Treats

Soldiers love getting treats from back home, but remember that they need to be non-perishable. If this is your first care package you’ll have to do a little guess work but if you are thinking about sending treats be sure to ask your adopted soldier to write back with a list of their favorite snacks.

The key to sending treats is to make sure they are portable. Soldiers like to be able to carry snacks on them. This means looking for packaging that is smaller and won’t burst open easily. You could also include ziplock bags so that your soldier can portion snacks.

  • Snack bars (crunch bars are great, lots of energy but not all the sugar)
  • Small, hard containers of snacks
  • Snack cakes
  • Cheese crackers
  • Candy (avoid chocolate)
  • Gum
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Chips of any kind
  • Gummies

Food and Drink

Sending food or drinks is a little trickier. The best things to send are things that are already prepared, things that will enhance the MREs they receive (Meals Ready to Eat) or quick sources of protein. Here are some ideas:

  • Ramen Noodles
  • Seasoning salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Flavoring packets for water
  • Individual packets of condiments
  • Powdered drink mix
  • Energy bars
  • Tuna fish
  • Sardines
  • Beef Jerky
  • Summer Sausage
  • Instant Mac and Cheese
  • Tea bags
  • Peanut butter
  • Coffee Whole Bean or Ground
  • Red Bull
  • Monster Energy Drinks
  • 5 Hour energy type shots.
  • V8
  • Perrier
  • Gatorade

Toiletries

Lots of soldiers say that toiletries are also great to send, but be sure to check-in with your soldier on his or her specific needs. It may not seem that exciting to you, but the soldiers really appreciate receiving personal care items. Here are some things to send:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving lotion
  • Disposable razors
  • Shampoo
  • Mouthwash
  • Baby wipes
  • Lip Balm/gloss
  • Lotion
  • Pain relievers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Eye drops
  • Foot powder
  • Stick anti-perspirant/ Spray anti-perspirant/ roll-on anti perspsirant /gel etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Glass cleaner or lens cleaning cloths (for cleaning sand off their glasses)
  • Axe Body Spray
  • Finger nail clippers
  • Q-Tips
  • First aid kits

Entertainment

Entertainment options are great to send as soldiers have downtime to spend while they are not out on a mission.

  • Letter writing supplies
  • Frisbee/balls
  • Holiday decorations
  • Board games
  • Cards
  • Books
  • Magazines (old is okay just not torn up please)
  • Journals (Pilot Precise is often requested)
  •  PENS- Ball /Gel/ Sharpie (fine and bold tip)
  • Things from home (specific state) such as a Oregon post card etc..

Other items that are frequently requested but received less:

  • Ankle socks, boot socks, and work gloves.
  • AA /AAA batteries are also in demand
  • Cozy Shower Towels
  • White Cotton T-shirts
  • Folding Knifes
  • Leatherman type multi-tools
  • Hats- Ball, Stocking
  • Sand Scarves- Desert color preferred if possible

Sending care packages is a great way to show our heroes that we are thinking of them. As you are gathering your items – don’t forget to decorate the inside of the box!

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