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A Guide to Putting Together a Care Package During COVID-19

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The world is currently in lockdown as people on every continent are self-isolating in the wake of COVID-19. Families and friends are staying in contact thanks to the use of technology but being so far away from a loved one in such an uncertain time can be incredibly challenging.

A really simple way to connect with others during this time is by sending a care package. Luggage shipping services are still available to ship to many destinations around the world and nationally.

In this guide we’ll tell you how to put together a care package so you can put a smile on that special someone’s face.

What is a care package?

A care package can be whatever you want it to be, there is no right or wrong way to put one together. Most care packages include 3–5 items that hold special significance, such as a photograph, love letter or item of clothing from a partner for couples in long distance relationships, to tea bags, chocolate and some cosy socks to your child or friend who lives abroad.

The goal of a care package is to keep it simple and thoughtful. You don’t have to go all out and during times like this, it really is the little things that make a big difference. 

Why should you send one?

Sending a care package is a kind way to remind someone that you are thinking of them. The current situation is overwhelming, especially for those who are far away from home or who are self-isolating alone. By reminding our friends and family that we are thinking of them, we are providing them with much needed love and support during an uncertain time. 

How do you ship your care package?

You can ship your care package using a door to door luggage shipping service. Companies like My Baggage offer a fuss free option for transporting boxes and suitcases for students, expats and holidaymakers to over 200 countries around the world. During the current crisis they are helping to connect family and friends by shipping care packages. 

Shipping your care package couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is place your items in a double walled cardboard box, book online giving the collection and delivery address and the correct dimensions of the box. You will then need to print off your custom forms and attach them to your box. A courier will then collect your item from your collection address and deliver it to your onward destination.

You will be able to track your parcel and receive notifications of its journey along the way. What’s more, My Baggage have brought in extra measures during this time to ensure your delivery is shipped safely, with drivers practising social distancing, contactless delivery and all drivers have access to sanitiser and protective equipment if needed. 

What you can and can’t send

  • Food. You are able to ship non-perishable packaged food items that do not contain any liquids. It is important to remember that some countries will have custom regulations not allowing certain food items into their country, this is your responsibility to double check before shipping.
  • Prohibited items. There are items that cannot be shipped and should not be included in your care package. These items include things such as aerosols, liquids (gels, perfumes or toiletries), medication and batteries. If you include items like this in your shipment then your care package will face delays. It’s always important to double check the custom regulations of the country you are shipping to, your relative or friend might be able to fill you in on any local customs or regulations that might cause restrictions on your shipment.

5 care package ideas

To inspire you, we’ve put together five care package ideas. 

Self-care package

If you want to send someone a gentle reminder that you are thinking of them during this time then this care package would be a good idea. Items could include:

  • Cosy socks
  • Scented candles
  • Herbal tea
  • Chocolate
  • Journal
  • Colouring book and pencils
  • Blanket
  • Hard scented soap
  • Cuddly toy
  • Crafting kit

Boredom buster care package

This is ideal to help anyone who is looking for a much-needed distraction during self-isolation. After all, there’s only so much Netflix we can watch! Items in this care package could include:

  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Embroidery craft kit
  • A book
  • Journal
  • Knitting craft kit
  • Sudoku book
  • Board games

Home comforts care package

This is the perfect package for someone who is currently living away from home, whether that is nationally or internationally. It’s a nice idea for family members to keep in touch and send someone something special. During this time when you are away from home, every little helps! Items in this care package could include:

  • Mug
  • Hot chocolate and marshmallows
  • Favourite food from home such as tayto crisps (as long as it is non-perishable and packaged)
  • Hand written card
  • Hard scented soap
  • Chocolate
  • Photographs

Date night care package

This is a really sweet idea for anyone in a long-distance relationship or for anyone who doesn’t live with their partner and cannot see them at this time due to the lockdown. In the date night care package you can tailor the items to suit your favourite date night activities. One great idea is to recreate a movie night using the Netflix watch together option. You can then send your significant other a care package with date night movie themed gifts. Items in this care package could include:

  • Microwave style popcorn packets
  • Chocolates
  • Scented candles
  • Love letter inviting you to watch the movie
  • Handmade cinema ticket
  • Cosy blanket
  • An item of your clothing
  • Pictures of you together
  • Cuddly toy

Get well soon care package

If you have a loved one who is feeling unwell for any reasons, it’s hard to not be able to see them. Sending them a care package allows you to connect with them, no matter what country they are in. Some items you could include in this package are;

  • Lemsip
  • Hot water bottle (empty of water)
  • Pyjamas
  • Cosy socks
  • Hand written card
  • Herbal tea bags
  • Blanket


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Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of  Edinburgh.

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