No pack is complete with ANZAC biscuits. I prefer sending the UNIBIC biscuits in the blue packet. 356 grams actual weight, 300 grams nominal weight.
A smorgasbord of energy and protein bars. 65grams each. They actually weigh what they claim to weigh.
Kae Nuts. 263 grams, as against 250 grams on the packet. Very little packaging here.
2 minute noodles - 443 grams for a packet of 5 - nominal weight of 425 grams. I pack these into the space left in the box, so sometimes I might send 5 packets, and sometimes zip.
Wasabi Peas - it might say 220 grams on the lid, but they weigh 244 grams. I heard it said that these are all the rage at present.
This handy pack of baby wipes weighs 126 grams, and no weight is listed on the packaging. The coffee sachets weigh 78 grams, whilst the box says they weigh 45 grams.
Evidence of the Twistie tax in action - I have to buy three packets, because if the kids see them, they will tax the shopping one bag. A 90 gram packet weighs 95 grams.
- Six pack boxes of sultanas - actual weight of 265 grams, listed as 222 grams on the packet
- Minties - actual weight 217 grams, nominal 200 grams
- Peanut butter - 413 grams vs 375 grams on the jar
- BM Box from the Post Office - 175 grams
- ANZAC biscuits - 356 grams
- Lip Eze - 17 grams
- Robert Timms Coffee sachets, packet of 8 - 78 grams
- Wipes - 126 grams
- Minties - 217 grams
- Twisties - 95 grams
- 6 pack of Sultanas - 264 grams
- Energy bars x 3 - 195 grams
- 375gm Kraft peanut butter - 413 grams
This is the sort of stuff that is available at most supermarkets - except perhaps the likes of Aldi.
The energy bars were the most expensive item, with 3 small bars costing almost $9. I need to find a discount health food store that sells them cheaply in bulk. As I buy these semi-regularly for taking on long rides, I have no qualms about buying a few extra for a digger who might be humping up and down some nasty hills in Afghanistan.
The same goes for the coffee sachets - they cost a bit for a small amount, but I like the idea of whoever gets this pack sitting down to enjoy a little bit of luxury with their morning brew. If you've ever brewed up ration pack coffee over a hexi stove, you'd understand.
Note the lack of chocolate - most commercial varieties will melt in transit. The same goes for chocolate biscuits, which is why I send Bloodnut or ANZAC biscuits.
A short note of thanks and some packing tape around the outside won't add much weight.
There's not a huge amount of room in one of these boxes, so you need to combine a mix of small dense items and lightweight bulky items. Ideally, the box should be full to the brim and weigh just under 2kg. It should look full, and not just contain a few weighty things rattling around in the bottom.
With my most recent box, I strayed too far towards the bulky items, and ended up having to cram the lid onto the box, followed by taping it up tightly. Getting it right is part art, part science.
The one thing this pack is lacking is reading material. As even a very lightweight magazine (Economist, Spectator) can weigh 250 grams, you have to be careful that you don't burn the bulk of your 2kg allowance with paper. Having a set of digital scales is very handy.
As for the wipes, I find the best place to buy them is at a discount Chemist.
So there you have it - 9 items that you can find at your local supermarket that will nicely fill a 2kg BM box.