We have a guy at work in the Army Reserve, who was shipped off to Iraq last month. I’m organizing the effort at work to send him a care package. What kind of things would be good to include in this package?
While I was away the best care packages were the ones with the best snacks. Good beef jerky is a hot commodity. Coffee too! Send good coffee like Dunkin Donuts, some sugar and equal, some of those mini flavored creamer cups. Hell, send them a coffee maker too incase they don't have one.
I saw someone else said porn but I wouldn't send it, they were handing out Article 15's for getting caught with porn or alcohol while I was away.
This is a sample of the items my command needed from home last year.
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, deoderant, baby powder, neosporin, motrin, feminine hygene items (ask your wife which ones), band aids, fingernail clippers, crossword puzzles, paperbacks, magazines, non melting candy and snack items, playing cards, dominoes, AA batterys, bug lotions and sprays, and letters from any pen pals.
Contact his command or a local base and they can probably get the items shipped over to the unit for free. In Norfolk and Wash DC the Navy Logistics Commands (C-9's and C-130's) fly out weekly, the Airforce has the same schedule.
A lot of good suggestions, we have been setting up care packages as well...Under Armor headwraps have also been very popular, we have a couple kids whose fathers are members on our site and have been sending items over.
I'd take what those sites say with a grain of salt. In most situations if you need something you can get it at the Bx. There are many of them in Iraq now. All the bases I've been to outside Iraq/Afghanistan had a Bx where you could buy whatever you wanted. Selection was often limited but I never saw anyone go without.
Tobacco. Everytime I have been deployed, Copenhagen has been worth it's weight in gold. I second the Baby Wipes suggestion. There is nothing worse than roast beef butt (all pink and tender :xmoon: ). Regular hygiene products, IMO, aren't needed because we had more sundry kits than we knew what to do with. The thing I craved the most was new reading material (books and magazines).
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