Originally Posted by Man Of Lint
Get him some decent body armor. Military ordanance is crap and severely out-dated. Tell him to resist any military issue vaccines as they contain mercury, and a lot of other poisons. Please don't believe what I say. Google is your friend. Also Google (and Google images - safe search OFF) 'Depleted Uranium' ...and don't be eating when you look.
No offense to Man of Lint, but I wouldn't take this advice. He'll be issued body armor and likely would not be authorized to wear "3rd party" armor.
You aren't allowed to refuse vaccines. It's part of the deployment process. It's essential in violation of an order if he refuses vaccines.
That being said, I'd echo what some people already said. He'll be working long days, but at the same time have almost nothing to do in his down time. Electronics, books anything to keep his mind off his deployment will help.
I'm not a video game person, but when I was in iraq, I played the hell out of my PSP that my cousin sent me. When I came back I gave my replacement my PSP and all the video games I had, but It was that useful.
They will have a PX and "3d country national" stores there to buy movies, but DVDs were always appreciated.
While he could probably buy snacks and what not at the stores there, perhaps send him snacks he can't buy - anything he might like that's only available locally - non-perishable of course.
Actually if he doesn't have a good camera, I'm sure he'd appreciate one as well.