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My little brother is leaving tomorrow to study abroad for the semester, so my sister and I put together a travel-themed care package for him. We sent it over a few days early so it would be waiting for him when he gets there.

If you have seen the new February issue of Living, you’ll recognize the card below as an adaptation of Steph’s clever “Chain Letters” project in Good Things. We had so much fun filling each envelope with little travel-themed presents, notes, and reminders of home. I hope he likes it!

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I attached the envelopes with glue and let them dry. I then lined the envelopes with scraps of pretty map paper.

1 I attached the envelopes with glue and let them dry. I then lined the envelopes with scraps of pretty map paper.

We stenciled the envelopes with letters corresponding to days of the week, so he can open one each day during the first week he is there.

2 We stenciled the envelopes with letters corresponding to days of the week, so he can open one each day during the first week he is there.

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We filled each day with a different item—a Wallpaper guide (the best!), a map, blank stationery to write home with, a calling card, and notes from my family.

4 We filled each day with a different item—a Wallpaper guide (the best!), a map, blank stationery to write home with, a calling card, and notes from my family.

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The finished package—complete with the card, lined moleskin notebooks (and some of his favorite American junk food!).

6 The finished package—complete with the card, lined moleskin notebooks (and some of his favorite American junk food!).

Comments (28)

  • This is so cute and inspiring!

  • Super cute idea. My brother left today for Costa Rica to study abroad and I wish I had done something like this. Instead I made him a felt keychain of our state with a heart on where we live.

  • wonderful idea. when my children went to camp, i would use the daily vitamin containers that are plastic and snap closed in a similar way. I would roll up a message, verse or poem on a thin strip of paper and then include a little treat or treasure. one for each day of camp. This is a wonderful more grown up version. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love this idea, it's so heartwarming, well done!

  • Loved this when I saw it in the February issue.. would be great for parents leaving on a trip without their kids.. each envelope would have a different little note or treat to open each day they were away.

  • What a great idea! And if you could improve upon it, include valid postage for the country he'll be visiting. For many countries, you can buy valid postage on-line here in the US.

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  • I decide to do a similar thing for X-Mas...created 12 envelopes to hang, decorate and put little trinkets in. Thought it was a little more personal than a stocking!

  • Could you show how you connected the envelopes?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Sarah,
    Apply glue to the underside of the envelope flap (where you would normally lick!) and adhere it to the bottom front of another envelope. Line it up so the crease of the first envelope flap rests nicely at the bottom of the other envelope. Continue this process until you've reached your desired number of envelopes. You can see the first two glued together in picture 1 of the post.
    Good luck!
    Laura

  • This is a great idea for anyone in a long distance relationship as well! My boyfriend and I go two weeks at a time without seeing each other. I might make this and give him two weeks worth at time on the day we part. That way, each day between our visits, he'll have something to look forward to! Thanks!!!

  • You could even use this idea for your college student during finals...words of encouragement, small snacks, money...

  • This would also be a great project to send to "Compassion" Sponsor children, to stay within their guidlines, it has to be made of paper, you could include pictures, a bible verse for each day, letters, postcards...

  • This is fantastic - I've got to try it! Thanks!

  • Great idea! I'll definitely be doing this!
    *singsong voice* I looooves it!

  • Very cute idea. My son just just got his orders for Germany. Proudly serving in the United States Air Force....but still missing home. I'm always looking for fun things to send him. He loves getting anything from the states.

  • Perfect for any long distance relationship :) Thanks for the idea!

  • does anyone have ideas on what I could put inside for a friend who is going away to college?

  • This will be a cute way to display my plan for each days art activity for my classroom...Love this.

  • What a cute idea. How fun would this be to do for someone for their birthday.
    Laura,
    If you don't mind me asking about how much did it cost to mail this?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Denise,

    I packed the items pretty tightly in a 12 x 18 inch box and sent it via FedEx (which can be pricey, but I felt this was the most reliable way to send something internationally!). The box was fairly light and ended up being around $40 to send.

    Good luck!

  • i'm so excited to give this a try! (: my boyfriend is a member of the United States Army and is currently deployed! i'm always looking for cute things to put in his carepackages to remind him of home!! (:

  • Love this!
    Ps. Flat rate boxes through the post office are the best to ship in....quick and cheap! Med box ships for $12 And large ships for $13 (international)

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  • [...] Which can of course be altered depending on the number of days they’ll be away. They can open each envelope, containing a little note or a treat or what have you, on each designated day. Hopefully, by the end of their time they’ll be having so much fun with their new buddies that they won’t even remember to open it. Get the directions for this project here. [...]

  • [...] Which can of course be altered depending on the number of days they'll be away. They can open each envelope, containing a little note or a treat or what have you, on each designated day. Hopefully, by the end of their time they'll be having so much fun with their new buddies that they won't even remember to open it. Get the directions for this project here. [...]

  • [...] Which can of course be altered depending on the number of days they'll be away. They can open each envelope, containing a little note or a treat or what have you, on each designated day. Hopefully, by the end of their time they'll be having so much fun with their new buddies that they won't even remember to open it. Get the directions for this project here. [...]

  • [...] Which can of course be altered depending on the number of days they'll be away. They can open each envelope, containing a little note or a treat or what have you, on each designated day. Hopefully, by the end of their time they'll be having so much fun with their new buddies that they won't even remember to open it. Get the directions for this project here. [...]

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