This may be stating the bleedin' obvious, but take the best boots you can find/afford, Matterhorns for me but there are countless opinions on this elsewhere. It's like Brecon and Otterburn combined, with extra water.
There used to be a couple of good sites that had heaps of information but they don't seem to be running.
Weather: Changeable. Can be sunny and warm. Can be cold and snowing. Can be very windy. Often it's all of these on the same day. Unlike UK, where you can look out of the window and decide what to wear for the rest of the day, in FI you can't even guarantee that you'll make the right decision for 10 minutes hence.
If you're going out soon, you'll be heading into FI springtime. Not that it matters much. I've been there in spring, summer and winter and found little difference.
Food: Excellent food is offered - provided that they haven't run out of ingredients. If the supply ships are delayed, things run short. Not to the extent that you drop onto starvation rations - food is still plentiful - but you may not have sugar to put in your tea.
Shops: There's not a great deal on offer. Basic NAAFI stuff catering for the essentials and a few more luxurious items. A run into Stanley offers a change of brand, perhaps, but still generally limited to essentials.
Accommodation: Nothing special about the rooms - basic but generally acceptable. Individual rooms vary according to the previous occupant. You may have a chair, you may not. You may be able to hang your clothes in the wardrobe, you may have to store them folded if the rail is missing.
Social: Pretty good. Not many camps can boast a bowling alley. There's a cinema, internet cafe, coffee bar and bar near the main accommodation complex. Other cafes further along the corridor. An all-ranks bar in addition to the messes.
Hire shop: I don't know the full list of what they have available, but the inventory runs from irons to cars.
All in all, you don't need a lot of stuff. Having all the welfare facilities in the same building that you're living in and being surrounded by military personnel means that you don't have the same fashion criteria that you'd have if you were going down town on the pull.
I'd be inclined to take a 4-way extension lead, though. There aren't many sockets in the rooms.
well many moons ago i went to the ass hole of the world as it was called then, 3 tours 2 winter 1 summer 1st tour was great, did all the battle field tours got pissed ect ect rest bored as hell drink and work, hated every minute. but apparently its a peach tour now because of the afgan and iraq dets and i probably would feel the same, but i left the mob in 2001 anyway enjoy. ohh in the winter it snows lots and lots, mail gets delayed don't worry about kit good stores,take personal admin stuff, as it is expensive, most of all enjoy, remember detachment rules!some chogies are not bad looking lol. and take sun screen from tescos much cheeper.,l lol waterman
Another thought - take a good quality sleeping bag that packs up small. Whenever you go off base - even a drive into Stanley or a trip to a nearby outpost - you have to take a sleeping bag in case you get stranded. A more compact bag gives you more room to carry the stuff you really want to take with you.
i did a couple of tours 2004/2006 and really enjoyed myself
best tips i can recall-
take a laptop for dvds etc and if i remeber rightly there was talk of bringing the DVB TV to the Island if so youll need a Laptop Tv Dongle.
dont plan on buying anything on the Island if your only there for 4-6 months, pack your MFO box with all the shampo and blades etc you think youll need as these are really expensive in the Naffi.
i took a few cheap Mp3 players down and sold them for a few bucks as IT and Techno stuff is Really costly.
youll get to cash cheques, but only a limited amount a week/month so blg the staff inthe Admin office and get an Raf paybook and the cash comes out your pay not your account 7 months later in one..
take loads of PT kit and civvies and at least one jacket (waterproof) and get out as much as you can, battlefield tours are done every weekend if the weather is ok and depending on were you are working you might find that your department is resonsable for the upkeep of one of the war memorials, so youll be tabbing up Longdon or Harriet in the driving rain.
within the first few days youll be on the ranges so as metioned earlier make sure you put on sun block not cream as it was a running joke watching the newbees sat in scoff bright red and bunt after the first day
most of all enjoy ...........