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I'm super confused- hoping some of you are on "the in" and can help.
Hubby and I have recently adopted a soldier to support. We read through the list of items to send and I'm in shock...
We assumed the soldiers (and we may be correct) would be interested in receiving certain hygiene products and treats (gum, cookies, whatever) however we weren't expecting to see sheets, t-shirts, coffee makers, flash lights, socks, tape, water purification tabs, etc. doesn't the gov provide this stuff?? I was seriously outraged thinking how cheap our gov was... Then hubby pointed out that the gov probably provides some of these things but they are low quality etc. *shrugs* I dunno...

I've emailed our soldier and asked him specifically what he would like since his original list was very broad.
We did have fun shopping for him today. Hoping we hit a few of his needs as well as wants.

I also wished to extend my appreciation to his wife by sending her a gift basket or gift card etc.
I haven't read anything about the soldiers wives/husbands at home so I'm hoping I didn't step out of bounds there????

:confused:
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM


They provide sheets, but DH said that they are only able to switch them out once a week, but maybe he likes to change twice a week (or more maybe?).

DH said that there was plenty of bottled water around where he was at, but maybe where your soldier is at, they don't have it? or maybe he just feels more comfortable knowing for sure that the water is purified.

I sent DH a lot of baby powder. He runs and tends to get rashes.

Socks were a must. They get really sandy (if that's the type of area he's at, but who doesn't want socks!)

The way DH talked, there was always foods. Where he was at, they had a Pizza hutt and a cinnabon, plus the mess halls which were a buffet style. So I dunno where the guy is at

When DH was deployed, he was playing playstation and stuff. :/ Lol.

Quoting Foxilady:

Can you comment on what is best for the hygiene items? Travel size or standard?

I'm seriously sickened the gov doesn't provide any of this!


Quoting kapzilla:

Nope, we were never issued that type of stuff when deployed.  We had to either buy it with our own money or have it sent to us.

As for a typical care package cards, puzzle books (crossword and stuff like that), beef jerky, baby wipes, flea collars and water tablets.  Those were the biggest hits when I was over seas.

As for the spouses at home, we really don't expect anything like that.  It's totally up to you on that part.  That is a very generous gesture. :)

ETA:  Ask him where he is and what type of facilities they have.  Razors are very appreciated by most male service members, because they are expensive!




kris1stbaby
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
My uncle asked for insoles, snacks (peanuts, beef jurkey) stuff to flavor water, socks, puzzle books to help them stay entertained at down time. Anything you wouldn't think twice about will be a luxurie to them. T-shirts would be awesome since they only get issued do many and after sweating in them day after day they get nasty.

And sending the wife something would be super sweet.
kris1stbaby
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM
Yes, as pp mentioned, baby wipes and hand sanitizer. Any bathroom stuff, and maybe som dum dum sucker to pass out to the kids over there. Gum is always a hit too
Foxilady
by Bronze Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM
We purchased razors, foot powder, football, tennis balls, puzzle books, tubes of shaving cream, gum, travel hygiene products, coffee tubes, random junk food, milo and energy drink drops, cliff bars etc.

Had no clue where to find caffeinated gum. And we weren't buying coffee maker or big item until we know what he has access to... Hate to send him items he can't use.

I feel stink knowing clothes aren't provided. Suppose I should wait to see what his size and needs are in that regard. :(
Foxilady
by Bronze Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:14 PM
I did buy hand sanitizer and wee sanitizing wipes (wrapped individually for his pack)
I read that liquid sanitizing was a no no because it gets muddy- so that was an oops and will stay home I suppose. :(

Reading these comments- I might chuck out the junk food and replace with articles of clothing.
Can anyone specify if green and tan are the ONLY color used in afghan??? Hubby can get stacks of white socks and shirts at work for free :)

I have no idea how remote he is- just that he is in afghan.

I'm glad sending his wife gifts isn't classed as a no-no. I hope he allows me too. Was really hoping to get her something for the 4th... Hoping we hear from him soon! :)

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM
I don't remember dh have any of that provided when he was deployed last.

Send coffee. Dh lived on coffee.
Foxilady
by Bronze Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM
Coffee- check. ;)
besosfantasies
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

 Dh is Navy and had to buy his own sheets.

Quoting Anonymous:

 

They provide sheets, but DH said that they are only able to switch them out once a week, but maybe he likes to change twice a week (or more maybe?).

DH said that there was plenty of bottled water around where he was at, but maybe where your soldier is at, they don't have it? or maybe he just feels more comfortable knowing for sure that the water is purified.

I sent DH a lot of baby powder. He runs and tends to get rashes.

Socks were a must. They get really sandy (if that's the type of area he's at, but who doesn't want socks!)

The way DH talked, there was always foods. Where he was at, they had a Pizza hutt and a cinnabon, plus the mess halls which were a buffet style. So I dunno where the guy is at

When DH was deployed, he was playing playstation and stuff. :/ Lol.

Quoting Foxilady:

Can you comment on what is best for the hygiene items? Travel size or standard?

I'm seriously sickened the gov doesn't provide any of this!


Quoting kapzilla:

Nope, we were never issued that type of stuff when deployed.  We had to either buy it with our own money or have it sent to us.

As for a typical care package cards, puzzle books (crossword and stuff like that), beef jerky, baby wipes, flea collars and water tablets.  Those were the biggest hits when I was over seas.

As for the spouses at home, we really don't expect anything like that.  It's totally up to you on that part.  That is a very generous gesture. :)

ETA:  Ask him where he is and what type of facilities they have.  Razors are very appreciated by most male service members, because they are expensive!


 

 

 

besosfantasies
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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 Tan while in Afghan :) & truly he just might love the junk food, because like you said - you don't know how remote he is. He may not be able to get to a BX or they may not sell what he truly likes. I always sent the mios for the water, beef jerky, and little snacks that I know he liked.

Quoting Foxilady:

I did buy hand sanitizer and wee sanitizing wipes (wrapped individually for his pack)
I read that liquid sanitizing was a no no because it gets muddy- so that was an oops and will stay home I suppose. :(

Reading these comments- I might chuck out the junk food and replace with articles of clothing.
Can anyone specify if green and tan are the ONLY color used in afghan??? Hubby can get stacks of white socks and shirts at work for free :)

I have no idea how remote he is- just that he is in afghan.

I'm glad sending his wife gifts isn't classed as a no-no. I hope he allows me too. Was really hoping to get her something for the 4th... Hoping we hear from him soon! :)

 

Foxilady
by Bronze Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Tan shirts- socks as well?
Goodness.... I suppose those are easily found on base but where on earth can I find plain tan t-shirts. :(


Quoting besosfantasies:

 Tan while in Afghan :) & truly he just might love the junk food, because like you said - you don't know how remote he is. He may not be able to get to a BX or they may not sell what he truly likes. I always sent the mios for the water, beef jerky, and little snacks that I know he liked.


Quoting Foxilady:

I did buy hand sanitizer and wee sanitizing wipes (wrapped individually for his pack)
I read that liquid sanitizing was a no no because it gets muddy- so that was an oops and will stay home I suppose. :(

Reading these comments- I might chuck out the junk food and replace with articles of clothing.
Can anyone specify if green and tan are the ONLY color used in afghan??? Hubby can get stacks of white socks and shirts at work for free :)

I have no idea how remote he is- just that he is in afghan.

I'm glad sending his wife gifts isn't classed as a no-no. I hope he allows me too. Was really hoping to get her something for the 4th... Hoping we hear from him soon! :)


 


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