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Old 11-22-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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Hello,

I know my BF has access to a lot of things on base, but I wanted to send him a care package with a "warm" theme since I heard it gets really cold in Korea. I am going to make him some hand warmers but I need some other ideas.

Thanks!!
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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You should do a search for acceptable items to send to soldiers and see what is on their list.
From what I understand not everything is approved or allowed to be shipped.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Hand warmers is a kind thought altho not Kosher uniform wise.

I was in North Korea and it does get cold up there...we had Military issued gloves for the weather -20 degrees at night.

Depending on where he is stationed.....near Seoul or down south towards Pusan needs to be considered.

Pocket books, Magazines that can be read from home, Playboy, Sports, Auto Racing etc. They would be passed around and read by all his buddys. Nothing like 4-5 guys reading a pocket book all at the same time....each marking their page. Home town newspaper will be read by everyone.

Packs of gum to be shared, chocolate bars, then again I'm from the past where we did not have those items...you would have to inquire from him....after all there is still some hostility going on.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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Hand warmers is a kind thought altho not Kosher uniform wise.

I was in North Korea and it does get cold up there...we had Military issued gloves for the weather -20 degrees at night.

Depending on where he is stationed.....near Seoul or down south towards Pusan needs to be considered.

Pocket books, Magazines that can be read from home, Playboy, Sports, Auto Racing etc. They would be passed around and read by all his buddys. Nothing like 4-5 guys reading a pocket book all at the same time....each marking their page. Home town newspaper will be read by everyone.

Packs of gum to be shared, chocolate bars, then again I'm from the past where we did not have those items...you would have to inquire from him....after all there is still some hostility going on.
I'd send him snacks and stuff like that while he was in Afghanistan. Is there anything out there that is hard to get or impossible to find that would be found here in the US?
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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I was in a combat area in NK and we did have FREE Hershey chocolate bars in the mess tent for the taking (nourishment).

Being in the middle east Hot temp and then Korea Cold will be a huge change for him.

Depending on his duty station and availability of a PX will determine what can be had.

South Korea has a lot of up to date things based upon their economy etc. so some things would be available off base.

Not sure what else to suggest.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I agree with everything Steve Bagu said. I've had tours in Korea. Either the PX has it or they don't. In my first tour, which started in winter, our PX only had wool underwear tops. For about a week our Army Post Office (APO) did not have stamps. Fresh "Mars Bars" and "Malted Milk Balls" were in short supplies for the candy cravers. So if says he needs something, mail it out. Or if you can make something for him, he might appreciate it.

Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I agree with everything Steve Bagu said. I've had tours in Korea. Either the PX has it or they don't. In my first tour, which started in winter, our PX only had wool underwear tops. For about a week our Army Post Office (APO) did not have stamps. Fresh "Mars Bars" and "Malted Milk Balls" were in short supplies for the candy cravers. So if says he needs something, mail it out. Or if you can make something for him, he might appreciate it.

Good luck!
Thanks!! I know about his fave candies I used to send them to him while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Im making him a quilt as well and I know he's not stationed in a location where he doesnt have access to anything. Maybe theres something that isnt really available over there?
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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What branch and where is your SO located in Korea?

My fiance was stationed there for about half of 2011, and said that for the most part, he was able to get most everything he'd have wanted at the exchange and commissary. He says that the best things he got from home were items that were specifically local and related to where he was from and reminded him of home. For instance, for my fiance, Kansas City BBQ sauce, distributed only locally or would have to be specially ordered...things that a commissary, etc. won't carry, because they're specialty. Where is he from, and is there anything that you can only get there?

That and handmade stuff.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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What branch and where is your SO located in Korea?

My fiance was stationed there for about half of 2011, and said that for the most part, he was able to get most everything he'd have wanted at the exchange and commissary. He says that the best things he got from home were items that were specifically local and related to where he was from and reminded him of home. For instance, for my fiance, Kansas City BBQ sauce, distributed only locally or would have to be specially ordered...things that a commissary, etc. won't carry, because they're specialty. Where is he from, and is there anything that you can only get there?

That and handmade stuff.
Army and he's in Seoul. Ive been to Seoul so I know they have anything and everything there. (the lil stores and what not). I was just wondering if MAYBE there's something that's hard to get over there. (things that can keep him warm).
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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A home newspaper will be read.....even the classifieds. They take up little space or weight and will be read even when not from a persons home city/state (based upon my previous service time).

One item I sent my stepson (Nam era) was the small cans of tiny sausages that he could eat for a snack.

Home baked cookies (chocolate chip) would be a huge treat.

I recall when in Japan getting a pkg from my parents that had been crushed while full of cookies my mother baked for me.

Mail person left the pkg on my bunk while I was away and on returning only found the crumbs on my blanket....everyone had a treat on me......home stuff is better then store bought.

Last edited by Steve Bagu; 11-22-2013 at 05:37 PM.. Reason: correctng info
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