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Unread 12-12-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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What would you put in a "Care Package" for your best bud serving overseas?

Title has it... What kind of good stuff would be included in a package you are sending or would like to receive while on deployment serving overseas?

I know he occasionally has access to the internet so keep that in mind... But so far I've just got a couple magazines(work safe and nonwork safe), "non perishable" snacks, movies, and a few random small things he requested. But what are y'all's (genuine) thoughts?

I was thinking about a rugged and compact solar USB charger so he can charge his phone, etc while "on the go"(who knew there would be cell coverage in the middle of nowhere? i didn't.) but I haven't come across anything i'm impressed with yet. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Unread 12-12-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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There's group here in San Diego that does just that thing. I have donated to and participated in packing parties.

Here is a typical care package.

http://www.operationcaregiver.org/kit.htm
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Toilet paper, hand/foot warmers, wool/silk/poly base layer clothing.
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hard warmers, snacks that he likes. Porn.... have to hide it tho. Umm, books, magazines, if you can package it air tight home made food of any kind is AWESOME, was always my favorite to get.
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FLASHLIGHT!! I reckon that if I was overseas, sleeping in a tent every night, a high quality flashlight would be nice to have.

http://www.deltabravotactical.com/flashlights.htm

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Have you asked him at all? He may have stuff that he likes and you can start there. He may also have decided on things that he has discovered would make his life easier (ie baby wipes etc)
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I had a Vietnam vet send me a few branches off his Christmas tree. He told me when he was in Vietnam that a Korean vet had mailed him the same. Smells really good when you burn it and brings about a nice Christmas spirit. Send him some American tobacco (even if he doesn't smoke or chew, his buddies will love him for American dip or cigarettes. Also as some have said, homemade cookies are always welcome. You could send him some him am iTunes gift card if he has an iPod, that way he can get some new tunes.

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Being a Vet I would prefer letters or videos of/from my family
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cookies were always my favorite...

That and the occasional snapshot of my GF in her undies!!! (till I got home and realized the photographer was my buddy)


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If he's a Jeeper, send your old copies of JP magazine. My Mom sent me a bottle of Tobasco sauce. Best thing ever!
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If it were my buddy, I would send him some highly-regarded reading material on a subject relevant to his career. That's most always a good gift idea. Cookies are nice, but knowledge can be savored longer.

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when i was deployed i needed: wet naps, hand sanitizer, and visine. everything else though like candy and crap like that was appreciated.
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Ill second eye drops. Those are life savers.
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Thanks for the all replies! Yes I have already talked with him and I do have a list of items that he has requested. I just want to go an extra mile and send of some more stuff that he would definitely appreciate.
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