Mailing Packages to Overseas Service Personnel


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My son recently went to Iraq with his National Guard unit. Sometimes sending packages of homemade goodies and items from home can be expensive. Does anyone have any good treat recipes that won't go stale before he gets the treat? Helpful hints on how to send packages to that region of the world would be appreciated. Both my sons are military and have always been stationed here in the USA. Are there any other military moms or wives who have some ideas?
Rhonda

Shipping Packages Overseas: Vacuum Pack It

Vacuum packing removes all the air and preserves the freshness. There are many good products on the market that can help you. It will also cut down on space if you use the bags. Our troops need those goodies to pick their spirits up.
Becky

Shipping Packages Overseas: Package in Pringles Cans

To mail cookies and help them get overseas to your son in the military, place the cookies in an empty Pringles container with its original lid. This is standard use among us military wives.

Also, you may want to check out http://www.oidelivers.org. It is a civilian to military organization. They help keep our military's deployed Armed Forces well trained and on the line by assisting America in supplying, preparing and posting care packages to our heroes overseas.
Lisa C.

Shipping Packages Overseas: Grandma's Georgia Teacakes

Being a Navy brat, over the years, we have experimented with various recipes to ship overseas. Some were successful and some turned into laboratory experiments.

The one tried and true recipe that worked great and was a frequently requested item was Georgia Tea Cakes. This is a very old recipe that my Grandmother used to make and store in a pillowcase. The cookies last for several weeks. They are firm cookies, so they survive shipping better than most cookies.

Georgia Teacakes

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour

Combine all ingredients except flour and soda. Alternate flour and soda with the mixture of other ingredients until a thick dough is formed. Refrigerate the dough one hour or longer. Roll out dough on cookie board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. If desired, sprinkle with sugar before baking. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Depending on your stove and altitude, it may take quite a bit longer than 20 minutes.

These can be frosted with powdered sugar icing. I use this instead of a sugar cookie recipe for Christmas cookies. It's a firm cookie that freezes well and lasts for weeks in the pantry. My Grandmother used to store the cookies in a pillowcase.
DJ

Shipping Packages Overseas: Packing with Popcorn

My mother discovered a quick trick to sending cookies while I was in college. I have used it to send things to Korea when my husband was stationed there. If you pack your baked treats in popcorn, it helps prevent them from going stale. It works well and has kept cookies fresh over a three-week shipping route. Another trick is to add a piece of bread to the bag the cookies are in after they have arrived. This will re-hydrate stale cookies.
Kelly

Shipping Packages Overseas: Save on Postage When Mailing Overseas Packages

I am a military wife, and when we were stationed in Germany, it was great to get packages from home, especially around the holidays. When you get to the Post Office, make sure you are not paying first class postage. There should be a rate called Space Available Mail. This is the cheapest way to send packages and usually gets there in the same amount of time. Once the Post Office delivers the package to the military stateside, the military is responsible for the delivery. They do not have a priority system other than what can fit on the truck, plane, etc. By sending SAM, you save money and your package will still arrive in a timely fashion. By paying first class, you are essentially paying the Post Office to deliver the package to the military.
Muriel

Shipping Packages Overseas: Check Out Military Mom Websites

My son, who is in the Marines, has been deployed three times in as many years to different areas including Iraq. One of the things that survived the shipping the best was Rice Krispy Treats. They are fairly lightweight, and even if the packaging is smashed in transit, they still taste good!

Also check out some of the military mom websites. They can be quite helpful as far as what can be legally sent into the different countries. (Muslim countries have different regulations than we do as far as food and alcohol products.)
Becky

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