Care Packages For Navy Sailors- Ideas For Encouraging Your Man
Everyone likes to get mail… if it’s not a bill! Who can resist a fun-filled, thoughtful care package? But it can be hard to come up with ideas for what to send in care packages for Navy sailors. They don’t need much and you don’t want to load them down with bulky things. But you want to encourage them and let them know you’re thinking of them. Today I’ll give you some ideas that I’ve heard of or used.
My hubby is a P-3 pilot, so he’s usually land-based. But a few years ago, he was on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. He was one of the drivers of the ship (I’m sure I sound very civilian in this description lol). I think we were only dating at that point too.
One day when he was on the bridge, they were loading mail crates over from the supply ship. As they unloaded the mail and care packages for navy sailors on deck, he saw something funny that looked like a boot.
“Someone mailed a piñata!” he laughed to himself as he watched it being carried across the deck.
Later that day, he went down to his office, and lo and behold, the boot was sitting on his desk! He couldn’t believe it was for him. And he was amazed that it was possible to mail a piñata with no outer packaging. Granted, the boot was a little beat up, but it survived. I had filled it with candy and some other snacks. It was a lot of fun for me to wait in suspense, hoping that it would actually make it!
We still laugh about it to this day. It really brightened his day and his deployment. The piñata idea is just one fun idea I came up with to encourage my man. (You’re welcome to steal it!)
Here are some more ideas for care packages for navy sailors (or any service member):
- Notes just to say hi, wish him a good day or week, or send your undying love
- Snacks- what does he like to munch on? What is he craving or really missing that he can’t by on ship or on base?
- Encouraging words- Deployment is tough on everyone, but the sailors stuck out in the middle of nowhere need encouragement. They may not get a day off, or even barely any time to sleep. Hearing that you love them, you’re proud of them, you’re waiting for them, you miss them, and how much they mean to you are huge ways to lift them up!
- Pictures! Of kids, your activities, trips, things around home, funny things, etc. You can email pics but sometimes a hard copy is the best. They can hang it on the wall or carry it around.
- Books- maybe they have some down time for a good book
- Calendars- One deployment I had a desk calendar made with pics of our family. That way he could have something to countdown and cross off the days with.
- Photobooks– I created a photobook with pics of our newborn daughter. Hubby was around for two weeks of her life before deploying, so I made him up a little book that he could flip through whenever he wanted.
- Candy! Throw in his favorite candy, or even get a couple of bars and create a candy message. (for example: You are such a BIG HUNK, I’m the SMARTIE who got to marry you! What a SKOR— better than 100 GRAND!)
- Spray some perfume in the box or on a specific card to keep the fire burning 😉
- A new t-shirt
- Is he requesting anything?
- Fresh cookies or brownies are always a hit! Just wrap them in plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil on the outside… maybe put some bubble wrap around them. Other options are putting them in a Tupperware type container to protect them or wrapping some cardboard in foil to make a sturdy base for them.
- CDs of your favorite songs, movies, even an iTunes gift card
To close things off, here are a couple of my favorite (iPhone) apps that I use to send cheer and fun to my man.
American Greetings– this is a free app through which you can send ecards. Sometimes an ecard brings a smile and laugh in a different way than just an email. And it just shows your thinking of them.
Simply Postcards– this one has been great. It’s not free unfortunately, but I think this one’s worth a few bucks every now and then. This app allows you to use a picture from your camera roll and create a post card. You can type a message on the back, and send pretty much anywhere. With APO addresses it costs the same as any US address- 1 credit. My hubby has cute pics of our daughter that came as post cards and he loves looking at them all the time!
ps- For encouragement and support during deployment, check out my new ebook “The New Military Wife’s Guide To Deployment: How To Feel Positive, Motivated And Fulfilled During Your Time Apart.”