suggested falklands kitlist??

#1
im going to the falklands next march for a 2wk excersize.
is it gonna be freezing or just a bit cold?
any suggested gucci kit i can spend my xmas money on?
 
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#2
a camera, just to prove to your sad mates that you were ever there.
Oh, a new liver just in case.
 
#3
Plenty of Alka-Seltzer, a benny hat, and a Spanish phrase book (just in case)

But seriously, the weather down south, is infinitely changeable. Splash out on a Buffalo, some decent gloves and a hat, oh, and oil your boots before you go.
 
#4
cheers guys.
got a softy, hat an gloves.
will there be snow?
whats the oiling of the boots for?
any idea how long it takes to get there?
 
#5
evo7scotsman said:
cheers guys.
got a softy, hat an gloves.
will there be snow?
whats the oiling of the boots for?
any idea how long it takes to get there?
Are you for real ?. No pre ex instructions ?
 
#9
evo7scotsman said:
im going to the falklands next march for a 2wk excersize.is it gonna be freezing or just a bit cold?
any suggested gucci kit i can spend my xmas money on?
The mind boggles!

However if I was you Evo, I'd pack some Janet and John spell books in my holiday suitcase
 
#10
#11
Could also be a space cadet?

Take spandex, plenty of spandex.
 
#12
polar69 said:
I am finding it hard to believe that anyone would have a 2 week ex in the FI
No it's true I know some lads from our TAC went down to play enemy for the
FIDF and other units down there albeit it was for 3 weeks that they went. The local dropshots have also been for live firing ex's as well
 
#13
Take plenty of beer chits!MPA is one big bar!!The seasons down there are a bit cock eyed,I was there between April - August 1988 & the FI winter is around about June!Take plenty of warm clothing,long johns (underwear for the piss taking muppets!)Gaiters & good thick socks & boots. The wind chill factor is a problem over there so good gortex & gloves & hat/scarf is a must. A cameras a must as well! When I was there we were'nt allowed Spirits in the bars,just beer & wine as it was decided by the powers that be that only SNCO's (and I'm talking CSM/WO's here) & officers could drink spirits.BUT,right opposite the main enterance to the Death Star was the civvie contractors accomodation & bar (called Turners) where you could get spirits & play....bingo!Yes Bingo!!
If you can,take a personal stereo with rechargable batteries or a portable DVD player as the TV & radio service is sh1te!Dont worry about porn as the rooms were awash with grot mags when I was there.I did'nt look forward to going there but I'm very glad I went.
If you can get a night out in Stanley,it's,shall we say,a eye-opener!

Ohhh....Benny women.......
 
#16
polar69 said:
I am finding it hard to believe that anyone would have a 2 week ex in the FI
hmmmm ...... good point. long way to go for 2weeks. evo7scotsmans not an argie is he? :D

yuh got a softie? good.

southern hemasphere-reversed seasons. summer down there, but be prepared for the cold as well.
oh, & be prepared to drink, about a 100 unit bars at last count!
 
#17
Having been there for 7 months a couple of years ago, I'd recommend (in addition to most of the other advice) taking a decent set of wind/wet proofs, softie, good boots (preferably goretex) and a wooly hat. However, you are going there in the Summer (!) so it might be alright with the weather!

JNCOs/Ptes are now considered (or were then) sensible enough to drink spirits, but I think it's limited to the usual 4 (gin, whisky, rum etc) and only singles. What particularly used to annoy me was that you could only get single shots in the all-ranks NAAFI bar and they opened all your drinks for you, but that in the Offrs Mess they served doubles unless asked otherwise and you could get a 'carry out'. If you have enough time and know where to look there are other opportunities to purchase booze though.

Stanley, as a previous correspondent has mentioned, is special. I would imagine that (on a two week exercise) they might try to take you there. Don't expect the ususal capital city, but expect to be welcomed. Just keep your kit on whilst in public, and don't piddle in a street. The local coppers are sh1t hot on indecent exposure and the magistrates love getting squaddies on such offences.

Enjoy the experience, but not the 18 hr flight! If you are a smoker I'd suggest that you take some chewing gum or lozenges to cope with the two 7 plus hour legs of the flight - get as many fags down range as possible in Assi as you can (hence no recommendation for a nicotine plaster!). Spiced rum and coke is (or was) the drink of choice in the Officers' Mess, but you might not be able to try that if you are not in there. The number of bars has gone down - I had the sad duty of deciding which ones would go when I was down there. The Crab and Sprocket (REME bar) was good on a Friday and probably still is. Turners bar was OOB to squaddies when I was there, the RAF have a number of Sqn/Flt bars and they can be OK too.

However, if you are on one of the RA or RE exercises I guess you will not have enough time to enjoy most of this, so have a great time! The wild life - get yourself on a trip to Volunteer Point, the penguins may be nesting - and fishing - sea trout were superb, take your kit if you have it or there is kit available to rent...
 
#18
toady said:
Having been there for 7 months a couple of years ago, I'd recommend (in addition to most of the other advice) taking a decent set of wind/wet proofs, softie, good boots (preferably goretex) and a wooly hat. However, you are going there in the Summer (!) so it might be alright with the weather!

JNCOs/Ptes are now considered (or were then) sensible enough to drink spirits, but I think it's limited to the usual 4 (gin, whisky, rum etc) and only singles. What particularly used to annoy me was that you could only get single shots in the all-ranks NAAFI bar and they opened all your drinks for you, but that in the Offrs Mess they served doubles unless asked otherwise and you could get a 'carry out'. If you have enough time and know where to look there are other opportunities to purchase booze though.

Stanley, as a previous correspondent has mentioned, is special. I would imagine that (on a two week exercise) they might try to take you there. Don't expect the ususal capital city, but expect to be welcomed. Just keep your kit on whilst in public, and don't piddle in a street. The local coppers are sh1t hot on indecent exposure and the magistrates love getting squaddies on such offences.

Enjoy the experience, but not the 18 hr flight! If you are a smoker I'd suggest that you take some chewing gum or lozenges to cope with the two 7 plus hour legs of the flight - get as many fags down range as possible in Assi as you can (hence no recommendation for a nicotine plaster!). Spiced rum and coke is (or was) the drink of choice in the Officers' Mess, but you might not be able to try that if you are not in there. The number of bars has gone down - I had the sad duty of deciding which ones would go when I was down there. The Crab and Sprocket (REME bar) was good on a Friday and probably still is. Turners bar was OOB to squaddies when I was there, the RAF have a number of Sqn/Flt bars and they can be OK too.

However, if you are on one of the RA or RE exercises I guess you will not have enough time to enjoy most of this, so have a great time! The wild life - get yourself on a trip to Volunteer Point, the penguins may be nesting - and fishing - sea trout were superb, take your kit if you have it or there is kit available to rent...
The RAF Armoury Bomb Dump & Armoury bars are great.Be prepared to play bar games!!The Armoury bar is next to the Timmy hanger & the's a good bar in there too,ironically called Timmies!We had a lot of BBQ's while I was there,scrounging scran from the mess in exchange for FI plaques.We made them out of sheet drass mounted on wood.Everybody was at that!RAF,REME.MT ect...
Beer was in small tins,no on tap.
The was a bar in Stanley that we went into & it was like a bar taht you say in the old B&W movies set in Dartmoore in the year 1800!!!
If you take any pics while you're there,post them please!!
Good idea to look put MPA's photo up on Google earth.
 
#19
il be bringin my camera with a couple of 1gig mem cards and will somehow find a way 2 let u c the pics.
hopefully the reme bar will be still there, gotta meet the lads.
i take it fags r cheap down there?
 

ugly

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#20
2 weeks isnt enough to acclimatise so put up with it it will soon be over. I spent july to November 85 in kellys garden which now has gone!
Quote the best portacabin graffiti "Being here is like marking time whilst the rest of the world doubles past!" Cheers resi!
The LU map in the hospital/cold store was an eye opener!
 

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