Son going out soon, want to buy him something gucci or useful

#1
Guys,

Go easy on me please...just an old ex-squaddy with a son going out on Herrick in a couple of months. He's infantry so I'm wondering if you have any helpful (rather than ripping the piss) suggestions for a nice bit of non-issue kit you'd want or might've found useful on tour.

Thanks in advance.

FF
 
#4
External portable hardrive (one that powers off the usb cable) for his laptop, as i am assuming he has a laptop? is always good for loading up with films, tv series, music and porn etc. You can get 1TB capacity one off amazon for 70 quid upwards, or some decent quality speakers for laptop that are small and dont have the base player as part of the set up.
 
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#7
Another parent was on here a while back asking about 1/2 inch paint brushes for rifle cleaning. So it wouldn't hurt to get him a couple of decent brushes too.
 
#9
External portable hardrive (one that powers off the usb cable) for his laptop, as i am assuming he has a laptop? is always good for loading up with films, tv series, music and porn etc. You can get 1TB capacity one off amazon for 70 quid upwards, or some decent quality speakers for laptop that are small and dont have the base player as part of the set up.
You have this gear out in PBs? Seriously?
 
#10
'cause not, I'm "going easy" on you. The thread will still be around somewhere so a search might find it (search can be unreliable), so it's definately real. While I'm at it, bung him a pack of cards too.
 
#13
A fully loaded Kindle with a decent cover. PM me if you need any books for it.
 
#18
My lads done two tours now and tbh on the kit side they are pretty well squared away now days and any little 'nice to haves' they tend to have got themselves already anyway. From the comfort side of things for his first tour we got him a laptop and configured it with Skype which worked well enough when the connection was running then sent him DVD's in each parcel. For his second tour we got him a kindle but he'd also got himself a portable hard drive loaded up with films etc by then so he was sorted.

Hope your boy has a safe tour
 
#19
Um, this might sound silly, but how about a sketchbook and a selection of pencils? Derwent do nice Gucci pencil rolls and I have spent a fair few hours of 'down time' over the years sketching my surroundings - AFG, ME, around Europe. I'm no great artist (but a reasonably competent draughtsman) and taking the time to draw what you see makes you really pay attention.

I decided to take this up some years ago when I saw a sketchbook of my wife's Grandfather who served with BEF and then in North Africa and Italy. Again, he was no great artist but his drawings have warmth, detail and a human element that no quickly-snapped photograph could ever achieve.

Edited to add that taking the time to sketch (depending on the environment) can lead to all sorts of friendly interation. People will always want to know what your are drawing (especially the Caribinieri at Fumancino and the Police in the Kremlin...) and you can very rapidly have some great coversations
 

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