Celebrating Valentines Day during a deployment is no fun! However you can brighten up your Valentine’s Day with a super awesome care package. Now, before you get excited this isn’t going to be one of those “make a super pretty intricate care package” type of posts. That’s not how I roll…a little to cheesy for me. However, I will give you some ideas for things to include in your package to make it special.
1. A Card, Letter or Note
Write something sweet in there, spray a bit of your perfume or fragrance. Heck, get out your lined paper or fancy stationary and write a novel. S/he will appreciate it!
2. Special Goodies
What does your Valentine love? Mine loves brownies. So that’s what I sent him (and his buddies..send enough for everyone cuz they will share). Pack them securely in plastic containers. I wrapped them in plastic wrap, put a piece of bread on top then taped the plastic container lid shut. It kept them mostly intact and fresh…except for the time it took like a month or two to get there cuz it got lost…
Of you, the kids, the furbabies. Send them something they can look at when the internet is down, beyond the wire or maybe they don’t get internet access. This makes it all the more important to send those physical pictures.
4. Send Useful Things
Maybe they need socks, maybe something else they have a hard time getting while deployed. Whatever it is, send it along. No, it’s not romantic, but it’s useful and they will certainly appreciate that.
5. Snacks, Goodies & Treats
Just remember, chocolate melts en route to hot places! They also may have other restrictions on what can be sent (check with your FRO if you have any questions) depending on where your Valentine is. Keeping those caveats in mind, spoil them with treats they can’t get while gone. Snacks, candies, home-made goodies and treats all are great items to send.
6. Send it Early
Holidays have a way of sneaking up on you. It can take a long time for mail to reach them, be sure to give your package plenty of time to arrive before the holiday. Things get lost, the mail gets slowed down for whatever reasons, I don’t even know. It happens, usually on the package you really wanted them to get too. Mail it at least several weeks ahead of time, even a month just to be on the safe side!
7. Personal Touches
Don’t forget to add those little personal touches only you know about. Your inside joke, your good luck charm. Whatever it is, add it you packages. Maybe you are one of those decorators who makes fantastic looking care packages, then do it. They’ll appreciate the thought and effort cuz it’s from you.