For Soldiers serving in the oft-oppressive heat of Iraq or Afghanistan, one fun idea for a care package is a "Beat the Heat" collection. 

Start with tucking tissue paper or cellophane in various colors of blue, silver, or white into your care package box.  Feel free to decorate with 'cold' themed stickers, too (snow flakes, ice cubes, water drops, etc.).  If you have children, they can add paper snowflakes to the box.

Next, look for some of these items to complete your "Beat the Heat" box. 

Unscented, non-greasy Sport sunscreen
Sport lip balm with SPF
Water flavors like Propel or MIO
Dentyne ICE or Ice Breakers Ice Cubes gum
USB or battery-operated personal fan
Personal mister like this one from MISTYMATE
Disposable "Cool Off" towlettes
Rubik's Ice Cube game
Hockey Ice Dice game
Supersoaker Arctic Blast Water Blaster

Movies like: 2012 Ice Age, Cool Runnings, Cool Hand Luke, Ice Castles, The Ice Storm, The Cutting Edge, or Ice Age
You can Google "ice" or "cool" to find book titles to send as well.  I like to try and see what they have; there were lots of book options there! 

Here are a few more fun ideas to add to your "Beat the Heat" box ...

For military duty in hot climates comes a combo with tan neck and wrist wraps, a helmet liner, and a canteen cooler! No ice needed.

The Chilly Pad from

The Chilly Pad® provides an innovative way to cool down while enduring outdoor heat and/or high levels of physical activity. Perfect for anyone engaged in sports or work, the Chilly Pad is made from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch. When wet, the towel begins to evaporate and cool, providing cool, soft comfort to the user. When it stops cooling (about 1-4 hours, depending on conditions), you simply re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it's cool again. It's also machine washable, and comes in its own storage container for years of reliable use. Handy size: 27" x 17"



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