Comfey Box for Telic !!!

#1
I am off on my fist tour shortly and want to know what to put in my comfy box, those who have been recently can you help with what is really needed? I have been told toiletries as they are very expensive out there, any other ideas most gratefully received.

TKM
 
#2
A small stereo.

Books.

A Pillow.

Sheets

a small duvet (its below 5oC at night)

cards

A portable dvd player if you have one

A sense of humour

Toiletries aren't that bad out there but bring a supply of your own brand.

A set of civilian clothes as you never know if an opportunity to go to Kuwait wil come along.

Enjoy.

F
 

jmj

Old-Salt
#3
If you're based somewhere large, like BAS or SLB then don't bother with toiletries.. They are no more expensive than here.

As mentioned though, books / duvet etc... anything that'll save you a bit of weight / space in your bag is a good idea. Don't count on getting your MFO box for the first month, so don't pack anything essential!
 
#5
and if youre doing a short tour (3-4 months) dont bother sending one either.
theres a very good chance that the troops you are taking over from will either give you or sell you the type of stuff youve packed in your box anyway.
 
#6
Amen to that about items like duvets and pillows safe space by either getting them out in theatre by means of donations or buying them from the EFI when you get out there. Believe it or not even the EFI at Abu Naji which is the size of a shoe box does stock duvets and the like as well as duvet covers and pillow cases. Boredom saving items such as a laptop or a portable dvd player are a must.
 
#7
Benobo said:
Amen to that about items like duvets and pillows safe space by either getting them out in theatre by means of donations or buying them from the EFI when you get out there. Believe it or not even the EFI at Abu Naji which is the size of a shoe box does stock duvets and the like as well as duvet covers and pillow cases. Boredom saving items such as a laptop or a portable dvd player are a must.
Do you really want to be putting things like laptops and DVD players into an MFO box? I can see a box of shiny bits at the other end...
Or is it impossible to take them into theatre otherwise?
 
#8
Forget it completly, as it wont get there until your two or three months into the tour and then you will have to send it back about 6 weeks before you leave. Quilts etc can all be aquired in theatre as hand-ons or at the efi, and most locations have well stocked libraries, especially at various camps around shaiba. Take an mp3 player and personal dvd that can fit in your daysack and jobs a goodun
 
#10
Extension lead and four-way adapter. There's never enough plugs and the ones you have are always in a stupid place like under a bed or behind a locker.
 
#11
Sorry should of been a little more concise. as stated by drain sniffer your personal dvd player/laptop should be about your person. The last thing you want is for you to open your comfy box and find a box of smashed componants
 
#12
don't forget to bring Cds/Dvds for said items in a wee cd folder. Even if you buy a small one that holds about 10, it's amazing how many you can fit in there. You can have a multi-coloured swap shop when you are out there aswell with others who have any (if you can trust them to give it back. Ive had a few exercise losses!)
 
#13
You can also buy a heap load out in theatre through the likes of the various DVD men plying there trade around SLB, the APOD and CAN. so don't fear about finding things to watch, also the Battle Group that I was with had a huge DVD collection courtesy of the legion and other friendly organisations.
 
#14
SOCKS!!!!
&
SHREDDIES!!!!
T-Shirts
Green Combats as spairs
Wash kit.
Football???
RugbyBall???

Etc etc. The list is endless put what "you" will miss in your comfy box. To be honest mate if your going as an Inf soldier you wont have too much time for films although them little DVD's are handy. Concentrate on kit you need for your personal admin then worry about little bits of home!
 
#16
Fist Tour mmmm :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: well I am going as a Full Screw Medic, so the lube may come in handy...........

Thanks for all your help guys, i will extract the general consensus and go with that, Rumour control says a min of 6 months in theatre, dont know where yet though.....

TKM
 
#18
the_kit_man said:
Fist Tour mmmm :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: well I am going as a Full Screw Medic, so the lube may come in handy...........

Thanks for all your help guys, i will extract the general consensus and go with that, Rumour control says a min of 6 months in theatre, dont know where yet though.....

TKM
A GPS then, perhaps?

Seriously, don't take anything that hates dust. Go totally digital - MP3 players etc. Digital camera, although you should also take a waterproof case or resealable plastic bags in which you can keep it. The danger is that you won't find someone to upload the piccies, so take a couple of large cards with you! You can always send one home, have it uploaded and returned to you. Buy suitable envelopes before you go! I took a short-wave radio but, to be honest, I didn't really use it unless the satellite TV was down. The NAAFI should now stock Duracells, but if you need a special battery - take it with you.

Feb and Mar can be quite chilly, if not cold, and surprisingly wet! Take some cold weather kit!

If you have special desires in the toiletries area, buy some postal boxes from the post office, pack them with the toiletries of choice (and an alcohol hand rub for personal hygiene) and ask your Mum/partner etc to post them at monthly intervals. The NAAFI will not stock anything other than the cheapest razor blades and foam!

With regard to clothing, one on and one in the wash is too few IMHO. One on, one in the wash, one drying and one spare might be better! If I was to return, that would be the minimum I would take! Once we get into April, it starts getting hot and you start sweating buckets! Spare washing line - just in case!

Flipflops or sandals for your feet - to allow the air to get to them.

Sports kit.

A good quality day sack with everything you need to survive 24hrs - and then don't get separated from it!

Anything you think you might need to help you with your job!

A folder in which you can stash copies of all the documentation that will come your way - jab history, pay history etc. Keep it all in one place - you will need it at some time in the future!

A hobby!

Secure a dog-tag with your name and number to each item of luggage (your local key shop or cobbler should be able to help you). Then mark your bergan etc with something brightly coloured that you will recognise. Not very tactical, I know, but you aren't tactical at the airhead where there will be >200 green bergans in a pile!

Sufficient cheques in your pocket to get you through the tour!

If you do not have a web-based email account, open one before you go.

Pay the tax or tell the DVLA that you have taken your car off the road. Otherwise, it's an £80 fine, I think!

I don't know about a mobile 'phone. I didn't take one in 03 and there were enough stories of £1000+ per month bills to make me glad that I hadn't!

A sense of humour!

Enjoy!

Litotes
 
#19
Good post Lilotes.

Try not to take a mobile phone. They can work if you have a roaming facility but are VERY expensive still. The best bet is to leave it at home.

By the way they all work on US dollars out there (or they did last year). It wont hurt to take $50US with you as you travel.
 

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