Equipment Checklist

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For All
1. Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) x 1
2. Waterbottle (empty)
3. Rucksack
4. Cable padlocks x 2 (combination type)
5. Sturdy (ankle-supported) walking shoes (+ spare laces)
6. Crush-proof jacket and tie / dress
7. Cold-, or Warm-weather clothing appropriate to the prevailing climate x 2
8. Emergency rain poncho with hood (in compressed bag)
9. Sleeping Bag (compressible; specified to -0°C)
10. Silk sleeping-bag liner (quite adequate for hot climates and better than cotton)
11. Pillow-case (cotton)
12. Compressed foam mattress
13. Rubber door-wedge (for security when sleeping)
14. Sunglasses (and retaining strap) x 2
15. Head-torch (and spare batteries)
16. Safari vest
17. Money belt
18. Disposable Dust Masks x 3
19. Toilet articles (shaving foam can be substituted by soap or oil)
20. Dental Floss (useful for hanging mosquito nets and sewing on buttons as well as flossing)
21. Universal rubber bath-plug
22. Soap bar (& sealable dish or plastic bag)
23. Baby-wipes (re-sealable packet of 50)
24. Roll of Toilet paper in waterproof bag
25. Large box (50) of tampons in waterproof bag
26. Roll of clingfilm or ‘saran-wrap’ (this is useful for wrapping laptop key-boards and mobile phones in humid or dusty conditions)
27. Ear plugs & eye-shades
28. Multi-tool (with corkscrew and pliers) – [NOT a pen-knife or Swiss Army knife as these are too weak and the blades too short for serious field use. They don’t lock either.]
29. Sewing kit
30. Washing powder (500 g)
31. Sun-screen (factor 40 or above)
32. Lip screen (total block)
33. Ball of string (man-made fibre)
34. Plastic bin liners x 2
35. Waterproof matches
36. Candles (high density) x 4
37. Roll of ‘Duck’ tape and/or electrical tape
38. Universal electrical adaptors x 2
39. Water purification tablets/drops
40. Insect repellent (minimum 50% DEET)
41. Rimmed hat (not baseball cap)
42. Alarm Clock (if not available on your mobile phone or watch)
43. Compass
44. Wristwatch (inexpensive yet reliable with non-plastic strap)
45. Dog tags (or certificate of blood-group)
46. Clipboard (with rain cover), paper, coloured pens
47. Set of water-soluble white-board markers (4 colours)
48. Personal File with detachable plastic sleeves (A4)
49. Flash Memory (minimum 2Gb)
50. Whistle
 
Specialist Items
51. Single mosquito net and elastic bungee cords x 2
52. Survival bag
53. Single-person tent
 
Optional Items
54. Digital Camera
55. GPS
56. Pocket Binoculars
57. Portable rape / attack alarm with smoke detector
58. Laptop (with power surge protector)
59. Laser-pointer
60. Mobile phone (tri-band) plus international roaming SIM card enabled
61. Thuraya Satellite phone
62. External Hard-drive (80 Gb or more)
63. Pocket Calculator
64. Short-Wave Radio (consider wind-up if facing deployment of more than 6 months)
 
Paperwork
65. Credit Card
66. Passport (both if you have 2)
67. Photocopies of passport + visa (+ residence permit) x 3
68. Passport photographs x 8
69. Travel Tickets
70. Vaccination Card
71. Yellow Fever certificate (if separate from the vaccination card)
72. Driving Licence
73. Insurance Contract + emergency number
74. List of important telephone numbers
75. Certificate of ‘Advanced Security in the Field’ x 3 (if with the UN)
 
 
… Go-kit
  • Small Day-Pack
  • Drinking Water (4 Litres)
  • Puritabs
  • Emergency food bars (3 x 3,000 Kcal)
  • VHF hand-held radio (+ fully charged spare battery and car-charger)
  • Thuraya Satellite phone (incorporates GPS)
  • Compass
  • Regional Map
  • Poncho
  • Space blanket
  • Photocopies of passport
  
… personal medical kit
 Medical kits can only be of use if they contain the correct supplies, if the drugs are not time-expired, and if the sterile items are still sterile. Knowing how to use the kit helps, of course, so attend a first-aid training session if you can.
 
Medication
  • Painkiller: Paracetamol 500mg tabs x 16
  • Anti-diarrhoeal: Immodium / Charcoal Tablets x 20
  • Oral Rehydration Salts: sachets x 6 (fruit flavoured)
  • Antibiotic: Erythromycine 500mg x 20
  • Antibiotic: Amoxycillin 500mg x 20
  • Antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin 500mg x 20
  • Anti-Malarial: Malarone 500mg x 20
  • Anti-histamine auto-inject (with vacuum sting remover)
 
Sterile Equipment
  • Infusion Set x 1
  • Catheters 18G 1¼” x 2
  • Syringes 0.2 ml x 2
  • Syringes 0.5 ml x 2
  • Needles 23G 0.6 – 25 x 2
  • Needles 22G 0.7 – 25 x 2
  • Antiseptic Cleaning Wipes x 10
  • Length of wide, self-adhesive cloth plaster
  • Spray-on ‘plastic’ skin
  • First Field Dressing
  • Large Bandages x 2
  • Suture set
 
Pharmacy
  • Roll-on insect repellent (with 50% minimum DEET)
  • Condoms x 12
  • Puritabs (or similar) for water treatment
  • Antiseptic: Iodine / Sulfonamide powder / Dettol
  • Dermatological cream / foot powder
  • Eye ointment
  • Tweezers
  • Surgical Scissors
  • Safety Pin(s) x 6
  • Snake-bite vacuum pump
  • Surgical Gloves x 2
  • Butterfly stitches
  • IRM dental cement kit
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Blood Clotting Agent
  • PEP-kit 
 
… vehicle specification (4x4)
  • Full length metal roof-rack (plus ladder)
  • Cross-country tyres fitted (snow or sand tyres; 12-Ply or more)
  • Winch (3 tonne breaking strain) mounted on front bull-bar
  • Front and rear towing hooks
  • Reinforced Suspension
  • Long-range Fuel Tank
  • Power-assisted steering
  • Air Conditioning Unit and Heater
  • Snorkel air intake
  • Sand strips x 2 (for desert use)
  • Extra headlights x 2 (plus wire mesh guards for all lights)
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Hi-lift jack (in addition to hydraulic jack fitted as standard)
  • Wheel brace
  • Lockable wheel nuts (one per wheel)
  • Tow Rope
  • Snatch rope
  • Trauma kit (suitcase-sized; sealed as it contains prescribed drugs; should only be opened in event of emergency; renewed every two years)
  • Two spare wheels (inflated and locked on roof)
  • 4 x metal Jerry-Cans of fuel (chained and locked to roof-rack)
  • 4 x metal Jerry-Cans of water (---“ ---)
  • Metal trunk (lockable; water/dust-proof) welded to rear of roof-rack
  • Snow chains x 4 (i.e one per wheel)
  • Anti-Blast Blanket (no good if it gets wet; can use half-filled sand-bags instead to line foot-wells)
  • HF (Codan) and VHF radio fit
  • GPS fit
  • Windscreen aerial for Thuraya
  • Halon fire-extinguishers x 2
  • Set of spare parts (bulbs, fuzes, injectors/spark plugs, fuel-filter, and belts)
  • Tool Kit (Adjustable spanner, socket set, screwdriver set, Pliers, Hacksaw and spare blades, File, Hose Clips, Electrical wire and connectors, roll of insulating tape)
  • Large can of tyre-weld (this will temporarily fix a puncture)
  • Foot pump
  • Shovel
  • Fuelling hose with hand-pump
  • Plastic Sheet & Rope
  • Remote lamp (can be plugged into cigar-lighter)
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Battery ‘Jump’ Leads (high tension)
  • Identifying markings and flag
  • Blankets x 2
  • 10-man ration pack (compo)
  • Vehicle documents including:
    • Ownership documents
    • Authorisation documents
    • Insurance certificate
    • Vehicle logbook (for recording journeys made): to include columns for date, start location, time of departure, kilometre reading at departure, destination, time of arrival, kilometre reading at destination, purpose of trip, name of driver, signature
    • Vehicle manual
  
… Contents of ‘Office-in-a-Box’
  • 1 x Corporate Identity manual (CD Rom) + Templates (Business Cards, Letters, File spines etc.)
  • 2 x Flip Charts (+ 4 x paper pads)
  • 4 x Four Colour Flip Chart pens
  • 4 x White Boards (5x4 ft) + colour water pens
  • 2 x Cork Boards (5x4 ft)
  • 200 x Blank Business Cards with Agency Name (and logo)
  • 1 x Multi-media Projector (+ remote)
  • 1 x Projection Screen (wall mountable)
  • 1 x Laptop + charger (pre-installed with MicroSoft Office, Photoworks, and Publisher)
  • 4 x 4Mb flash-drives
  • 1 x Colour laser-jet printer (6 x black ink spare + 3 x sets of spare colour ink cartridges)
  • 1 x Portable Scanner / Printer / Photocopier (+ 3 x spare ink cartridges)
  • 1 x Amplification package (amplifier, speaker, 3 x Desk & 3 x Radio microphones + spare batteries)
  • 6 x reams of A4 paper
  • 4 x packets of map pins
  • 1 x Dymo label machine (2 x spare rolls)
  • 1 x 1m ruler
  • 2 x In-tray sets
  • 1 x cash-box
  • 1 x Accounts book
  • 2 x Books of Receipt Vouchers
  • 6 x A2 Stickers / 6 x A3 Stickers / 20 x A5 Stickers
  • 4 x Flags (2 for vehicles)
  • 2 x Foldable filing cabinets
  • 1 x Lockable filing cabinet
  • 1 x Kettle
  • 1 x Large tin instant coffee / tea / sugar
  • 1 x Laserpointer
  • 2 x Wall Clocks
  • 10 x Lever Arch Files
  • 10 x File separators
  • 1 x Desktop Calculator
  • 6 x Large rolls of masking tape
  • 4 x Large rolls of Sellotape (+ 1 x Dispenser)
  • 20 x Blank formatted CD’s (+ labels)
  • 40 x CD’s of reference book(s) relevant to your sector of operations
 
Tent Supplement [N.B these items in addition to the above]
  • 1 x 6x4m Tent
  • 3 x 3-man Alpine Tents
  • 1 x Portaloo (plus disinfectant and paper sufficient for 12 man weeks)
  • 2 x Spade
  • 1 x Pick-axe
  • 1 x portable shower
  • 1 x 4 kVa generator and spares pack
  • 1 x Toolkit
  • 1 x Portable Air-Conditioning Unit
 
Information Management
  • 1 x Laptop (widescreen) (pre-installed with MicroSoft Office Suite, ArcGIS)
  • 1 x Colour Laser Printer capable of A3 printing (6 x black ink spare + 3 x sets of spare colour ink cartridges)
  • 3 x reams of A3 paper
 
Communications
  • 6 x VHF Hand-Held Radios (plus chargers, spare batteries, and programming software)
  • 1 x Conference Call telephones (plus 2 x remote mute switches)
  • 4 x Quadri-band Mobile phones(with international SIM cards and international dialling enabled, plus unlimited credit)
  • 1 x R-Bgan (or equivalent)
  • 2 x extension cables and multi-sockets (fused)
  • 2 x power-surge capacitators (CPUs)
  • 2 x Thuraya (with international SIM cards and international dialling enabled, plus unlimited credit)
  • 1 x Wireless LAN Router