Support Our Troops With These Care Package Ideas

When the brave men and women of the Armed Forces are serving overseas, it is so important for them to know that they are not forgotten and that those of us back home support them. One of the best ways of doing that is sending care packages filled with items that make their life a little easier and remind them of the home their serving to protect.

The Veterans Site is proud to partner with Operation Support Our Troops — America to send care packages to our brave men and women in uniform serving overseas. But that help really comes from readers like you, who donated to support that mission. The pictures that are included with this list of care package items are all of service members with care packages provided by donations through The Veterans Site.

Thanks entirely to your support and donations, 86,000 troops have received care packages so far! That’s how much of a difference you are making!

We would like to keep that number growing even higher and let more troops know that they are remembered and cared for while serving overseas. Please consider donating here to send care packages to troops today — your help is so important!

For everyone making a care package of their own to send, here is a list of some of the most requested items for service members deployed overseas.


1. Snacks

Food is a basic necessity of life, but living off of MREs can get pretty boring really fast. That’s not to mention the amount of down time when our troops aren’t on active patrol or other duties. Simply having some snack food can make a day much brighter. Some of the most popular snacks to send to troops include candy that doesn’t melt, trail mix, cookies, crackers, chips and gum. Remember, it’s the little things in life that make the most difference and that’s even more true for troops deployed overseas.


2. Lotion

This one can take different forms. Lotion itself is great for service members who deal with hot, dry conditions, chaffing equipment and normal day-to-day life. However, there are some alternatives that troops also love getting in care packages. Petroleum jelly servers a lot of purposes, from helping dry skin and lips to protecting small wounds and more. Sunscreen is also a huge help to those serving in areas like Iraq and Afghanistan where the sun can be a real burden to deal with.


3. Powdered Drinks

The military makes sure troops stay hydrated with a lot of water, but having something else to drink is a big deal to the troops overseas. Thankfully, there are all kinds of drink mixes that come in powdered form today that can simply be added to water. Flavored water packets like lemonade easily change plain water into a tasty treat for our troops, while powdered energy drinks can help relieve dehydration and give some extra energy. And speaking of a pick-me-up, instant coffee is a great thing to add to any care package, as well as tea bags for perfect cup to get going or relax.


Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.
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