Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan
Media Packing Checklist
1. On arrival in Afghanistan, all media must ensure that they have the following:
Protective ballistic vest and helmet (these items are required - Any journalist arriving without this equipment will not be permitted to travel on ISAF transport, in Kabul or around the theatre of operation).
2. The following items are recommended for the duration of the embed:
Eye protection (goggles or shatter proof glasses)
Proper field gear for the weather conditions at the time of the embed
o Some mountainous locations easily vary 50°F
o Visit this sit to help with your planning: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weathe ... esintl_en/
Field pack / Back pack
o Do not bring suit cases or boxes that are not easily carried on the battlefield
o All media are expected to carry their own equipment and gear
Canteen, water bottle, or hydration system
o A must have, even in the winter months
o Purification is not required; most camps have bottled water, but the
distant camps will have a common potable water source Suitable clothing
o Bring suitable clothes for hiking and that can have layers added or removed easily. Bring enough clothing for your embed and do not expect to have the ability to buy what you need while embedded.
o Military Style Clothing/Uniforms (complete or partial) are not authorized. This is for your safety, wearing a uniform identifies you as a member of military organization, making it difficult to distinguish you as a non-combatant.
o Your boots will be needed for hiking. They should be
comfortable and durable for mountainous conditions. Wet weather gear
o Recommended that you bring both top and bottoms for wet weather gear
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Cold weather gear
o During the winter months temps will drop below freezing (Oct-April).
Flashlight (or headlamp) with red lens and extra batteries
Necessary reporting equipment
Personal medical and hygiene necessities including:
o A small first aid kit
o Insect repellent
o Lip Balm
o Shower shoes/sandals and towel
There are laundry facilities on some of the larger Forward Operating Bases (FOB) but you will not have laundry facilities available in some of the smaller FOBs.
Ear protection (ear plugs)
Power converter to allow use of 110V and 220V outlets as required.
The winter months can be extremely cold at night and moderate to extremely cold during the day. The more mountainous the colder it will probably be.
The spring starts off cool and wet and ends hot and moist.
The summer months are hot, dusty and dry during both the day and night.
The fall is cool and dry until the end when it starts to snow in the mountains and the temperatures quickly drop.
4. A reflective (runners) belt may be required on certain installations.
5. Know your blood type. It is recommended that media representatives wear medical tags stating your blood type, allergies and any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have.
It is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated for the following diseases:
o Standard Vaccines: Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Polio, Rubella, Tetanus, H1N1 influenza A
o Additional Vaccines: Typhoid fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Meningitis, Tetravalent, Influenza
6. Journalists are strongly advised to gain experience and training in operating in harsh and hostile environments and come suitably equipped and clothed for such situations.
7. All visiting journalists must ensure that they have adequate travel and equipment insurance, and must provide proof of health insurance. ISAF does not provide insurance. ISAF recommends that your policy should include coverage for, at a minimum: Acts of war; evacuation; repatriation of remains and long-term care.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
If, in the opinion of the unit commander, a media representative is unable to physically, psychologically, mentally, or emotionally withstand the conditions required to operate with the forward deployed forces, the commander or his/her representative may limit the media member’s participation to ensure both the reporter’s and the unit’s safety. Disputes should be raised through PAO channels. The PAO community will work as the honest broker but the ultimate decision to accommodate media is held by the commander.