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Care Packages going to Iraq or Afghanistan... what should go in them?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SPU, May 29, 2011.

  1. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Another thread got me thinking the veterans on the board may have some good ideas of what should go in the boxes my coworkers and I send to troops in the field every month. The soldiers requested some items, which we always include, but we like to vary it a bit. Items should ideally fit in a pocket and won't melt. Some of the items are for distraction during down times, some are not required but nice to have, all are to help them not spend their own money. Ideas from folks that have been there, or who have had service members tell them what they had wished for, are most welcome.

    Some of the things often sent:

    hand sanitizer
    hand lotion
    baby wipes
    Q-tips
    shaving supplies
    small puzzle books
    gum
     
  2. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    Snack foods always goes over well. You could send bacon bits, but that may cause an international incident.....
     
  3. augfan

    augfan Gold beach Oregon Member

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    My son just got back from Afghanistan and said magazines, jerky, 5 hour energy drinks, and sweets were always good. The guys trade around alot so its hard to go wrong.
     
  4. gearhead

    gearhead NC Active Member

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    liquor in a listerine bottle
     
  5. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Ok titsonritz, ya got me. Why used underwear? Tampons only for female vets or do they have another use?
     
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    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    HAHAHAHA OMG I love this site!
     
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    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    :woot:
     
  8. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Wife and I are both U.S. Army active duty vets. She just had Coke-Cola come out her nose reading the aboves. :laugh:

    Glad she wasn't very close to my monitor.
     
  9. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Tampons make great wound pluggers for GSWs.

    I'd add cigarettes/chew (even if they don't use they can barter with it)
    Sunflower seeds
    A decent pair of sunglasses
    Friction Tape or Hockey Tape
    Headlamp or other Keychain Flashlight (try to get one that is colored if possible)
    Sunscreen
    Hair trimmers
    Chocolate
    Local Newspaper
    Sharpening Stone
    Flashdrive with songs, pictures and/or porn
     
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  10. pogi

    pogi Gresham, OR Active Member

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    +1 on the chew and hot sauce.
     
  11. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Shoot, I really walked in on the used underwear! LOL
     
  12. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Cup O'Noodles or Top Ramen was a treat I liked and often could not find at a PX. :)
     
  13. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    cd or dvd of famiy. I spent a lot of time deployed, actually wish i still was, and the thing i really missed was family voices.
     
  14. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    My wife made a collage of pictures for a friend overseas...she has two kids staying at her parents' place while she is deployed. She put pictures of her and her kids in it...I get all choked up just thinking how she will react when she gets it.

    FYI I, literally, just sent out a package to a friend overseas...

    Contents:
    Tampons
    Tapateo Hotsauce
    Coolaid
    Hand Sanitizer
    Baby Wipes
    Shampoo
    Conditioner
    Cards
    Cigarettes (Marlboro Reds)
    Chew (Coppenhagen Pouches)
    Chocolate (a huge chocolate hershey's bar and a lot of little ones)
    Razors
    Family Collage Book
    A handwritten letter
    Pepto (chewable form)
    Sudafed
    Advil
    Excedrine (the military's answer to all problems is to issue Ibuprofen)
    Crystal Light Tea packets
    Chewing Gum
    Eye Drops
    Several juice packs of Cappri Suns
    Toothbrush (x2)
    Small bottles of Thoothpaste (x3)
    Deodorant Stick
    Floss

    Other things I wanted to put in (but wouldn't fit, weren't in the budget or we'll send next package)
    Q-tips
    Sharpening stone
    Flashlight
    Ear Plugs
    Music CDs

    *edit*

    Most of things I sent to her were things that I wanted overseas...things you cannot get are VARIETY. Most of the time you get the same thing, over and over. Hot sauce and juice packets mix things up a bit. Hopefully we got her to smile with all the above...more to follow.
     
  15. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Thanks for the great ideas everyone. There are at least a dozen I hadn't thought of.