2015 Rday/Aday Packing List

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  1. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    My OCD kicked in. This is a list that I compiled from the "Instructions for Applicants. . ." document and extrapolations from past posts on this forum.

    Please add your thoughts and suggested items--revise and edit away!!

    Sounds silly, but I'm a bit confused on the socks. How may to bring and what type.

    What's missing? :rolleyes: Hope this helps everyone!

    **On R Day arrive in something comfortable: favorite jeans & t-shirt: suggested to carry a sweatshirt. Also wear broken-in low quarters with black socks.

    Required to bring to West Point on R Day

    1 luggage tagged with full name--24" duffle bag
    6 white or beige bras
    3 athletic bras
    1 pair of good quality running shoes: broken-in
    1 pair of boots: broken-in
    1 pair of low quarters: broken-in
    1 women’s pumps
    40 underwear: cotton white/inexpensive
    40 hair bands
    bobby pins/barrettes

    • Retainers
    • All prescription medications in the original containers with the
    prescription labels attached in zip-lock.
    • Copies of all documents mailed: suggested—put paperwork in a
    folder and carry in hand (not in the bag). Great time saver.
    • Copy of signed social security card
    • Driver's license
    • Cash - less than $100

    Provided by West Point
    Uniforms
    Equipment
    Bedding
    Shoes
    Athletic bras—3
    Deodorant
    Sewing kit
    Soap
    Soap box
    Toothbrush
    Toothbrush tube
    Toothpaste
    Brown towels—4
    White towels—4
    Washcloths—3
    Brasso cleaner
    Shampoo
    Black shoe polish—2
    Hand luggage
    Notebook computer
    External hard drives
    Personal printers
    TI30-IIS scientific calculator



    Things not required but recommended


    Clothing

    15 athletic bras
    7 compression shorts
    sock liners
    black socks for low quarters
    extra boot socks (military)
    extra all-white crew socks


    Personal Care Products
    Q tips
    hair brush/comb
    shampoo/conditioner combo type
    Dial antibacterial body wash
    feminine hygiene products
    Body Glide or "runners lube"
    Gold Bond
    Moleskin
    Band aids, blister pads, anti- friction gel
    insoles: for each pair of shoes
    Baby wipes
    Chapstick
    good insect repellent


    Personal Items
    1 musical instrument
    1 TI-83 Plus Silver Edition or TI-89
    1 alarm clock
    1 framed picture-8x10 plastic: collage
    1 sunglasses
    1 plain wristwatch


    Supplies

    Leatherman Wave
    flashlight: mini mag-lite
    extra batteries
    miners type of headband flashlight with red and white lens
    pocket knife
    lighter
    tide2go
    Sharpie
    Lengths of 550 parachute cord
    Fine grade sand paper
    duct tape

    Envelopes pre-addressed
    Address book - prefilled
    Postage stamps
    Religious reading material



    Things recommended to bring on A Day
    Pack a bag for your parents to bring—
    Nice: little black dress + accessories (purse, stockings, necklace, shoes, nice coat)
    Casual: jeans, khakis, 2 collard shirts, favorite t-shirts, good sweater, some cold weather stuff, 1 set of pajamas, 2 pairs of civilian shoes
    running shoes
    good under garments
    basic makeup necessities
    small hand-held dryer
    curling iron/flat iron
    iPod,
    cell phone
    toiletries that you like and other personal items.
    fan: big square one that you can put in window
    plastic container for *boodle*: 12x18x6
    iron & ironing board
    camera

    Passport - possibly bring on Acceptance Day






    Pack stuff in gallon sized zip lock bags for easy transfer from your bag to big duffle
     
  2. Dixieland

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    "Less is more" was my cadet's philosophy.

    He did take compression shorts, a cheap watch (still wearing), a couple of extra pairs of green and black socks, moleskin, Gold Bond, tan duct tape (he did use it), small flashlight, Leatherman, basic toiletries, retainer, small Bible. He took some stamps and WP provided the stationery but he only wrote 3 times.

    He took, but did not use, baby wipes and Body Glide. Boys are different---they don't mind stinking and being gross, but rather take pride in it.:biggrin:

    He did NOT take a picture frame, alarm clock (watch has one), sandpaper, parachute cord.

    The NCs learn to share with each other so what one doesn't have, someone else does. His company was taken to the C-Store a couple of times.

    You do NOT want to be the person on R-Day pulling the giant rolling duffle bag. Keep in mind that anything they think the NC does not need will be stored until A-Day.

    There is an older thread from last year with good information on R-Day.
     
  3. vampsoul

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    My bag for rday was:

    underwear and bras
    extra athletic and black socks
    moleskin
    lighter pocket knife
    paperwork
    boots

    wore my low quarters. take very little; they'll provide the rest, and any personal items like a calculator and mp3 player and cell phone can be brought on Aday.
     
  4. mmb5

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    Sunglasses are not permitted during Beast; save for A-Day.
    Remember that Leatherman and lighter can't be carried on - might be easiest to mail ahead of time if you're flying in.
    Shouldn't need Leatherman and a pocketknife.
    My cadet is fair-skinned, and needed stronger and more sweatproof sunblock than the 15 SPF issued.
    Flashlights were issued; good calculators were not (but were not needed until classes started).
    Pack light for R-Day!

    For A-Day, coordinate with roommates - one iron/ironing board, one fan, one coffee pot or similar per room.
    This past year, with record heat, parents were permitted to ship fans during Beast, but may not happen every year.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    Seriously, it is still January. You will have the whole month of June to freak out about this stuff.
     
  6. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

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    The 2015 instructions for admitted applicants packet says that sunglasses are allowed to be brought, but does not specifiy any restrictions on type or color.
     
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    To R-day, I brought
    - Extra white crew socks, extra sports bras, extra underwear, sock liners (all around 5-10 ea)
    - Watch
    - Picture frame/collage thingy
    - Broken-in boots
    - Hair stuff
    - Lighter
    - Bible
    - Cash & debit card
    - Cell phone (I flew out by myself)
    - Retainer

    No low quarters, no pumps, no body glide, no address book/envelopes/stamps, no sharpies, no batteries, no baby wipes, no Qtips, no duct tape, no 550 cord . The only stuff I brought really couldn't have borrowed/gotten my hands on at West Point was hair barettes that matched my hair color.

    Bottom line: less is better. My parents mailed me out a leatherman a week or so into Beast, but that wasn't a must-have sort of thing.
     
  8. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    I thought you had to report with the low quarters on?
     
  9. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    June is all ready booked up! Not much time between reporting on Rday and graduation, family vacay, and an all girls graduation cruise. :wink:
     
  10. Dixieland

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    Take plenty of "bubblewrap"! :thumb:
     
  11. Just_A_Mom

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    Well I hope she has time to do some workouts. Showing up at Beast in less than the best physical shape of one's young life is not advisable.
    She still has May.
    Honestly, the list gets refined from year to year - even the boot/shoe letter changes.
    If she is truly pressed for time, she could show up with the clothes on her back they would take her and she would probably make it through.
     
  12. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    You betcha Dixieland! We've put a kibosh on all offshore excursions, well. . . except for the scuba diving :smile:
     

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