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Fleece? This Is New...

My husband's been to Iraq twice, so this will be his first trip to Afghanistan. I realized something when he was packing over the weekend, something that hadn't yet crossed my mind: Afghanistan has seasons.

It was strange to see my husband packing a duffel of cold-weather gear to be shipped ahead of time. Cold-weather gear for deployment? This is new! But this is a place where, apparently, summer temperatures can reach 115°, while winter temperaturesin high altitudes can fall to -15°. And we still don't know exactly where he's going, so he better be prepared for anything.

Sadly, packing cold-weather gear essentially more than doubles the amount of stuff you have to hump...

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