Comfy box items...

#1
This has probably came up a few times in the past, but I haven't seen any.

Well, I'm entitled to half a comfy box, and I'm not sure what I need. I'm mean, sure I can fill it easy, however, what are the things that I could get better use out of by taking them.

Also, I want to take my laptop, will it best be shoved in my bergan/carried on me on the flight, or in a comfy box?

Also, when puting my down my sizes for my dessie kit, I noticed that there was shit loads of it. Does this get sent away in a MFO box as well? Or is it a case of stuffing it in a bergan, which seems pretty impossible.
 
#4
Yup a good w@nk sock is essential, possibly best getting a good heavy duty real wool sock as it has the capacity to soak up lots of man fat without getting crispy. :wink:
 
#5
Take a pillow case, and maybe a duvet cover as well. You look like a nonce when you unpack... until everyone looks at whatever NATO lowest bidder bedding they've all got.

In this era of high tech devices, forget-ye-not comfort when packing the comfort box.

(Note: This advice isn't from experience, my first ever tour is later this year. Been doing lots of listening to advice.)
 
#6
Nighttrained,

Your laptop has to be carried hand luggage and checked by the RAO normally so best take anything dodgy off it.

Comfy box items should include.....

1x set of websters kit

1x TV

1x Duvet

10x Bottles of fine malt whiskey

My teddy bear

photo's of(if any) people that want you to come back

Thats what I took to Iraq.
 
#7
You managed to get away with whiskey?

Not that I have alot on my laptop, but why would the RAO needs to check, and what for? Surely this is personal stuff.
 
#8
Nightrained said:
This has probably came up a few times in the past, but I haven't seen any.

.
Only once a week. Try the search function and you will find this question has been asked a million times.
 
#9
Nightrained said:
You managed to get away with whiskey?

Not that I have alot on my laptop, but why would the RAO needs to check, and what for? Surely this is personal stuff.
Just put all your porn on a memory stick and keep away from your laptop incase of some jobs worth :x . Top idea with the pillowcase and duvet cover Ive always done that on whatever course, detachment Ive been on Brightide. It doesnt take much room up and can slot any hairy blanket, doss bag etc inside it and have a comfy duvet. No point in roughing it on a long tour when you get the chance. :D
 
#10
pack the following in the comfy box:
flask - it gets cold at night.
dvds - for use with laptop.
phys kit - must have trainers
pillow case and duvet.
temperate combat jacket/smock - it will get cold.
battery operated speakers for laptop and dvds - never good volume on laptop.
kettle - tommies love a cuppa.
little home luxuries that only you know perk you up - we are all different at the end of the day, arent we..
 
#12
I wouldn't take your lap top. Laptops don't like sand, dust, extremes of temperature, and being knocked around. You will find plenty of all of them where you are going. In particular harsh environments kill floppy and CD drives. And why do you need it anyway? Unless you have your own private Sat Phone you won't get net access. If you just want to watch DVDs or play games buy a cheap player instead.

If you do take it get down to PC World and buy a hard case for it, and keep the thing in a plastic bag.
 
#13
chimera said:
I wouldn't take your lap top. Laptops don't like sand, dust, extremes of temperature, and being knocked around. You will find plenty of all of them where you are going. In particular harsh environments kill floppy and CD drives. And why do you need it anyway? Unless you have your own private Sat Phone you won't get net access. If you just want to watch DVDs or play games buy a cheap player instead.

If you do take it get down to PC World and buy a hard case for it, and keep the thing in a plastic bag.
And a spare hard drive for when the existing one grinds to a slow gritty death.
 
#14
What that lot said!

NT, Cant stress it enough. The dust out there is sand based, not nice old friendly UK dead skin dust. When it gets into the machinery (your laptop) it will act like fine sandpaper. the wiring for the screen will be affected as you open and close the laptop where it rubs inside the casing, screen will start to scratch, HDD components will turn from friendly porn providing storage devices into minature rock crushing plants, pushing dust into the most inaccessble places, keyboards will turn into minature 'Dust Qm's departments', with layers upon layers of dust stored ready to balls up your PC at some stage. Air dusting compounds the problem further, pushing the dust into every remote crevice known to Japan. it'll look clean externally but there'll be all hell let loose inside, regardless of how awesome you think you are at cleaning electronics!

Get a USB portable HDD player thing instead, remote controlled, etc and hoover the thing, dont air dust it.
 
#15
looney said:
chimera said:
I wouldn't take your lap top. Laptops don't like sand, dust, extremes of temperature, and being knocked around. You will find plenty of all of them where you are going. In particular harsh environments kill floppy and CD drives. And why do you need it anyway? Unless you have your own private Sat Phone you won't get net access. If you just want to watch DVDs or play games buy a cheap player instead.

If you do take it get down to PC World and buy a hard case for it, and keep the thing in a plastic bag.
And a spare hard drive for when the existing one grinds to a slow gritty death.
I'll second that Looney... mine went tits up after 2 months but luckily I managed to get a new one for the Toshiba in the Hadji market at BIAP last year and its still going strong! 8)
 
#16
Mate took mine on telic 5 and 8 still going strong leave it in the tent in your black box and dont drag it outside for any reason should be ok oh and fill your external hard drive with porn get yourself a psp and bung it on that, magazines are so 80's fellas :wink: :D
 
#17
Even if you forget something it can be posted out up to 2kg, take some flip flops for the shower, a football, frizby(make sure its a good quality one the light ones just blow away) mini basket ball, crosswords anything this helps when the eyes are tired from using the laptop, a really good pair of ear-phones. It depends where you are being posted, it can take up to 2wks for the post to get to Afgan, so don't wait for things to run out before you ask for them. The gym is often another area that is well used so if into this take you're kit.
Make sure you got all your vaccination up to date, dont leave it till last day to get this sorted also prob better to have check up with dentist before going!
You prob know all that anyway!!

Have a safe trip :)
 
#18
Ah, thats what I meant to mention..

Dont take yer best civvi kit out either.. best running shorts, PT kit, civvis..

The Washing machines and laundry powder the service wash guys use (if you have 'em) are industrial and will rip yer kit apart over the course of your deployment. Buy some cheap stuff from sportsworld, etc
 
#19
Right...
Don't worry about how much dessie kit you get issued because you get another black holdall issued and you can fit nearly all of it in that alone!

Laptops - The guys who have brought them out are having no trouble with half the desert getting in there hardrives, as they're keeping them in there room and locked in the issued black box so they get well protected!

Comfy box:
Duvet and pillows with covers!
2 Bed sheets so you can rotate your washing
A fan
Hanging shelves that fold up
Bed side light
Books (even if your not 'into' reading, well worth it)
Extra towel
A couple pairs of civi's, mainly shorts and t-shirts

Thats what I put in and its made my life a little more bearable!

Hope that helps!
 
#20
I would say the list above from a guy is pretty much the DS solution.

Don't forget a snorkel and pair of flippers for R&R.

Ref laptop's

If you decide to take it you do so on risk, there is a very good chance of expensive damage as detailed above. You may be lucky and get away with it.

If you do take it then have a look at a laptop cooling attachment, basically a couple of big fans in a case which sits under your laptop and helps cool it down (as much as possible with the ambient temp you will be working in). Follow the advice about storing it in a plastic bag but remove it and let it sit for 20 mins or so before turning on to allow any humidity in it to evaporate.

One thing to be careful with is the RAF movers. Not only will the RAO staff check your laptop to make sure there is no protectively marked material on it (unlikely given you're current lack of experience) but the RAF movement staff will want to check the battery to make sure it is not one that is on the list of banned batteries. There used to be a list published which told you which ones were banned by the RAF, don't know if it is still available but check with your friendly special pen service det.
 
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