Ideas and Suggestions for things to go into care packages
Candy (heat resistant)
Chocolate Candy (December-April only)
Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
Cookies (heat proof)
Bars (heat proof, like granola)
Gum (no sticks)
Writing Paper and Envelopes
Tea mixes (powdered, sweet)
Powdered drink mixes
Coffee flavorings (powdered)
Condiments packages (ketchup, taco bell sauce, etc)
Specialty canned food (olives, tamalies, etc)
Canned fruit (pop top cans-seal in platic bags some have poped in transit)
Cereal (in small boxes)
Ravioli (pop top cans-seal in platic bags some have poped in transit)
Action Movie DVDs
Books (paper back novels, short stories)
Pipe tobacco and cleaners
Toiletries (much needed)
Cold water wash soap (Woolite)
Femine hygiene products (for female soldiers)
Toilet paper (including travel size)
Hand sanitizers (waterless)
Tissues (heavy duty - i.e. Puffs)
Tylenol (individual packets)
American flags (small)
Ziplock type bags
Batteries all sizes (AA's can be used in night vision goggles)
Small brushes for cleaning guns
Bug spray (put in zip-lock bag)
Short coils of rope
Miniature tool kits
Flashlights (mini/mag lite, extra bulbs, batteries)
Small battery powered fans (batteries)
Pre paid phone cards (International AT&T PrePaid Phone Card)
Shoe insole cushions
Board games (travel size)
Sweatbands (for use in helmets)
Canned turkey and canned Thanksgiving food items
Small unbreakable holiday decorations
Holliday cards made by kids
The United States Post Office offers two boxes which make ideal sized care packages –
the flat rate “shoe-box" size, and the flat rate 11 7/8" by 3 3/8" by 13 5/8" box.
Although you have to pay the shipping, its usualy not that much as you are
only paying to get it to the closest base, not all the way overseas. The above mentioned
boxes are fllat rate regardless of weight.
You should place a note in your package, this is a great way to ask for
specifics about what would be most usefull to them (in your next package).
Post cards are also great to send in the packages.
You can pre-address the postcard to yourself or your organization and
ask the service member to please let you know if they received the package.
You DO NOT have to put a stamp on the post cards as the service member
can mail them for free back to the states.
Do not mail any item that exceeds 70 pounds.
Firearms and Pyrotechnics
Flammable Liquids or lighters
Any matter depicting nude or semi-nude persons, pornographic, or sexual items
Alcoholic beverages or materials used
in the production of alcoholic beverages (distilling material, hops, malts, yeast, etc.)
Any matter containing nonauthorized political material. This refers to material that could be used to
impose our political view on the host country. It does not prohibit mailing a US flag or a picture containing a flag to a service member.
Religious Material contrary to Islamic faith. This refers to material that speaks out negatively against Islam and material sent in bulk in an effort to convert or evangelize. It is acceptable to send a Bible or religious tapes or books to a service member.