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.
of drinking chocolate, coffee,
– 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,
Biscuits – Timtams
ANZACS – although I believe that they receive a tin of ANZACS from the RSL at
ANZAC time anyway.
of Twisties, Cheezles, Shapes, savoury biscuits – these are great packing and
Extra chewing gum
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
Blank cards to
Pens- place in a
ziplock bag just in case they leak
Pack of cards
and fitness, sports, fishing, outback living, even gardening and New Idea!
Books (no romance
sections/Travel sections/ Crosswords and sudoku pages/property sections from
Small travel games
- chess, ludo, checkers
Mini books of
sudoku, crosswords, word search
Black or white
What not to send:
You have to remember these boxes will be inspected by customs, sometimes in Middle Eastern countries.
What to send to those at sea
The following information was provided by one of the Ships' Chaplains
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,