Whats the best things i can pack for Army basic training?
I leave for basic training in a couple months and i have been reserching things to bring that are not on the packing list. i.e moleskins, q-tips. any other tips or things that might make my life a little bit easier?
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
Toiletry kit (a small case that includes a hairbrush/comb,
deodorant, soap, shaving kit, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush,
toothpaste and dental floss, )
Sturdy, "broken in" running shoes (no basketball or cross
trainers, must be for jogging/running)
Two casual civilian outfits (you will not be allowed to wear
civilian clothes while in basic training Don't bring anything
Cotton white underwear (males get brown underwear issued,
while females are given the chance to buy white cotton underwear
at the reception station)
Athletic supporters (males)/sports bras (females)- white only
Female hygiene kit (females)
Five pairs of white, calf length socks (no stripes or other
Towel and washcloth (No bright colors)
ATM Card (occasionally you will be allowed to purchase items or
services, so quick access to your money is essential)
Sturdy watch (preferably waterproof, with alarm and nightlight)
Pens/Pencil/Writing paper/Envelopes/Stamps/Small Notebook
(You will need to take notes in class and you'll want to write home)
Lock with Two Keys (Medium size. Drill sergeants keep one key
in case you lose yours)
Shower Shoes (Inexpensive flip-flops for walking around the
barracks and in the shower)
Small Ziploc Bags (to keep your notebook and papers dry)
Portfolio or Large Envelope containing the following:
Divorce decrees (certified)
Birth certificates for children under 18 (certified)
Military orders sending you to training
Form SF 1199A & your bank account information
What not to bring.
Large amounts of cash ($50-$75 is all you need. The only place to
secure money will be in your wall locker.)
Expensive jewelry (Do not wear more than your wedding band. Gold
chains get lost. Remember, you'll have dogtags around your neck.
Religious medallions are okay as long as they're sturdy and can be
hidden under your t-shirt)
Radios, CD Players, Walkmans, Boomboxes etc. (They'll get locked
away along with your personal bag and civilian clothes. Even
though these items are locked away, there's always a chance your
stuff might turn up missing)
Reading Material (You will not be allowed to read anything but
religious material. It's okay to bring magazines and books for your
trip to basic training, but just be ready to pack these away in your
civilian bag. Don't even attempt to bring pornographic or obscene
Perfume/Cologne/Afthershave (Drill Sergeants will not allow you to
wear these. Save yourselves the hassle.)
Alcohol, all tobacco products and chewing gum (They will all be
confiscated. You can't smoke, drink or chew here. Some
companies allow trainees to chew gum later in the cycle as a
privilege. Most don't)
Prescription medications not prescribed by a military physician
Braces/Wraps for legs, knees or feet or asthma inhalors (A drill
sergeant will send you to the troop medical clinic to be examined by
a military physician to determine what you need. Nothing you
received or were prescribed by a civilian doctor will be accepted for
your use here)
Robes/Negligees/Pajamas (You will sleep in your physical fitness
uniform, which consists of a gray t-shirt and black shorts. In cooler
weather, you may wear the sweatshirt and pants)
Your family (You will see them at graduation)
Your privately owned vehicle (Trainees are not authorized to drive
personal vehicles while in basic training)
Weapons (This includes small pocket knives)
Make-up/Nail Polish (You will not be allowed to wear make-up
during the daily training. Some companies allow female trainees to
wear modest make-up at graduation)Source(s): Me, myself & i.
- 7 years ago
For Basic Training, you won't be needing a lot of things because they will issue most of the stuff you need during reception week. You also will visit the PX to buy things that you will need like shoes, locks, and hygiene stuff. They will give you a list of things to buy during reception week.
For Basic, just bring:
-Civilian clothes that can last for two to three days
-Hygiene stuff, including a shaving kit. DO NOT bring an electronic shaver
-Sandals for the shower (even though you will often buy it at the PX)
-Your paperwork from MEPs
-ID, Social Security Card, Debit Card/Money (You may need it in case you run out of money on the card that they give you.)
-Cell phone if you want
They will issue you a card with money on it when you get there. That card is to pay for the Barber shop mainly. You will also buy a phone card to send phone calls to your family and friends.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Pack Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
They will give you a packing list.
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- 7 years ago
not sure if the army is anything like the marine corps during their receiving but all you need is the clothes on your back to get there. everything else will be provided
- Yak RiderLv 77 years ago
Anything not on your list will be confiscated from you. Believe me, take nothing other than what you're told to take.
- AbaddonLv 77 years ago
BCT isn't supposed to make your life easier genius.