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What to buy soldier in Iraq?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bubbatime, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. bubbatime

    bubbatime Jive Turkey!!

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    My brother just got deployed for his 3rd time to Iraq. I am wanting to send him a care package of items to help him out. So far I'm thinking of sending him a quality flashlight (like the Elzetta or Malkoff MD2) and a quality pocket knife (no clue). If you have any suggestions on these items or any other item that a soldier in Iraq would need, I could use the help. Looking to spend about $125 per item or less. :patriot:
     
  2. 1811guy

    1811guy Formerly1811guy2

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    If you send the flashlight, be sure to include a supply of batteries. Also be sure it is an LED with a removeable red lens cap. The LED so that he does not need to be concerned as much with lamp breakage/replacement. I know the Malkoff is an LED, don't know about the other. BTW, the Surefire G2 with the Malkoff conversion head (bought separately) is an awesome set up for under $100.
     

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  4. tlafrance

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    Buy a case of generic baby wipes at Sam's. Send him 1 package of wipes at a time, every other week, for the entire deployment. When case is empty, repeat. Single most useful item, period.

    Tom
     
  5. Annoyedgrunt

    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    A couple of those little flask-sized bottles of whiskey would be well-received, I'm sure. Just pack them well! :whistling:
     
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    the baby wipes are always welcome. If he is in the army I would not worry about flashlights or knives unless he specifically says so. On my deployments we were issued 3 different types of knives and 2 different flashlights. non perishable snack food is good also. I am a scotch fanatic. my friend bought a large bottle and medium bottle of the crest mouthwash in the white bottles. she carefully cut the safety seal on the large bottle, filled the small bottle with scotch and lightly superglued the safety seal from the large bottle on the medium bottle. It worked good and I sipped scotch and enjoyed.
     
  7. 1811guy

    1811guy Formerly1811guy2

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    That is one hell of a friend!
     
  8. NW-Warlord

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    What he said, and...

    If you do want to send snacks make sure not to send anything that will melt. I got so many packages with molten candy that I lost count. Also high end toilet paper is a nice luxury every now and then. The single ply is a real PITA after awhile.
     
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    Best thing would be just to ask him. What he needs would depend on where he stationed in Iraq. I would recommend staying away from anything equipment related as he might not be authorized to use it. I personally appreciated reading material (fresh magazines and books, not something that have been recycled X amount of times, and also no porn). Also stay away from letter writing material, easy-to-melt candy, and food products (unless there is a specific request from him).

    But as it is best to ask him what he wants. Most of the contents in the care packets I got (from anonymous donors) ended up being thrown away because there was absolutely no need for them.
     
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    What! That was the only thing I appreciated getting!
     
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    I'm sure you did. But it's technically illegal to possess while deployed. His brother could get in trouble if he has the wrong leadership.
     
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    Handheld gaming system, powder Kool-Aid, Trail mix, jerky, pictures of family and friends , batteries, Baby wipes.