Suggested items for Care Packages:

Ace bandages
Air fresheners (not plug-in’s; stick-ups and car types are good)
Aloe Vera (for burns)
Antibiotic cream (ex. Neosporin)
Athlete’s foot cream (no aerosol)
Baby wipes (unscented, refill packs)
Bandaids (travel packs)
Bandanas
Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt)
Body powder
Books (used is OK) (paperback or hardback)
Boot laces
Breath fresheners
Breakfast bars
Chapsticks or lip balms
CD’s & DVD's (used is OK)
Coffee (ground)
CoffeeMate
Dental floss
Deodorant
Duct tape
Eye drops
Feminine hygiene items
Flashlights
Fly strips, DEET, Skin-So-Soft
Foot powder
Gum
Hand/body lotion (unscented)
Hand sanitizer (travel size)
Icy Hot patches, Bengay
Jock itch spray
Lens cleaner for glasses
Magazines (current and used)
Men’s cotton boxers (solid colors, size M, L, XL)
Mosquito repellant (no aerosol)
Mouthwash
Munchies: (Little Debbie snacks, jelly beans, Pringles, hard candy (individually wrapped), mints, trail mix, Jerky, Slim Jims, Cracker Jacks, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, snacks that are nonperishable and non-crushable, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy Bears, raisins, licorice twists, Fig Newtons, Oreos, Skittles, Peanut Butter Granola Bars, M&M’s, but no meltable chocolate that is not individually wrapped!)
Nail clippers, emery boards
Nasal spray (saline is good too for dusty and sandy environments)
Oatmeal (instant)
Pain relievers (Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, Aspirin)
Peanut butter (small jars)
Pencils and pens (black ink only)
Pepperoni
Personal cards, notes, children’s drawings
Playing cards
Popcorn packets (microwavable)
Pop-top cans of fruit, ravioli, etc.
Powdered, presweetened, & in packets (tea, Kool-aid, Gatorade, lemonade, hot chocolate)
Prepaid telephone calling cards (AT&T)
Protein bars, granola bars, power bars
Q-tips
Razors (disposable)
Recreational items: Frisbee, cards, dominoes, poker chips, dice, board games, baseballs, horseshoes (remember they must fit into a flat rate 12”x12”x6” shipping box)
Rolaids, Tums
Seasonings: Spices, seasoning salt, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, bacon bits
Sewing kits (small)
Shampoo and conditioner
Shaving cream (no aerosol)
Soap, body wash
Socks (wool/cotton blend or 100% wool; black; size 10-13)
Soup (packets of instant soup, Ramen noodles)
Sunscreen with high SPF (no aerosol)
Throat lozenges or cough drops
Tissues (travel size)
Toothbrushes & toothpaste
Tuna or chicken salad in foil packets
Word puzzle magazines
Writing pads & envelopes
YooHoo chocolate drink boxes
Ziplock baggies
 

Important: What not to send:

Aerosols and other pressurized products
Liquids in glass containers
Expired food
Items that may melt or leak
Any contraband items such as live plants, tobacco, alcohol, nudity, etc.
Meltable chocolate that could disintegrate in 110 degree heat. M&M’s are fine, however.
Oversized items that will not fit in Priority Mail APO/FPO boxes (12"x12"x6")

 

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