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Recommended Kit for Operations

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This is a suggested kit list for those deploying on operations, it is only a guide and all items should be tailored for your individual role.

Patrol Kit

Assault vest:

  1. x2 Torches (handheld and head)
  2. Notebook and pen
  3. Gloves
  4. Emergency Rations
  5. Mess tin / metal mug
  6. First Aid Kit (plasters, alcohol wipes etc)
  7. Leatherman
  8. Watch
  9. Racing Spoon
  10. GPS (though not essential)
  11. White mine tape
  12. Desert DPM drop leg dump pouch (because of the lack of a "Brecon Pouch" with Osprey/Kestrel body armour)


  1. Basic wash kit (baby wipes, razor, toothbrush and toothpaste etc)
  2. Spare socks
  3. Softie Jacket
  4. AA Batteries
  5. Sleeping bag (lightweight)
  6. Basha



  1. x1 Set of pressed uniform (keep it spare!)
  2. x2 sets of P.T kit (one in the wash one to wear)
  3. x2 sets of chill out kit (trackies and t-shirts- it's not a fashion show!)
  4. Socks, socks and more socks (these are essential!)
  5. Several sets of underwear (underarmour heatgear boxers are expensive but awesome in the desert!)
  6. Flip-flops

Comfort Items

  1. PSP / Nintendo DS etc (+Games)
  2. Books
  3. Ipod / Portable dvd player
  4. Digital camera / camcorder (for your youtube site!)
  5. Laptop
  6. Blank re-writeable CD/DVD's
  7. High capacity flash drive
  8. A small pillow (40 x 20cm max)
  9. An American issue poncho liner (if you have room for it)


  1. Shower Gel (6 months worth, the EFI's a rip-off!)
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Shaving gel
  4. Razor blades
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Sun Cream (factor 50!)
  7. Clothing hand washing liquid (for those fast balls when your kits in the dhobi!)
  8. Johnson's foot powder (your feet will thank you!)
  9. Nappy rash cream (for after those long foot patrols when you're a little chaffed)
  10. Padlocks x3 (large, medium and small)
  11. U.S Dollars ( for the 1st week or so whilst the pay staff sort themselves out)
  12. Cheque book (if you want any money in theatre this is the only way to get it!)
  13. Spray on deodorant (not antiperspirant!)
  14. Hair clippers (rechargeable mains free are best)
  15. Solar panel battery charger (expensive but means you have a regular supply of batteries and can charge laptops!)
  16. Moisturiser (sounds girlie but is great for dry/sunburnt skin)
  17. Tent tidy (hang it up and store all your loose items safely)
  18. A couple of coat hangers

Top Tips

  1. Don't be tempted to take too much kit, Chilwell will issue you with x3 sets of uniform which is enough
  2. Don't take too many sets of civvies, you don't get that much time off and when you do you'll just want to relax anyway, trackies and t-shirts are fine
  3. You'll be given free minutes on the sat-phones each week, these are not secure so trying to tell your loved ones when you're coming home on R & R is impossible. Before you go away, agree with them a memorable date that's not a birthday (e.g. st Georges day - 23/04), then if you want to tell your family you'll be home on June 8th tell them you'll be home 46 days after the dateĀ anyone listening in won't know what date you're talking about and you've not compromised OPSEC, simple!.