What extra items should i take to Afghanistan. First tour!!

#1
I was just wondering what kit i should take with me to Afghan. I am in 9 Sqn of 23 Engineer regiment air assault been there for about 3 months now. I am an Electrical and Mechanical draughtsman by trade and i dont htink ill be doing much of that out there at all.

Also what sunglasses do i get. I got issued with the plce load carrying assualt vest, where you have to attatch all the pouches yourself, a pair of mendiels and magnums, a camelback and various other bits of good kit. Some ess goggles or something, not sure what they are.

I thought of an electric shaver, a portable dvd player stuff along those lines, i really do not know what to expect, i keep thinking they'll be no electricity or a thing where you only allowed to use a certain amount of electric. Not too sure what accomodation is like.

I'm going into the unknown.

Please Help Me !!!
 
#2
mate, if you use the search function, there are at least 100 threads from other people asking the same thing...but for starters


baby wipes
laptop/dvd player
books
plenty washing/shaving kit as EFI is expensive

edited to add..if you are reme chances are you will be in Bastion (like me) and will have all the comforts of home
 
#7
I've been out of the loop for a long time, so some folk may think I'm talking out of turn, but, in all the reports I've read or seen, there's no mention of 'wetting down' water carriers, such as camelbacks or reserve jerricans.

The idea being that an absorbant sleeve, such as canvas or hessian stitched or velcro-ed over the container and kept wet/damp, will cool the water inside by evaporation.

If you're in a static location ma\ke a bucket out of smoke-discharger covers or similar, wet it and roll it in the dirt, fill with water and put any tins of drink inside:- ice cold drinks!

The only caveat being that you need to expend some water to reap the benefit but the effect of having really cool water when you're utterly baking cannot be underestimated

It works; I know because I used it in Libya, many years ago, and the water kept icy cold.

You might care to give it a try.
 
#8
OldAdam said:
I've been out of the loop for a long time, so some folk may think I'm talking out of turn, but, in all the reports I've read or seen, there's no mention of 'wetting down' water carriers, such as camelbacks or reserve jerricans.

The idea being that an absorbant sleeve, such as canvas or hessian stitched or velcro-ed over the container and kept wet/damp, will cool the water inside by evaporation.

The only caveat being that you need to expend some water to reap the benefit but the effect of having really cool water when you're utterly baking cannot be underestimated

It works; I know because I used it in Libya, many years ago, and the water kept icy cold.

You might care to give it a try.
Are you taliking about hanging a wet sock on a washing line with a bottle of water in it????
 
#9
Tseng said:
Just tried to search and can't find anything. lol
LMAO REME lol wat an insult im a Royal Engineer Para lol.
Your taking the p1ss aren't yer?! Your 9 Sqn and you don't know what to take on an Op Tour. Not the old 9 Sqn i know.
 
#10
The13thDukeOfWybourne said:
Tseng said:
Just tried to search and can't find anything. lol
LMAO REME lol wat an insult im a Royal Engineer Para lol.
Your taking the p1ss aren't yer?! Your 9 Sqn and you don't know what to take on an Op Tour. Not the old 9 Sqn i know.
Everybody has a First Tour!
 
#11
Obviously taking the mick big time! A Trained soldier and you don't know what to take on ops??? U is avin a larf!

Remember the army clothes and the gun is a must in Afghan!
 
#12
Bad_Crow said:
OldAdam said:
I've been out of the loop for a long time, so some folk may think I'm talking out of turn, but, in all the reports I've read or seen, there's no mention of 'wetting down' water carriers, such as camelbacks or reserve jerricans.

The idea being that an absorbant sleeve, such as canvas or hessian stitched or velcro-ed over the container and kept wet/damp, will cool the water inside by evaporation.

The only caveat being that you need to expend some water to reap the benefit but the effect of having really cool water when you're utterly baking cannot be underestimated

It works; I know because I used it in Libya, many years ago, and the water kept icy cold.

You might care to give it a try.
Are you taliking about hanging a wet sock on a washing line with a bottle of water in it????
Aye, same difference! :wink:
 
#16
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
moving-target-survivor said:
Bad_Crow said:
Everybody has a First Tour!
Damn right. I took some real shoite with me to Boz
I took Civvies with me on Telic 1!!! :roll:
Thats because no-one had any dessies :wink:
I believe you have just made a good point. I was wearing a pair of Beige cargo's for a couple of days until the badge man busted me. I think I looked too ally for him! Back to Greens and Black Leather boots (My comfortable drill boots at that).
 
#17
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
moving-target-survivor said:
Bad_Crow said:
Everybody has a First Tour!
Damn right. I took some real shoite with me to Boz
I took Civvies with me on Telic 1!!! :roll:
Thats because no-one had any dessies :wink:
I believe you have just made a good point. I was wearing a pair of Beige cargo's for a couple of days until the badge man busted me. I think I looked too ally for him! Back to Greens and Black Leather boots (My comfortable drill boots at that).
1 Div got given 1 set of dessies to wear ON THE WAY HOME so they looked good getting off of the plane FFS!
 
#18
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
heidtheba said:
Bad_Crow said:
moving-target-survivor said:
Bad_Crow said:
Everybody has a First Tour!
Damn right. I took some real shoite with me to Boz
I took Civvies with me on Telic 1!!! :roll:
Thats because no-one had any dessies :wink:
I believe you have just made a good point. I was wearing a pair of Beige cargo's for a couple of days until the badge man busted me. I think I looked too ally for him! Back to Greens and Black Leather boots (My comfortable drill boots at that).
1 Div got given 1 set of dessies to wear ON THE WAY HOME so they looked good getting off of the plane FFS!
This I can Confirm! I was suitably camouflaged and dressed for war in Iraq...

The day I left!
 

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