What to mail to Iraq???

Hanna - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My brother in law is Iraq. My husband and I are his only family trying to keep in touch with him. He won't ask for anything. Can anyone tell me what some of the guys ask for? Does anyone have good ideas of stuff to mail? How long does it take to get there? Do they really get their mail? Can you mail food?

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Debbie - posted on 06/20/2009

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Batteries, baby wipes, gum, gatorade mix, phone cards, any fave food. Food has to be non-perishable (obviously). I always would get the priority flat rate box and cram as much as I could in them. Mail can get lost, but my husband has always gotten his. Length depends on where in Iraq it goes. I am sure you know, but do not mail alchohol or any religious or questionable material. This may sound weird, but every couple of months I included new socks and undies!!

BARBARA - posted on 06/15/2009

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my son is in the Marines and getting ready to deploy to Iraq, and he said that they cannot get enough of baby diaper wipes...I will let you know about anything else as soon as I talk with him again.

Take Care,

Barbara

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Kim - posted on 02/08/2011

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believe it or not baby wipes. my hubby was deployed to afghanistan and when i bought wipes for my son i picked up a few resealable bags for him. he asked for gum, beef jerky, extra socks, foot powder. his mother and i did mail out candy. how ever we didnt keep in mind that it does get 100+ degrees out there and he ended up with alot of melted candy. heehee. so if your going to send him some candy make it hard candy or stuff that wont melt easily. just think of what he like and can be resealed or put into ziplock bags. that you might want to send out as well. they do get there mail. but depending on how established their compound and where they are depends on how often they will get it. but they do get there mail and packages. hope that helps. once my hubby gets back from training ill see what else he would of like out there.

Molly - posted on 11/07/2010

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Don't mail too much. Depending on what space he has he might not have room. Everything you send must be used or carried back (usually). So, with that in mind a few things my husband always liked: military socks, 5-hour energy, emercen-C (vitamin powder), hard candy, phone cards (some don't work there though!), a few photographs, Shave Secret oil, and a magazine or book. What is most fun to receive however is letters! Lots of letters break up the monotony. They do get mail. How often depends on where they are and what their job is. You can send cookies and such but vacuum pack them and understand they may or may not be hockey pucks by the time they get there. Your best bet is to send a small package with non perishables and no liquids that will leak. Nothing breakable.

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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My hubby never asked for anythign either. But he always did love what I would send. Any small bag items that will fit into there cargo pockets he loved. Like bagel chips, combos( were on high demand), etc. Just don't make the mistake and only send one bag send a bunch of small bags. Also homemade cookies. I always freezed mine 1st and then sent them so they were always nice and fresh. Other items are beef jerky, any kind of special sodas, pictures/scrapbook page, bag clips, the betty crocker microwavable desert bowls. and themes boxes for each holiday they will miss. Making boxes for them is so theraputic

Sharon - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son was in Iraq for 15 months. Initially, he was at a very deserted outpost, so anything I sent was like manna from heaven. I sent a pillow, (yeah, strange, I know), underwear, sweats (it gets cold in the winter) and food of all kinds. I also sent some Ziplock bags because the sand, which is like a fine silt, gets in everything. If he is in an area where he can't get to a PX regularly, send toiletries like toothpaste, bar soap, toothbrush, etc. His favorite food items are always appreciated, of course, and I always sent enough to share with his troops. Unfortunately, not all soldiers get stuff from home. Though none of my son's packages were ever opened, remember that they are subject to being inspected, so stay away from anything that has "sexy" pictures, any food item with pork in it. Remember to use the flat-rate boxes from the post office; they're free. You'll get good at getting lots of stuff in them! Please accept my thanks for your brother-in-law's service and remember there are lots of us praying for his safe return!

Andrea - posted on 07/23/2009

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My husband is over there right now and sun block is what he is asking for. He gets to wear his t-shirt and he said that he gets sunburned a lot. Deodorant is another things that i have sent a lot of. Plus they do have some down time so i have sent footballs, or one of those basketball hoops with the suction cups. Magazines from home that they like to read. There is a website www.armywives.com which gives some good ideas and also the restrictions. I know you said that he your brother-in-law but i am sure that this sight will give you some ideas. Hope it helps

Linda - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi! My husband did a tour in Iraq and I mailed him care packages all the time. I would mail him food like beef jerky or slim jims, I would also bake him homemade cookies and wrap them up really tight and they would still be good when they got to him. My husband said gatorade and drinks like Red Bull were really popular. My husband did get everything I mailed him, just be sure you fill out the special form at the post office to send the box overseas. I would send it in the flat rate boxes priority mail and he'd get it within a week. I hope all this helps and I'll keep your brother in law in my prayers.



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Kimberly - posted on 07/15/2009

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Quoting Debbie:

Batteries, baby wipes, gum, gatorade mix, phone cards, any fave food. Food has to be non-perishable (obviously). I always would get the priority flat rate box and cram as much as I could in them. Mail can get lost, but my husband has always gotten his. Length depends on where in Iraq it goes. I am sure you know, but do not mail alchohol or any religious or questionable material. This may sound weird, but every couple of months I included new socks and undies!!


believe me i its not weird, one of my friends is stationed in iraq for the 3rd time and i send him socks and whatnot. its all appreciated.



 



Alot of soldiers are shy about asking for particular things. Home baked goodies are appreciated as well as pictures and personal hygiene items. My fiance is slated to deploy for the 2nd time in january and he is gonna make me a list of things to send in each box as well as suggestions for different things once in a while.

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I always package my perishables in a non returnable sealed plastic container, then vacuum seal it. Any home-baked goods are appreciated. I know my husband likes to get any projects or pictures that my daughter makes. I always send at least one in every package. I know that it is getting very warm there so nothing that will melt, ie chocolate.

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