Thursday, September 13, 2012

MilSO Care Package: Deployment Survival Kit

Yep, you read that right. A care package for MilSOs. I decided that MilSOs (Military Significant Others) should get care packages sometimes too. I got the idea from this really cute Deployment Survival Kit that I found on Pinterest by Scraptastic Voyage. I stole most of the ideas from there, so be sure to check out hers too. I have two girlfriends whose men are about to go through deployments, so I made one for each of them. I took pictures of all the things that I included.
MilSO Care Package/ Deployment Survival Kit 
For the nights that it's hard to fall asleep:

For late nights and early mornings on Skype:

To wipe away the tears (of sadness by also of joy when he comes home!)

A Bible for courage and strength:

Mounds: To remind you of the "mounds" of support you have from family and friends.
Laffy Taffy: For remembering to laugh.
Lifesavers: To remind you that you're his lifesaver.

Marbles (for when you've lost yours):

Anti-stress face mask, bath salts, and candle.. for "me time":

Because it's okay to admit sometimes that deployments "suck." Haha. This one might be my favorite.

Stationary for all the letters you'll be writing and envelopes to be sealed with a kiss:

I made one in a flat-rate box to send to my friend Lindsey, who lives out of state. I see my friend Sam every other week or so, so I made hers in a cute little box/chest that I found from Hobby Lobby.
My friend Sam about to open her box! 
If I could have added one thing to Lindsey's it would have been a deployment pin (Sam already has one) but I totally forgot until I already put it in the mail. The tag could have said "For more opportunities to tell people about how proud of him you are" or something like that. Isn't that always how it is? You get done with a project and there's always one more thing you realize you could've done? Oh well. 
Deployment Pin: for more opportunities to tell people how proud of him you are. 
I got those cute little polka-dot tags from Hobby Lobby. I was really happy about how it all turned out! So I'm posting this because I'm kind of hoping it will continue to catch on. I think that we MilSOs need to take care of each other. :) 

What other things do you think would be good to include in a MilSO care package? 

<3 Amy


  1. This is the best idea! I actually went and ordered that exact same pin after I saw your Instagram picture wearing it. I love the idea of making care packages for other people. I always want to participate in one of the milspouse blog pen pal exchanges or gift exchanges. I have missed the last few signups.

    This was so so sweet of you!

    1. I used to wear a regular blue star service pin and called that my deployment pin.. then I saw the one that Army Amy wears on amazon (with the yellow ribbon on top) and it actually says in the description that it means a loved one is away. So I guess this one is actually the "real" deployment pin. :) I still got the regular service pin ones (without the ribbon) for family member though because I got them kind of late in the deployment for them and I figured they could still wear them when he gets home on like memorial day and stuff.

    2. Where can you find the yellow ribbon deployment pin? I would like to send it to my cousin who's husband just deployed.

  2. So cute and thoughtful!! I'm sure they both appreciated it :)

  3. I love this idea! I have a "things to do for spouses of deployed soldiers" post in the works, and I'm totally going to link to this post. So cute, so clever!*

    1. Ooo that's a good idea for a post, looking forward to reading it! Thanks Amy! :)

  4. I would love to see the link to both of the pins you bought! I am getting ready to do this package for a friend who is in the last leg of the deployment...something to get her through!

  5. This is the neatest thing! I ran across this by accident! My husband is deployed ATM and I am in WA. When I read this it brought tears to my eyes. To think that someone would care that much about someone to send them that.. Maybe I'm just a wee bit emotional right now lol. This should have caught on. We send plenty to the guys why should we not get a lil something lol...

  6. Where did you find your deployment pin?

  7. If there is no work for you, get out something you have and make time to get any photocopying done and organise any equipment you'll need. Survival Kits