Care Package Items

People often wonder what they should send in care packages to Soldiers.   We want the Soldiers to be genuinely excited when a J.O.S.H. care package arrives and we strive to send the best packages we possibly can.  We focus our efforts on sending good quality products in all of our care packages.

Below is the list of items we typically ship.  We have tried to include the care package items we have found to be most requested and/or most needed, but this is not an all inclusive list.  Chances are if you find something you would like to receive if you were far from home, deployed Soldiers would too.

If considering donating care package items please read below.  

We cannot ship pork products to the Middle East.  We also cannot ship anything that contains alcohol, pornographic materials or anything that is in an aerosol can to any location.  We will not ship items that have been opened/partially used or items that have reached or exceeded their expiration dates.  

We do not ship hotel size hygiene items.  J.O.S.H. ships full size, name brand hygiene products.  
If we wouldn't use or eat something ourselves, we won't ship it to our Soldiers.

The top five items we need for each type of package we ship are listed below in red.  We ship some of these in every food or hygiene package. 


Beef Jerky/Slim Jims (Short Type)

Nuts (Individual Bags)

Tuna (Foil Pouch)

Coffee (One pound bags or smaller, ground Only)
Crystal Light, Gatorade, Mio, Propel (Individually Packaged Water Flavors)

Hygiene Items

Antiperspirant/Deodorant (Axe, Degree, Dove, Right Guard - solids only) 
Baby Wipes (Huggies or Pampers)
Body Wash (Full size Axe, Dial, Dove, Nivea, Old Spice)

Razors (Schick, Gillette – good, lubricated razors only.  We do not ship generic razors.) 

Shaving Gel (Squeezable tubes only.  We cannot ship aerosols of any kind.)

Other items we ship are:


Canned Chili and Soup (Pull Top Cans) 
Canned Fruit (Pull Top Cans)

Chicken and Tuna Salad (Foil Pouch or Ready to Eat Kits) 
Dried Fruit
Easy Mac in Cups
Granola Bars/Energy Bars/Protein Bars

Instant Coffee (Individually Packaged)
Microwavable Popcorn
Pop Tarts

Protein Shake Powder
Pumpkin Seeds
Rice Krispie Treats (Winter months only)
Sandwich Crackers
Sunflower Seeds
Trail Mix

Note:  Pork products cannot be shipped to the Middle East, so no Vienna Sausages, please.

Hygiene Items

Bar Soap 
Chap Stick, Carmex, Blistex
Dental Floss
Eye Drops

Fabric Softener Sheets (small boxes)
Feminine Hygiene (Tampax Sport, Playtex Pearl, Always Pads)
Foot Powder 

Laundry Detergent - (Small bottles of liquid detergent or small bags of laundry pods)

Lotion (Hand and Body – Bath & Body Works is a big treat for females)
Q-Tips (Q-Tip brand only, no large packages please)


Over-The-Counter Medications (Nothing with aspirin and no sleep-aids)

Cough Drops
Icy Hot


Air Fresheners (Solids or Stick-Ups)
Black Ink Pens and Mechanical Pencils
Black or Green Boot Socks (Cotton or Wool)
Brown/Black Hair Ties for Female Soldiers
Fabric Softener Sheets

Hand Warmers (October through February only)

Socks, White or Black (must cover ankle, no logos)

Winter Hats (Wool)

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