ADVICE NEEDED: Best bit of kit for Helmand!

#1
I have a family member who shall be taking his posting to Afghanistan in the next few months and am wondering if anyone has any advice or information on the best bit of kit. Is there something that anyone returning from active service out there simply could not do without? No stupid answers, like not going there to start with! So far a large camelback system has been suggested.

Any useful information really grateful.
 
#3
take a look at "kit for an op tour " thread
 
#7
I have a family member who shall be taking his posting to Afghanistan in the next few months and am wondering if anyone has any advice or information on the best bit of kit. Is there something that anyone returning from active service out there simply could not do without? No stupid answers, like not going there to start with! So far a large camelback system has been suggested.

Any useful information really grateful.
Welcome to ARRSE Gary.

The issued kit is miles better than it used to be. What's left is down to the role your family member is in and personal preference. For that reason I would suggest asking your family member what they would really like / need. It might kill the surprise, but they should appreciate you making the effort.

As fatmini said, there are threads on this already so have a look for ideas.

Opinions are like arsseholes, everyone's got one.
 
#8
#12
what about a powermonkey explorer to charge his i pod
 
#13
One of these



and a bag of these



hours of fun to be had for all, I speak from experience. RMPs were a particular favorable target.
 
#16
if you buy a hdd make sure its a multimedia one so he can plug it into the back of a tv and run it without a laptop.
 
#17
I thought you might like a supply of full stops and commas: ..................................... ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 
#19
Cheer's for that.
 
#20
Have just spoken to a para who recently returned and he suggested a power-monkey charger as well as an extremely large hard drive. Any thoughts?
Its already been discussed but we had half a dozen power monkeys in the platoon and they were tonk, the charge they produced while being in the sun all day just wouldn't fully charge the IPods, or give you a good enough charge for your camera.

Got the family to send me out a car charger and a couple of croc clips and connected it to the vehicle battery hey presto fully charged Ipods and cameras easy.
 

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