Summer, summer, summertime! Sometimes it’s a bit less enjoyable than others – especially when it’s hot. We hit 90 degrees here this week but the husband has been telling me that is their nightly low for the past few weeks over there on deployment. Ick. He has been complaining about the high temps since April and there’s not much we can do about it – except send a care package 😉 A Beat the Heat/Stay Cool care package, of course.
I’ve developed my own little system for decorating the inside of the boxes. I usually use a Medium Flat Rate box (though I think this one may have been a Regional Rate A which saves a bit on postage), which is easily covered by 5 sheets of patterned paper (works out great for using up my giant stash of scrapbook paper). I usually print the letting for the theme of the box directly onto the papers before attaching them to the interior of the box then finish it off with a couple of funny memes and don’t forget to add something extra to the bottom of the box. A little humor goes a long way.
Next step – add items that fit the theme (but won’t melt!).
I’m still surprised at how easy it is to fill these boxes if you just keep your eyes open when you’re out and about. Snow cone flavored gum?! Icee flavored candy?! Yes! And those cooling towels are great. My husband has been using them in various versions when outside working in the heat for years now but left all of his home because they were too brightly colored. I did my best to find an understanded looking one. They really should make them in camo print, doncha’ think? Maybe I should suggest that… 😉
The complete list of items I included in the box:
-freezer pops (he has a mini-fridge in his room so I know they can freeze these once they arrive)
-Icee slushies (note that any time I put things that are more liquid in the package I make sure to put them in zip-top bags just in case)
-Icee squeeze candy
-snow cone flavored gum
-“ice” breath drops
-drink mixes to add to water bottles (one of the biggest requested items since they can only drink bottled water and drink it by the gallon every day)
Other ideas might include sunscreen, chap stick (with SPF), exercise-type water bottles, etc.
Final step: box it up and send it on its way!
Interested in seeing other care package (or gift basket) ideas? Stay tuned – I will be trying to catch up on posting photos of the packages I have sent over the past few months. And don’t forget to check out my ideas for my First Deployment Care Package, Favorite Things Care Package, or May the 4th/Star Wars Mini Care Package.
I am down to needing only a couple more care package ideas before this deployment ends – woohoo! Do you have any favorite ideas you would like to share?!