Five Reasons to Send a Quarantine Care Package (and What to Include)

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Perhaps someone you know is struggling with lockdown blues. Or you want to let a loved one know how much they mean to you in these challenging times.

 Here are five reasons to send a quarantine care package and ideas for what to include.

 1. Show You Care

 There’s nothing like a care package to show how much you care. Whether it’s for family or friends—nearby or faraway—a quarantine care package will help to lift their spirits.

 Of course, what you place inside the box is important. But the fact that you took the time to send a care package is ultimately what counts.

 2. Provide Practical Help

 A quarantine care package is a great way to help those you care about most when you simply can’t be there. Items such as

  • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers
  • Over-the-counter medicines and small personal care items
  • Multivitamins
  • Phone accessories such as chargers and earbuds

are both practical and easy to ship. Slip in a cloth face mask to help protect your loved one. Consider a custom pattern—perhaps a favorite sports team or a pretty floral design—for your special recipient.

Just remember to seal any liquids in a plastic bag to help prevent leakage during transit.

3. Treat Your Special Someone

Thinking practically is important when times are tough, but it’s always a good idea to spread a little sunshine with a sweet treat. Chocolate and candy are perennial hits among young and old alike.

If you want to go a step further and really “wow” your friend, freshly baked cookies will bring an extra personal touch to your quarantine care package. Just allow those cookies to cool to room temperature before packing for the perfectly shipped bite.

If you want to go all in, you could even bake and ship a small cake. Bundts and pound cakes are easiest to ship, but you can also ship cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Just make sure to freeze the cake and go easy on the frosting. A thinner layer of stiff frosting will travel best.

Packets of cereal—think granola and oatmeal—are great healthy options. Sachets of coffee and tea also work a charm.

4. Help Pass the Time

Help your loved ones enjoy the hours spent at home. Coloring and puzzle books are a welcome addition for those of all ages.

For younger ones, think of small toys that will fit well into your quarantine gift box. Classics such as pick-up sticks or checkers will provide hours of fun. A pack of playing cards might inspire young magicians and remind adults there was a time before screens.

Don’t feel the need to purchase new goods for your quarantine care package. Shop your shelves and drawers for lightly used items you can repurpose as gifts.

Remember small is beautiful—tiny paints and paint brushes are full of delight, as are materials for miniature hobbies such as origami. How difficult can paper folding be?

And don’t forget to share a good book or slip in a favorite DVD. What better time than now to watch (or watch again) the golden oldies.

5. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

It’s the perfect chance to share fond memories with those you care about most.

Add a personal item to your quarantine care package, perhaps a childhood memento or a vacation souvenir.

A photograph to warm the heart will always hit the mark. Dust off those old packets of photos stashed in a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Then scour your home shelves for a spare frame to use.

(For digital images, no fear. Here’s how to print if you don’t have a printer.)

How to Ship a Quarantine Care Package

So, you’re ready to pack your quarantine care box and get it on its way. First, find a sturdy box. For extra protection, you might wish to use both an inner and outer container.

Place larger and heavier items at the bottom of the care package. Use paper and bubble wrap to ensure breakables are protected and sharp edges covered. Practice good hand hygiene when preparing the package.

UPS® Simple Rate service is the ideal way to send your quarantine care package because you don’t need to weigh your package. Select from three delivery options, depending on how quickly you would like your package to arrive. Pay a flat rate nationwide, based on the size of your box.

Schedule a home pick-up, or drop off your package at a convenient neighborhood location through the UPS Access Point® network. Make sure you get your recipient’s address right.

Finally, don’t forget to include a handwritten note or card in your quarantine care package. Your message will be the icing on the cake.

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