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How to Pack for Basic Training | Boot Camp

How to Pack for Basic Training | Boot Camp


“A lot of recruits ask me what to pack for
basic training, so let’s make that packing checklist right now. First, you’re going to want a plane and a
bus ticket. You’re going to want several copies of your
orders. You’re also going to want form 1199, which
is your direct deposit form. You’re also going to want meal tickets and
MEPS, which is your military entrance processing station; all those documents. You’re going to want a copy of your birth
certificate – not the original. You’re also going to want 6 pair of underwear,
white only, no crazy colors. You’re going to want comfortable running shoes. Two locks, make sure they’re combination – no
padlocks, you’re not going to want to carry keys around with you. Eyeglass band, but only if you wear eyeglasses
of course. You’re also going to want to pack 6 pair of
calf-length white socks. A black marker, Sharpie medium point works
best. Toiletries and a small black bag to hold all
your toiletries in. Toothbrush with a case. Shaving cream. Disposable razors – not your electric razors,
you can’t use electric razors at basic training. Two washcloths and a towel. Don’t forget that deodorant, please don’t
forget that deodorant. Shower shoes, all black again, no colors and
no logos on those shower shoes. Shampoo and conditioner – one bottle to save
space. Soap with case, please don’t forget that soap. For women, you’re going to want your undergarments;
cotton panties and bras. And don’t forget, one full slip in case you’re
ever in a military suit, which you will be. Flesh-tone nylon pantyhose. And quarter inch or less in diameter earrings
– they can be gold, silver, pearl, or spherical diamond; which can also be worn with what
they call your Class A military suit. Let’s go over some miscellaneous items as
well. You’re going to want a long-distance calling
card to call home, because you won’t have access to a cell phone most likely. Small box of laundry detergent in a zip lock
bag. Stamps, which will be your best friend at
basic training, they’re like currency. Insect repellent. Cough drops. Small notebook to take notes of course – when
your drill sergeant yells at you, you want to write that down so you don’t make the same
mistake again. And that’s pretty much your entire list. I wouldn’t recommend bringing anything else
because it’s probably going to get confiscated for contraband.


Reader Comments

  1. Don't listen to this video. Pack only what is on the list your recruiter gives you, nothing more, nothing less. Other things will be thrown away. Anything else you need will be issued to you or you will buy at basic training. These days you CAN bring your cell phone, they will take it from you but on the rare occasion you get to call home they will pass out your cell phones, and this is easier than a calling card. 

  2. There is a lot less stuff on the list of what to bring to fort Jackson. My sergeant told me the less amount of stuff you have, the better.

  3. Yeah, don't buy any of that. All you'll need is one or two days worth of clothes (for your hotel stays before your travels to basic training) and your toiletries. You'll probably have to carry around whatever you pack, so pack lightly. You WILL need all of the above things at basic, but they'll send you to a PX with a pre-paid government credit card with about $300 to buy all of that stuff. They send you all to the same place so you all have the same shit. Don't arrive at basic with anything you don't need. You'll end up regretting it.

  4. this is b.s , do not take anything to boot camp….all you need is your personal documents(birth certificate,etc.) unless you want to get your bag and stuff dumped all over.

  5. Just kind of an FYI if you're planning on joining the Navy, the Navy will provide everything down to the undergarments! Bring as little as you can because everything except for important documents, files and photos, will be sent back home!! 

  6. Wait, do we need to have pierced ears for women? Mine got infected a while back when I was around 8, and I have cleft ears(My lobes aren't connected to my jaw line like everyone else) and I need Plastic before I redo it. Just wondering…

  7. AT FORT BENNING< THEY WILL MAKE YOU BUY YOUR OWN RUNNING SHOES!!!! so you dont have to bring your own 🙂

    Army Infantry since 2013 lolol #e4mafia

  8. hi im going to boot camp next year just wondering can i bring my xbox and like also do they have wifi at boot camp?? i am pretty popular on facebook so i kinda need the internet lol

  9. I'm so excited man I ship out on July 7th to fort benning for basic then to the defense language institute in California for language training. After all of that to goodfellow air force base for more training! Im so excited. Any shippers on the 7th in the east side?

  10. Im female and plan on joining the marines. My ears are stretched, not very big but i doubt id be able to wear earings again. Also, can you wear contacts in basic training.

  11. What if I don't have any money?
    Do I have to pay for the plane and bus ticket out of my own pocket??
    That's pretty messed up.

  12. You don't need any of this, you get everything you need in reception when you get there. When I left for basic in 2012, I brought stuff with me and it all got stuffed in a bag and locked up in a closet along with everyone else's stuff. I got it all back when I finished basic.

  13. don't take towels to bmt, I know the Air Force is current, but this lost was way off. & please bring a decent razor and an extra pack of razor heads!

  14. ship out January 11th Fort. Sill… can we bring over the calf full white compression socks? can we bring shower gel instead of soap? Is a baby G shock watch OK to bring?

  15. Bring it all Pack Very Heavy it will pay off big time at the end especially the locks nd soap bring a heavy plain shirt , sweater, and jogging pants and shoes to run in no name brand kind they will brand your clothing must have white socks a gray or black heavy hoodie and sweat pants so they can brand it for you 😎#GoodLuck

  16. Bring it all Pack Very Heavy it will pay off big time at the end especially the locks nd soap bring a heavy plain shirt , sweater, and jogging pants and shoes to run in no name brand kind they will brand your clothing must have white socks a gray or black heavy hoodie and sweat pants so they can brand it for you #GoodLuck

  17. Bring it all Pack Very Heavy it will pay off big time at the end especially the locks nd soap bring a heavy plain shirt , sweater, and jogging pants and shoes to run in no name brand kind they will brand your clothing must have white socks a gray or black heavy hoodie and sweat pants so they can brand it for you GoodLuck

  18. Bring it all Pack Very Heavy it will pay off big time at the end especially the locks nd soap bring a heavy plain shirt , sweater, and jogging pants and shoes to run in no name brand kind they will brand your clothing must have white socks a gray or black heavy hoodie and sweat pants so they can brand it for you.

  19. Bring it all Pack Very Heavy it will pay off big time at the end especially the locks nd soap bring a heavy plain shirt , sweater, and jogging pants and shoes to run in no name brand kind they will brand your clothing must have white socks a gray or black heavy hoodie and sweat pants so they can brand it for you.

  20. why the heck do you need a full body slip?! or panty hose?! last time i even owned a slip was six years ago.

  21. lol Army. My Marine recruiters told us to only take our ID, $20, birth cert, and social security card lmao. i may be missing a little bit more but doubt it. Army having you pack for a vacation😂

  22. What should I do if I have very sensitive skin and can't use a regular razor? I can only use an electronic razor because it doesn't irritate my skin and cause it to swell and bleed.

  23. Are you kidding me ! Your to supply soldiers with most of this equipment . Only thing I would bring is laxatives those Army meals can send ur body through a huge change . Pair of great running shoes . Nothing expensive , but the Army Px (Post exchange ) shoes are average at best. Black, blue or gray best. white shoes will get destroyed . Feet are going to get a lot of miles on them . Bobby pins for women that don't want to cut there hair . Sure there are better choices for keeping hair above shoulders . Shower shoes yes grab 2 or 3 pairs . Men grab women's secret roll on. I don't care if all the dumbies in boot camp tell you that's for women . Secret really works . Men's speed stick sucks. You need 3 bars to equal one secret deodorant. I'm ex US Army 13 foxtrot forward observer . All we do is run and sit ups and push ups . Socks you can't bring those Army issues you there socks . anything white tube socks maybe 6 pairs. Your there product and they will make you wear there brand of clothing , because they have a order they have to fill with there suppliers of clothing . Every piece of clothing has meet military specs. Don't think ur cute by buying clothing that exceeds the standard . They want every soldier on even playing field so they can measure physical fitness on same standards . After boot camp and A school . Buy real equipment .

  24. Someone help me what do I really need to bring to basic I don't want to spend a lot and then when I get there I'm gonna buy everything so
    Just tell me what is the best to bring with me to basic leaving exactly in a month thank you

  25. Uncle Sam will give you initial pay to buy exactly what's on his list. The socks is where the don't bring list starts. Don't bring any of it.

  26. This Sergeant is a recruiter. The Drill Sergeants will make you throw most of your stuff in a can. Just enough for 2-3 days.

  27. I am only bringing my travel hygiene kit and my social security card and my wallet and paperwork on the first day I went to meps. I ship out this Monday for the army

  28. From what I have heard, you don't need any of this anymore, especially the birth cert, shoes, and underwear. They give you everything and they make you buy the shoes with your own money for PT.

  29. Dont bring anything that wont fit in a folder, and your wallet. Wear as few clothes as you can get away with, depending on weather. I recommend wearing sweat pants and sweat shirt with a t shirt underneath. You will be buying everything you need at the NEX/PX and any clothes you came in wearing will be placed in a vacuum sealed bag.

  30. -Travel size conditioner and shampoo
    -only the clothes that you are wearing
    -personal documents
    -Maybe a little bit of cash
    -Phone and phone charger
    -you might want a small and cheap watch
    -deodorant

    Pretty much all the other stuff is bs because you are only wearing your clothes to reception.

  31. Thats the reason why I joined Marines and not Army
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    But also, I betrayed my best friend and massacred his whole family so don't listen to me.

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