Every missionary loves to get care packages from home. It is a great way to reach out to us and build a bridge of love.
It’s almost as fun for you to pick out things and send a parcel as it is for us to receive it!
We love to receive packages and the postal system here is very reliable and safe. You can expect it to reach us in 6-8 weeks. Let us know when you have posted. This allows us to check our box and inform you when your package arrives. Uganda does not use the ZIP code system so don’t worry about that.
Need ideas of what to send?
Your friendship means so much to us. Sending a package is a great idea to show your love. Thank you for your interest in items we may need. We have listed some gift ideas that are welcome anytime of the year. But first…
Establish a Postage Budget
It’s easy to spend too much money on postage. Who doesn’t love a great big package? But therein lies the rub: While it’s easy to shell out coins on goodies, it’s also the easiest place to over load your budget at the Post Office. The secret is to make a package that is not too heavy where every item counts. Check in advance how much it costs to send an average sized package Air Mail to Uganda. This will help you have a budget in mind. And remember: Make a weight limit and then stick to it!
Not only will the items you send improve your mood, they will also enhance our life here. But if you are targeting a specific season or birthday you need to mail the package early. It takes around 6 – 8 weeks for us to receive a package and even longer around Christmas time. Great stuff for the kids to open with plenty of time to spare – It’s a win-win situation.
We have never had a package stolen, lost or mishandled by the Post Office here. Even government duty is rarely a problem unless there are many of the same item that they think we may be trying to sell in a shop/store or expensive electronic items. Everything you send will arrive safe and sound.
Ideas of What to Include in a Package
Batteries – Size AA & AAA
Theses are always helpful and a real priority item for any package.
Tyson makes a nice vacuum packed bag of chicken (this lets you save weight on the can) but there is also tinned meat like Spam or Hormel Beef and Gravy. (Of course you cannot send frozen items.) We mix it with rice to stretch it into a whole meal for us. Include Bullion cubes for an extra treat.
This is a great thing to send as it is high protein and doesn’t require cooking (i.e. firewood). We like both Jif and Skippy brand but we think organic is yucky. Some people have sent peanut powder but it spoiled quickly after being mixed with water.
Off! Insect Repellent
Malaria is a real problem here and even though we sleep under mosquito nets we still need repellent in the evenings. We like Off! brand best.
Halls Cough Drops – Honey or Cherry
Cough and flu still find us even at the equator. These are so helpful, especially for the children.
Quaker Oatmeal Packets – Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon
Throw out the big box and just stuff a bunch in a zip-lock bag. We love them for a quick snack.
Barnes & Noble Nook Gift Card
A spectacular gift for Catherine who was given a Nook for her birthday. It is an e-reader from Barnes & Noble. A gift card allows her to buy books online and down load them in Uganda.
Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese
This brand is great because we don’t need to add milk or butter. Get the family size!
Band-Aids – Assorted Sizes
Get the tough ones in an assortment of sizes, even the huge ones come in handy. Throw in some Neosporn anti-bacterial cream for good measure.
Candy – Juicy Fruit, Peppermint Rounds, Snickers Fun Size
We are not picky but these are our favorites. Throw them in if you have extra space.
T-Shirts – crew neck, short sleeved
These are so easy to send. Our sizes are easy too!
Shem – Large (bright colors – reds, yellow, blues)
Catherine – Medium (dark green, navy blue, charcoal, deep brown)
Kakai – kids 10 (bright colors)
Kana & Andy – kids 8 (bright colors)
Simple Ball Point Pens
Nothing fancy here. We sure go through these. Black or blue is best.
Shampoo with Conditioner
With most people in Uganda not sharing Catherine’s hair type, good shampoo with conditioner is hard to find.
Well, that should be enough to get you started!
We hope this list gives you some good ideas about what to send. You can email us for specific birthday ideas. Let us know when you post the package so we can be looking for it on this end. Here’s our mailing address again.
Perhaps you have something else in mind to send. You can contact us using the form below to find out if we will be charged duty tax or if it is appropriate for our area.