Send Military Care Packages For Less

Sending boxes overseas can be expensive, so the USPS has put together a Military Care Package kit:

The U.S. Postal Service introduced a Military Care Kit, or “Mili-kit” in 2004 to make it easier for military families and friends to send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. Since the inception of the Military Care Kit, the U.S. Postal Service has shipped more than 150,000 kits. Each kit contains two Priority Mail boxes, six Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, eight Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and eight customs forms with envelopes.

This kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734. There is no charge for the kit. The Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes included in the kit can be shipped to any APO/FPO in the world, regardless of weight, for $8.10.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations.

The less you spend sending the package, the more good stuff you can put into it.—MEGHANN MARCO

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  1. Johnie says:

    You can order all this stuff individually for free from USPS.com: Go Here

    The only thing that they did is just package it all together. I’ve ordered all types of shipping boxes, forms, and stickers from the site. Technically it’s illegal to order the products (ie boxes) and use it for any other purposes other than shipping.

  2. timmus says:

    Holy cow, where did that photo come from? Now I don’t feel so bad about my own home business.

  3. VA_White says:

    @timmus – it looks like a post office at a deployed location. But it could be someone’s home business. Who knows?

    When my hubby is deployed the flat-rate boxes are a godsend. You can pack a whole lot of goodness in that box, more than you can imagine. My one piece of added advice is to eschew packing materials whenever possible. I wrap breakables in new undies and socks and work-out shorts that I take out of the package and use instead of those evil styrofoam peanuts.

  4. timmus says:

    Slow thread, so I guess I’ll share my story. Back when I was in the military, a small batch of “ANY SERVICEMEMBER” mail showed up at our unit in Korea in 1995. It should have gone to U.S. forces in Bosnia I think, but somehow we ended up with it. It looked like the letters were written as part of a class project, from a school in Anthony, NM if I remember correctly (outside of El Paso). A surprising number of the letters were badly written, and reading more of them we saw that there were just random words with no coherency. Some of these kids I guess had zero interest in what they were doing. I took pity on one mediocre letter and mailed a “reverse care” package with Korean candy and chocolates, and never got so much as a thank you. I guess what I should have done is gathered up the crap letters and mailed them to the school superintendent.