Putting together some boxes for the sandpit

EX_STAB wrote:
I've put together the following list for field troops on Herrick:

Plastic sealed container (as described above)
Food items - for improving Compo:
Stock cubes / oxo
mixed herbs
chilli peppers
mustard powder
black pepper
curry powder
garlic powder
(above packed in bags in film canisters)

wet wipes
cotton buds
lip salve
nail brush (useful for more than nails - heavy duty item)
Sticking plasters
Safety pins
Nail clippers

Make and Mend:
darning wool and needle
strong thread for webbing repairs
stanley knife with blades
insulating tape

Playing cards
ziplock bags
trouser twists


Is this sort of stuff going to be useful and well received or should we just send cake and fags? I imagine that this is the sort of stuff that you buy for yourself to deploy with (well I would) and that can't be replaced when it runs out.

Sensible comments only please.


I'm putting together some boxes at work and wanted to know:

Are chinagraphs preffered over lumicolour?
Do lumi's dry out too quick?
I have access to both as a stationer.
Hey I did something noteworthy! ;)

By lumicolour I assume you mean the magic markers for whiteboards etc.

The point of chinagraphs is that they will write on skin (handy for medics), plastic, (handy on laminated maps), metal, paint, (handy on vehicles) etc. etc.

I got some good feedback on the boxes I sent out so I think you won't go far wrong if you send similar parcels.

If you send a load of parcels you can saw Chinagraphs and pencils in half. Nobody ever uses one all the way to the end so you get twice as many for your money!

Here's a link to the original thread. Note that the addresses are now out of date. It's got links to some good products etc. though.

Good effort and all power to your elbow!
Polo's or extra strong mints. Trust me on this one. Total morale boosters they are.
Bloody hell

Ex_Stab said:

The point of chinagraphs is that they will write on skin (handy for medics), plastic, (handy on laminated maps), metal, paint, (handy on vehicles) etc. etc.
Never thought they would still be around.

Just send porn on dvd with fake covers when i got my teenage mutant turtles box set everything was cushty
port or red wine in ribena bottles .....! White wine in esberg non alcoholic wine bottles

make sure food items have markings as guys i know have had 10 weeks on compo in Afgan FFS

Toothbrush and Toothpaste I alway thought were great! stickies the Haribio variety are a winner,Biscuits as in the usual stuff (not choc its arrives as a big melted shite after 4 weeks in an iso)

Great idea to post dvds of local news or even local papers

a fan (mains) was the best item I ever got!

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