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Old 01-05-2009, 10:19 PM
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Just wondering what types of stuff do soldiers consider "useful" or "good"? whats banned?

example: I have a ton of magazines, such as : Road & Track/ Maxim/Stuff/ etc would that be something useful? I figure reading material is good for passing the time?


Also do we have a calguns list of people I can send stuff to? and a method to do so? Thanks.
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Beer. Lots and lots of beer.


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Magazines are great, stuff like candy, foot powder, deodorant, diaperwipes.

I've been sending boxes of cigars. It's amazing how many pictures I see of friends and their buddies sitting on APCs, trucks etc. with cigars in their mouths.

I'll get emails from them and they thank me for different stuff and they always mention the cigars.
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I was wondering the same, my friend was deployed to iraq two weeks before Christmas.
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For ideas, here is some of the stuff we sent my bro-in-law was Monkey Butt Powder, non-scented baby wipes, beef jerky (a BIG favorite and I don't think anyone could get enough of beef jerky!), a poker set & cigars, *a* Bible (only one per shipment can be sent,) high-dollar sunscreen, and more. I wish I had the postal forms handy as there were a lot of things we came up with.

One tip... get the special flat rate boxes from the post office and pack those puppies full! Best bang for you buck. Send lots, and send often!

Before sending stuff that may be questionable in an Islamic area, check the zip code (there was something we came across on the USPS site.)

Here's also a link on the subject with additional linked pages: http://www.bootsonground.com/usps-shipping-faq.htm
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Any calguns members currently deployed that posted an address to ship to?
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Being here now, I'd say it really depends on where you are. I'm on a big installation, and we have most everything we need right here. It not like we are a "field army" any more. I'd say find remote FOBs, like McHenry, or Summerall, that are still combat outposts, and are remote to the point where all mail and supply comes in by helo, the "px" is rarely open, and chow still sucks balls.

A simple card, a neck gaiter, a hand warmer, some new headphones, some gummi bears, some batteries, a good book, magazines, recent DVDs, a small reading light. Its really the little things, that show someone out there is thinking about you and apprecaites what you are doing and where you are.
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Being here now, I'd say it really depends on where you are. I'm on a big installation, and we have most everything we need right here. It not like we are a "field army" any more. I'd say find remote FOBs, like McHenry, or Summerall, that are still combat outposts, and are remote to the point where all mail and supply comes in by helo, the "px" is rarely open, and chow still sucks balls.

A simple card, a neck gaiter, a hand warmer, some new headphones, some gummi bears, some batteries, a good book, magazines, recent DVDs, a small reading light. Its really the little things, that show someone out there is thinking about you and apprecaites what you are doing and where you are.
i had two different deployments at that hellhole lol
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Smokes and wipes are the best things. Please don't send books there are literally tons of books sitting around in piles over there in the USO/MWR(s). Candy and snacks are always good too. Send the Brigade Quartermaster catalog if you want to give them some reading material.
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