- Have your soldier start buying 2 of every body product you know he'll need (shampoo, shaving cream, soaps, toothpaste, etc) each time he replaces it before he leaves and give the extra one to you. Having a stockpile of these things beforehand will come in handy.
- Stock up on cards the months leading up to the deployment, write messages in them and eventually put dates on the envelopes that they should be opened. Send a stack of them so he always has one when he needs one.
- Get USPS flat rate boxes sent to you for free. They come in packs of 10 or 25.
- Using a smartphone or a notebook, record when you send packages and when they are received, as well as what the contents were.
- Craft stores often have coupons or sales, so stock up when you find a good one, especially on things like scrapbook paper to cover the inside of those plain (ugly) boxes.
- I find it useful to keep his address on the back of a business card in my wallet.
- Filling out a stack of customs forms in advance (I did mine while catching up on t.v.) has been such a convenience.
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