By J.G. Noll

Looking down the barrel of a long deployment? Maybe one just started? Or perhaps you know one is right around the corner. No matter where you are on the deployment preparation spectrum, you’ve probably had at least a passing thought about care packages.

For some, care packages are a tangible way to care for a faraway loved one. For others, they’re an annoying line item on a full to-do list. But for all deployed service members, care packages are vital lifeline home (and a vital supply of cookies, magazines, and kids’ handprint crafts).

If you need a little care package inspiration, we’ve found a bevy of worthy Instagram accounts dedicated solely to military care packages:


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