Parcels for Afghanistan info please

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  1. Mrs Chef's company are hoping to send out parcels to the troops for Christmas. She asked me what would be a good selection to put in.

    It has been a while since I left and I missed out on Telic 1, but from excercises in Germany I found that sauces chilli and Worcestershire and books were the two things that made a difference between existing and enjoying.

    Also would it be worth sending all those free CDs and DVDs that the papers keep giving us?

    This is not a wah or a wind up but I'd like to send the most wanted things.

  2. Haribo, lollipops, sweets

    You get way too many toilletries sent out, their are bins full of unwanted shampoo, toothpaste etc.

    Dvds are ok if you have something to play them on, so that excludes most people in FOBs, I think porn DVDs would be most appreciated.

    Baby wipes are always good, reading material like newspapers and magazines are good. Sauces can be a good idea.
  3. CountryGal

    CountryGal LE Book Reviewer

    foot powder is always requested by brother-in-law and his lads when we send out our parcels
  4. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    I take it nobody in Mrs Chefs company did not see the news. There has been a direct request not to send out parcels unless you are family of those out there. The air head cannot cope.

    Much better to support Forces charities so the man said. SSAFA have an operational fund that purchase items that those on the front line have asked for and are always looking for donations.
  5. My son has asked for the following,
    Cup-a-soups [various]
    Pot noodles
    Pringles crisps
    Jaffa cakes
    Sauce mixes
    A paint brush ( sand playing havoc with his rifle)
    Sweets [for the local kids]
    DVD's, he's in a fob but has a portable player [must be comedy, not allowed porn]
    Parcels are taking over a month to get to the remote fobs and there's a large backlog, some families are concerned that with so many parcels being sent by well-wishers the family ones arnt getting thru quick enough.
    I think anyone making the effort to send a parcel to a soldier should be applauded. Confirming a previous post they're generally OK for toiletries.
  6. I counsel against anything involving chocolate. Unless you're sending to a lucky orificer or SNCO who can get access to place personal items in the almighty reefer, they'll just end up with some hot coco in a wrapper. Sweets like Werther's Originals don't melt.
  7. Thanks to you all for the advice much appreciated I will let Mrs Chef know about the airhead overload, which does sound like a blonde and four blokes.
  8. For some people, a good book is still worth it's weight in gold, particularly anything funny.
    Personally, I love Tom Sharpe's novels. If he doesn't get you giggling, you're either dead or German.
  9. That was my thinking, and the book can be left behind for the next lot, as I said I managed to miss out on Telic, but on Ex Bright Star I do recall with gratitude the small wedge of books which had been left behind to supplement my stock. :D

    Apparently Mrs Chef's company are working in cahoots with a charity so that should obviate the airhead problem.
  10. Hi

    I was just after some help i want to send my friend a book or 2 over because he says he's really bored, i want to send him something funny...hes 21....any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
  11. Books and magazines.

    The books that come out in welfare packages are dreadful! For a light page-turner, which is all I wanted to read, I am into Lee Child's Jack Reacher books at the moment. Very accessible, very readable, and good fun.
  12. PaddyHarper - Edinburgh 76?
  13. I sent condensed milk in a squeezy bottle as a hi energy, easily portable substitute for chocolate. It went down well on patrols and the call came back for more. Magazines - Zoo, viz etc are popular.