Have you ever sat down to work on a project, all motivated and excited, only to realize that you’re missing a key component? Maybe the glue stick is dried up or you’ve misplaced the scissors. Frustrated, you start to look for the missing supplies, but get distracted. Four hours later, the project still isn’t done and you’ve officially moved on. About the third time that happened to me when trying to put together a care package, I decided enough was enough. Since then I’ve always kept my must-have care package supplies on hand and easy to grab when I sit down to work.
Over the course of five years with my husband, I have sent him so many care packages that I’ve lost count. When you add in all of the ones I’ve created for customers, I have certainly figured out which care package supplies work and which don’t. Through trial and error, I’ve found hands-down the best adhesive product as well as a few additional must-haves.
Must-Have Care Package Supplies
Variety paper packs/pads
Before starting my care package shop, I bought paper for each individual care package as I created them. But when I started making care packages in bulk, I began looking for a little more bang for my buck. Variety paper pads were exactly what my heart (and my bottom line) craved. I love that I can buy once and use for multiple care packages. I never have to worry about running out of a color because I can see every color that I have!
These can get a little pricey because they have so much paper in them, but don’t let that scare you! The trick with buying these at a craft store is to wait for them to be on sale or use a coupon. It’s not uncommon to get them for half price! That’s when I stock up and wait to purchase again until they’re back on sale.
Zots Adhesive Dots
When I first started making care packages for my husband, I used a glue stick to adhere decorations to the box, but it was messy. Then I moved on to tape, but it was time-consuming and didn’t always fit under smaller decorations. Finally, I found Zots. These guys are what I use on EVERY.SINGLE. care package I make. They’re mess-free (unless one of the dogs gets a few stuck to their fur) and hold up well. I use primarily the small and medium sizes, but they make a wide variety of shapes and sizes. I get them at Michael’s and online. Amazon sells them in multi-packs that save some money.
Flat rate boxes
Newbie military spouse confession: my first care package was sent in a regular box, the contents barely fit and the entire thing cost a small fortune to ship. I knew if this was going to continue I either needed to find a second job or figure out a cheaper alternative. Since slinging overpriced coffee on the weekends isn’t really my jam, imagine my excitement when flat rate boxes entered my life.
I’m a bit of a hoarder now and always keep a few (small, medium and large) on hand just in case an emergency care package is needed. They are wonderfully sturdy and the consistent sizes make them easy to decorate.
This little machine is probably the most valuable of all my must-have care package supplies. It’s what allows me to make care packages for other people and really step up my care package game for my husband’s boxes. It’s a pricey investment, but I know that it’s paid for itself (a few times over) both in revenue and sanity. No more trying to line up stickers and re-writing something for the 10th time because it’s crooked again. Design, cut and glue; then I’m done!
Through quite a bit of trial and error, I’ve come a long way with care packages in a few years. My must-have care package supplies aren’t the only options out there, but they’re the ones that have worked the best for me. Let me know if you’ve tried them!
Do you have any must-have care package supplies? Share them with me in the comments!
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