The Troops in harms way all over the world have to buy their own supplies but sometimes they go for months without the opportunity to purchase the basic necessities. The guys in Afghanistan on the “Tip of the Spear” only get limited access to a truck that sometimes doesn’t come over unless it’s safe. After the first couple of FOB the trucks are empty and that’s where we come in and send them carepacs.
The number one item requested by the troops isWipes(baby wipes or equivalent) Cheap is ok, Wal-Mart has the “parents choice” are the cheapest I’ve found. Guys on the “Tip of the Spear” get to shower once a week, and by shower I mean a bucket of water. Wipes are a life saver for in between “showers”.
Hand and feet warmers. It’s COLD NOW in Afghanistan, at night in the winter it goes down in the 20’s! This is also the rainy season. So they’re cold and wet.
Hot cocoa mix
medicated foot powder
drink mix powder (like Gatorade, Power aid, Kool-Aid, Crystal light)
Black, OD Green, Olive Green, Camel Brown or/and White socks, TUBE socks are best because they accommodate all sizes unlike crew socks that fit 8-12 only. They NEED dry socks to avoid frostbite!
boot inserts (gel, memory foam, odor eaters)
air fresheners and car air fresheners (little pine tree)
mouth wash (travel size please)
self help/marriage/parenting books
magazines on Sports, hunting, fishing, cars, racing, NASCAR, wrestling, tattoos, men’s health, working out, engines, trucks, Maxim, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, guns, airplanes, flying, Video Game Cheat Codes, Please don’t send People, US, Star, Enquirer nor any Hollywood trash magazines where they show trashy people getting millions for being immoral drunken junkies.
candy like Jolly Ranchers, mints, lemon drops, Jelly Bellies, life savers
individual packs of ketchup, TACO BELL SAUCES ALL OF THEM, hot sauces
instant coffee, packs of creamers, sugar
Granola bars, Protein bars, Cliff bars
Protein drinks like Muscle Milk, Ensure, Boost
Energy bars, Snickers
Energy drinks like Monster (any flavor/color) AMP, Full Throttle, Red Bull, 5 hour energy, Rock Star, Pit bull, KMX, Burn, Blast, HOOAH!, Lightning Bolt, Buzz, etc.
Pop tarts, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, instant grits, instant breakfast
hair clippers, nail clippers
board games, card games (phase 10, UNO etc.)
Video Games (some have received Game systems from home)
DVD’s (some have received portable DVD players from home)
cards, letters and drawings that express good wishes are appreciated