As a former military member, I can attest to how nice it is to receive a care package, especially during the holidays. It lets the service members know people are thinking about them back home.
To receive candy and other treats to share among each other is a good feeling. Soldiers tend to share among their brothers and sisters in arms, while enjoying the treats themselves.
Here are some ideas to include in care packages:
- Letters & cards
- Banana bread, cookies or other homemade dessert (that doesn't go bad within a month)
- Powdered mix for water, such as protein mix or fruit mix (especially vitamin mix!)
- Instant coffee, hot cocoa mix or tea
- Small notepads, pens and pencils
- Small games, playing cards or small puzzles, mind teasers, Rubik's cube
- Small amount of powdered laundry detergent
- Small hygiene items, such as deodorant or toothpaste
- Chap Stick
Be careful of sending breakable items, such as coffee mugs, glasses or plates. For one thing, they might break during shipment, but another thing is soldiers may not be able to keep such items because they are moving a lot and must leave a lot behind.
Be careful not to send anything too personal. Typically care packages are opened in front of other soldiers.
Be careful not to spray packages with perfume or scent. Not only might people have sensitive noses but soldiers might be opening their package in a tent and in close quarters.
Sending plants aren't a good idea for many reasons. I think you get it.
Did I miss something? Please leave your comments and let me know.