Boxes of Love

The following is a list of some of the highly desirable items for deployed Military Personnel.

A “Personal message or Thank You for your Service Note” with your submission is always encouraged.

Personal Hygiene

  • Baby Wipe Refills
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Foot Powder
  • Toothpaste
  • Sanitary napkins (NOT SUPPLIED BY THE GOV.)
  • Sun Screen SPF 30+
  • Shaving cream/gel- cold water on most bases
  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Mach 3 razor refills
  • Q-tips (store in small bags)
  • Mouth Wash
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Neosporin
  • Eye Drops for Dry Eyes
  • Dental floss
  • Band Aids
  • Facial tissues (Please put in storage bags not boxes)
  • Cough Drops
  • Carmex, Chapstick
  • A & D Ointment


  • Zip Ties
  • Zip style plastic bags (quart & gallon size)
  • Large food tins (The holiday type etc.; to store food in or items to keep OUT rats & mice)
  • Rubber bands
  • Flashlights (Small key type)
  • Laundry sheets (Purex Complete 3 in 1)
  • Razors
  • Laundry Detergent ( individual pks or pods)
  • Can opener-inexpensive type
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Duct tape (camo style- they may have to tap the top of boots. Mud is terrible there.)
  • AA & AAA Batteries (AA DURACELL ONLY- Not supplied by Gov.; Needed for night vision goggles.)

Non-Perishable Food/Beverages

  • Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, etc)
  • Fast Food Condiment Packets
  • Beef Jerky (small pouches they can put into pockets)
  • Crackers (Peanut butter & cheese)
  • Foil pouch type foods (tuna, salmon, chicken etc.)
  • Tuna snack kits
  • Pop Tarts
  • Raman noodle soup
  • Raisins (Highly Needed! The MREs are highly constipating)
  • Powdered drink mix (non-alcoholic)
  • Candy/Gum
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Fruit
  • Chunky Soup
  • Dried Fruit
  • Five Hour Energy Shots (HIGHLY NEEDED)
  • Saltines Crackers (Store them inside socks)
  • Peanut Butter in plastic jar
  • Honey Sticks
  • Jelly or jam in plastic containers
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese (put label & food in freezer bag)
  • Hot sauce (ED’s RED, Crystal or Tobassco)
  • Snacks (cookies, granola bars, etc)
  • Instant Oatmeal (Individually Packed)


  • Socks- cotton or wool, tan, white, black
  • Soft small throw blanket
  • Wash cloths
  • Men Boxers (size med/large)
  • Pillow Cases (new or clean, gently used)
  • Hand and Foot warmers
  • Gel Boot Insoles
  • Bandanas (Digital Camouflage, depends on the time of the year if it should be dark or light type)


  • Travel games
  • Playing cards
  • Nerf toys (small footballs, etc.)
  • Books (Used paperbacks)
  • Magazines (cars, sports, etc)
  • Pens (only stick type, no click types!)
  • Pencils
  • Pads of paper (small)


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