Can someone give me some advice on what to send someone in the Middle East??

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A friend of ours is over there somewhere with the Navy. He runs a small boat squadron, and spends 12 hours a day on a boat. My husband and I want to send him a care package, but we don't know what he would need.. Do any of you hae any advice?
Thank you[grin]
 
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I cant find it, but I seem to remember in the military bubbas sub forum there was a thread that had a list of stuff the guys over there wanted/would appreciate.
 
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The PX system is well established by now so troops don't need as many of the necessities as they used to. Porn and booze are forbidden, but, manage to sneak in more than you think. The biggest problem is what to do during the downtime. My recommendations are : local newspapers, recent DVD's or some of his old favorites, handheld video games(poker not PSP), *cough*skin mags and booze*cough*. Nothing will go to waste; if he can't use it then I'm sure one of his fellow troops can.
 

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When I was over there I liked to get the sports section of the Herald/Globe, magazines that I read that weren't stocked in my FOB's exchange, dvd's (tv shows on dvd's lasted a lot longer than a movie), snacks, etc. If he is at a small FOB his excange is likely very small. Mine was about the size of a large walk-in closet. It was stocked from a larger exchange about 90 miles away.
 

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We send high-quality snacks that can't be purchased there (go to someplace like Trader Joe's), package moist brownies in plastic bins with some padding (still edible now that shipping is pretty quick), light comedy DVD's, "series DVD's" (Northern Exposure is a personal fave) cough drops, lip balm, footballs, frisbies, and playing cards. If there's room we throw in AA batteries.

The item that has gotten the biggest response was hand-made cards by my kids.

Magazines like FHM and Maxim aren't considered off-limits by most commands. I send car magazines, motorcycle magazines, and sports magazines as well.
 

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When I was over there I liked to get the sports section of the Herald/Globe, magazines that I read that weren't stocked in my FOB's exchange, dvd's (tv shows on dvd's lasted a lot longer than a movie)
yup

We send high-quality snacks that can't be purchased there (go to someplace like Trader Joe's lip balm, and playing cards. If there's room we throw in AA batteries.
my sister was in the sandbox for a tour and always could use lip balm and AA batteries. The good balm not the crappy stuff [smile]
 
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Well I am here now... and I can vouch for what most everyone else has said.. stuff to pass the time is great! Movies and magazines, books if you know what they like, and please those two girls in garandmans profile pic!!! LOL... Seriously though... In the first couple of months theyre there ANYTHING you send is worthwhile stuff. As they get settled sometimes you can focus on things from home, I know that halfway through right now I am pretty well off in the food pantry, but things like razors and baby wipes never go out of style. Hometown newspapers are a GODSEND if you can get them. Good smelling stuff is also priceless.. because this country SMEEELLLLLLSSS .. And on that note, flypaper is a godsend as well. Toothpaste and toothbrushes come all the time, but sometimes things like shaving cream and deoderants are good too. cold medicine, sleeping aids, cough drops are also good. And yea, if you can get maxims and FHMs, they make GREAT reading material before you use the babywipes! :eek:)
 
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