Does the Post Office Really Offer Free Care Package Supplies?

If I’ve gotten an email or message about it once, I’ve gotten them five hundred times:

“Dear Jo, I went to my post office and no one’s heard of the free Military Care Kit. What do I do?”

“This isn’t a thing anymore. Just wanted to let you know.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about. The post office doesn’t give out free care package supplies.” 

But here’s the thing: the United State Postal System absolutely does give out free care package supplies. In fact, they do it in a few different ways. It all depends on what you want and where you make the request. (But honestly, it’s not hard at all! I promise.)  In fact, in many situations, you can get supplies delivered for free, right to your door. (Score!)

Let’s dive in.

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What is the Military Care Kit?

USPS provides a Military Care Kit by request at no charge. In the kit are multiple boxes, custom forms, labels, and Priority packing tape. You can order the kit by going here or by calling 1-800-610-8734 and requesting it by name.

What comes in the kit?

Once you order the Military Care Kit (for free), USPS will ship it and deliver it to your address at no cost to you. Here’s what you’ll get, per the USPS’ website description:

  • 2 Priority Mail APO/FPO (12 in. x 12 in. x 5-1/2 in.) Flat Rate Boxes
  • 2 Priority Mail Medium, Top-Loading (11 in. x 8-1/2 in.x 5-1/2in.) Flat Rate Boxes
  • 2 Priority Mail Medium, Side-Loading (11-7/8 in.x 3-3/8 in. x 13-5/8 in.)Flat Rate Boxes
  • 1 Roll of Priority Mail tape
  • 6 Priority Mail address labels
  • 6 Customs Forms
  • 6 Customs Forms Envelopes

Does it really work?

Yes! It absolutely does. I’ve ordered these kits multiple times over the website and using the 1-800 number. They are currently available on the USPS’ official website, too.

I asked at the post office, but they didn’t know what I was talking about.

Military Care Kits are not available at your local post office. They are only available by ordering online or calling the 1-800 number. If you speak to someone at the post office who doesn’t know about the kit, that’s okay. Just order online or by phone.

You can pick up free Priority boxes and mailers as well as customs forms from your local post office. Most post offices have a variety of sizes of Priority boxes available in the lobby, so you’re able to take what you need. If you don’t see them in the lobby, check with an employee. They may have them behind the counter. There is no cost for Priority boxes.

What else can I get for free from USPS?

The USPS website offers free Priority boxes in quantities of ten or 25 and will deliver directly to your house for free. Think about this option for care package parties, sharing with others, or stockpiling for a long deployment.

If you’re looking for other free options through the USPS, you’re in luck. Customs forms, adhesive customs form pockets, and labels are available for order through USPS’ website. These products are meant to be used exclusively for Priority mail. These items are also available in bulk on the website as well and can be shipped directly to your house for free. But watch out: not everything in the USPS shop is free. You can make regular purchases through the website, so you want to keep an eye on what you’re putting in your shopping cart.

Great ideas for coffee care packages for deployment and college boxes!

So, in conclusion…

Order Military Care Kits and bulk Priority supplies directly online or through the 1-800 number and have them delivered to your house. Grab one or two Priority boxes at a time directly from your local post office. Boom. Easy. And free.

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