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Marine Care Package Help

I have a high school friend who is now a marine in Afghanistan. Recently he posted a status on his myspace giving an address where we would be able to send him things. I haven't spoken to him in a while and I think it would be a nice surprise. I have his address but the only problems are I don't know what to send and I don't know how to send. I have sent many letters to people but never packages. Has anyone done this before? What should I send and how should I go about doing it. Thanks in advance.

 
reigndrops12689

Asked by reigndrops12689 at 2:17 AM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • This site gives a list of commonly requested items
    http://www.thesoldiersfamily.com/Care_Package_Ideas.html#Common_Items
    Baby Wipes
    Phone Cards
    Magazines
    Books
    Movies
    Hand Warmers
    Foot Warmers
    Tooth Brushes
    Mouthwash
    Frebreeze
    Body Wash
    Body Spray
    Pringles
    Crackers
    Cookies
    Beef Jerkey
    Comic Books
    Travel Size Games (chess, checkers)
    Deck of Cards
    Memory Cards (i.e. PSP's)
    Memory Sticks
    Suntan Lotion
    Non Carbonated Drinks (Propel)
    Uniform T-shirts (which can either be ordered on line
    from AAFES or bought at the PX)
    Underwear
    Pictures From Home
    Thumb Tack (to hang the pictures)
    Hard Candy
    Blue and Black Pens
    Notebooks
    Evelopes
    Fly Paper (some areas where the soldiers live have lots of flies)
    A multi-tool or really g
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:00 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • If you go to anysoldier.com it may give you some tips.
    Whatkids

    Answer by Whatkids at 2:28 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • DVD's, phone cards, jerky, candy, decks of cards, pictures etc...
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 2:48 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Lots of pictures! And a tampon! He'll get the joke!
    Aqua_Jen

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 3:21 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • get a flat rate box from the post office to start off. I use to always send my husband theme boxes for the holidays. Like for christmas I went to the dollar store and got a little tree some ornaments and lights and a little stocking. But I always sent the good stuff too like jerky, crunch n munch, baked cookies and candy, and those little tv dinner type things that don't have to be refrigerated my husband liked the taco bell ones. Plus pictures and a letter even if they were picture of stupid things or a letter about nothing.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:39 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Socks! Their is a program called socks for soldiers. with the conditions over there it is HARD to keep socks clean and it is a pain in the buttocks for soldiers with dirty holey socks...


    Baby wipes

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:57 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Also, one of the tips I have received and is a valid one is that you shouldn't pack personal products (fragranced) with food products, because even though they are packaged separately the fragranced things can still taint the taste of the food products.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:11 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Great answers ladies!

    OP, I would just add one thing. It can take a while for packages to get to some locations. Try and make sure he won't be on his way home before it arrives. This isn't a problem most of the time, but you will run into those with short volunteer deployments 3-6 months.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:24 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • an ex marine told my mom to send them homemade cookies (he obv. didnt know she is a terrible cook-- how sad!)
    AmaliaD

    Answer by AmaliaD at 12:39 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • When my brother was in Iraq, he just loved getting letters and packages. It was mostly knowing that people cared about him. Anyway...I would try to include some fun comic strips in his letters that I wrote.

    Food (make sure you do not send glass jars or items under pressure):
    Beef Jerky
    Flavored beverage mixes (Tang, Kool Aid, Iced Tea, Instant Coffee)
    Microwavable meals (as long as where he is stationed he has microwave access)
    Hot sauce packets
    Pringles
    Hard candies
    Popcorn
    Gum
    Protein Powder
    Peanut butter
    Jelly

    Hygiene (like someone already mentioned do not send these items with the food items):
    Body wash and/or bar soap
    toothbrush/toothpaste
    Gold Bond powder
    Hand sanitizer
    Chap stick
    Deodorant
    Mini First Aid Kit
    Floss
    Mouth wash

    For fun:
    Deck of cards
    Small games/toys (from Dollar Tree or the $1 section of Ta
    JewelsE

    Answer by JewelsE at 2:04 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

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