Gulf Kit List
This is my checklist of stuff to take, combined from the official lists, recommendations
from Gulf War Part 1 veterans and those who have lived in the desert before.
I've added things since our return, in the light of subsequent less mobile deployments.
see Sgt M's, to be added.
- mini tube soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, flannel, raser, shaving oil
- wet wipes
- bog roll/small packets tissues
- Shower gel, big toothpaste, proper toothbrush,
- electric raser + spare batteries (no water required, but I found mine didn't
really shave properly)
- towel (marked/distinct),
- Travel (eg tube) clothes-washing soap
- Nail clippers
- Open mesh laundry bag (marked) that you can wash socks/t shirts/other indistinguishable
(from other peoples') items in
- Sun cream (F20 to start with; F8/similar for later)
- Insect repellent
- Foot powder
- Sewing kit: safety pins, needle(s), various threads
- bog roll/small packets tissues
- Combat 95 x2: T-shirt, Norwiegan, Fleece, Quilted Jacket, Combat Jacket.
- 'Wicking' T shirts/base layers
- Socks. Lots; eg 8 pairs. Good ones. Light ones.
- Undies. Some; eg 5 pairs.
- Boots (no really?) Don't go for 'overbig' and add socks to fit!
- Beret, stable belt, spare green belt.
- Warm hat
- Civvies (for during training):
- 1pr crumpalable trousers,
- 2 shirts,
- 2 t shirts,
- 1 jacket/pullover
- Plimsolls/Flip flops (plimsolls expose less of your foot to sun/sand/biting
things) for icky showers etc
- PT kit: Running shorts, sox (same as civvi?), trainers. share t-shirts
- Sleeping bag (army, apparently it may get cold) + bivvy bag
- Cotton/silk liner
- Mat - thermorests are smaller but take valuable sleeping time to inflate
and can puncture
- Blow up pillow
- Basha (We had side tents for our vehicles, but it did rain some nights!)
If you're likely to be static, then you might like to take:
- Cloth shelves (as supplied by Ikea etc to put your shoes/shirts in) so you
can hang your stuff off the floor.
- Camping cot
- Water will be supplied in 1.5L bottles, so think about where you can carry
it comfortably. You won't want to decant it into your ordinary water bottle
ten times a day...
- Water purification tablets (iodine) for emergencies
- Racing spoon with hole in the end to tie to absent minded rocket scientist
- KFS for barracks to be posh
- Plastic plate & bowl
- (I go for the new LED torches where possible - you can get tiny ones that
run off watch batteries for hours).
- Red mini light
- White for around camp (Head torch, or some bicycle lights are compact LED
ones with good battery life)
- Washbags (boots/army/etc) have lots of little compartments for keeping things
organised, and some padding to protect them
- Zip lock bags are handy for field use - I find they tend to fall apart a
bit though, compared to washbags.
- Plastic bags (eg shopping bags) for compartmentalising clothing
- Tippex pens for marking dark stuff in white (Good for webbing, bags etc
- can see it in the dark)
- Black marker pens for marking light stuff in black.
- Writing pad, pens. Pencil is reliable.
Not being killed stuff
- Helmet. Check cover is secure; tape it on on the inside if nec. Foam
padding at the top of the head is more comfortable if you're a baldy. And
we all will be. Don't use the elastic trick for holding it on over respirators
- it just falls off when you're rushing about. Put a grenade-pull ring (or
large keyring if you don't have a grenade and somewhere to lob it to hand)
through the normal clip-ring, and clip onto that instead.
- Mine clearance kit (small prodder, bits of mine tape on small wires made
from eg an old coat hanger) in say an old cigar tube.
- First aid kit: (see Sgt M's list, to be added)
Killing people stuff
- This will be issued.
- Try and aquire a spare combi tool that can sit in an easy-access pocket
- You can make a rifle cover out of an ammunition bandolier, which I will
try to remember to put up here...
Other fighting order stuff
- Assault vest/Chest rig if you can afford it. We were continuously getting
in and out of vehicles. Bear in mind it's difficult to reach your pockets
with a vest/rig on, so make sure it's got enough room to put everything you
need into it.
- Piece of string. How long?
- Strong sticky tape, black and/or green
- Pace beads
- Light carabina on the webbing's right hand side (away from ammo pouches)
to attach helmet to
Having a better time stuff
- I'm told a head-net for keeping nasty biting insects off while you're on
stag is good.
- Tobasco sauce/sachets of chilli sauce/herbs/etc
- Try the self-tanning creams - some of them kick off the melanin that protect
you against the sun. Good for pale whiter-than-white scots.
- Music player + sociable (eg in-ear) headphones. The iPods (or similar) are
great ways of taking a huge amount of music
- Short-wave radio.
- Insulated mug
- Plastic wash bowl (?? get onsite?)
- Wet wipes
- Pack of cards
- Book(s). Take a few small ones rather than one big one - they're a bit easier
to swap about! I took a palm pilot with a lot of books on too.
- More lighters & matches. These were not being brought in while I was
- Camera. You can post film/disposable cameras home to be developed, or you
can take a digital one. I took a digital - you can see immediately how your
pictures are coming out. Without access to a PC though you have to make sure
you have enough memory chips. Make sure you don't have the compression setting
too high - you won't notice on the little camera screen, but when you blow
it up you'll get strange edges etc
Seeing things stuff
...for those who can't naturally:
- Night-vision... I bought a 'cheap' nightscope (£200) but it was a
complete waste of money - the optics are not good enough to see anything useful.
Probably alright for watching foxes in your garden, but not much else.
- Spectacles & Spare - even if you wear contacts, take a pair and
a spare emergency pair. The dust can make contacts uncomfortable
- 'reactolight' lenses or clipons for harsh sunlight.
- Securing band - something to hold your specs on if you're bouncing around.
- spare screws & screwdriver
- Contacts - if you do, get some daily disposables. No looking after,
and you don't get scratches building up on them.
- Spare screws and screwdriver for specs
- Hard cases
- Pouch (if you smoke a pipe) to keep tobacco/pipe/cleaning stuff in away
from everything else
- Alarm clock
Let me know on my feedback page of any of
your own kit tips and I'll see about adding them on!
- Zip lock bag
- Call-out notice
- ID discs and chain
- Medical warning tags, if issued
- JSP 381 (Aide-memoire on the law of armed conflict)
- All driving licences held
- F MED 965 (the small summary of your medical record - if you went to Kuwait
you should have this)
- NHS Medical Card
- FMT 600
- F IDENT 189 and F IDENT 189A (paper identity cards - will probably have
to be reissued to you by RHQ)
- Next of kin details
- UNICOM verification (will be provided to you by RHQ) *
- Current eyesight prescription (important, if you wear spectacles or contact
lenses, so that prescription lenses for your respirator can be made)
- Personal vaccination certificate (the official Army one, completed by your
- Address and telephone number of your GP
- 4 passport photos in civilian dress *
- Valid 10-year passport with at least 12 months to run, or (if you don't
have a valid passport) your birth certificate
- Details of your cheque bank account
- Credit card(s)
- Evidence of DSS benefits currently being received, if any
- Evidence of your pay (income tax forms P45 and/or P60s for both your civilian
AND TA employment, including bounty) and pay statements for the current
year (civilian and TA)
- Evidence of any of the following benefits, if you receive them from your
employer and ONLY if they will be withdrawn on mobilisation:
- company car previously used for family
- medical insurance
- any civilian form of boarding school allowance
- any employer's contribution to a subsidised mortgage
- Evidence of your pension contributions (as set out on p.3 of the mobilisation
- Evidence of all your expenditure (rent, mortgage, all bills, insurance,
loans, car tax, MOT and servicing, TV licence, etc.)
- Evidence of your current tax code (either from the Inland Revenue or your
most recent pay slip)
- AFH 1157 to scale (a printout of the kit you have been issued, which will
be provided to you by RHQ) ha ha ha ha etc