Post # 1
My neighbor in the Army is stationed in Kabul until end of August and we wanted to send him a care package. I have no clue what to pack…any advice? Our son made him some cute pictures but I have no idea what else to include…certain snacks, etc…?
Post # 3
Wipes, beef jerkey, slim jims, gum, good books, playing CARDS!, any sort of munchie food.
Post # 4
@Woodstock: Thanks! OMG…how could I forget slim jims – my FAVORITE! ha ha And gum is great b/c he’s a smoker. Thank you!
Post # 5
I sent my brothers beef jerky and trail mix and goldfish crackers – easy to keep and carry. Don’t send anything that will melt. My brothers also liked getting DVD’s and video games while they were overseas. You can find cheap DVD’s at places like Bed Bath and Beyond. Like $5 for a DVD or something like that.
Post # 6
@GreenGables: Those are great ideas! Thank you!
Post # 7
You can buy a USO care package here:
These are great because you know for sure all the items are okay.
My brother (currently deployed in Afghanistan) says they’re having problems with people sending baked goods. Since it can take weeks and weeks to arrive, some of them are pretty nasty by the time they get there.
Post # 8
@ProfessorGirl: Definately second the non perishables! My cousin likes socks as well for some reason! He also like us to send lollies/candy and good quality little plastic toys that he can give away to local kids 9not the stuff that breaks after one play). Oh and balls too- soccer, basketball, footballs, kids balls- make sure they are deflated and send a hand pump with them!
Post # 9
@j_jaye: I third the non-perishables. Sometimes the packages get caught up and super delayed. FI’s Christmas package took nearly 2 months to get there!!
Baby wipes, any toiletries (even if your neighbor doesn’t necessarily need them, someone does), prepacked snacks, beef jerkey, cards, portable magnetic games (from the dollar store, usually) decorations an upcoming holiday (4th of july maybe?). Being that it’s summer stay away from chocolate, hard candies, marshmallows or anything that will melt.
My Fiance got a little valentine’s day stuffed bear from a carepackage put together by a school and he still keeps it. Really, your neighbor will appreciate anything!!
Post # 10
my guy was stationed in iraq. he suggests gun cleaning kit if he is a combat guy. books, magazines, and fancy cigarettes. He said he had a huge amount of snack food available to him overseas. Not sure if this is the case for them in Kabul.
Post # 11
We always send Tasty Kakes, but it depends if they’re offered where you’re from.
Post # 12
Newspapers from your local news are also much appreciated. It’s hard to get news from home, and they appreciate any little connection to something they know. Other paper products are excellent, like a puzzle/sudoku book, cartoons, jokes, or word searches.
Gift cards, especially iTunes, and phone cards can really go a long way. If you buy a phone card, just make sure it can be used internationally.
Post # 13
Thanks so much ladies!!! All great ideas!!!
Post # 14
You can send homebaked goods if you wrap them well. I would wrap the items in Press-n-seal then place in a Ziploc baggie. Everything got to my hubby in decent shape. I would recommend against shipping chocolate or items that can melt easily.
Post # 15
Sorry for the shameless plug but, if you’re at all interested, my family runs a charity called Cell Phones for Soldiers and we would be happy to provide you with as many free calling cards as you need
Check out our website http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com if you need some proof that this is a legitimate organization!
The same goes for anyone on this thread who needs calling cards to send an overseas loved one!!
Post # 16
Bumping to revive this threat and possibly get some more care package suggestions!
My best friend leaves THURSDAY for Afghanistan (which I’m really struggling with), and she’s the first person I actually know to go over… so I’m utterly clueless about how to send good, fun, and appropriate packages. I’ve been doing some research and started a list, but more firsthand details (including the best way to package, box, address, and ship the stuff) would be really appreciated!!