Telic Kit & Hints

#1
Right, all being to plan, I'll be in I raq later this year. So just wondering if those in the know could come up with some useful kit, things to take like digicams etc. and just general advice for a bit of a nig.
 
#2
Well for a start, you may wish to ensure you have the right basic kit!

Desert Boots
Shemagh
Sunglasses (not ridiculous ones mind!)
A decent sleeping bag and a liner (personal preference, I like them)
Plenty of T-shirts
Plenty of socks
A decent knife (again no K-Bar or Rambo things)

Others may be able to guide you on special to arm stuff; you do not say what you are and what (roughly) you will be doing...
 
#3
Sorry, you are right, I'm TA arty. but would be performing a basic light inf. role. Lots of stagging on! Bit of convoy escort and that some patrolling.
 
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#4
Good boots with good insoles
T-Shirts
Good socks - the issued desert socks are excellent but you need more.
GPS might come in handy
Comfy undercrackers
Cotton sleeping bag liners
Patrol pack type bergan
 
#5
Right it gets bloody cold out there in the winter . You will get wet as well . The kit issue you get from the army for IRAQ is very good so you will not need to buy anything else really . A lot of it depends what job/unit you are in . If i was going out there again this year say winter , on top of the issue kit , i would take a pair of Lowa boots that is it . As for camaras etc fill your boots take them , you can get that stuff out there very cheap but the quality is a bit iffy .
 
#6
Lots of zip-lock and freezer bags for your electrical goodies and other stuff - one dust storm and everything looks like its been DKP'd...

Small battery razor

Hardback day-to-a-page A5 diary. I'm not usually a diary scribbler, but I made the effort to keep a daily log during Telic1 and now I'm glad I have it as a momento.

Cheap hobby knives with the snap-off blades. Weigh nothing and you always have a sharp blade for sewing, cutting up maps, opening ration pouches, etc.
 
#7
Cheers lads keep em coming, only specialist units are issued windproof smocks for Telic arent they, as I have a temperate DPM one and it is one of the best investments I have made in the keeping warm side of things, just kills windchill.
 

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#8
chickenpunk said:
Good boots with good insoles
T-Shirts
Good socks - the issued desert socks are excellent but you need more.
GPS might come in handy
Comfy undercrackers
Cotton sleeping bag liners
Patrol pack type bergan
Good luck!
 
#9
Body armour and lid are useful too.
 
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recce-cpl said:
As for camaras etc fill your boots take them , you can get that stuff out there very cheap but the quality is a bit iffy .
True, but even better is to get stuff exported to you tax free. I lashed out on an expensive digital camera and lens while out there and got more than £300 knocked off the best UK price I'd previously found. Result!
 
#11
infantry get the smocks so you might be lucky chest rigs/assault vests are worth taking remember gortex or you will get wet :) .lap tops can pass a lot of time .extension leads with multiple plug sockets are useful
 
#13
Invest in a solar shower if you don't get issued it, That way you will never be stuck for a shower. Even if your out in the middle on nowhere and havn't got cro-i-mex's/TCU's or when the MBLU goes down.
 
#14
Union Jack beach towel. Remember, your working near septics.

If in doubt, pull it out!
 
#15
Sad and very REMF, but a duvet and pillows can be purchased from EFi, and any fool can be uncomfortable.
I'd of given my left testicle for a laptop and radio, don't bother with dvd's they are extremely cheap,but music is somewhat harder to get hold of, or get an i-pod and load it fully.
Don't bother with knives,RAF pigs will let you take them in but not let you bring them back. Plenty of t-shirts and a decent set of sand-goggles .
If you need anything else just pm me, i've been back a few weeks and more than happy to help.
 
#16
Cheers lads, got the I-Pod already, just gotta save the pennies for a laptop, or are they available over there cheaper?Kuwait like?
 
#17
I bought some Altberg desert boots for my recent sojourn in Iraq, and they proved an excellent purchase. I also bought, on a recommendation, a neck-cooling jobbie called a Cobber - I was v. sceptical at first, but they work really well. I had no problem bringing back the two Gerber knives and 3 multitools I bought whilst there - just put them in your hold baggage.

Laptops are available in the AAFES PX in Kuwait, which has recently been enlarged. As Chickenpunk has mentioned, buying online can make sense, but I didn't find it easy - quite a few laptop suppliers wouldn't do BFPO, and the laptop I ordered from Amazon was returned as 'undeliverable' - this happened to others ordering cameras and other gucci gadgets. A pair of small speakers for the iPod will be useful, but they can be bought out there. BFBS broadcast two radio channels, so a radio is useful.

Memory cards for cameras are cheaper from places like mymemory.co.uk than over there. Rechargeable batteries with charger are a good idea. I packed my small electronics in cheapo tupperware stylee boxes - keeps out the dust and provides some protection whilst in baggage.

Take 3 times as many socks, undercrackers & t-shirts as you think you'll need, and make sure that at least some civvy kit has long sleeves - needed after dark because of the mozzies.
 
#18
ViroBono said:
Take 3 times as many socks, undercrackers & t-shirts as you think you'll need, and make sure that at least some civvy kit has long sleeves - needed after dark because of the mozzies.
This is by far the best advice that anyone will give you on here. Aside from the Malteser (singular by the time they got to theatre) and the replacement pants (boxers will kill you after a day or too sweating your arse off into them), the socks that I begged for from my friends and family were the real Red Cross parcel.

I bought Pro-Boot dessies before coming out and spent 2 months on concrete as the rest of the troops inloaded. Wasted cash. They might be good when you are on sand but the soles wore away while I watched. I think most of the issued kit is good for the time you'll be in Iraq.

Things I wish I had......a diary and resealable platic bags. Someone mentioned the sandstorm thing earlier and they weren't lying. If I could put a pic in this I could show you (anyone who knows how to do this, let me know and I'll repost). Decent flip flops for showers are good as are decent shades.

And if you get to visit the PX in Kuwait, as much Baskin Robbins Jamocha shakes with an extra scoop that money can buy.
 
#19
It gets cold at night so make sure you take your rollmat for insulation on the cots and a decent sleeping bag.

assault vests beat webbing hands down for all the vehicle stuff you'll be doing.

sunglasses-ise its probably worth investing in some of the wiley-x anti-ballistic stuff, just in case. You should be able to get these in the US PX out there.

if you're going laster int eh year you'll be issued a smock and don't forget your gortex.

and you can never have enough t-shirts either (again US PX is a great place to get them)
 

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