75 Awesome Military Care Package Ideas

A few years back when my husband was deployed, I was drawing a blank when it came to creative military care package ideas. I literally used to just throw everything inside a plan old box and send the package on it’s merry way.

Looking for military care package ideas? Here are some fun and creative ways to get started!!

I know better now. There are thousands of creative military care package ideas that you can use for your next box. Many boxes revolve around a theme or idea, which makes it all the more fun. Plus, a fun list of items to include in care packages.

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Themed military care packages.

Okay, this is so much fun! One of the best ways to show that you care is to put some creative thought into a care package. I’m the first to admit I’m not always the most creative person, so that’s when I turn to Pinterest for inspiration. When you create a themed care package, you not only decorate the box along the theme, but you can also include items within the care package that fit into the theme.

Sports themed care packages.

Character themed care package.

Holiday themed care packages.

More themed care package ideas.


Best items to pack in a care package.

Drink mixes….

During deployment drink mixes offer a quick and fast way to enjoy something besides water. Many service members may have access to a coffee pot.

Easy protein…

I never found any of these items very appealing to eat when we are at home, but when my husband is deployed he loves these items. Cliff bars and high quality protein bars were a huge favorite.

Easy condiments…

I regularly get requests for Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Tabasco sauce. I don’t typically get too many requests for other condiments, but these are good ones to send that ship well. Mayonnaise is definitely a no-go unless it’s the dead of winter. I’ve also hear Taco Bell hot sauce packets are a huge hit.

Easy snacks…

This is probably the easiest category. Anything in this category ships beautifully long-distances in a variety of temperatures.

  • graham crackers
  • regular crackers
  • cookies
  • GUM
  • non-chocolate candy
  • nuts
  • trail mix
  • dried fruit


Toiletries can actually be a huge source of comfort for a lot of service members. Clean teeth and some lip balm can really go a long way. It’s hard to know if a service member has access to a shower if you are sending these to troops you don’t know, but all toiletries will be used eventually. So no harm in sending them 🙂

  • shaving cream
  • shampoo
  • body wash
  • deodorant
  • razors
  • baby wipes
  • eye drops
  • tooth paste
  • dental floss
  • hand sanitizer
  • lip balm
  • toothbrush
  • cough drops
  • icy hot
  • vicks

Entertainment items…

Downtime activity items are a great way for service members to pass the time. I typically send a few in each care package. Sending a copy of a local newspaper, current pictures of regular family days at home and mementos from home are a few of favorite items to send.

  • books
  • magazines
  • crosswords
  • newspapers
  • puzzles
  • movies
  • thumb drive
  • games
  • batteries
  • small electronic devices
  • photos from home
  • reminders from home

One more resource: Troopster

If you’re looking for someone to put the care package together for you, Troopster is an awesome option to try. You choose the care package, they put it together and send it! Easy peasy!

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  1. I work for Amazon and we have started an Affinity group here called Warriors at Amazon for prior service members. We are collecting items for care packages and was hoping you could help us with where to send the packages we put together? Thanks

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