Extra things you can include

 If you are sending your parcel to an address with an AFPO number you may wish to fill up your box to the 2kg weight with a few treats but please know that this is not necessary and you should not feel obligated.  Sending a quilt or a laundry bag plus a letter is really enough and the guys and girls can get other edible treats in the care packages that are sent regularly by other generous Aussies.   

Please stick the list but if you have any other ideas don't be afraid the check with me.  

The following list is for those on the ground - for sending to HMA Ships see bottom of the page.



Dried fruit,

Individual sachets of drinking chocolate, coffee,

Tea bags

Lollies, chocolates – look for things that are typically Australian – I have found the following ones to be very popular – The Natural Confectionary Company, Smarties, Jaffas, Caramello Koalas, Violet Crumbles, Crunchies, Strawberries and Cream, Minties, Mint Leaves

Biscuits – Timtams ANZACS – although I believe that they receive a tin of ANZACS from the RSL at ANZAC time anyway.

Individual Packets of Twisties, Cheezles, Shapes, savoury biscuits – these are great packing and light

Beef jerky

Extra chewing gum

Space sticks

Small tins tuna and tuna and crackers packs

Yogurt muesli bars


Note pad, writing paper, envelopes- Officeworks has bulk packs of small lined pads or small spiral notepads

Blank cards to write home

Pens- place in a ziplock bag just in case they leak


Pack of cards

Magazines (health and fitness, sports, fishing, outback living, even gardening and New Idea!

Books (no romance novels)

Recent Sport sections/Travel sections/ Crosswords and sudoku pages/property sections from the papers

Small travel games - chess, ludo, checkers

Mini books of sudoku, crosswords, word search

Black or white socks
Dark beanies 

What not to send: 
You have to remember these boxes will be inspected by customs, sometimes in Middle Eastern countries. 






magazines with naked women

any religious materials

What to send to those at sea
The following information was provided by one of the Ships' Chaplains

Basically send anything (food wise) that won't melt.  People seem to like biscuits (like pizza shapes), bags of lollies (like snakes, mixed lollies, mentoes, fruit tingles, life savers, chewy gum), cup-a-soup, - assorted nuts with or without fruit are very popular, potato chips in tins - (like pringles).  Non-food = magazines, puzzle books, mini-puzzles,