Care packages ---what to send next!

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  1. blackhawkmom

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    Gold bond-check-favorite shaving cream-check-more Under Armour-check---letters-check--spray sunscreen---check--trail mix---check--fruit snacks-check--extra pens and pencils-check---pre addressed note cards --check---plastic container to ward off mice ---check-ok time for some great ideas ---what has everyone else sent so far?
     
  2. USNA'02

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    PICTURES!!! Pictures of the family, family pet, favorite places, etc...comic strips, small post-its that w/ cute notes/picures that can be placed inside the Reef Points book...they can't fit a lot in there but if they can tape a small picture or quote etc to the inside of the Reef Points book they can flip to it for a quick smile or just a break from reading Table Salts, History of the Yard, etc...
     
  3. MomoftheMagik

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    Thanks for the great ideas! I sent Propel powder packets to add to water. Also, I didn't want to send junk food, so I sent dried fruit, plain and dipped in vanilla yogurt or chocolate. It is almost like candy but is healthier! I also sent printed labels with our address and his address so he can just stick them on envelopes or postcards, and stamps of course.
     
  4. Aloha

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    I want to send a plastic container for my Plebe. But it has to be put into a bigger box so that it doesn't break. Is this going to be okay? I know I read somewhere that a shoe box size was prefered. Will the Superiors give him problems about it? Also, I heard that sometimes the Plebe's do not get all of their goodies. (Especially brownies) Is this correct?
     
  5. lovethenavy

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    We mailed off 2 plastic containers in a large box with a lot of things tucked inside each box. Hope DS doesn't get in trouble. From now on I will stick to a smaller size care package. :redface:
     
  6. falconchic88

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    We mailed ours in the Priority Mail shoe box, and stuck a clear plastic shoe box with lid in it filled with food. Costco sells stacks of the clear plastic shoe boxes, they fit perfect in the Priority Mail shoe box. From now on we will just send the Medium flat rate mailer filled with stuff since he doesn't need another plastic container. We sent individually wrapped beef jerky, fruit snacks, granola bars, some thumb tacs for his cork board (although they may have been issued these) and some spf chap stick and stick sunscreen. I'm going to wait for his call on Sunday before sending another one.
     
  7. usna2012mom

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    The plebes open the packages in front of the detailers. This is to check for contraband. Nothing will be "taken" without the plebe's knowledge. Our son had no problem receiving a plastic box. We only sent one in the first care package. After that, we just sent stuff. They will be moving after plebe summer to their regular rooms. Whatever you send, they will have to move. I'd be careful sending anything that might melt, like brownies etc. The heat is bad, as you know. The detailers pick up the mail when they can.
     
  8. Soylent

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    I would have appreciated some deodorant and body wash. The issued unisex deodorant and soap is terrible.
     
  9. wilson73

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    In the few minutes we had with our son after the Oath, he said he had been issued a "Tupperware"-style plastic box. Guess I'll find out during the Sunday phone call whether I need to send one as well!
     
  10. MJOmom

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    Last year my guy asked for a small headlamp-style or smaller flashlight ... to study under the covers at night ... and he was allowed to keep it ... we did not send any chocolate due to the Annapolis heat and the nasty combination of melted candy and white works ... a Tide Pen came in handy too ...
     
  11. navy2010

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    tide pens are great. white out and a stick of white chaulk [both work well on last-minute scuffs] although you might want to tuck a note in there as to what to use it for.

    leave the flashlight at home. It is not allowed, and for every plebe that skates with one, there are 3 others that get nailed. Help them to help themselves by respecting the rules and regs.

    white crew socks. Theirs turn gray very quickly and never do get clean, especially if they sink their boots in the severn.

    anything with a flip-top that they can eat quickly. Tuna. fruit coctail. Don't forget to send a plastic spoon with it.

    small individual pre-packaged cheese/crackers, peanut butter, etc. Pretzels [small amounts of salt will be helpful with this hot weather]. Again, in small individual packages that they can open, eat, and toss.

    fruit roll-ups [aka fruit leather] - especially for those who are craving something a little sweet. Raisins, craisens, etc, all work well too. Pack the latter in a zip-lock bag.

    If you are going to send brownines or home baked cookies, seal them in small zip-lock bags, and avoid adding anything that will melt. They may not be able to keep it for themselves, but in most companies they will be allowed to "share" with their company mates and cadre.

    white cotton glove and a spare black cotton sock, so they can do their own pre-alpha's.

    small american flag if not already sent on I-Day. Used to avoid mutany's.

    a few extra "frogs" [those small metal things that hold their name tags on] - you can usually find them at an army-navy store.

    you can never send enough letters, notes, jokes, or pictures from home. Put a date on the bottom left hand corner of the envelope-it helps to figure out in what order to read them. Put an inspiring quote on a small colored tag or index card that they can post in their room, and enclose in their letters.

    SMALL plastic box that they can use to store all the little things...those frogs, nametags, belt buckles, etc.... along the lines of the plastic pencil boxes they carried way back in grammer school.

    4 tennis balls. used are fine. tuck in a note with instructions to cut a slit in them and use as "booties" for their desk chair. Great for saving scuff marks on the floor.

    SMALL fan. about 6-8 inches across. Most companies will allow them, and a small one will fit in the bookcase that is located at the head of their racks. Depending on the wing they are in in, the A/C either works too well, or not well at all. As luck would have it, there is an electical outlet right there at the head of their rack that is perfect to accomodate the fan.

    2 very tough black garbage bags that they can stuff full in a hurry when they are told they have to move. Better than loading the stuff on a chair and rolling it down the hall, only to leave a trail of "stuff" behind them that they will have to scurry around to find. Make sure to tuck a note as to the purpose, once again, as they are NOT thinking about anything other than what they are told to think about right now. All good! They will survive!

    for our young women, send their usual brand of sanatary items and replenish once or twice over the summer.

    motto: send a little, and send often.
    they have only a little space in their con locker to store "Stuff," so sending less more fequently is a good rule of thumb! In short order navy moms and dads raise the packing of boodle boxes to a new art form!!! Do buy in bulk, but send a little of this, and a little of that, in each box! The variety is appreciated by most- and if not your plebe, then by his/her shipmate!

    Consider packing an extra box, with instructions to your plebe to give it to another plebe in their company that has not gotten a box of their own. You would be surprised at how many will not get any packages for a variety of reasons!
     
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  12. FaithfulMom

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    Navy2010 Thanks for the great tips. I especially like the idea of sending an extra box for someone else.

    I have also heard to send:
    Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes and cards to yourself and grandparents/others.
    Silver sharpie - to mark dark items
    Moleskin and Blister band aids
    Body Glide – great to help with chafing
    Cough drops – for sore throats from yelling
    Spray Sunscreen
    Arm & Hammer toothpaste (with bicarb.) – for marks on shoes and hat
    Gold Bond Powder
    Empty water bottle – to mix the powder pkts in.
    Nail clippers - not sure if they are issued these?
    Shout wipes/Tide pen/Clorox pen
    Favorite soap and deodorant
    Chapstick
    Breath mints

    When Plebe calls, I will ask him whether he wants any of the following or other things:
    More black compression shorts
    Icy hot – for sore muscles
    Anti. Bact. Cream/ointment
    Any cleaning products, e.g. windex wipes, pledge wipes, Clorox wipes, scrubbing bubbles, cotton balls/q-tips, etc.
    Febreeze
    Lint brush/2” masking tape
    Rolls of quarters
    Duct tape
    Black nylons for shining shoes
    Shaving gel/cream
     
  13. candidsmom

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    Received my first letter from DS and he stated in all caps "NO CARE PACKAGES" Says that they "gave us EVERYTHING" and that they don't even have time to stow anything anyway. Makes this mom sad because that is all we can really do besides write daily. Also, because i just sent first care package...hope he forgives me! :confused:
     
  14. FaithfulMom

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    I also received my first letter today :biggrin: and son said they have been given practically everything they need, but he asked me to please send more black compression shorts (they were issued some and he took 3 in with him) "since we do so much running all day, I just wear them all the time".

    I was so pleased to be asked for something, that I rushed out and bought some and got them off in Priority Mail this afternoon!
     
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    Faithfulmom...your post made me laugh out loud! Hoping I will get some approved carepack items from DS via Sunday phone call!
     
  16. falconchic88

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    My son said he got hungry at night so it would be nice to have some snacks...luckily I had already sent a shoe box full, which he should have by now. My son brought in 4 pair of compression shorts, but they took them and stowed them with his clothes he wore in and told him he'd be issued some. That did't make sense to me, because the PTR said they were allowed to bring extra, oh well, if he needs more he'll let me know on Sunday--just 2 more wakeups!
     
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    update...just got off the phone with our Plebe and he has ammended his earlier statement on care packages...still maintains that they have EVERYTHING they need...except food. He said bars, crackers and fruit snacks are good...but he said they definitely are running out of room to stow things ...they are already up to 8 pairs of shoes! Soooo thankful that he sounded so positive on the phone!
     
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    I sent power bars, snack bars and powder Gatorade. Also went to store and gathered dried fruit and nuts, mixed them together. Should be a great snack.

    Got the Clorox pen and hand wipes.
    Put it all in a plastic contaner, put that in a box and sent it UPS.

    Got my first call today and he sounds happy and is enjoying the experience.
    I am so glad that it is all he thought it would be and more. :wink:

    Go Navy!
     
  19. MaryMom

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    Hi Everyone,

    We got our letter yesterday and the last two words in all CAPS said, "SEND FOOD!" My plebe and his roomate were caught studying in one bunk together and the other plebe got moved out of the room. Yikes, I never heard of getting in trouble for studying.

    Our phone call went well I was so nervous that I would forget to ask something important. He sounds really good and mentioned that he is questioning himself in whether or not he made the right move. But this is our son, he has done this with many big decisions. No big surprise but still something for this mom to keep in the back of my mind.
     
  20. singaporemom

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    Son loved the cliff bars and gatorade powder packets we sent. Today, he asked for Cliff Shot Bloks...electrolyte chewables. Found them on Amazon!
     

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