My son is going to Ranger school in a few days and mentioned that the Ranger students can receive a care package in between the mountains and swamp phase. With a very short time to consume additional nutrition, what would be the ideal contents?
Thanks for your help,
Nancy, Army Mom
This is a great question. You can do many things. I know when I was looking for food at points like this in training programs, anything worked. You will literally eat anything. But you can do your son some favors by adding in nutritious foods.
Fruits and Vegetables – One thing I really liked were baby carrots, apples, grapes, and bananas.
Proteins and Good Fats – For non-perishable food options, you can send food with more proteins and good fats like nuts, almonds, beef jerky, as well as dried fruits like prunes and raisins to help with some fiber for digestion.
Electrolytes – Consider salty foods such as Chicken Noodle Soup and crackers.
Supplements – You can add in a few Muscle Milks, Power Bars, and Clif Bars. You can find these at most grocery stores, so they are pretty common.
His favorites – Of course, with a mom’s touch, add in a favorite food or two.
If you can, add in as much as you can so he can share with his buddies. That will go a long way with his group. You can send these in a priority mail box that has a flat rate charge no matter how heavy it is, and it will likely get there in 2-3 days.
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