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    So one of my close friends is over in Afghan on a deployment. He gave me his address and said that he'd appreciate getting stuff from people he knows. My question is what can/can't I send? What about cookies and things of that sort? What is some good things to send?
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    I read something about recipes not containing brown sugar, molasses, etc. also butter and to substitute butter flavored shortening. Does everyone follow this?

    I've found a ton of ideas just from google. Also check out the stickies up top, they have some great suggestions. I think the only "banned" things are anything containing alcohol, nudity, or pork.
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    No porn, no pork products, no alcohol, nothing with lithium batteries (i.e. iPods, e-readers, laptops), no explosives, no weapons, nothing flammable (I tried to send hand sanitizer and bug spray once and was made to take it out of the box because they are potentially flammable). Pretty much everything else is fair game. There are a few tricks to keeping baked goods fresh when mailing them overseas. I've heard packing them in popcorn (plain, no butter or salt) or putting a piece of bread in the container will keep them fresh and moist.

    Other good things to send would be books or magazines, toiletries (pack liquids in ziplock bags in case anything breaks open), lots of snacks, instant coffee or other drink mixes, pictures from home, sunscreen, seasonal or holiday items.
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    Thank you so much!

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    Some things surprised me, like once dh got there he ended up having a keurig, so all of my CPs included K-Cups.
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    Don't send drinks that are carbonated (they could explode en route)! I have sent other drinks like Gatorade but I make sure that I double or triple bag them in Ziplocs to contain the mess if they would happen to split open. I've never had any problems, though.

    I haven't heard anything about the baking ingredients, and haven't had any issues with sending things like that. There's also a rumor about not sending things with vanilla extract in them, but I think that's just a rumor-- and how would anyone know that there's vanilla in them to begin with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jomygosh View Post
    Don't send drinks that are carbonated (they could explode en route)! I have sent other drinks like Gatorade but I make sure that I double or triple bag them in Ziplocs to contain the mess if they would happen to split open. I've never had any problems, though.

    I haven't heard anything about the baking ingredients, and haven't had any issues with sending things like that. There's also a rumor about not sending things with vanilla extract in them, but I think that's just a rumor-- and how would anyone know that there's vanilla in them to begin with?
    Actually, you can send carbonated drinks. You just have to take extra precautions when packing them. Wrap them individually in something absorbent that could absorb all the liquid if it does explode (such as a diaper or LOTS of paper towels) and then bubble wrap and double ziplock bag them. I sent DH several Monsters during his last deployment, and they all arrived safely.
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    Couple CP questions: Are their personal emails monitored? So you can send liquids, just if they are wrapped right? I get not sending toiletries and baked goods together because of cookies tasting like deodorant.. but what about toiletries and pre packaged food.. like protein bars, tuna packets, or popcorn?
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    Thanks everyone for responding! What about small packs of oreos and things like that. And the gatorade powder you pour in water? Thanks

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    I'm guessing this would be a definite no-no but what about those sparklers that people have for new years celebrations???

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