Send a soldier a care package

As you know, the Festive Season is quickly closing on us and it is asked that you spare a thought for our soldiers serving our country in harm’s way in Afghanistan.

Perhaps you may wish to send a soldier a care package. The idea behind this is that some troops over in Afghanistan may not have family who are able to send them packages with things they may need or things that make their time over there just that tiny bit easier. There may also just be a soldier who is finding their time over there difficult and just needs a bit of cheering up. It’ll get given to whoever needs it most.

To send a care package to an Australian Soldier in Afghanistan, you need to purchase a “BM” size box (weighs 175g itself) from Australia Post, they cost $2. They’ll give you some customs forms which you will also need to fill out. The address you need to send the package to is below. Make sure you seal all the edges of the box with packing tape. If the box after being packed weighs less than 2kg, Australia Post will send it for Free.

“An Australian Soldier”
Op Slipper
Australian Defence Force

To give an example of what can be sent, a care package could be:

1 x Lynx Shower Gel Travel Size
1 x Pack of Schick Disposable Razors
1 x NON-AEROSOL Shaving Cream
1 x Lynx Role On Deodorant
1 x Small Baby Powder (Talc)
1 x Chap Stick (SPF 30+)
3 x Bags of Allen’s Lollies (NOT CHOCOLATE)
1 x Beef Instant Noodles
1 x Pack of Scotch Finger Biscuits
2 x Canned Tuna (Pull Ring Style)
But don’t limit it to this let your imagination do the walking.

You may wish to also include a self addressed envelope and a letter, or include your email address as well just in case they want to contact you or have something specific they want you to get for them.

Things not to send:
No Clothing, Except socks
Chocolate (melts)
Magazines with naked people.

You can also send a female specific care package, including feminine deo, perfume sample sachets, girly mags. All you need to do is when addressing write “An Australian Soldier – FEMALE”.

For those of you that are animal lovers, you may wish to do the following: sending care packages to our Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) with the following items included:

1 x box dog biscuits
1 x beef bone (not fresh)
3 x “greenies”
1x toy
1 x tennis ball
and don’t forget a couple of packets of lollies for the handler.

The dogs do a magnificent job under very trying conditions and to date, four have lost their lives serving their country.

The address is:

“An Australian EDD Handler”
Op Slipper
Australian Defence Force

This is a fantastic way to help out our serving soldiers, and show your support. What about getting the local kids at school involved and send some special packages from them.

2nd Advanced Ordnance Depot 1968-1972

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  1. Sending a care package for soldiers is a great idea. I also worked in a military for a long time. care package plays important role in soldiers life when they are on duty. Most people have no idea what to send in a care package. i like your informative post, because it share care package tips & ideas with people those don’t know anything about how to send care package. Good work, keep it up.

  2. Hi! I would just like to know if this is happening this year?

  3. Very good idea Euro.

  4. Hi APP, I am an ex-soldier. When soldiers are sent to fight some war that is deemed controversial back home, the best support is WORDS , not food packages. Soldiers want to know that people back home see them as heroes and appreciate what they do. I suggest developing a page in APP website -"Support our troops" The page would collect messages to our soldiers, cheering them up. people should be asked to pass the link to that page to as many people as they can. It can be mentioned that people may have different opinions on that war, but we are united by one opinion – Aussie soldiers are our heroes and we are all behind them 100%.

  5. Christopher says

    Big bankers behind war in Afghanistan: …"Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer…"

  6. sounds like a good idea

    • I dont know how up to date your information is but Defence cancelled Operation Slipper about two weeks ago. There was no reason given for the cancellation but it stands to reason that the authorities cannot risk foriegn materia,l such as poison, being injected into foodstuff. Of course to be politically correct Defence cannot mention why and who would be the prime suspect.

  7. Bah! And I really wanted to do it, another example of Muslims taking over Australia. How about Christmas cards instead everone…and tell them why we can't send any presents to them!

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