As promised, the packages

NAAFI is still there. I can go on camp, that's not the problem but as far as I know I am not allowed to go to NAAFI for a shopping tour.
If you speak nicely to the guys in the guardroom, they might put you in touch with the Brigade adjutant or even their own for that matter. When they understand what you're up to they might escort you round the NAAFI for a shopping run.
Mikal said:
Just a thought, this place might help buy some of the goodies the peeps might miss.
mmm I'll email them perhaps they can make some special offers or even donate something.

I've talked to some friends in the Guardsroom and they'll look into it. I made a list with stuff that I barely get outside the camp, like english magazines, books (we can get them but they're expensive as hell), DVD's (frickin country code) and english games....

Some of the RMP's were pretty supportive and also gave some tips.
TankersAngel said:
That is one of the new package themes, don't know if they'll like it but I guess I'll know soon :D
If I get good responses I'll put it in the shop :)
I sent out a stack of parcels at Christmas that were well received. They were things for troops in the field rather than those operating out of fixed bases.

Details are on this thread:

You might want to use my list as an alternative contents option.
I've put together the following list for field troops on Herrick:

Plastic sealed container (as described below)
Food items - for improving Compo (rations):
Stock cubes / oxo
mixed herbs
chilli peppers
mustard powder
black pepper
curry powder
garlic powder
(above packed in 35mm film canisters)
Boiled sweets, various sorts, fruit, mints etc.
Chewing gum.

wet wipes (Too heavy - i left these out)
cotton buds (Packed in small numbers in ziplock bags rather than the box they come in)
lip salve
nail brush (useful for more than nails - heavy duty item)
Sticking plasters
Safety pins
Nail clippers

Make and Mend:
needles (A selection of sizes for sewing clothing and webbing/boots)
darning wool and needle
strong thread for webbing repairs
pliers (I couldn't get good ones at an affordable price so included cable ties (tie-wraps) instead)
stanley knife with blades (The cheap snap -off blade type)
insulating tape

Playing cards
Postcards (Plain white ones for notes or labels, sketch map, range card etc._
ziplock bags
trouser twists
Heavy duty rubber bands

Note that I found these containers very good as they are waterproof, fit in webbing and are tough and re-usable.
Lock and Lock!3346_2483

The following size is about the same as a mess tin so is a good choice.

D Divided 1 litre
20 x 13 x 6cm H. (7¾" x 5" x 2½").
3 sections.
Ref 9259

I think the whole lot cost about £120 for:
8 boxes of herbs, spices, tea, sweets etc.
4 boxes of postcards, sewing kits, playing cards, pencils, nail clippersetc.
4 Christmas puddings with instant custard
1 packet of books, notebooks and playing cards along with Christmas cards from folks down the pub.
So looks possible within your budget constraints. Ask if I can be of any help to you.
Yeah those boxes are awesome. I use them myself and we can get them over at Ratio. Usually I work a lot with Zip Loc. Doesn't matter what it is I put everything in Zip Loc LOL.

The Packages usually go out to Basra and Baghdad and your list is nearly the same that works for us too. Doesn't matter if britons or americans, those lists always work for the troops in the field :)

As for themed packages here are some great ideas
Finally managed to get some magazines in the post to you today. The price of postage, though, means I probably won't do it like that again.

It was cheaper to send them airmail than surface! Is there no way you can negotiate a drop off via BFPO 17?

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