Bowling Green Postmaster Ray Lackey says while you'll probably be in time if you get your holiday packages sent out by the first week in December... if you want extra peace of mind, it's not a bad idea to go ahead and mail *before* Thanksgiving.
When sending gifts to our troops overseas, keep these things in mind: (These tips are courtesy of the Postal Service and the Department of Defense)
* Desert temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees.
* Select a box strong enough to protect the contents and large enough to accomodate cushioning. If reusing a box, cover ALL previous labels and markings with heavy black marker or adhesive labels.
* Cushioning the contents with newspaper is a novel way to send news from home. Styrofoam and bubble wrap are also good choices. Chose and shake the box. If it rattles, add additional cushioning to keep items from shifting.
* Occasionally a battery powered item such as a radio or electric razor will turn itself on during shipment. Be sure to remove and wrap the batteries separately.
* Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams with 2" wide tape. Use clear brown packing tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do NOT use cord, string or twine, as it causes the package to get caught and possibly damaged in sorting equipment.
* Include a card describing the contents. Occasionally, improperly wrapped packages fall apart during shipment. Including a card inside the package that lists the sender's addresses along with a description of the contents helps in collecting items that get lost during processing.
For conent restrictions, log on to www.usps.com. These are updated every other Thursday. You can also log on to usps.com for a complete list of deadlines for all APO/FPO AE mailing addresses.
Note: All parcel post deadlines have passed. Most other deadlines range from November 28 through December 11, but there are exceptions based on category, so make sure to check with the postal service!