Being a grunt was pretty much synonymous with being uncomfortable in my day. Especially as a light infantryman. In mech infantry, you at least could carry some pogey bait on the vehicle, and maybe a few other comfort items. But as a lightfighter, everything you have, you carry. The incredible burden on your back means you pare as much weight as possible. Warm clothes? We had a saying- fight light, freeze at night.
Of course, my poncho liner went everywhere with me. And on the trip to Korea for Team Spirit ‘87, I was smart enough to “requisition” one of the tiny pillows off the airliner. Other than that, just about the only comfort item I carried was a roll of my own toilet paper.
What did YOU carry that made life in the field a little more bearable?