Tips For Sending Holiday Packages To Deployed Troops

Off The Base

Care packages being prepared for Citadel Cadets prior to Christmas. Care packages being prepared for Citadel Cadets prior to Christmas.

The  Blue Star Families blog has five essential tips to send a memorable box of goodies to your loved one overseas. And they throw in some ideas on popular gifts.

  1. Send them holiday traditions. Pack up a DVD of the family’s favorite holiday movie such as It’s A Wonderful Life, or a family favorite holiday food like fruitcake or special cookies.
  2. Check the country’s list of prohibited goods. The military has an agreement to not ship prohibited foods for certain countries. For example in the Middle East or Persian Gulf areas, you should not send anything that would offend people of the Islamic faith, including pork or pork by-products, obscene material, and alcohol.
  3. Take care when packing. Some foods may spoil before they reach their destination and chocolate items melt if being mailed to a…

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