The absence of entertainment in the Saudi desert has Utah soldiers watching for clues about what to pack when called to active duty. Insulated water containers were popular in August when "room temperature" for drinking water was 110 to 120 degrees. Now that the weather is cooler, sweaters and long underwear are on the list of duffle bag items. A Guard member getting ready to leave this week said he was also told to take flea collars.

Games, footballs and other recreational items have always been on the list of extras to take to the desert. One of the most recent rages has been Nintendo Gameboy game machines.