I love when readers send in their care package ideas! Mallorie, a military significant other, sent this lovely (and manly) box to her guy while he’s currently in AIT. I was so excited to receive her email with her ideas and pictures.
In case you’re wondering, AIT is an Army acronym that stands for “Advanced Individual Training.” AIT is a great example of a military experience that takes the service member away from their family for an extended period of time, but is not deployment.
At AIT, a soldier receives training and instruction for a specific career within the Army. Every branch of the military has this kind of schooling that your service member, regardless of job in the military, will most likely need to complete at some point during their career in the armed forces.
Depending on how long trainings last and where they are, it might be the perfect time to send a care package. You’ll want to talk to your care package recipient first to find out what they anticipate needing and what the timeline for their trainings will be. After all, you don’t want to send a care package only to have it arrive after they leave their training to make their way back home.
I love when readers send in their care package ideas! Mallorie, a military significant other, sent this lovely (and manly) box to her guy while he’s currently in AIT. I was so excited to receive her email with her ideas and pictures. Thanks for sharing, Mallorie!
Camo-themed care package decorations
Mallorie used camo-patterned scrapbook paper to create the box. There are actually quite a lot of options to create a camo care package using paper.
- These options for camouflage scrapbook paper also have military-themed patterns that come with the designs. Remember that a 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook paper will perfectly fit the large square Priority Boxes– no cutting to size required! (And that makes it so much easier!)
- All sizes of stickers exist that can easily cover the inside (or outside of a care package) in camo style. From blue to brown to pink and other hues, there are lots of options for whatever you’re dreaming up. Often, I hear from military spouses and significant others that they aren’t crafty. With stickers, you don’t have to be crafty at all!
- Use camo wrapping paper to wrap the inside of the care package. Not sure how to do that? Here’s a super easy tutorial for how to do just that.
Gifts items for the camo care package
Mallorie also wrapped care package items in patterned paper. In the box, she sent single serving snacks like Ramen and cookies, as well as zombie-themed goodies.
Not sure what you want to send? I have a lot of lists and helpful tools to help you figure that out.
- Use this list to discover more than 150 items that are useful in care packages going to deployed service members
- All of these items (all 72 of them!) are healthy care package foods that can be shipped easily overseas (or wherever your care package is headed to!)
- These foods are all microwavable and are also able to be shipped in the mail without spoiling or otherwise becoming rancid or inedible
Mallorie also sent a week’s worth of letters in the box, too. They’re numbered so that her guy can open one every day. How sweet is that?
Sending letters in a care package?
Sending letters in a group in a care package helps to make sure that those letters get to their destination directly. John once had a letter make it to him six months late, by way of a whole bunch of countries he wasn’t even close to.
Looking For More Care Package Ideas? Try These:
- 40 Ways to Save Money on Care Packages
- The Gigantic List of Free Care Packages for Deployed Service Members
- Here’s What Troops Really Want in a Care Package