PACKING TIPS

In order for your care packages to arrive to your servicemember in good condition, the items must be prepped correctly and packed correctly.


There’s no sense in sending the package if it’s going to be ruined when it arrives.


Tape lids on liquids and powders.


Put shampoos, soaps, powders and similar items together in Ziploc bags.


Put dental care items in Ziploc bags.


Put food items in Ziploc bags, it protects them and keeps them fresher.


Do not put soaps, etc. in same bag as food or dental care items.


Troops like to keep things in Ziploc bags to keep sand and bugs out.


Take batteries out of items before shipping. Send extra batteries!


Use a sturdy cardboard box.


Use plenty of packing peanuts or bubble wrap on top, sides and bottom of box.


Your package must withstand rough handling and 200 pounds or more stacked on top of it!


Make sure the box is solid when you press hard on it. If not, add more packing. 


Use heavy duty clear packing tape. This tape holds up best to heat and cold.


DO NOT use strapping tape – it splits.


DO NOT use string! It catches on things.


DO NOT wrap outside of box in paper! Paper can get torn off, along with address. 

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS!

  • Alcohol
  • Flammable Items
  • Aerosols of any kind!
  • Pornography
  • Anti-Muslim Literature
  • All Hemp Products

what to send troops & the correct way to pack them


Montana Supporting Soldiers

    WOUNDED TROOPS

 IN COMBAT HOSPITALS

Sweat pants - med & large


Pajama/lounge pants - med & large


Men's boxers - med & large


2-piece button pajamas


Button short sleeve shirts


Socks


Blankets


Toiletries



















WINTER CARE PACKAGE LIST

Cards and letters of support and encouragement


**Good quality coffee!!             
     

*Hand and toe warmers


Fleece blankets 


Glove liners


Black or white boot or crew socks 


White ankle socks


Flip flops for shower shoes –       
         men’s & women’s various sizes               


iTunes gift cards


Portable games
                

Stationery and pens               


Rice Krispie bars 


Instant oatmeal in packets


Hot chocolate mix- envelopes


Flavored teas


Bagged individually wrapped candy


Chocolate candy


Sunflower seeds and mixed nuts 


Dried fruit 


Tuna and chicken in pouches        


Granola and protein bars


Beef jerky (especially Hi-Country Beef Jerky)


Ramon  noodles


Peanut butter - plastic jar 


AA and AAA batteries


Travel size – lotion, shampoo, sunscreen,

                    liquid soap


Loofas - good for getting rid of sand


Non-aerosol stick deodorant 


Moisturizing chap stick


Nasal spray, eye drops


Wipes, hand sanitizer 


Plastic baskets with handles for transporting shampoo, soap, etc. to shower area

SUMMER CARE PACKAGE LIST

Items must hold up to 120° heat!

NO CHOCOLATE!


Cards and letters of support and encouragement   


 **Good quality coffee!!        


**Powdered drink mix in single servings 


Cool ties neck wraps in tan or gray material


Black or white boot or crew socks


White ankle socks


Men’s boxer briefs – Med. & Large


Tan T-shirts –  Med. & Large


Flip flops for shower shoes –       
        men’s & women’s various sizes


Chap stick – solid stick, not liquid tube


Travel size – lotion, shampoo, sunscreen,

                   liquid soap


Loofas - good for getting rid of sand


Non-aerosol stick deodorant 


Squirt guns, Splash balls, Water balloons


Nasal spray


Eye drops


Plastic baskets with handles for transporting shampoo, soap, etc. to shower area


Small fans                        

     

Stationery, envelopes and pens


Bags of individually wrapped hard candy


Sunflower seeds and mixed nuts


Dried fruit


Granola and protein bars


Beef jerky (especially Hi-Country Beef Jerky)


Tuna in the pouch, and tuna lunch kits


Peanut butter - plastic jar 


iTunes gift cards


AA and AAA batteries