So in trying to become less of a Luddite, and to supplement my meager supply of friends in the Poconos, I've joined a number of internet groups and message boards. One of the gals I "met" on the board has "adopted" a soldier in Iraq and sends random care packages to him. Turns out he's sharing his goodies with his unit, and she decided to expand her offerings a bit, and ask a group of us if we'd like to go in on some boxes of goodies to send across the miles.
So I'm looking for ideas. If you were in a hot, dry, foreign country and wanted a reminder of home, what would you want to arrive in a box from the US? It can't melt in 120 degree heat (so much for those chocolate chip cookies I was going to bake). So far I've come up with Pez and Pez dispensers, comic books, and a knitted hat (the nights are cold). All that spare yarn will go to good use.
Leave your ideas in the comments section, and I'll let you know if they go into the box!