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What to Send a Solider in Iraq

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Coastal Realty

My nephew just recently deplyed to Iraq. We are looking to put together a care package for him. I thought I would find an easy list - boy was I wrong. So here is my list that I put together after visiting many sites and reading lots of blogs.

If I can give some ideas even for one soldier's family - I am happy....

Personal Care: (Think travel size)

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste Travel Size
  • Floss
  • Multi Vitamins
  • Unscented Baby Wipes Travel Size
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lip Balm
  • Disposable Razors
  • Bug repellant (like Deep Woods Off) to keep the sand fleas off.
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Small packages of Kleenex.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Eye drops
  • Pain relievers, like Tylenol, Aspirin, Motrin, etc.
  • Jock itch powder
  • Feminine Itch Powder
  • Tampons
  • Feminine Hygiene Pads
  • Hair Bands
  • Small Mirrors
  • Foot powder, packed in a Ziploc bag.
  • Moleskin
  • Shaving gel in tubes (no shaving cream)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Boot insoles
  • Unscented Baby Powder
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Files
  • Ivory Soap
  • Medicated Face Wipes
  • Eye Drops
  • Cotton Balls
  • Mouth Wash 

Snacks & Treats:

  • Hard Candy
  • Mints
  • Starburst
  • Skittles
  • Gum
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruit Roll Ups
  • Cigars
  • Lifesavers
  • Pringles
  • Doritos
  • Cheetos
  • Beef Jerky
  • Crystal Lite Drink Mix
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Bubble Gum
  • Sardines.
  • Small packages of ground coffee
  • Instant hot chocolate.
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Trail mix (no chocolate - it melts)
  • Crackers
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Hot Sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Mustard Packets
  • Relish Packets
  • Quaker instant oatmeal
  • Instant espresso powder
  • Instant Flavored Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Single Serving Dry Cereal
  • Spices (onion powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder)
  • Lollipops
  • Ragu Express
  • Granola Bars
  • MILK Parmalat packs 2% milk
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Sugar Packets
  • Single Serving Mac & Cheese
  • Single Serving Hamburger Helper
  • Soup packets
  • Tuna lunch-to-go packs
  • Meal replacement drinks, such as Ensure in lightweight bottles
  • Powdered Gatorade
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Chewing Tobacco
  • Salad Dressing
  • Canned Chicken
  • Salsa
  • Snack Cakes

Other Desirables:

  • White Athletic Socks
  • Dark Green Boot Socks
  • Underwear
  • Beanie Babies (They are giving them to the kids)
  • Brown or Tan T-Shirts L & XL
  • Ziploc Bags Gallon Size
  • Stationary
  • Envelopes (no stamps needed)
  • Pens
  • Disposable cameras
  • Prepaid phone cards. (AT&T is good in Kuwait)
  • Cigarettes
  • Q Tips
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Deck of Cards
  • Uno
  • Neck Coolers
  • Flashlights (ones that clip on and small hand held)
  • Battery Powered fans
  • Small colorful calendars
  • Portable Shower
  • Blow Kiddie Pool
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • Disposable Hand Warmers
  • Stress Ball
  • Yo Yo's
  • Squirt Guns
  • Frisbees
  • Hackie Sacks
  • Balloons
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Miniature Nerf Footballs
  • Miniature Nerf Basketballs
  • Slinky
  • Bandannas
  • Small Board Games on Keychains


  • Fitness
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Boating
  • Cars/Hot Rods
  • Guns/Ammo
  • Crosswords
  • Word search games
  • Anagrams
  • Pocket Bible
  • Paperback Books
  • Soduku
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Madlibs
  • Mail order catalogs, so military personnel can shop for friends/family back home.

Notes from us to the soldiers to let them know we are supporting them. They can hold a letter and read it again and again. They can't hold an email. You can include a self addressed envelope - you might get a pen pal.

 Send small boxes - and check with the post office for the right way to mail them. Lots of mail calls makes a happy soldier.




Tina Gleisner
Home Tips for Women - Portsmouth, NH
Home Tips for Women

Thanks for sharing as our son is in the navy (ship board) and I'm always guessing at what to put in his care packages.

May 11, 2009 01:43 PM
Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

great list. i will keep this, in case i should have a friend or family member that must go in the military.  They do need our support back home.   God Bless all our military men and women who keep us safe!

Jun 28, 2009 03:00 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Shannon, this is a great list and would come in handy for many groups and organizations that send out boxes to the troops especially around the holidays!  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 07, 2009 10:51 AM