Kit for the Sandpit

#1
Off to the sandpit in next few months.

can any one suggest items that you would take as extra to the usual issue kit?

Do we get issued Softie Jackets?

How many shirts/tshirts/trousers are you issued?

Cheers
 
#2
your certainly not gonna need your softie unless its as a pillow. i am going on a few months as well and have already experienced one summer in that hell hole. its gonna be fcukin hot mate so prepare yourself for it. it got to 63 C whilst i was there. think about it

you might want to invest in a decent pair of desert boots rather than rely on the issue pair which you may or may not get issued.

a good quality set of goggles, a gameboy or playstation, portable dvd player and that sort of kit to while away the time in between stagging on. dont take many dvd's and cd's out with you as you can buy them cheap out there and oonly take copies rather than originals as they will be wrecked eventually cos of the dust and sand etc

some guys bought airbeds but i didnt bother as you soon get used to the campbeds

have a good one mate
 
#3
re goggles I thought the ESS versions and sunglasses were now on issue??

The latter can be picked up on Ebay for about £10 to £15 , and are top(use them for cycling)..the goggles are pricey

DVD player a must, they play MP3 CD's as well, ... yep don't buy CD's or DVD's plenty out there.

We used to use wetted socks to keep plastic bottles of water cool,.. might sound daft, but were more efficient at cooling than Camelbak,(although the latter is more practical for out on the ground and are issue).

Be safe whatever!
 
#4
This topic has been covered in the last two or three months with some useful suggestions.

Try searching for "deployment".

Litotes
 
#5
this topic has been done loads...plenty of info one here
but....
-make sure you take a couple of shirts, as you probs wont ever wear ur jacket
-digital camera+some spare memory cards
-laptop is very useful, but depends on where youre staying
but the most important thing
dont forget youre rifle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
 
#6
fusilier50 said:
you might want to invest in a decent pair of desert boots rather than rely on the issue pair which you may or may not get issued.
Fusilier, forgetting about cost for the sake of this exchange, could you make a recommendation as to what would constitute the best, or at least in your experience, most comfortable and reliable, pair of desert boots one could buy in lieu of issued ones? I have no doubt that this has been discussed ad nausea before, but I would appreciate your opinion, as I too will be tromping about the desert later this year. (Several people on ARRSE recently suggested an old early nineties favorite, the Ghillie Tie Desert Boot, to which it seemed they had formed an almost spiritual attachment!)
 
#7
fusilier50 said:
your certainly not gonna need your softie unless its as a pillow.
I'd definately bring a softie jkt! I've done three tours in Norway but none of them was as cold as the Iraqi desert at nightime on Telic 1 which was around the same time of year you'll be going. Even wore my NBC bottoms it was that cold! :cry:
 
#8
You are going to be issued more kit than you can shake a stick at, including:

Softie jacket and trousers (reversible)
Desert smock
3 x sets desert combats
Tee shirts
Desert socks
Desert boots
Hat
Gloves
Black daysac
Massive black grip
Ballistic goggles (plus extra lenses)
Ballistic sunglasses (plus extra lenses)
Sweat rags
Mozzie net tent
Camelbak
Patrol pack
Assault vest

When you get to theatre you can also expect to see the new assault vest and the new body armour. As for gadgets, a PSP seems to keep most people amused.
 
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#9
Good to see you are using your time well CS. You should be hunting those pesky kids who fired at me the other night!

Safely home now, thanks for all your wonderful hospitality!!
 
#12
The_Cheat said:
Has any one here got experience with kit issue for afghan? Going out soon but I guessed it would be much the same as Iraq.

Cheers

T C
You guessed quite right. It is exactly the same. Best of luck on your tour. Don't pay too much for your carpets - and safe return.

the_Bat
 
#14
just signed for all my dessie kit, very impressed. Gucci goggles and glasses, loads of decent dessie clothing incl windproof smock, camelbak in brit dpm, magnum dessie wellies. Glad i didn't buy any of my own kit, this lot will see me sorted, and i get to keep it all when i get back as well. I got a brand new CBA and plates as well, they want that back though. Bugger!
 
#16
The softie is very useful, shame you have to go to the sandpit to get one!

They would be good in MPA but you're not authorised one there - where is colder than MPA!
 
#17
Ambrose_Silk said:
fusilier50 said:
you might want to invest in a decent pair of desert boots rather than rely on the issue pair which you may or may not get issued.
Fusilier, forgetting about cost for the sake of this exchange, could you make a recommendation as to what would constitute the best, or at least in your experience, most comfortable and reliable, pair of desert boots one could buy in lieu of issued ones? I have no doubt that this has been discussed ad nausea before, but I would appreciate your opinion, as I too will be tromping about the desert later this year. (Several people on ARRSE recently suggested an old early nineties favorite, the Ghillie Tie Desert Boot, to which it seemed they had formed an almost spiritual attachment!)
the ones i have had and will recommend are the Hi-Tec Desert Magnum Boots. they were comfortable to start with and remained so for two tours. only cost about £60. i will replace the pair i have with another of the same although i have heard a lot of good reports on the Meindl Desert Fox Boots.



i did have a pair of issue boots but they crippled my feet and i didnt have the time or inclination to wear them in during the tour.

Fallschirmjager said:
fusilier50 said:
your certainly not gonna need your softie unless its as a pillow.
I'd definately bring a softie jkt! I've done three tours in Norway but none of them was as cold as the Iraqi desert at nightime on Telic 1 which was around the same time of year you'll be going. Even wore my NBC bottoms it was that cold! :cry:
i was on Op Telic 2 and believe me it didnt get cold ....EVER. i would take some warm kit but not much. you were there in the early spring so saw the end of their "winter" but do you remember what it was like at the end of your tour. it was already bloody warm when we took over from you guys
 
#19
Can't believe its got to the state where people are throwing cartwheels after being issued standard kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What next, god bless the MOD for feeding us

theGimp
 
#20
thegimp said:
Can't believe its got to the state where people are throwing cartwheels after being issued standard kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What next, god bless the MOD for feeding us

theGimp
my mate had major foot problems due to not being issued desert boots during telic 2. temperatures reached 62C at its peak so you can imagine what his feet were like. he would have turned somersaults if he had been given them at that point. :roll: