Great ideas for long distance relationship care packages! 
These can all be handmade and you can order the note in an eggshell here (they have lots of different eggs):


Harry Potter Slytherin Care Package

My husband’s 3rd year anniversary in the Navy happened while he was deployed, so I used it as an excuse to make him a Harry Potter themed care package. He is definitely a Slytherin, so I decorated the box with his house colors and emblems.

I wrote him a letter from Hogwarts welcoming him to his 4th year in “Dumbledore’s Navy” and his first “Semester at Sea”, and sealed it with a melted red crayon.

I used small plastic vials filled with his favorite candies as “potion” ingredients. For example: chocolate rocks as Bezoars, banana runts as horned slugs, sour watermelon slices as Bat spleens, sour rainbow belts as Boomslang skins etc.

Dallas always appreciates new magazines, so I got a bunch of them and made covers for them so they would look like Hogwarts textbooks. I also included a small magnetic checkers/chess set and made it look like Wizarding chess.

I made him a wand out of a chopstick, hot glue, beads and paint, and made “Golden Snitches” by gluing wings onto Ferrero Rocher candies.

I also made sure to include chocolate coins as Galleons and a green Ring Pop as Salazar Slytherin’s ring.

In addition to Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans and a chocolate frog, I included Muggle treats like popcorn, mints, power bars, soups, and cookies.

A stuffed Hedwig holding Dallas’ letter, and some pictures from Halloween of Khaleesi dressed as a dragon and Me as Luna, and some more private pics of me in my Ravenclaw robe finished off the box. :)

Care Packages

If your significant other is homesick or in need of small necessities, the best thing to do is send a care package. Send him/her a piece of your love and personality with decorated panels as a surprise for when they open it!

The first care package I sent my Infantryman is pictured above!

Our motto has always been, “9.3.12 & Forever To Go…” (9.3.12 being the date we officially became a couple) which is what I designed this care package around. “Forever To Go… Wherever You Go,” meaning no matter where each of us are located on the map, our motto doesn’t change. The side panels are decorated with some of our favorite pictures of us. 

Contents of package:

  • T-shirt and Hoodie- because he’s deprived of a nearby mall
  • Basketball shorts- for his trips to the basketball courts
  • His favorite snacks & candy- to put a smile on his face
  • Advil- for headaches, aches & pains after long, exhausting days
  • Axe cologne & deodorant- to freshen up after PT!
  • Camo fleece blanket- sprayed with my perfume so he can sleep soundly at night
  • A “Read Me First!” letter- to remind him how much I love & appreciate him.

He absolutely LOVED the care package when he received it and called me with such gratitude. He definitely gets called “spoiled” by all of his battle buddies now!

Thinking of sending a care package and need theme ideas? Here are some suggestions!

  • Personal motto or inside joke between you and your S.O.
  • Halloween; orange/black backgrounds, pumpkins, etc.
  • Family Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.)
  • Birthday
  • Love > Distance; map background, hearts, etc.
  • Motivational quotes/pictures
  • Anniversary; pictures of you & your S.O. & loving words
  • His/her favorite sports team
  • His/her military branch
  • Cure for homesickness; pictures of family, friends & hometown
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Happy New Year
  • Get Well Soon; medicine, vitamins

WARNING: Do not put scented items in the same box as food, the food will absorb the scent and not taste the same!! Also, if packaging clothing, be careful with the use of glitter on your panels, its hard to get off of clothing material!

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Care Package Materials


Homemade cookies or brownies

Beef jerky

Slim Jims



Beef Stew



Canned or vacuum sealed tuna

Canned or vacuum sealed chicken

Vacuum sealed Salmon

Ramen Noodles

Instant Oatmeal      

Instant Grits

Peanut Butter


Trail Mixes

Chex Mix


Sunflower Seeds

Dried Fruit

Cereal Bars


Protein Bars

Microwave popcorn

Canned Fruit

Chips in containers like Pringles

Pudding Cups

Snack cakes

Fiddle Faddle



Cheese Spreads


Packaged cake

Frosting in Plastic container

Candy Bars

Hard Candy


Crystal Light mix

Gatorade powder

Kool Aid mix

Instant coffee

Hot Chocolate






Insect Repellant – non aerosol

Hand Sanitizer

Anti Bacterial Wipes

Baby Wipes

Antibiotic Cream

Hydrocortisone Cream



Body Wash

Facial Soap/Cleanser


Disposable Razors

Shave gel or cream

After Shave




Body Powder

Foot Powder

Dental Floss

Advil or Tylenol


Nasal Spray

Cold Meds

Cough Drops

Sinus Meds

Eye Drops


Cotton balls


Nail File

Nail Clippers

Nail Polish

Puma Stone

Foot Soaks and Facial Masks -for the girls

Feminine Hygiene Products


Hand Held Electronic Games

Batteries    AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt





Dart Boards

Nerf Balls

Word Puzzle books

Water guns

Phone Cards – International Use


Silly String

Soccer Ball

Volleyball Set

Packaged Poker Sets

Used Gaming Systems with games

            Play Station, Game Cube,

            PS2, X-Box, Nintendo, Wii

Bath Towels

Twin Size Sheet Sets


Mattress Topper

Air Mattress (camping equipment)

Cooling Bandanas

Plain Black Sunglasses

Sand Scarves

Gel Innersoles

Hand and foot warmers

Flashlight for reading

Greetings cards they can send to family/friends back home

Air Freshener

Scented Candles

Clorox wipes

Dusting wipes to remove sand  from everything


Zombie Survival Care Packages

I needed to send my husband a bunch of basic necessities, nothing fun or exciting really, but I didn’t want to just send a boring box…Soooo, I ended up doing a set of Zombie Care packages. The boxes they let us use for deployed military are pretty small, so I needed to send 2 boxes in order for him to get everything he needed.

I spray painted the inside of the boxes with regular green paint, then went over it with an astro turf type paint so that it looked kind of virus~like. (If that makes any sense). Then, I made stencils from some pictures and spray painted the zombies in glossy black over the green. I used scrapbooking stickers for one of the flaps. They had a lot of Halloween ones out when I went, so finding zombies was easy. Finally, I typed up a set of “instructions” or descriptions of what was in the box put into zombie apocalypse terms. 

My husband loved these boxes, and was excited to get some pretty mundane items. :)

Care Package Tips and Suggestions

Soldiers LOVE homemade goodies, but nothing is worse than having them arrive already stale – be sure to wrap items so they will remain fresh.  It may take up to 2 weeks for your package to be delivered.  We suggest vacuum sealing items; however, if you do not have access to a sealer, we have found Press ‘n Seal to work well.   Be sure to put goodies into a zip lock bag for extra protection.

Do not send pork or pork products

No alcohol or pornography   (this includes suggestive magazines)

Do not send aerosol cans – they may explode – we make an exception when it comes to Silly String :)

Due to extreme heat – do not send Chocolate in the summer months – April thru September

Bubble Wrap anything in a glass container

Bag (Zip Lock) anything that has a scent – otherwise, your food items will arrive smelling and tasting like the air freshener, soap, deodorant, etc…

Some items on the list are obviously seasonal – send in appropriate months. 

**Freezer Pops are a great treat in the summer IF they have access to a freezer – Be sure to bag them in zip lock bags

Do not send microwavable items unless you KNOW they have access to a microwave.

The same applies to coffee for coffeemakers, freezers (for Freezer Pops), etc…

Jake’s care package!! I got a lot of the ideas from the girls on here so thank you guys (: But I’m so excited to send it. There’s a letter and a collage of pictures of us and a lot of our inside jokes. Also a picture of me (:
- Candy: Reese’s Pieces, gummy worms, Skittles, and a Snickers.
- One of my flannels (this is my first care package to him, I have his flannel so I thought he’d like one of mine)
- Star Trek socks cause he and I LOVE Star Trek
- Earl Grey Tea cause that’s what Captain Picard drinks ;)
- A letter
- The collage mentioned above

I think he’s gonna absolutely love it!

(Blurred to help hide the messiness…)

Christmas Care Package

Suggestion: Individually wrap all the gifts inside! Nothing is to small :) Even a little box of candy canes. Everything should be a gift. Plus, then it’ll be a surprise as to what is an actual ‘gift’ [like that watch you got him/her; or the movie, or video game or whatever it is]


  • Ornaments
  • bows
  • Candy Canes
  • Snowmen
  • Red & Gold
  • Blue & White
  • Red & Green
  • Snowflakes
  • Ribbons
  • Christmas Tree
  • Reindeer
  • Santa
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Stockings
  • Poinsettias
  • Vines
  • Angels
  • Stars
  • String Lights
  • Candles
  • Presents
  • Pine cones
  • Tinsel!
  • Stickers
  • Wrapping paper glued down
  • “Deck the Halls”
  • “Let it Snow”
  • “Tis the Season”
  • “Ho ho ho”


  • Dollar store Christmas decorations!
  • String of Christmas lights
  • Christmas coloring book & crayons/colored pencils
  • Christmas town figurines 
  • santa hats for Package Receiver & friends
  • disposable cameras if they don’t have a digital
  • paper snowmen
  • paper angels
  • make your own paper snowflakes
  • Christmas word search
  • Presents! Whatever it is you were wanting to get to your Package Receiver this year.
  • Mini stockings! Stuff them with lollipops or candies or something
  • origami stars; not the easiest thing to do but cute if you can pull it off
  • CDs of Christmas music
  • Classic Christmas movies
  • 12 or 25 Days of Christmas. Good way to do this is cotton muslin bags that aren’t clear. Number each one and fill each one with a 'small gift’ like quotes & candies & small gift. Or 12/25 pictures or something. Be creative!
  • Christmas pencils
  • Blanket
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Thermal anything 
  • Stuffed Reindeer, Penguin, santa, snowmen
  • Halls Breezers
  • Chapstick
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Emergen-C
  • Clorox Wipes or something similar
  • Holiday metal tin
  • Plastic Snow Globes
  • bubbles
  • Tabletop Christmas tree w/ battery operated mini lights
  • mini ornaments
  • Pine candle
  • Homemade Cookie scented candle
  • apple cinnamon candle
  • Hotties Hand Warmers
  • Reindeer antlers headpiece
  • Peppermint scented lotion
  • Gingerbread scented lotion


  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Sugar cookies in the shape of trees, reindeer, santa hats, & snowmen
  • Plastic candy canes filled with m&ms
  • Peppermint gum
  • green apple tic tacs
  • cinnamon tic tacs
  • red velvet cake in a jar
  • candy canes
  • beef jerky
  • cracker jacks
  • jif to go
  • instant hot cocoa
  • mini marshmallows
  • pretzels dipped in white chocolate w/ red & green sprinkles
  • Funfetti cake in a jar
  • chocolates [this is the best time of year for them to arrive in tact]
  • rice crispies
  • andes mints
  • mini nutella packets
  • mints
  • hickory farms sausage & cheeses
  • hickory farms spicy sausage
  • christmas oreos
  • Single-Serve Drink Mixes (Propel, Starbucks, Crystal Light, etc)
  • Just add water stuffing
  • Just add water mashed potatoes
  • canned veggies
  • canned yams
  • canned nuts
  • christmas whoppers
  • peppermint bark/brittle
  • Apple pies in jars! 
  • Apple Cider
  • Canned Ham
  • Jarred Turkey Gravy
  • Powdered eggnot
  • Spam
  • Spice cookies


  • Letters
  • Photos
  • Christmas cards, and make sure to include some for the Package Receivers friends
  • Video tidings, just a little video of wishing your special ones a happy holiday and what not.

Rules of the trade:
Don’t put scented things in the same box as food, and don’t put personal hygiene stuff in the same box as food either. Also, this is the season for sickness. Send along some get well gifts.

Mkay! Just some ideas from myself & some I gathered online.
How to Make Military Care Package Cake in a Jar

When my s/o was deployed, I decided to try to send cake-in-a-jar’s for a cool care package. It took a couple Pinterest tries to figure out the right way to do it (frosting not melty, cake still FRESH, properly sealed, etc.), but once I had it figured out, it was so great! He loved it!

I WISH I had found this article while he was gone; it explains everything so perfectly! If you’re thinking of giving the whole cake-in-a-jar thing a go, I definitely suggest saving/reading this article for future reference. Happy baking! -Kathleen

A Neighborly Get Well Package from “”. Includes a printable bag, but also makes some delicious tea. Find more

  • Large mug | Target, approximately $4
  • Honey bottle | Grocery store, $4.50
  • Fresh lemon | Grocery store, $.40 each
  • Chapstick brand lip balm | Target, $2
  • Tissues | Target, set of 3 for $2
  • Burt’s Bees Honey & Lemon Throat Drops | Target, $2
  • Optional – Clear Cellophane Basket Gift Bag | Michael’s, set of two small bags for $1
  • Twine
  • Scissors