About Our Care Packages

People often wonder what they should send in care packages to Soldiers. We want the Soldiers to be genuinely excited when a J.O.S.H. care package arrives so we strive to send the best possible care packages. We focus our efforts on sending high-quality products in all of our care packages.


On this page you will find a list of the items we typically ship. This is not an inclusive list, just the most popular items. If you would want to receive an item in a care package, then chances are the soldiers will too.


Just as important as what we do ship, is what we do not ship. Please see the section below for items that we either cannot ship or will not ship.

Male hygiene care package items

Male hygiene care package items

Items We Cannot Ship

Items J.O.S.H. Will Not Ship

Donated Items

Our most needed donations are:

  • Beef Jerky/Slim Jims (Short Type)  
  • Nuts (Individual Bags)  
  • Tuna (Foil Pouch)  
  • Coffee (One pound bags or smaller, ground Only)
  • Crystal Light, Gatorade, Mio, Propel (Individually Packaged Water Flavors)  
  • Antiperspirant/Deodorant (Axe, Degree, Dove, Right Guard - solids only)
  • Baby Wipes (Huggies or Pampers) 
  • Body Wash (Full size Axe, Dial, Dove, Nivea, Old Spice)  
  • Razors, lubricated only (Schick or Gillette –  We do not ship generic razors.)   
  • Shaving Gel (Squeezable tubes only.  We cannot ship aerosols of any kind.)


Other items we ship include:

  • Chicken and Tuna Salad (Foil Pouch or Ready to Eat Kits)
  • Dried Fruit
  • Easy Mac in Cups
  • Granola Bars/Energy Bars/Protein Bars 
  • Instant Coffee (Individually Packaged)
  • Microwavable Popcorn (Orville Redenbacher's, Pop-Secret, or ACT II) 
  • Pop Tarts 
  • Protein Shake Powder
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Rice Krispie Treats (Winter months only)
  • Sandwich Crackers
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Trail Mix 
  • Hygiene Items 
  • Bar Soap  
  • Chap Stick, Carmex, Blistex 
  • Dental Floss Eye Drops 
  • Fabric Softener Sheets (small boxes) 
  • Feminine Hygiene (Tampax Sport, Playtex Pearl, Always Pads) 
  • Foot Powder  
  • Laundry Detergent (Small bottles of liquid detergent or small bags of laundry pods) 
  • Lotion (Hand and Body – Bath & Body Works is a big treat for females) ​
  • ​Q-Tips (Q-Tip brand only, no large packages please) 
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush 
  • Over-The-Counter Medications (Nothing with aspirin and no sleep-aids) 
    • Advil 
    • Antacids 
    • Bengay 
    • Cough Drops 
    • Icy Hot 
    • Motrin 
    • Neosporin 
    • Tylenol 

Miscellaneous  Items

  • Air Fresheners (Solids or Stick-Ups) 
  • Black Ink Pens and 
  • Mechanical Pencils 
  • Black or Green Boot Socks (Cotton or Wool) 
  • Brown/Black Hair Ties for Female Soldiers  
  • Socks, White or Black (must cover ankle, no logos)