Amy asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 7 years ago

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?

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  • 7 years ago
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    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:

    Marriage certificate

    Divorce decrees (certified)

    Birth certificates for children under 18 (certified)

    Military orders sending you to training

    Enlistment contract

    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.
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  • 4 years ago

    Army Shaving Kit

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous
    7 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

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  • 7 years ago

    Anything not on your list will be confiscated from you. Believe me, take nothing other than what you're told to take.

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  • 7 years ago

    BCT isn't supposed to make your life easier genius.

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