US Army FAQs – What Should I Take With Me To Basic Training?

US Army FAQs – What Should I Take With Me To Basic Training?

A common question that future soldiers ask is “What should I take with me to basic training”? It’s a topic that worries those who are shipping out to basic training and fear they will be in trouble for bringing contraband to base. To ease your doubts and frustration, I’ll explain what items you can take with you to boot camp.


If you have read the official packing list on site, you would see that they require you to bring an extra set of clothes. To be honest, you will be issued new uniforms upon arriving to reception on the very first day and wear it till graduation day. However, it is advised that you take the clothes on your back and a comfortable pair of tennis shoes.


All you need is the certified original documents that you have given your recruiter. Those documents would be your birth certificate, social security card, certificates, identification card, marriage license, divorce decree, spouse and children documents and also have your direct deposit form. Either you or your recruiter will prepare your personal information into a manila folder so that you can give it to the reception battalion at BCT.


You can bring your electronic devices to boot camp such as an iPod, iPad, laptop, mp3 player and digital camera but expect those items to be locked away in storage. Only your cell phone is the authorized item to have and your drill sergeants will give them back from time to time when you earn privileges.


  • Small backpack that has neutral colors.
  • An inexpensive black wristwatch
  • A calling card to place calls using the phone booth. Only if you decide to not bring you cell phone.
  • An address book.
  • Stationary supplies such as a notebook, pen, envelopes and also postal stamps.

Personal Hygiene

If you believe that you can easily get dirty or smelly during your trip. It is advised that you carry a miniature hygiene kit that is acceptable within airline policies. You’ll find that it would have the most basic commodities such as a deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb, a razor and also shaving cream.


Nothing is free in basic training except the food, uniforms, and laundry and also housing. Otherwise, you have to pay for hygiene supplies and also haircuts which cost $7 dollars. To access your funds, you will need to take your debit card to withdraw money from your account. They have ATM machines located near the Post Exchange (PX) store so that you can be able to withdraw bills of twenties.