What treats would the troops want on operations?

#1
Hi, I'm a photojournalist off to Bastion mid December and am going to travel mega light. I want to use up my full baggage allowance by taking out some treats for the guys on the ground. I don't really do charity through the year so am going to buy the stuff myself.

I'm thinking along the lines of treats (not I-pods or X-box 360's - sorry!) that they miss from the UK and can't get hold of in the NAFFI or PX. Maybe I should stuff a bag full of Haribo and chocolate digestives? I've served abroad (ex crab) and although you could buy tea, biccies, sweets and stuff, it was the typical British brands I missed the most. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

Cheers
Ben :D
 
#3
You've probably got the right idea; batteries of various sizes could come in handy too, and loads of packets of cigs. Just try not to look like you're trying to buy popularity.

Re packing light; remember it's winter now, so make sure you pack some warm kit.
 
#4
I think your best bet would be to post the goodies to yourself before you leave, that way it won't affect your packing.
 
#5
I've asked the good ladies (and gents) of Rear Party (partners and families) for more suggestions for you, Ben.

Excellent effort!
 
#8
Errrr, I've never given a BJ before and don't intend to start!

I've been told that fags are cheap as chips out there and I'd be crazy to bring them along? Anyway I don't think I could afford a couple of grand on ciggies.

I'm not trying to buy popularity. Just want to do something charitable for a bloody good cause and for people who deserve a treat, especially near Christmas time. If I can help, I will.

Cheers for passing the question on Sol. I'll keep an eye on the thread.
Ben
:D
 
#10
Hi Ben!

So far, the ladies have said:

"I happen to know that the old XBox games would be useful right about now, RA just got (or are about to get) a console".

and

"Been told that soft toilet paper can be handy, the usual sweets and stuff, but savoury treats (for the love of sanity, NOT twiglets!) could be a starter for 10..."
 
#11
soleil said:
Hi Ben!

So far, the ladies have said:

"I happen to know that the old XBox games would be useful right about now, RA just got (or are about to get) a console".

and

"Been told that soft toilet paper can be handy, the usual sweets and stuff, but savoury treats (for the love of sanity, NOT twiglets!) could be a starter for 10..."
Now an x-box and some games would be most appreciated I would say! Do you think I may have to check with the MOD to see if it's something I can take out? Fluffy andrex and some sweet things are no problem at all.

Much appreciated for that suggestion :D
Ben
 
#12
hi ben

they have the console itself, and I sent a couple of games with it but some more would be great, happen to know that game and game station both do them in the 4 for £20 and 3 for £10 boxes they have.

good luck

sarah
 
#15
snapperuk said:
Hi, I'm a photojournalist off to Bastion mid December and am going to travel mega light. I want to use up my full baggage allowance by taking out some treats for the guys on the ground. I don't really do charity through the year so am going to buy the stuff myself.

I'm thinking along the lines of treats (not I-pods or X-box 360's - sorry!) that they miss from the UK and can't get hold of in the NAFFI or PX. Maybe I should stuff a bag full of Haribo and chocolate digestives? I've served abroad (ex crab) and although you could buy tea, biccies, sweets and stuff, it was the typical British brands I missed the most. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

Cheers
Ben :D
Admirable you want to do that, but why bother???

Squaddies get shit loads of stuff sent to them from lots of different sources and sadly a lot of it goes to waste.
 
#16
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Admirable you want to do that, but why bother???

Squaddies get s*** loads of stuff sent to them from lots of different sources and sadly a lot of it goes to waste.[/quote]

Like I said, I don't really do anything charitable (well I pay 2 quid a month to Surfers Against Sewage) through the year so wanted to do something.

I know what you mean about wasted stuff. I remember the first Gulf war (RAF) when youngsters like me were left back in Blighty working 12hr shifts and doing extended guard duties while my mates were out in Saudi raking in the food parcels. A lot of the parcels used to come through us and be returned as the troops had far too much. However, a lot of it was crappy smellies and the usual foodstuffs.

Anyway, I've got LOADS of Xbox games. A networked PS2 with plenty of games. Some retro sweets from a local sweet shop (kola cubes, fizzy cola bottles, white mice etc) and a load of normal sweets from Sainsbury's.

I've hit a major problem anyway. It's a bit embarassing, but my bags are really heavy and I'm worried I won't be able to manage. Body armour - 1.9st. Hand luggage (camera gear and wash kit) - 1.4st. Backpack (laptop, wire sat phone, clothes and sleeping gear) 3.4st. The goodie bag weighs another 3.2st. I know I'm going to cop some flack for being a soft civvie, but 60kilograms hasn't gone near my glass back for a long time.

I was meant to be flying today, but it's been delayed. Anyway, I'm going to have to look into getting the stuff posted out instead as I seriously just can't manage all the gear in one go.

Ben
 
#17
60 KG? Man up!

As for the delay, welcome to our world!
 
#18
Randy_McNob said:
snapperuk said:
Hi, I'm a photojournalist off to Bastion mid December and am going to travel mega light. I want to use up my full baggage allowance by taking out some treats for the guys on the ground. I don't really do charity through the year so am going to buy the stuff myself.

I'm thinking along the lines of treats (not I-pods or X-box 360's - sorry!) that they miss from the UK and can't get hold of in the NAFFI or PX. Maybe I should stuff a bag full of Haribo and chocolate digestives? I've served abroad (ex crab) and although you could buy tea, biccies, sweets and stuff, it was the typical British brands I missed the most. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

Cheers
Ben :D

Admirable you want to do that, but why bother???

Squaddies get s*** loads of stuff sent to them from lots of different sources and sadly a lot of it goes to waste.
Sorry to go off thread, but WTF would you know? You thought the L85A2 was unreliable. Clearly you talk sh1te.

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=111399/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=0.html
 

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