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Old 11-20-2012, 9:28pm   #21
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I wouldn't worry so much about the DVDs as they are easy to get there and the boot leg copies are usually a damn good quality these days. Toiletries and batteries are always welcomed. Be care ful sending hand wramers as I did see some issues with them when I was there. Something happened and they were activated int he box. Not sure what all occured but the CDR was not happy.
That would be nice to know as I have a crapload of hand warmers I could send. Wife bought a Costco box of them.
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I can tell you a few things she likes, in terms of snacks. She's a big (raw) fruits and veggies kid, but that kind of stuff isn't practical. Here's a list of snacks (that she likes) that are relatively inexpensive and will probably travel well...
  • Salt and vinegar chips (Pringles may travel best)
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Slim Jim's (I don't think there is any pork in those)
  • S'mores pop tarts
  • Ramen noodles (all but the shrimp flavored)
  • Cookies (not real picky on type)
  • Cheez-its
  • Strawberry fig newtons
  • Fruit Rollups or fruit snacks
  • Apple and cinnamon Quaker instant oatmeal
  • Cinnamon Toast crunch cereal
  • Those cheese and cracker packs with the spreadable cheese and the little red stick
  • She absolutely loves black olives. However, even though those are relatively inexpensive, I think the weight factor probably makes them impractical to mail.
  • I don't think that chocolate will travel well because it will melt. However, she does like plain M&Ms and those should be ok.
  • She loves to make crazy stuff with colored duct tape. (They have some pretty crazy colors.) I once recieved a neon pink wallet...made from duct tape.
  • She likes to play video games, so if anyone has any gamer magazines laying around, she could read those.
  • She sits down with her nieces and nephews and colors in coloring books. So, she'd probably enjoy those as a time killer.
  • She likes sudoku. Any type of time waster like that would be good.

There are lots of sites that have other great ideas, as well. Unfortunately, she hasn't been there long enough to express to me anything that she needs or forgot.

I hope that gives a few ideas. I'm heading to the store later on. I'll add to the list if it jogs my memory on anything else.

Honestly, though, she'll appreciate anything that you guys send.

11/20/2012 - Edit to add to list:
  • She's a tea drinker. Either regular, plain, black tea or the Tazo Zen Green tea is what she usually drinks. (Tazo is the brand. It's in an off white box with a green pic on the front. It says Zen in the front.)

11/22/2012 - Edited again
  • Beef jerky (already me mentioned below by DJ)
  • Sunflower seeds (especially the jumbo kind. Idk wtf that means)
  • Popcorn
  • Candy (pretty much any kind, especially sour candy)
  • Easy Mac Microwavable mac n' cheese (she said they go through a lot of this)
  • Pistachios
  • The flavored mixes for individual bottles of water (any flavor, including sugar free)
  • Mio (flavoring for water)

12/06/2012 - Edited again...had her ask her friends what they might like, as well.
  • Fun Dip (candy)
  • Sour Punch Straws (candy)
  • Pickles (not sure if this will be very easy to send)
  • Crackers (such as ritz)
  • Spray cheese
  • Any time killer games/puzzles/etc.

She thinks I'm asking for my own purposes...to just send care packages myself. She has no idea what is going on here.

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^ Thanks for the ideas...this will help immensely...
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John, we need discuss this care package tmrw....I have no concept what to send...other than what is typed, and I dunno jack about the products.....

Linda does all the shopping, she cooks, I wash, we are alive.....
I'll fill ya in tomorrow. The list of no-no's really isn't that bad. MAXIM is allowed, though
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That would be nice to know as I have a crapload of hand warmers I could send. Wife bought a Costco box of them.
Make sure you put plenty of packing stuff in the box so they don't accidently rip open and activate.

I'll put together a list of the no-go items for you all over the next day along with a list of what I (we) appreciated the most. I also have a few friends who are down range again and they can give me some ideas of what's really needed this time around. It'll jsut take time since they are actually working

Inquiries have already been sent. I expect an answer maybe within the next 12 hours.
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Make sure you put plenty of packing stuff in the box so they don't accidently rip open and activate.

I'll put together a list of the no-go items for you all over the next day along with a list of what I (we) appreciated the most. I also have a few friends who are down range again and they can give me some ideas of what's really needed this time around. It'll jsut take time since they are actually working
Make it early please- would like to get it in the mail tomorrow.
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Chocolate does OK at this time of year.

I have seen numerous requests for flavored creamer, depending on where the FPO is the PX may not have a good variety of bath items.

If you send anything in a can either make sure it has a pull top or try to remember to include a can opener. The biggest thanks I ever got was for a stinking can opener.

If you send anything that could leak make sure you put it in a baggie. And definately use the USPS flat rate boxes if you can. The PO can provide a list of what you can't mail.
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You didn't have a P40 ?
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I can tell you a few things she likes, in terms of snacks. I take that back, shes a big (raw) fruits and veggies kid, but those can't be mailed practically. Here's a list of snacks (that she likes) that are relatively inexpensive and will probably travel well...


Honestly, though, she'll appreciate anything that you guys send.
That whole list is good to go. It's pretty much cold over there now, so chocolate will be fine. Hell, we got it in the summer and it wasn't that bad....just threw it in the 'fridge before we opened it. Slim Jims do have some pork in them, but they are O.K. to send. Vienna Sausage...I'm not sure.

And why the hell did they say no pork? Did they go on double secret PC or something now?

Also, cigars! Cigars were currency over there for me and also a great stress reliever. A lot of the bigger FOBs and Air Bases have weekly cigar club meetings open to all ranks.
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Chocolate does OK at this time of year.

I have seen numerous requests for flavored creamer, depending on where the FPO is the PX may not have a good variety of bath items.

If you send anything in a can either make sure it has a pull top or try to remember to include a can opener. The biggest thanks I ever got was for a stinking can opener.

If you send anything that could leak make sure you put it in a baggie. And definately use the USPS flat rate boxes if you can. The PO can provide a list of what you can't mail.
Send the travel size stuff for soaps, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc... i guarantee the units are loaded with this stuff already, but they can and do trade it to the locals for stuff to include intel.
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No pork or porn ? What kind of list is this ! I'll take the addy if you can give me some kind of idea WTF to send. Something local maybe?
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A Christmas care package is in the works.

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So we send a burger looking gig made of pork BBQ in a sealed sammich bag, what they going to DO?? pull the package apart, and unseal the sammich to see if it's pork or beef or chicken?? WTF??

Booze? a bottle of water with Gin in it??


and yes, I will comply and work with Linda to get something there on time.....so forward on the addy...please....

I just shocked at the silliness of it all....PC gone to hell.....

sorry, hate making it political and all, so no comments needed on that score....
Addy sent to you all.

Yeah, Gene...when my BIL was first deployed to Iraq about 4-5 years ago (his first out of three deployments...Iraq X 2 and Afghanistan X 1), I was surprised at the list. Obviously, some things don't mail well, but the restriction on other things was just

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Can't wait, this will be fun!
She's going to be shocked. Shocked in a very good way, though.

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Addy please. I have NO IDEA what to send, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Sent. I threw up some suggestions and I'll try and add more.

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I wouldn't worry so much about the DVDs as they are easy to get there and the boot leg copies are usually a damn good quality these days. Toiletries and batteries are always welcomed. Be care ful sending hand wramers as I did see some issues with them when I was there. Something happened and they were activated int he box. Not sure what all occured but the CDR was not happy.
I think there's something about Lithium batteries. Some issue with them exploding...???

Thanks, Deej, for your help on this thread with all your suggestions.

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I think there's something about Lithium batteries. Some issue with them exploding...???

Thanks, Deej, for your help on this thread with all your suggestions.
No problem. i been there done that and know how good it feels to get a package from home. it's especially better during the first 8 weeks when you are sitting there thinking, "Fukkk...this shit sucks the wanky very much bad."

Don't forget to check out that "Huddle up for Heroes page on Facebook.

Also, here's a good link with the no-go's and at the bottom there is a link with some gift ideas.
http://www.bootsonground.com/soldier...cted-items.htm
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You didn't have a P40 ?
Do they still have those? I can't remember how many times I stuck those in my leg when they decided to open on their own. I could have single-handedly supplied blood for a small city.
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N-A-V, pm me the addy, too, please. i have some friends who will send some various stuff to her and the other soldiers in her unit.
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N-A-V, pm me the addy, too, please. i have some friends who will send some various stuff to her and the other soldiers in her unit.
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I just looked over at a big bowl of leftover Halloween candy and thought, "Since chocolate is not going to melt, this bitch is going in the mail with everything else."

Surprise!!! Here's some candy. Ignore the pumpkin faces on the wrappers.

If nothing else, she can pass it out...as was intended.
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Well I am out of ideas.

PM me the address and I will ask my wife for ideas. Something tells me she will be stumped after reading the list too.

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PM me the address and I will ask my wife for ideas. Something tells me she will be stumped after reading the list too.



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Here's what I got from a friend who's deployed over there right now

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individual drink packs of various flavours (the DFACs have plenty of lemonade pks already); the MiO Drink squeeze are a big hit; Jerky, all flavours always a hit; Soft Toilet Paper; Puffs Plus lotion tissues; carmex; small tubes of hand lotions (unscented preferred); pkgs of handiwipes (any brand)-we use them for dusting, cleaning, hands, face etc; nuts (canned, flavored, packaged (sunflower, almond, peanut, cashews-big hit, etc); small individual chips; sweet-n-low packs; coffeemate powder creamer (any flavor). etc. Its cool enough now to include some chocolate. M&Ms or the halloween small packs; gum; etc etc.
The soft poo-paper is really really nice to have over there. The army issued sand paper gets to be a bit rough on ya after a while.

And did anybody else read that part about the handiwipes like he meant it for cleaning his nuts, too?
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