One of the first things I do after my husband deploys (besides wallow in self-pity for a little while of course) is start planning out my first care package. Curating all the different things I will send to him helps me feel a little closer to him even when he’s thousands of miles away. And, I like to think that when he opens the package and sees all the things I’ve lovingly compiled for him, he feels a little closer to me as well.
Now, this isn’t a post about how to send really awesome and creative themed care packages to your spouse. That really isn’t my thing, although I totally admire those people who excel at that and I kind of wish I were one of them. This also isn’t a post about how to send a super lovey-dovey, romantic care package that your spouse will treasure for the duration of deployment and beyond. That also isn’t my thing.
What is my thing? My thing is health. And practicality. When it comes to sending care packages to my husband when he’s overseas, I like to send him practical things he will use that will help build his health. Deployments do not promote a healthy lifestyle. Deployments are full of sleepless nights, tons of stress, MREs, and very little time off. The last thing I want to do is send him a box full of things that are only going to exacerbate the issues associated with stress, lack of sleep, and a poor diet. Instead, I send him healthy food, specific nutrients to help him deal with deployment related issues, products he needs that won’t add to his toxic load, and a few small sentimental things to remind him of home.
To read about what I send my husband in his care packages check out the guest post I wrote for In-Dependent, 19 Health-Promoting Care Package Ideas.
In vibrant health,