37 Unique & Creative Packing Materials for Care Packages


Care packages are straight-up expensive.

It doesn’t matter how you cut it, buying the stuff and sending it cost a lot, especially if you send boxes frequently.  It was something that totally smacked me in the face (hellooooo emotional spending!) and when I totaled what I spent over the course of a year deployment, I was pretty gobsmacked.

Fun ideas for useful and unique care package stuffing. military spouse, deployment, ldr (1)

I’ve written about how to cut corners and save money without degrading the quality of the care package. (It is possible!) But there is something else you can do. Make the stuff– all of it–inside the box matter.

When John was deployed to Afghanistan, I found myself playing a game of Care Package Tetris, figuring out how to fit the most stuff in the box. (After all, if you’re sending Priority, if it fits, it ships! So it pays you to cram as much in as possible.

But usually there’s still space. You could just cram paper or packing peanuts in there, but that’s basically paying to ship garbage since your honey will most likely toss it upon opening. I started doing this when John asked me to start stuffing the edges of the box with plastic shopping bags. They really useful during deployment and he wanted a supply of them.

Here are more fun and/or useful items that can squash into the small spaces so every, single inch is used:

  1. Bubble wrap
  2. Inexpensive wrapping paper
  3. Jumbo-sized marshmallows
  4. Half-blown up balloons (we don’t want them to pop!)
  5. Stress balls
  6. Circus peanuts
  7. Pom poms
  8. Cheese puffs
  9. A t-shirt
  10. Socks
  11. Packaged underwear
  12. Cotton balls, cotton swabs, facial cleansing pads, etc.
  13. Only use the comics pages of the newspaper
  14. Crumpled paper shopping bags 
  15. Rolls of toilet paper
  16. A new, soft towel
  17. A sweatshirt or sweatpants
  18. An inexpensive pillow
  19. Use a stack of printer paper. Think of a message you want the received to get.  Write one word from the message on each paper, then ball up and use as packaging. (You can number the papers to make the puzzle a little easier.) Then include a note to un-wad all the papers to find the secret message.
  20. Packaged cotton candy
  21. Sponges
  22. Easter grass. (This stuff is even biodegradable.)
  23. Loofahs/sea sponges
  24. Washcloths
  25. Cereal marshmallows. (Buy them in bulk here.)
  26. Mr. Clean Dry Erasers
  27. TastyKakes (or other treats)
  28. A scarf
  29. Hat
  30. Bagged cereal
  31. Popcorn
  32. Gloves
  33. Bags of coffee or tea
  34. Bagels (No, really. You can send them in the mail! Here’s how.)
  35. A partially blown up beach ball
  36. Koosh balls
  37. A travel pillow

Fun ideas for useful and unique care package stuffing. military spouse, deployment, ldr (2)

What are your go-to space-eaters in care packages?


One Response

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