How to Send Care Packages to the Navy

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Care packages are a great way to support members of the military overseas, including the Navy. Positive news from home can be a great morale booster for someone who is far away from family and friends. Fortunately, the postal service makes it easy for you to send your packages to members of the Navy. You do, however, want to follow particular guidelines and take special precaution when packaging and sending your care package.

Things You'll Need

  • U.S. Post Office flat-rate box
  • Address of sailor
  • Items to mail
  • Find the mailing address of the correct U.S. Navy ship that you want to send the care package to. Search through an online database to verify any and all restrictions for your package's intended destination zip code.

  • Pick up a free priority-mail, flat-rate box at your local post office for discounted shipping to any Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) address.

  • Pack the box with your items. Keep food items in the original manufacturer's packaging. Put any items that could leak, melt or are scented in leak-proof, zip-sealed plastic bags. Fill any extra space with foam peanuts, bubble wrap and popcorn.

  • Double tape all of the seams with packaging tape. Make sure to have at least one strip of tape going all the way around the package.

  • Print your return address in the top left hand corner of the package. Then, clearly address the package with the sailor's name, name of the ship, ship identifier and FPO. For example:

    Sailor's Name
    USS Abraham Lincoln
    CVN 72
    FPO Ap 96612-2872

  • Fill out a customs declaration form, including your name, the soldier's name, contents of the package, and its weight, quantity and value. Mark the item as a gift.

Tips & Warnings

  • Whether you are sending the package to a loved one or stranger, always include a personal note thanking them for their service.
  • Allow approximately six weeks for packages to arrive at most overseas locations
  • Do not send pressurized items (shaving cream), chocolate, pornographic material or liquor.

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