Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Care Packages for Nathan
The US Postal Service has free shipping boxes, postage is extra. The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box costs $14.50 to mail regardless of the weight- I found this out after I paid $8 to mail a $3 tub of Gatorade powder to Iraq (but the Marine I sent it to was totally worth it!)
PACK SOAP ITEMS SEPARATE FROM FOOD AND NON-FOOD ITEMS (NO KIDDING)
FILL OUT CUSTOMS FORMS AT HOME FOR QUICKER SERVICE AT POST OFFICE
ITEMS TO SEND:
Ziploc bags- heavy duty freezer bags are best
hot sauce- duct tape the bottle and double wrap in ziploc bags
Bug Spray: Cutters/Deep Woods OFF/ etc.
CLP cleaning oil (Otis Brand)
Gun cleaning patches
Any favorite snack: Clif Bars, Beef Jerky, Chips, etc.
Pork products of any kind
At this point he doesn't need calling cards- he just has to wait his turn to use the satellite phone
Send letters and pictures even if you have contact with email. I read online that it takes about 2 weeks for packages to get to Kandahar. You can also send magazine subscriptions or coffee clubs, etc. Just make sure they mail to an APO address.