Caring for Your Soldier: Your Guide to Making the Best Care Package

By Tina Rymar

The military takes care of our country and our freedom, so it is important that we take care of them. During the holidays—and year round—putting together a care package is a great way to show your appreciation and remind a deployed soldier that they are loved and remembered. We have put together a list of some great treats that can be placed in the next package you send to your soldier.

Food
Your soldier will always appreciate snacks, and shareable items will get you points with their roommates, too. Here are some good options:

  • Beef jerky
  • Coffee (both ground and instant varieties)
  • Tea bags and instant cocoa (for soldiers deployed in colder areas)
  • Protein bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Chips that come in a hard package (like Pringles)
  • Flavor packets to add to water, especially ones with electrolytes for added hydration
  • If your soldier has a sweet tooth, candy such as M&Ms would be a safer bet than anything that can melt or get sticky during shipping

Soldiers are provided with meals, but they tend to lack flavor and can get a little boring. Try including these items every now and then to spice up dinner:

  • A small container or individual packets of hot sauce
  • A bottle of barbeque sauce from a local restaurant
  • Seasoned salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Seasoning packets

Personal Care
To make sure your soldier is always feeling their best, occasionally include these items in your care packages:

  • A quality razor/razor head replacements
  • Non-aerosol shaving cream
  • Lip balm
  • Topical pain remover (such as IcyHot) for sore muscles
  • Aspirin or other pain medicine
  • High quality socks to be worn under boots
  • Foot powder
  • Baby wipes

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