Have you signed up for our “Support the Troops” program?  If you’re sending packages to a family member serving overseas this year, here are some tips to make sure your package gets there safe and sound!

The Box

Our program supports the use of an approved United States Postal Service “goodie” box.  It’s 12 in. x 12 in. x 6 in.  Make sure the box isn’t torn or otherwise damaged, which can make the box vulnerable to future damage during shipping.  If you are shipping a larger box, it’s important to remember that packages can’t exceed 70 lbs.


Place cushioning around your items. Close and gently shake the box to see whether there is enough padding. Add more newspaper, packing foam, or plastic cushioning material if you hear things moving around.


Tape your box shut and reinforce the seams with 2″ wide tape. Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape, or paper tape. Do not use cord, string, or twine because it gets caught in mail processing equipment.

Correct Address

Using a complete and correct address is critical for efficient delivery. The “Support the Troops” program will ship to APO, EPO and FPO military addresses.

Drop Off

For some items, if your mailing weighs less than 13 oz you can leave it in a blue collection box or hand it to your carrier.

More than 13 oz? If you’re paying for postage with stamps, you’ll need to hand it to an associate at your local Post Office™.

Find out more at USPS.com 

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