Packing, Packing, Packed…
I know I said I wouldn’t blog again until I get to Afghan, but today, with the deployment just days away, I got round to finally packing all the kit I have been given.
And you might remember THIS picture…
When I picked up my deployment kit from stores.
Or even THIS picture…
When I was sorting it out in my spare room.
And now today I have packed it into the three bags (including daysack) that I am allowed to take out to theatre. When I signed for the kit, I thought, ‘My God! How much kit is there…how will I ever get it out to Afghan?’
But then I came to packing it. And I have space. I have packed all that kit and I have spare space!
I have packed:
Two Combat shirts
Three pairs Combat trousers
Two pairs MTP shorts
Four Under Body Armour Combat Shirts
Five Tee Shirts
1 Pair ‘bombproof’ boxers
8 Pairs Anti-microbial boxers
10 pairs of socks
1 pair Combat boots
3 Pairs sports shorts
3 Pairs sports socks
3 Sports Tops
Forest shirt and shorts (PJs!)
Troop Aid Teddy Bear.
Mosquito net to cover bed and head net.
Mine Extraction Kit
Assorted bungies and utility straps
Combat Body Armour pouches (xLOTS!)
Belt kit with various pouches
6×30 R0und Rifle Magazines, Rifle cleaning kit (x2), Rifle sling, Gloves (x2 pair)
Knee Pads, Ballistic glasses, Anti-dust goggles, ear defenders box.
Pair of trainers
“Family” Tee shirt (Don’t ask!)
Commanders pouch with Aide Memoir (x3 different sizes)
Nyrex folder (Notes and handouts for actual job!)
Kindle e-book reader
Netbook and 1TB External Hard Drive
‘Geek gear’ pouch x2 – Containing: Camera, Pebble charger, MP3 recorder, Power Monkey, Various cables & charger adapters, AM/FM/SW Portable radio.
Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Bag liner, Goretex Bivvie bag, pack pillow, Goretex ‘Basha’
Snugpak Sleeka Jacket
iPod Touch and earphones
Washkit bag – including Shave-kit, Toothbrush & paste, Ibuprofen/Voltarol gel, Various painkiller tablets, BloodPressure/Vitamins/Supplements/Malaria Tablets (to last 2 months), Lipbalm.
Camelback Hydration system (with cleaning kit)
Flight and Steel (spark lighting system)
Leatherman & Gerber multitools, Gerber knife, Compass.
2x Petzl headtorches and Silva hand torch.
MTP Floppy hat and Cap.
Alcohol Gel, Solar shower, Hand Washing Liquid, Travel washing line and para-cord.
Pens (to give out)
Thermarest (inflatable mattress)
2x Sweat rags; 2x Shemaghs
1 RAF Ensign
I am sure I have forgotten something…but my Girlfriend is on standby to send it out, and I have packed another bag with kit that I might need, or will need resupplying – tablets, medicines, shaving kit, toothpaste, etc…
And that’s it. Not a LOT of stuff for six months…but I guess it’s all I really need. Next stop will be Camp Bastion for a few days orientation in theatre and specific training, and then it’s onward to the Patrol Base somewhere out near the Green Zone, where I will be spending most of my time.
I am now officially, ready to go. I am now savouring every moment with my family, but I am ready to go…I want to get out there now, get into it, and get it done. Get the job done, test myself out there doing what looks to be an amazing job in very, very testing conditions, and finally…come home to everyone in six months.