These Are the 2019 Holiday Deadlines for Mailing Military Care Packages


Can you believe it’s October already? And we’re talking about holiday mail? (No, just me?) Believe it or not, if you have a loved one overseas, it’s not too early to start thinking about and planning care packages.

The USPS just released their mailing deadlines for 2019, so you have plenty of time leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year.

2019 USPS holiday deadlines for military care packages.

Last year, the USPS said that the post office having one busiest day of the year is an antiquated idea and doesn’t really exist anymore. Instead, they point to the two weeks prior to Christmas as being the busiest in the year. It’s best to adhere to the postal service’s deadlines, especially when sending care packages and mail overseas. Remember that these are all suggestions, not guarantees (unless you are notified of a guarantee when you ship your package).

APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip Codes 090-092, 094-098, 340, and 962-966

  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: Dec. 18
  • First-Class Letters and Cards: Dec. 11
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 11
  • Parcel Airlift: Dec. 4
  • Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
  • Retail Ground: Nov. 6

2019 USPS holiday deadlines for military care packages.

  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: N/A
  • First-Class Letters and Cards: Dec. 9
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 9
  • Parcel Airlift: Dec. 4
  • Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
  • Retail Ground: Nov. 6

Domestic Mail

  • First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) and First-Class Packages (including Alaska and Hawaii): Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail (including Alaska and Hawaii): Dec. 21
  • Priority Mail Express (including Alaska and Hawaii): Dec. 23
  • USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 14

2019 USPS holiday deadlines for military care packages.

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