battle field laptop, mite not keep u warm but may give u things to do,
seriously get a webtex medics pouch ,dogs working parts for storing kit and not having to root thru yr gear in the cold and clammy that is an english summer
Well I don't know about 'hrabour' areas, but if you're dug in for any length of time make sure you sort the floor out. Dry arrse, feet and sleeping area make the difference between 'bearable' and 'abject misery'.
Been a very long time since I retired and out of the country so I'm not up to date on the type of issued clothing/equipment but I always found when in defence in cold, wet conditions dry, warm, feet were essential. I found the overshoes issued to the US forces were a good item of kit to have though only good if static. Goretex waterproofs and a good pair of gloves were good too.
Main thing is to be organized, when you've finshed using an item (mess tins, weapon cleaning kit etc.) pack it away then you're going to know where it is at all times. If you don't it's going to be trampled underfoot, stolen, or, if you have to bug out quickly especially at night, lost. It may even give your position away. Then you're really going to be uncomfortable. It's always a distinct advantage to have a good partner in your defensive position to share tasks. While one is on stag the other is improving the position, cooking etc. Most important is your weapon, doesn't matter a damn if you are warm, dry and comfortable if your weapon wont work. Keep it clean, dry and lightly oiled.
Just remember before you load up with all sorts of fancy kit you have to carry it and move fast in it when required without squeaking, rattling or swishing.
I know its basic but it hasnt been mentioned yet.....i've found a gas stove is a fantasic bit of kit. Its quick and simple....like gunny. I always keep a hexy aswell but when your cold and time is limited nothing beats cooking with gas!
Combat Nokia , cos whatever prc radio u get wont work, and at least one person will have a charger . Snugpak/Buffalo shirt-jacket and gaiters berghaus ones are pretty good or marine issue ones are the dogs working parts
I'm a very old ex-soldier now and have no pride left at all, so I say without a doubt the best thing you can have is a hot water bottle, preferably in a green furry cover: keeps it warmer longer, it looks tactical and you can put boiling water in it and it will still be comfortable to hold. I made one out of an old fibre pile jacket that had had its day.
A piece of tape or cord attached so that you can sling it round your neck and have it under your trews just about at navel height is good too.
Kept me happy on many a cold night's extended watch.
If going to be working in wet and cold (and obviously cleaning your rifle!) I would recommend you keep a tube of Nutrogena Fisherman's hand cream in your smock. Sounds a bit beef, but it will go a long way to preventing 'exercixe claw', you know that special feeling when your hands start falling apart.
Also echo the posts re softies / buffalos....but which one?
If static (some would also swear on mobile too although I believe they are too hot) a pair of Lowa boots. If based outside Ge, get one of your mates who is posted there to acquire you a pair, they are much cheaper there.
I would also swear by Ortlieb bags, from the A5 (obvious reasons) up to your bergan liner. Nothing more reassuring that than knowing your kit will be dry when you next find it, even if it has been 'cached' out in the open.
Hexi tv is also excellent, and beats anything on Sky when you are cold and wet.
Please though, reassure me that none of you posting above and suggesting a 'wooly hat' were close to contemplating wearing it under your helmets!!!
Little red LED torches and a tiny penknife in my pocket, tied to my belt - means you always have a torch/knife to hand without having to cart around one of the issue ones.
I've had two softies and the zip has broken on both, and the material is beginning to fray after only a year. Not impressed. I think I'll try a buffalo next...
Most important though is get a good clothing base layer. I leak water like a lawn sprinkler - after a quick tab over the hills the issue T shirts are wringing wet and just don't dry out after that. Instead I have some Sprawaway gear which dries reasonably quickly, but more importantly is warm even if it's wet. If your CSM insists on green T shirts then sasskit do a Powerbase T shirt.
I'm looking forward to trying out the new self-heating meals from Wayfarer, though I suspect they're a long way from coming through the military supply chain...
If you're going to damp warm places, some proper skin-cancer-inducing mozzie repellent. I've seen people use the head mozzie-nets; feels like you're surrounded by a bunch of bee keepers but they seem to work.