Safely Mail Packages to the Military and Family Members

Would you like to safely sendoff homemade or local products to friends or family in the military? Or send a food package to family members who live thousands of miles away? There are tips to ensure your package arrives safely and with the gifts intact.

What should you include:

  • Hard candies, peanut brittle, toffee, fudge, and mints.
  • Dried fruits, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  • Bcookieeef or deer jerky, or beef sticks.
  • Biscotti or very dry baked goods.
  • Sturdy or bar cookies such as ginger snaps, brownies, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, or monster style cookies.

Tips to ensure the package arrives safely and in one piece:

If you haven’t already gotten your gift package in the mail to military members, now is the time to do so. The United States Postal Service has dates posted on their website for overseas locations.

The most important tips to remember in shipping food packages include selecting items that aren’t perishable, won’t break with rough handling, and can survive through a range of temperatures.

Writer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County.

Reviewer: Kate Shumaker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Holmes County.

Photo by Alice Henneman.

 

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About lisabarlage

Lisa is an Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County/Ohio Valley. Her specialization is health and wellness. She enjoys working with diabetic groups, workplaces, youth wellness programs, and extending community programs by working with other agencies. She is married and has a daughter who is a Buckeye. In her free time she enjoys attending her local farmers market, Ohio State Buckeye sports, and reading.
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