After moving overseas, there will most likely be a time when your family will want to send you a care package. It's not a complicated process, but there are some very important things to pay attention to.
U.S. Postal service offers one size only boxes where you can send as much as you can stuff into a box for only about $50. It has a maximum of about 50 lbs, and the best part is that it can be tracked. Here's where it gets particular:
1. The package contents must be worth less than $1,000
2. The contents must be of personal use, if not your family will want to note on the customs form *CADEAUX*
When the family wants to send a package:
-Stuff the box as much as possible
-Note on the OUTSIDE of the box, "CADEAUX" and also note clearly the "RENDRE CHEZ BUREAU DE POSTE *INSERT ADDRESS OF CLOSEST POSTE TO YOU*"
The return to Bureau is the MOST important piece to remember. Many times I have heard friends that have waited for their loving packages only to find it was sent back to the States because the post office wasn't able to deliver.
Ensure also to remember the simple address pieces, such as, is the *batiment sur cour* or *4ème étage*. We don't need to do this in the states, but due to the old buildings and structures in France, it's never completely clear WHERE the apartment is located.
Now the fun part, what to send?
-American Trash Mags
-McCormick Seasoning packs (beef stew, chili, taco, spice mixes)
-Peanut Butter (incredibly expensive here)
-Root Beer Mix
-Cream of Tartar
-Cornbread Mix (Jiffy)
-Dried Black Beans
-Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
-English Cook Books or Reading books not available in France
-Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
-Steel Cut Oats
-Chocolate Chips (White/Milk Chocolate)
-Smuckers Grape Jelly (I know, evil of me)
-College Ruled Notebooks
Then you can be as happy as Bri and I...
As you can see, my mom is the pro at package sending.
Happy sending, if any doubts or if hunting/ packaging isn't your thing:
Apparently they will send packages for you. Neat idea!