Luggage and bags:
a normal suitcase
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter the weather tends to be cold. The temperature may often drop to zero centigrade. You have to have warm clothes then.
To prevent insect/mosquito bites, bring lightweight long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat to wear outside, whenever possible.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Take enough everyday prescription medicines from home to last during your trip.
Mediciens for diarrhea.
- Don't forget iodine tablets and portable water filters to purify water.
- Sunblock and UV sunglasses are necessary too.
- Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer are a must here.
- I had no flying-insect spray to help clear rooms of mosquitoes, but it would be good to have one.
Photo Equipment: AC 220V
Miscellaneous: in most hotels and restaurants a 10 per cent charge is added to the bill.
Iraq's climate varies in accordance with the four seasons.
In December, January and February, it tends to be cold. Temperatures may sometimes drop to below zero centigrade. Then it is cold indeed, especially in the dry area where I used to work for a year. Warm woolen clothes are then necessary. Overcoats or raincoats may in some days be advisable, especially in the river valleys.
In March, April and May the climate is temperate. Light woolen or cotton clothes are worn. A raincoat may sometimes be necessary.
In June, July, August, light cotton clothes are generally worn. The temperature may rise to more than 50 degrees centigrade.
In September, October and November, clothes are worn like those in spring.
Luggage and bags:
Comfortable is recommended.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tan or Khaki-colored shoes are ideal because the dust and sand will turn dark-colored shoes the same color anyways.
It is relatively hot here, and relatively humid. Loose clothing and hats are a necessity.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Supplies of prescription medicines or unuusual toiletries hould be brought with you. the standard supplies, like shampoo and toothpaste, are readily available.
Photo Equipment: B&W Film.
If you are in the military you will not find many available photo shops, but will have to send your film back home.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Yes - depends on the nature of your job.... Generally-speaking, specialized sporting or camping equipment are not available here.
For a combination of firepower and weight, nothing beats the M249. It lays down tremendous amounts of lead in a very rapid cyclic rate. It is one man potable and does not require a two man crew to fire. It weighs about the same as the old M-1 Garand Rifle and uses the same ammo as the M-16. It can fire from a belt or from an M-16 clip.
For sheer volumne of fire while running this is the weapon of choice!
Helmet and flak vest are recommended for most spots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I go NOWHERE without my Deep Woods Off (mosquito repellant) between February and November.