Despite the endless list of reasons why I dislike deployments, if there is one thing I do enjoy about them, it’s making Ben a special care package. Yes I used deployment and enjoy in the same sentence, but when you don’t have a choice in the matter, you’re forced to look on the bright side.
If we had it our way, he’d never deploy and stay home with us every night. But this is reality my friends. And although he may be many miles away, through this package we want to remind him that no matter how far, we’re always thinking about him. So from personalized letters, to healthy meat snacks, this is my go to list for the perfect military care package.
Because showers are few and far between, sometimes the only option is a quick baby wipe “shower.” Seriously, if there is anyone who uses more baby wipes than my toddler, it’s definitely my husband. Before departure, we try to make sure he has everything he needs for the duration of his deployment. But everyday items that often need replenishing are:
- Shaving essentials
- Toothpaste/ brush
- Flip flops for showering
- Foot powder
- Hand sanitizer
When it comes to packing snacks, there’s a few things to keep in mind. Will it leak, melt or spoil? Ben is not a junk food kind of guy, so I always look for healthy, practical options.
Like Lorissa’s Kitchen protein packed snack. Ben’s favorite is the Korean Barbecue Beef. The flavor is the perfect blend of soy sauce, onion and garlic. This gluten-free snack comes in 3 other delicious flavors like Sweet Chili and Ginger Teriyaki. Not only is it a great source of protein, but it’s also 100% grass-fed beef with no added growth hormones. Perfectly portioned, each bag can fit into his pocket for a quick snack after watch, or to refuel after a workout. With 11 grams of protein per serving, this will definitely keep him fuller longer, perfect for those long days at sea.
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In my husbands line of duty, he does not have access to the internet. As far as entertainment goes, he’s pretty limited. To help alleviate boredom I try to pack the following:
- Playing cards
- Flash drive with favorite movies
- Puzzle books
Besides Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks, sending photos is one of Ben’s most requested items. Spending time away from loved ones is hard, and it’s even harder when you cannot see or talk to one another. So I try to include a book of pictures, and sometimes a thumb drive, because it hardly takes up any space at all.
In each box I always like to include a series of letters and cards. A few weeks prior to deployment the kids and I will draw pictures, make cards and write down funny jokes.
Here’s a list of our favorite Open When Letters
- Open on your first night
- Open when you miss us
- Open when you can’t sleep
- Open when you need a laugh
- Open when you’re hungry
- Open on your birthday
- Open on half way night
- Open when you’ve had a good day
- Open when you’re sad
- Open when you need motivation
When it comes to preparing the perfect care package, nobody knows your service member like you do. Although most of the time the boxes will get thrown away, and the food gone in seconds, this is the closet thing to home that they have. Every picture, every card, every letter is a piece of you that they carry with them everyday.