Deployment Survival Package ideas for the military spouse who stays home
We have all seen beautiful and creative ideas for care packages to send to deployed service members. But what about their spouses that stay behind? What kind of things could THEY use in a care package? A deployment survival package is a fun and creative way to show support for a military spouse starting a deployment.
What do military wives request the most for deployment survival packages? Chocolate. And wine. Those are the top priority for just about every military wife I have met!
But I think that there are some things more important than wine and chocolate for general happiness. Spouses need courage, strength, energy, a positive attitude, self-confidence, and the ability to creatively entertain themselves. Military spouses can learn to become resilient and handle almost any situation, but it is a skill that is learned over time. It doesn’t happen automatically on the first deployment. That’s where deployment survival packages come in. What kind of gifts encourage these skills? Almost anything could, if it is given as a thoughtful act of love.
So here are some of my ideas of great gifts for a military spouse during deployment :
– caffeine, any source, but especially coffee
– food, especially a homemade meal
– dessert, any type!
– alcohol, any type!
– beauty products like lotion or nail polish or scented soap
– movies or TV shows on DVD
– a coloring book or enjoyable craft project
– offers of free childcare
– offers to get them groceries
– offer an oil change
– a thoughtful comfort item like a blanket or stuffed animal
– potted flowers
– gift cards to anywhere
– scented candles
So if you want to make a military spouse’s day, give them any of these things. If you want to make the whole deployment, send all of them! Wouldn’t it be fun if spouses at home got care packages too?