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Its fun to joke about but staying hydrated literally could be a life or death situation even in airsoft imagine if you passed out from dehydration in the field. your already camo'd up meaning searching for a downed man is that much harder

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We hit this topic every year but the importance and seriousness of it demands it be brought up every time. Yes, it is important to hydrate during the OP, but you should be prepping your body to process and utilize that much H2O at least a month out. Start your first week by drinking at least 2 quarts per day. After you get used to that, drink 3. By 2 weeks out from the OP you should be drinking at least a whole gallon of water per day.

 

Another good tip is electrolytes. Yes, Brawndo's got it, and plants crave it.....sorry.... Electrolytes. You see commercials where gatorade preaches the need for them. You do, but drinking strictly Gatorade will actually help DEhydrate you. I actually stay away from Gatorade or similar sports drinks until I gear down for the day. I may throw in a Gatorade Propel flavor pack or two into my bladder throughout the day, but that's it. The day before the OP, drink Pedialyte. Yeah, it's for babies with diarrhea, but it also contains an excellent source of electrolytes for you to store up on BEFORE game day.

 

Sodas.....BAD dog! NO!

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DOC's rules for OPS.

2 waters for every Gatorade/PowerAde.  

Stay away from 'energy' drinks and sodas.

NO BOOZE before or during event.

Caffiene is discouraged as is Nicotine.

Chewing gum and hard candy is OK,

Granola bars/meal bars are good.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.

Be Careful, Be Safe, Have Fun. 

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DOC's rules for OPS.

2 waters for every Gatorade/PowerAde.  

Stay away from 'energy' drinks and sodas.

NO BOOZE before or during event.

Caffiene is discouraged as is Nicotine.

Chewing gum and hard candy is OK,

Granola bars/meal bars are good.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.

Be Careful, Be Safe, Have Fun. 

 

Well that just totally takes all the fun out of the entire game :)

No booze, no nicotine, no caffeine, no energy drinks...

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I go to the games to have fun, do mil-sim, get trigger time, and not to spend all day reviving those that don't take precautions or good advise.

It's more fun if nobody gets heat injuries and we all get a chance to shoot JP in the butt. ;)

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Someone brought up something that jogged a memory with me from the last BH.

 

COMMS: If you have a talkabout or other small type of radio get ready for disappointment because odds are you will rarely be able to hear or talk to anyone outside of visual distances. The terrain kicks the butts of pretty much any non high wattage radio. We were supposed to have repeaters and other comms gear last year but it never really materialized. Good comms is key to winning however go ahead and expect for your comms to not work or for everyone to be on the wrong channel. Comms last year on the UFS side were crazy, it got so bad that Top simply gave up and just went around yelling orders out to everyone.

 

This would be a good thing to bring up to AMS staff. Instead of every single squad getting their own channel then every little group of 3 or 4 guys making up their own why not limit the official comms to platoon and above so that we keep the channels a little more cleaned up than they were last year. With so many people using comms it can get confusing.

 

Also please tell me that there will be no more instances of groups or individuals using comms to spy on units and send false orders because that really killed the fun last year.

 

We had no issues with our Talkabouts last year.

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Not sure if I posted this in this thread yet or not.

 

I suggest drinking pedialite and/or using electrolyte tablets during and after the game, really helps. I also like freezing my bladder the night before so it's cool on my back for a while while I'm playing.

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As a nurse, you should dilute your Gatorade-Pedialyte-PowerAde by 1/2 with water and drink water twice as often as the sports drinks. Dasani also had a sports drink - flavor enhancer out now.

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I can definitely attest to the "no-booze before the game" logic. Last year was a testament to that. Decided to kill a 12 pack before the op...by mid day saturday I was laying in my tent wondering if this was the end.

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We arent trekking the Sahara. Some caffeine during play or adult refreshments the night before isnt a big deal if your responsible. As with anything, moderation is key. Make sure to hydrate a week out and be regular about it during play and you will be fine.

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That's the dumbest thing I've read on here. You either have never lived or worked hard in the summer in Oklahoma. Plus the kit your wearing and the uniform. Running around you don't need anything but lots of water and a little Gatorade. Anything else the day before will effect you in a negitive way.

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That's the dumbest thing I've read on here. You either have never lived or worked hard in the summer in Oklahoma. Plus the kit your wearing and the uniform. Running around you don't need anything but lots of water and a little Gatorade. Anything else the day before will effect you in a negitive way.

Im 5 minutes from the Missouri river and 30 from the Mississippi here in St. Louis, I know about midwest summers. You have some SERIOUS conditioning to do if an energy drink the morning of the op is going to shut you down. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!

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Guys, you can take my advice or not, it's up to you. I've been through some rough environments in the past 58 years.

I was a 91B20 combat medic and a 19D20 cavalry scout. Professionally, I'm a nurse. The advice I give will help you handle the heat and stress in the best manner. Selfishly, I want to spend more time playing than nursing the lunkheads that didn't listen to me.

 

 

BTW, my morning cup of joe will be decaf. ;)

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Im with you doc I may still sneak a cigarette or two into the weekend but caffeine is out I plan on laying some smack down on some UFS and I cant do that while I'm passed out somewhere from dehydration or carrying some one off the field because they made poor choices

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No one is advocating making poor decisions. My first comment clearly included the words "responsible" and "moderation".

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Been reading all I can for BH3 info as it is my first time. Thanks guys for all the info, definitely looking into all the suggestions. A bit off topic, but Doc, I'm currently an Emergency Medical Dispatcher with CPR/AED and basic knowledge of pre arrivals. Should I notify someone there so if needed I could be utilized?

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