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List of Items Needed by Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan
Care Package Items to ShipSupport our Military! We need items to send in the care packages. If you, your company or organization would like to donate items to support the troops, please use this list as a reference for the types of items to collect for the Care Package Project™. All items must be new and in the original sealed packaging (except recreation items as noted below). Homemade food items cannot be accepted.

NOTE: Food items shipped with toiletry items will taste like deodorant, foot powder, toothpaste, etc. To avoid this, please deliver all food items packaged separately from all toiletry items or separate them in plastic bags.

Most Requested Care Package Items for troops
UPDATED May 9, 2013:
Please consider donating from the "most requested" items list here. Travel-size and single-serving size work best.
(see below for specifics on these most requested items)

Food Items for Care Packages for troops Food Items for Care Packages for troops
Do not send glass containers. Pork and pork by-products are not allowed to be shipped to most Middle East combat locations. Please send non-perishable foods only. Single-serving package sizes are preferred; large packages won't stay fresh and are harder to ship. If you can stuff it in your pocket and it's not going to spoil or melt during the summer season, it's a good thing to send!

Beverage Items for Care Packages for troops
Food Items for Care Packages for troops
Beverag Items for Care Packages for troops
Send small containers please. We cannot ship liquids. However, the troops do need flavors to add to the drinking water provided to them. Please send pre-sweetened or sugar-free flavoring mixes in small or single-serving packages. During the colder months, hot beverages are in great demand. Please do not send glass jars.

Recreation Items for Care Packages for troops Recreation Items for Care Packages for troops

Clothing Items for Care Packages for troops
Color of underclothing and socks is not as important as making sure they are 100% cotton. Send fingerless gloves and stocking caps during winter months only. (September-February)

Communication Items for Care Packages for troops

Personal Supply Items for Care Packages for troops
Disposable Hand Warmers for Care Packages for troops

tools to send to deployed troops iraq afghanistan

Foot Care Items for Care Packages for troops Foot Care Items for Care Packages for troops
Footcare is critical and the demand for quality products is very high. Be sure that all items are in their original, sealed packages.

Personal Care Items for Care Packages for troops
Personal Care Items for Care Packages for troops
Personal Care Items for Care Packages for troops
Lip balm is in high demand in desert areas. The lipstick-style tubes that you apply directly to your lips are preferred over the "tub" style. Eyedrops are to relieve dry eyes; please avoid sending eyedrops designed to remove redness as those will increase dryness and iritation caused by sand and storms in a desert climate.

Baby Wipes and Hand Sanitizer for Care Packages for troops
Baby Wipes for Care Packages for troops
Hand Sanitizer for Care Packages for troops
Please do not send pump dispenser style bottles for any items. When the troops are out in the field, facilities for showering and taking care of personal hygiene are infrequent and in many locations non-existent. Portable-sized packages of non-alcohol based baby wipes are also in high demand for these troops.

Toiletry Items for Care Packages for troops
Toothpaste and Brushups for Care Packages for troops
Supplies for Care Packages for troops
Please purchase small or travel-size items for personal care. We try to send a new toothbrush and razors in every package, so the demand is very high for these items. Toothpaste tubes get messy; the plastic "bottles" of toothpaste stand up better to the conditions of combat zones. The new "Brush-Ups®" are very popular and useful for the troops.

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