Bloody Hell - all this?

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  1. I'm told this kit list was going around American forces as kit to take to a sandy place. Seems a hell of a lot to me
    The following list is from my experiences and from friends in Iraq that pertain to here Afghanistan also. Some of these won’t be needed until you get in country, so you may want to set them off to side for mama to pack up for you and send to you once you get settled. This listing has been the single most popular blog posting ever, here on Bouhammer’s Blog.
    1. Any extra ClassVIII you can bring with you is good to have.
    2. Wolfhook single point slings
    3. Desert Tan Spray paint
    4. Space blanket(s)
    5. 100 mph tape, 550 cord, TP, other expendables you think would come in handy
    6. Drop Leg Holster (blackhawk or SERPA) and Uncle Mike’s Paddle-Holster for wearing around every day (drop leg will wear a hole in ACUs over time). I also have one for my IBA so I can have my 9mm handy when in the gun hatch going through towns.
    7. Weapons lube that DOESN’T ATTRACT SAND. (MILTECH or Remington Dry Lube only)
    8. Two copies of addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, etc.
    9. 2 pairs of GOOD boot insoles
    10. A Good Tactical Flashlight (SureFire, even though you will get issued one with M4)
    11. Red/White light L.E.D. headlamp
    12. Spare pair of running shoes
    13. MP3 PLAYER W/ x-tra pair of spare headphones
    14. Enough batteries to last you 30 days
    15. Chapstick
    16. Lotion
    17. 30 SPF or higher Sunblock
    18. Bar soap- for some reason its in short supply….almost always
    19. Small compact rolls of TP. A lot of places make travel size, half the time you get to a port-a-potty the jackA$s before you ganked the TP
    20. Baby wipes- 30 days worth. Expect that the power and water will either go out, or the water will be contaminated at least once a month.
    21. Gold Bond Foot and Body Powder
    22. Small clip on LED light-clip it to your IBA….it will come in handy….quite often.23. Drink mix for 16/20 oz bottles of water
    24. Weightlifting supplies
    25. Small photo album with pics from home.
    26. Hand sanitizer (small bottles to put in ankle pockets)
    27. More books/magazines than you think you will need.
    28. DVDs, for you and to loan out for swapping purposes
    29. Tactical gloves- military gloves are sort of clumsy ( I love the $9.95 whitewater brand gloves from the clothing sales). Also standard flight nomex are good.
    30. Lens anti fog agent. Shaving cream works in a pinch, but you have to apply it every other day or so.
    31. Good pair of shower shoes/sandals. I recommend the black adidas….lasted me all year.
    32. Small pillow (air inflatable)
    33. Cheap digital camera (at least 2.1 mp)
    34. Boot knife35. Gerber multi tool
    36. Fabreeze-sometimes the laundry is few and far between.
    37. Armor Fresh
    38. Extra boot laces
    39. Stainless steel coffee cup with screw on lid.
    40. Soccer shorts/normal t shirt to sleep in, hang out in your room in
    41. Sweatshirts for winter times hanging around42. A couple of poncho liners for privacy, nasty mattress cover, etc.
    43. A set of twin sheets with pillow case
    44. Good regular-size pillow
    45. One or two good civilian bath towels
    46. Buy a good set (>$200) of winter desert boots. All they will give you is a regular summer set and a set of goretex lined for waterproof needs. Desert is a cold place at these altitudes in the winter time.
    47. Bring a laptop!!! Also may want a PSP or some other handheld gaming device.
    48. Get an external USB hard-drive (>120gb). You will need this to back up data to, and to store movies and MP3s that you will fall in on from previous teams.
    49. Get a Skype account and download the software from This is how I talk to home 95% of the time. If you call computer to computer it is totally free. You can also skype out from your computer to a regular phone for $0.021 a minute. There is nothing cheaper than that.
    50. Decent headset with mic for computer (skype).
    51. Webcam for video calls back home.
    52. Bring a min. of 18ea. M4 mags per person. 9 that are loaded and 9 that rest. Plan to do M4 mag changeover once per month.
    53. Bring 8ea 9mm mags, for same reason above. Change these over every two weeks.
    54. Order a LULA mag loader/unloader. It will be the best $12 piece of plastic you every bought. I have 12 mags loaded at all times and when I do change over it will do it in a fraction of the time and save your hands, and save the ammo.
    55. Try to get your state or purchase yourself one 12v DC to 110 AC inverter per man for your trucks. There are crucial on mission to charge personal items, cell phone, ICOMs, and especially ANA radios (they only have re-chargeable batteries).
    56. Dump the IBA tac vest you get issued. Get a Tactical Tailor MAV chest rig (does not matter if you get 1 or 2 piece one as you want to keep the front open for laying in the prone. You don’t want mags pushing into your chest making it hard to breathe) . I wish I would have bought mine at the start. It makes a HUGE difference on the back and shoulders when carrying a loaded rig.
    57. Get comfortable pair of desert boots. I wear only the Converse 8” assault boots (non-zipper ones). Oakley, Bates and several others are similar in style and comfort.
    58. Bring some good snivel gear for the winter time. Extra poly-pro winter hat, gloves, neck gators, etc.
    59. Lock de-icer for the winter time
    60. Disposable hand and feet warmers
    61. Canned-air, lots of it for electronics weapons, etc.
    62. Lens wipes for optics
    63. Screen wipes for computers
    There are probably many other things that could go on this list, but a lot of that is personal preference. The purpose of this list is to provide some insight into things that could make anyone’s tour easier.
    *Reprinted by permission of and in partnership with Bouhammer.

    New Updates from an ETT in 2009
    64. Firing Pin Retaining pins, Brownells is a good source
    65. DVD ripping program for your laptop so you can transfer all your DVDs to electrons and store on a harddrive
    66. A good assault pack, I have one from Tactical Assault Gear with aluminum stays in it for support. It's been a lifesaver several times,the one the Army issues is a P.O.S.
    67. MBiTR pouch from Tactical Tailor
    68. An aviators knee board
    69. Personal GPS (Garmin, etc.)

    There are probably many other things that could go on this list, but a lot of that is personal preference. The purpose of this list is to provide some insight into things that could make anyone’s tour easier.
    Posted by Afghan Lessons Learned for Soldiers at 6:29 PM 14 comments Lin
  2. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    How long is the tour?
    I would suggest it's about right given the amount of stufff arriving in comfy boxes etc
    Some people seam unable to wander more than 5 feet from a PS

    Does seem to have alot of privatly bought stuff putting them on Par with our units buying stuff and cliaming the Yanks would get it issued anyway

    What was the unit do you know
  3. No 24 Weightlifting supplies?
    And no Razzle,Big Juggs or Fiesta?
  4. "21. Gold Bond Foot and Body Powder"

    Don't buy the Gold Bond... the PX own brand is half the price, twice as much and just as good. It even says so on the label.....
  5. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I think the cousins do between 12 and 18 months.
  6. HERESY! Gold Bond mentholated is the superior product. A party in your shorts every time applied. :wink:

    Vvvavvaavabanmmmmaaannamasn: You can fit SO much more pron in digital format. Plus, since we aren't supposed to have it, much easier to smuggle. And share. Note external hard drives and the like.
  7. Seems like a general vet resource. I cribbed i t from here
  8. And it's not unknown for the return to be "delayed" for a few months on top either!!!!