FREE Supplies For Shipping Military Care Packages
Care packages and mail in general can mean the world to service members who are deployed. The United States Postal Service has put together a Military Care Kit with FREE resources to help make it even easier to get a package out to your friends and family that are currently deployed.
You can ship care packages to military addresses at domestic prices, even if you're sending mail overseas. USPS® provides free military shipping kits, help with custom forms, military address tips, shipping restriction lists by country, and free package pickup when your shipment is ready to go.
Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at USPS.com
Since Priority Mail supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the Postal Service created a “military care-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit is free, and each box is emblazoned with “America Supports You,” which is sure to comfort those who are away from home.
What's Included In The Military Care Kit?
- 2 Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes. 12 in x 12 in x 5-1/2 in
- 2 Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (top loading). 11 in x 8 1/2 in x 5-1/2 in
- 2 Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes (side loading). 11-7/8 in x 3-3/8 in x 13-5/8 in
- 1 Roll Priority Mail tape.
- 6 Priority Mail address labels.
- 6 Customs Declaration and Dispatch Notes.
- 6 Customs Form Envelopes.
Addressing Military & Diplomatic Mail
Each shipment to an APO/FPO/DPO needs the recipient's name, rank, and unit, and the APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code™. Always include a return address. Mail and shipments must be addressed to a specific person; addressing to "Any Service Member" is no longer permitted. To prevent mail from entering foreign mail networks, do not include city or country names in APO/FPO/DPO shipping addresses. Here are properly addressed shipment examples:
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JOHN DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021
Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048
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