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Ideas and Suggestions for things to go into care packages
  • Candy (heat resistant)
  • Chocolate Candy (December-April only)
  • Snack cakes
  • Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
  • Cookies (heat proof)
  • Bars (heat proof, like granola)
  • Gum (no sticks)
  • Beef jerky
  • Twizzlers
  • Trail mix
  • Nuts


  • Writing Paper and Envelopes
  • Pens/Pencils


  • Coffee (instant)
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee creamer
  • Tea mixes (powdered, sweet)
  • Gatorade (powdered)
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Coffee flavorings (powdered)


  • Sugar packets
  • 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)
  • Oatmeal (instant)
  • Ravioli (pop top cans-seal in platic bags some have poped in transit)
  • Tuna Kits


  • Action Movie DVDs
  • CDs
  • Tapes
  • CD carriers

Printed Materials

  • Books (paper back novels, short stories)
  • Joke books
  • Writing paper
  • Newspapers (local)
  • Magazines

Tobacco Products

  • Cigaretts
  • Snuff
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Pipe tobacco and cleaners
  • Cigars

Toiletries (much needed)

  • Baby wipes
  • Cold water wash soap (Woolite)
  • Eye Drops
  • Femine hygiene products (for female soldiers)
  • Chapstick
  • Foot powder
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes
  • Toilet paper (including travel size)
  • Hand sanitizers (waterless)
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Q-Tips
  • Tissues (heavy duty - i.e. Puffs)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Tylenol (individual packets)
  • Wash Rags


  • 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)
  • Duct tape
  • Short coils of rope
  • Miniature tool kits
  • Pocket knives
  • 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)
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Playing cards
  • Socks (cushioned)
  • Sunglasses (black)
  • Sweatbands (for use in helmets)
  • Fly strips
  • Fly swatters


  • Canned turkey and canned Thanksgiving food items
  • Small unbreakable holiday decorations
  • Christmas stockings
  • Holliday cards made by kids


Prohibited Items
  • Aerosol Cans
  • 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.

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