Sending Care Packages to the Troops

Someone in my area put out a good list of suggested items to send overseas for the holidays if you are so inclined:

A list of things we can send:

All food items must be appropriately sealed and prepackaged.

Canned Items

canned fruit
chicken and/or packs; pop-top
peanut butter / Jelly
sardines
tuna and/or packs (tuna in pouches are best)

Condiments
cajun seasoning
catsup
garlic salt
honey packs
hot sauce
Lawry’s
mayo,
mustard
relish
salad dressings
salsa (don’t forget the taco chips)
salt/pepper, sugar packets
spices
Sweet N Low

Ground Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate
(if they have a coffee-maker),
cappuccino
coffee creamer
hot chocolate mixes
instant coffee
tea bags

Microwavable Foods
(if they have a microwave)
Mac & Cheese
popcorn
brownie mix
various mini dinners
instant oatmeal
instant soups / soups in pop-top containers

Powdered Drink Mix Singles
Crystal Light
Gatorade
juice boxes
Kool-Aid
Propel, etc.

Snacking Foods
beef Jerky / beef sticks, summer sausage
cheese spreads / small Velveeta cheese blocks

Dry Cereal
Chex Mix
chips
cookies
crackers for snacking
Doritos
dried fruit
energy bars, Cereal Bars, high protein bars, energy bars,Granola Bars,
fruit pies,
gum, Hard Candy wrapped (no chocolate in
summer)
Little Debbies & other snack cakes
nuts (all kinds)
pudding cups

Toiletries
Advil, Tylenol, Cold/Cough drops, Sinus Meds
Antacids
Antibiotic Cream (Neosporin)
Anti-Bacterial Wipes
Baby Oil, Baby Powder
Baby Wipes
Bath mat
Bath/hand/wash towels (dark colors)
Blankets for cooler weather
Body Wash / soap (be sure to triple pack the
soap and not put it near the food as it leaves the
smell of soap on the food)
Chapstick
Clothes Pins/Line
Contact Lens Cleaner
Cotton Balls
Dental Floss
Deodorant
Disposable hand and feet warmers
DUSTING CLOTHS for removing the sand from
everything and every surface
Eye Drops
Eyeglass Kit
Face Soap
Foot Inserts for boots
Foot/Boot Powder
Insect Repellent Wipes/ non aerosol spray
with Deet (need in spring/summer)
Imodium
Laundry Soap / Fabric Softener
Air Freshener
April 2007
Lotion for body and hand
Mattress toppers
Mirror
Mouthwash
Nasal Spray/Drops
Packaged Wet Ones / baby wipes

Pepto Bismol
Pillow with pillowcase
Pocket Size First-Aid Kit
Puma Stones for feet
Q-Tips
Shampoo
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Toenail/Fingernail Clippers
Toilet Paper
Tooth Paste / Tooth Brush
Tooth Picks
Twin Fitted dark sheets
Vitamins

Men:
Razors, Shaving Cream in a tube, aftershave lotion (no fragrance)

Women:
Panty Liners, feminine hygiene products, conditioner, brush/comb hair
clips/bands, non-aerosol hair spray, hair gel
Suggested Clothing:
Hats, bandannas
Socks – white for PT; black for everyday wear with uniform
Men’s T-shirts and underwear (all sizes)
BROWN or GREEN for theT-SHIRT if possible.
Proper issued military t-shirts can also be acquired at Army Surplus stores.
Women’s sport bras and panties (all sizes)

Suggested Fun Time Materials:
Balls: soccer ball, baseballs, basketballs, volley
ball sets, football
Batteries: AA- C -D -9 volt
Beanie Babies or stuffed animals (new please)
Board Games
Playing Cards
CD Player with CDs / send batteries
Dart Board with darts
Disposable cameras
DVDs (you can tape from television too)
Electronic/Battery Hand held games (include
batteries)
Mailing Envelopes (no stamps) / Pens with

Stationary
Frisbee
Greeting Cards they can send back home
(variety)
Mag flashlight bulbs,
Magazines (all kinds)
Mini Hand-held Fan or Water Misty fan
Nerf Balls
Packaged Poker Sets
Plastic bowls, spoons, forks, knives
PlayStation with games
Puzzle Books/Word Find Books
Sewing Kits
Small flash light for reading at night
Water guns
X-Box with games
Yo-Yo’s
Zip Lock Bags & Plastic lock containers for sealing leftovers and personal items

Special Note:
Toothpaste is NOT one of the items in high demand.

WHAT CANNOT BE SENT:

Pork products, Alcohol, Pornographic materials, liquid hand sanitizer, or Aerosol cans (they
may explode). 

Do not send products in glass containers (unless they are bubble-wrapped a few times.
Package all food items that may leak in zip-lock bags.
Put all liquid items in a zip-lock bag.
Due to the extreme heat, chocolate is not mailed during the summer months.

Visit the USPS at http://www.usps.com to learn more about APO/FPO mailings and view sizes of postal boxes available. Call 1-800-222-1811 to order free shipping supplies. Visit the Military Postal Service Agency to learn even more http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/mid.htm.

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3 thoughts on “Sending Care Packages to the Troops

  1. I would also like to suggest my book The Long Distance Relationship Guidebook which may be helpful and practical for romantic military couples.
    Sylvia Shipp
    Author of The Long Distance Relationship Guidebook

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