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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 6/11/2002 3:50:57 PM EDT
Putting together a care package for my buddy serving in Afghanistan. Any ideas of what I should send? I'd ask him for ideas, but that would defeat the "surprise." Of course I'll be sending some "Field Manuals," but need some other ideas. Bug spray? Toaster pastries?????
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 3:54:22 PM EDT
Put enough MRE's in the box to cover the stuff underneath them!
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 3:56:35 PM EDT
what I asked for was flavored creamer for the coffee. Nothing quite makes you feel civilized like a cup of French Vanilla. Maybe that makes me poofy, but oh well, at least creamy coffee leaves less pronounced DCU stains...
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 3:59:19 PM EDT
I remember hearing that during the gulf war, kool aid mix was a desirable item as it covered the nasty taste of the local water. I can't imagine it tastes much better in afghanistan, but make sure you send the stuff with the sugar already added. Pop tarts are a good idea too. I imagine people stationed there have a very repetative diet so different food are probably welcome.
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 4:04:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 4:09:40 PM EDT
Hey Rob....id send him cigarettes!!!...even if he doesnt smoke he can trade smokes for almost anything he needs (that includes trading to the locals, everyone loves american smokes, preferably Marlboros) also maybe baby wipes, pop tarts are good, noodle ramen is always popular.playing cards...thats all i can think of now, i was a grunt for almost 10 years, and all the above things wopuld be appreciated by any soldier in the field.....oh and send a few copies of soldier of fortune...and send him my thanks for being a soldier!!!!
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Link Posted: 6/11/2002 7:43:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy: Deodorant/anti-perspirant High-SPF sunscreen Bug repellant Cookies/pretzels/hard candy (nothing that melts) Red Vines Chewing gum Beef jerky Any kind of ready-to-eat snack food, actually. KoolAid/GatorAid CDs/music/recordings of his fav local radio station Baby wipes (great for "field showers") -Troy
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When my brother (4subslr4) was in Vietnam, Troy's list pretty much matches what bro asked us to send. Junk Food. They're eating good and healthy but a well-honed American body 'needs' junk food to operate at max capacity.
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 7:54:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 7:57:51 PM EDT
I'd add to that list anything newspaper or magazine article that reflects on them in a positive fashion. If our boys know that their work over there is being appreciated, it will make that pack seem a little bit lighter.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 3:49:18 AM EDT
Current or back issues of Hustler, Penthouse or what ever copy of your favorite porno mag you care to send. Maybe you could ask our very own AR-15.com porno expert Lordtrader what he would recommend [:D]. Come to think of it, we are all experts in this subject.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 4:07:06 AM EDT
They still make porno in print? [:P]
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 4:17:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RobertInMaine: Putting together a care package for my buddy serving in Afghanistan. Any ideas of what I should send? I'd ask him for ideas, but that would defeat the "surprise." Of course I'll be sending some "Field Manuals," but need some other ideas. Bug spray? Toaster pastries?????
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Robert, I'd send Beef jerky (its really expensive in the sorry excuse for a PX that is provided for him.) I used to like to get film for my camera. I'd carry a little 110 crappy cam and I'd take pics and just send the undeveloped film back home since I had no where to develop it anyway. When I got back the the US, I had a great photo album waiting for me. What you send depends alot on what MOS your buddy. If he's a grunt, send things that'll make his life easier in the field. If he's a remf then you can send stuff that makes his life easier...well, you get the idea. Personally, I'd send skin mags and copenhagen.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 3:42:35 PM EDT
Thanks for all the input. I posted this last night before I went to work. Unfortunately, I'm on my way back to work right now but came up with some more/same items while brainstorming last night: Stationary Pens Disposable Camera Powdered Drinks other than Kool-Aid(MREs have some kind of Kool-Aid, I'm thinking of powdered Gatorade) Jerky Granola Magazines Suntan lotion/ Sunblock AA batteries (for walkmans during off-duty) Stamps Non-aerosol Bug repellent Mrs Dash or similar spices Phone Cards Sent the list to some friends and family and hope to have something together next week. Been thinking of volunteering for the effort thru my Reserve unit. It would mean putting off promotion for yet ANOTHER year.... but, we'll see. Thanks for the input! Robert
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 6:01:12 PM EDT
1) The monthly field manuals should have centerfolds! 2) I would also send a shampoo bottle filled with Jack Daniels. 3) you can never have too many 168 gr HPBT.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 6:16:10 PM EDT
How bout a couple of tan wool watch caps that go with his camo much better than the black ones the army issues.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 7:24:46 PM EDT
If he is from the South (below Tennesee) send some single serve tea bags and SUGAR for some sweet tea. Make sure he has a way to boil water. Lipton makes some bags for a glass of tea in individually wrapped packets. Where can we get info to send thing to people we don't necessarily know? I would like to send something, it doesn't matter who.
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 8:12:49 PM EDT
AA batteries WD-40 CLP Cleaning patches Disposable cameras Thoughtful food treats (mustard pretzels, nuts, some kind or hard candy of sugared fruit) Gatorade Frisbee Horseshoe set Spare parts for whatever weapons and vehicles they have (because the logistics system probably isn't working real well) [:D]
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 8:23:01 PM EDT
A MRE with a note saying "Ha Ha", lol... seriously though.. umm.. Some good unscented lotion with aloe in it. I bet he's sunburnt, or at least his hands are pretty rough.. or CHAPSTICK! That is what I would ask for! I would be lost without it! A pair of levis? Bet he could trade them for something good Jelly beans (eating them now, mmm..!) Smokes Porn Mentos Gum Etc
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 8:24:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TalonJ: 1) The monthly field manuals should have centerfolds! 2) I would also send a shampoo bottle filled with Jack Daniels. 3) you can never have too many 168 gr HPBT.
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Cuervo looks an awful lot like Listerine. I'd would've certainly appreciate a large, price-club sized JUG of senor 1800!
Link Posted: 6/12/2002 10:55:36 PM EDT
Snuff. If he doesn't dip, it barters easily, I assure you. Send "Copenhagen type" snuff, but not Copenhagen. It dries out much too easily. Send Redwood , Red Seal, or Timber Wolf. Much cheaper than Copenhagen too. Make a third of it mint flavored if you want, but the vast majority needs to be plain tobacco flavored. I know the above from experience!!! ps - Hustler is the best "field manual" [;)] You are a damned good buddy, RIM!!! Best of luck to your friend.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 12:20:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TalonJ: 1) The monthly field manuals should have centerfolds! [red]Of Course!![/red] 2) I would also send a shampoo bottle filled with Jack Daniels. [red]Maybe[/red] 3) you can never have too many 168 gr HPBT. [red]Agreed[/red]
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Link Posted: 6/13/2002 12:30:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By keeptryin: Where can we get info to send thing to people we don't necessarily know? I would like to send something, it doesn't matter who.
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Glad you asked! The following link ought to help you. [url]http://www.uso.org/pubs/8_20_25.cfm[/url] Contacted a Major I used to serve with and they may have a slot for me if I piggyback with a unit from California. Maybe I can bring the care package in person!
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 4:00:54 AM EDT
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I just returned from Afghanistan (Mazar-e-Sharif) The following were desired: Chew and smokes Gatoraide black socks Current mags (The PX mags are outdated by about a month or two!) Porno (very desirable) And the thing I most wanted was a 3-point sling for my M16A2. It's easier to carry it and we have to carry them everywhere! I'm starting to post some of my Afghan pics at: www.gungrabber.com Later, Dave Johnson (SSgt/USAF)
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 4:22:25 AM EDT
Where's the best place to get a 3-point sling, and are they authorized? I realize the AF is pretty lenient when it comes to personal comfort, do you think the Army will/does approve of them? Thanks for the input and thanks for your service. SGT Robert Ostrander USAR
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