I have stolen this from my friend, Funtastic Early Childhood Ideas, who also happens to be a military wife. If some Aussies can jump on board, I am sure there would be many appreciative soldiers out there!
Here’s a simple little thing that we can all do at very little cost or effort that will make a big difference to one of our troops serving overseas.
Perhaps you may wish to send a soldier a care package.
The idea behind this is that some troops over in Afghanistan may not have family who are able to send them packages with things they may need or things that make their time over there just that tiny bit easier.
There may also just be a soldier who is finding their time over there difficult and just needs a bit of cheering up. It’ll get given to whoever needs it most.
Packages of love and respect are greatly appreciated
To send a care package to an Australian Soldier in Afghanistan, you need to purchase a “BM” size box (weighs 175g itself) from Australia Post, they cost around $2. They’ll give you some customs forms which you will also need to fill out. The address you need to send the package to is below. Make sure you seal all the edges of the box with packing tape. If the box after being packed… weighs less than 2kg, Australia Post will send it for Free.
Make sure all edges are sealed tight!
To give an example of what can be sent, a care package could be:
For a bloke
1 x Lynx Shower Gel Travel Size
1 x Pack of Schick Disposable Razors
1 x NON-AEROSOL Shaving Cream
1 x Lynx Roll On Deodorant
1 x Small Baby Powder (Talc)
1 x Chap Stick (SPF 30+)
3 x Bags of Allen’s Lollies (NOT CHOCOLATE)
1 x Beef Instant Noodles
1 x Pack of Scotch Finger Biscuits or Anzac Biscuits
2 x Canned Tuna (Pull Ring Style)
1 x Coffee Sachets or Tea Bags
Just some handy ideas
For a Female
1 x Dove soap or shower Gel
1 x Roll on Deodorant
1 x Chap Stick spf30
1 x small baby talc powder
3 x bags of Lollies
1 x Toothbrush and Paste
1 x Breath fresh mints
All those free shampoo and conditioner/face Cream/hand cream samples you accumulate or can get from your chemist and beauty counters
I x Pack of Anzac Biscuits or Ginger Nuts
1 x Coffee Sachets – Latte etc or Tea Bags
For those of you that are animal lovers, you may wish to do the following: sending care packages to our Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) with the following items included:
1 x box dog biscuits
1 x pack of Smackos or Liver treats or similar dried treat
3 x Tins sardines – dogs love them
1x toy – a frisby or tug rope
1 x tennis ball and don’t forget a couple of packets of lollies for the handler.
The dogs do a magnificent job under very trying conditions and quite a few have lost their lives serving their country.
Don’t forget our canine soldiers!
Things not to send:
Alcohol, Clothing (except socks), Aerosols, Cigarettes, Pork, chocolate (melts), Magazines with naked people.
But don’t limit it to this let your imagination do the walking. You may wish to also include a self addressed envelope and a letter, or include your email address as well just in case they want to contact you or have something specific they want you to get for them.
Mark your parcel To –
Australian Soldier – Male or Female or – Australian EDD and Handler (Explosives Detection Dog)
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