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Friday, October 28, 2005

Now Have I Got Everything?

Sat on my bunk in the hut we were staying overnight in I looked down at my bergan. If I added up all the time I had spent packing, repacking, emptying and packing it again I could probably have taken a day off.

Every spare piece of clothing waterproofed in its' own bag. Ration packs broken down and split up, unwanted items discarded. Boot cleaning kit, washing and shaving kit, sewing kit, rifle cleaning kit all packed away properly. Spare water bottle emptied out and refilled. Yup my bergan was quite full.

Herein lay the problem. I'd packed what the average infanteer carries but having passed the Signals course I was now the Platoon signaller. Somehow I now had to fit in a radio, batteries, spares and various different types of antennas.

Ah well best start unpacking that bergan again........

10 Comments:

Anonymous Pat said...

Could you tie the waterproof clothing in its own bags on to the bergan so they dangle and free up space for the equipment?

12:20 pm  
Anonymous backroads said...

Podcasting is the new radio... get an iPod Nano... get with it man.

1:03 pm  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Bugger, eh. How did you manage?

1:32 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Boot cleaning kit! It always amuses me is how shine soldiers' boots are. Even when they are roughing it.

10:41 pm  
Blogger a pair of brown eyes said...

ah, the reference to the Pogues drew me here, but i've enjoyed reading the rest. An American here, who spent 5yrs. in the west of Scotland and loved every minute of it, though Ireland holds my heart.

3:09 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Pat - nice idea but I don't think the bosses would have liked it.

Backroad - if only. We have got a new radio system now called BOWMAN. I've yet to try it but those who have think BOWMAN stands for Better Off With Map And Nokia.

Cheryl - with difficulty.

GG - actually when you are on exercise it makes sense as it keeps your boots waterproof.

A Pair of Brown Eyes - that's one of my favourite Pogues songs.

4:37 pm  
Blogger Earth Girl said...

Just replace the rifle and boot clenaing kits with a sarong, swimwear and flip flops and this could be your average backpacker!

9:02 am  
Blogger Monica said...

Why don't they give the person who carries more a bigger bag?

11:08 pm  
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