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Friday, February 25, 2005

Care Package Ready for Shipment

My wife and I packed up a care package for a Marine who inabits my favorite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu forum... He said he likes beef jerkey so we pretty much shoved a dried up cow in a box and threw some peanuts in for variety.

Some other suggestions I found for military care packages, from this site, are:

  • Baby Wipes - great for taking a field bath - packets are better than tubs
  • Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
  • Energy Bars (Power Bar, etc.)
  • Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Red Devil, etc.) - wrap glass bottle in duct tape and place in doubled zip-lock bags
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Seasoning Salt (Lawry's, etc.)
  • Atomic Fireballs / Jolly Rancher hard candy
  • Powdered Energy/Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix (Gatorade, etc.)
  • Chewing Gum
  • Avon Skin So Soft - great for removing face paint and also reputed to be an effective bug repellant (the latter seems variable based on personal experience and reports)
  • AA-cell Alkaline Batteries
  • Personal Hygiene Gear: Disposable Razors, Toothbrush and Tooth Paste
  • Eye Wash / Drops (Visine, etc.) for flushing dust and sand out of the eyes
  • Zip-Lock style Plastic Storage Bags - assorted sizes, heavier freezer style are better
  • Copenhagen Snuff in a tin ("Even if the service member doesn't dip snuff, they will be a hero and have more power than the Commanding Officer if they have a 'log' (10 cans) of 'Hagen.' A large percentage of infantry use this stuff and it is hard to get. The stuff they do get comes in a plastic can and tastes terrible. The 'Stateside Hagen' is the most powerful bargaining tool in a field environment!")
  • Pre-paid Phone Card so service member can call home
There's a bit of pattern there, yes? If it helps to cure boredom or remove dirt, they can use it.

If you want to send a deployed soldier, sailor, flyer (?) or Marine something, but you don't know any, this site seems pretty good.

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