extra space inside your box, use lightweight materials to secure the contents.  Here are a few ideas that are economical:
air popped popcorn
grocery bags
crumpled newspaper
  • Finally, don't include items that will get you in trouble with the United States Government.  Liquids, alcohol, and fireworks are probably on the no mail list.
I can't wait to hear how the boys enjoyed their care package!  Do you have any tips or suggestions?  Share them in the Comments! 
 

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