So your soldier has deployed and you want to try to make their time overseas as comfortable as possible. There are many things that are great to send to your loved ones and some that are not so great. Here is a list of the things that every soldier would love to get.
The first package that you want to send to them is a comfort package. When they get to their home base for the next year they are trying to get themselves settled in and you want to make sure that they have all the comforts of home. Depending on whether they are deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, you’re going to want to send different types of bedding. Since Iraq has hotter temperatures you’re going to want to send sheets that are going to be cool. Afghanistan is notoriously cold so flannel sheets and an electric blanket would be good. Be sure to send a good pillow. This will be much appreciated! You also want to send some of the food that they were enjoying at home. If they like hot chocolate or certain canned foods, be sure to send them. If it is around a holiday, try to send them some of the things they would be enjoying for that holiday if they were at home. For example, for Fourth of July, which is reminiscent of barbecues, try to send some canned bake beans and some patriotic cookies. All of this will make the deployment easier on them and it will also give you something to do.
The Christmas package is the big one where you want to pamper your soldier. Make sure that whatever present you give them that it’s wrapped, just like they would have on Christmas morning. Send some kind of present that they can use while they are overseas, but that will still serve a purpose when they get back. Some good ideas are the personal navigation systems, iPods, computers, and my personal favorite, the widescreen DVD glasses. Since much of their free time is spent watching DVDs, why not make their little computer turn into their own personal big screen. Besides gifts, you can send a little Christmas tree with ornaments and candy canes, and anything that would make them feel like its home. You want your soldier to feel like he’s a part of the festivities. Take some pictures of how you and your family have decorated for Christmas and be sure to send them along. These pictures will be the most cherished of all the gifts that you send.
As your solider gets comfortable in his surroundings he will start to request the things that he likes the most. So, in the beginning of the deployment be sure to send as much variety of things as you can. This will make the mail time exciting. Above all of these things that your soldier will need and want when he’s deployed, nothing beats a heartfelt letter from his wife, kids, or family. That is what means the most and what he will save long after the deployment is over.