Beast Packing List 2013

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  1. CCUSMA17

    CCUSMA17 USMA17

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    This is the list I've come up with so far. (with advice from many cadets)

    Underwear (lots, comfortable)
    Sports Bras (lots, comfortable)
    Spandex (lots)
    Hair ties, bobby pins, comb & headbands same color as hair
    Fan (small)
    Chapstick with sunscreen
    Gallon& Quart Ziplock bags- 40 each
    Journal
    Bug spray
    Multitool
    Address book with stamps and envelopes
    Anti chaffing creme
    Advil
    Foot powder
    Hair bands
    Loofa
    Antibacterial body wash (the soap they issue is disgusting)
    Shampoo-Conditioner
    Thick black sharpie (for labeling your gear)
    Q-tips
    Watch with alarms & light up face
    Febreeze and body spray
    Biore daily deep pore cleansing cloths

    R-Day:
    Wear shorts and tee-shirt with low quarters or sneakers


    A-Day:
    Have parents bring you:
    Civilian clothes, towels & washcloths, pillow & blanket, deep conditioner, coffee maker and shorter white socks (or buy these off post that weekend)


    Just threw this together and figured I'd share. Lemme know what you think.
     
  2. Dixieland

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    What are the 80 Ziplock bags for?:confused:

    I do not remember my new cadet taking bug spray or Advil. Cadets are not supposed to self-medicate.
     
  3. CCUSMA17

    CCUSMA17 USMA17

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    When you go out in the field the ziplock backs are helpful with packing your ruck.
    They said advil wasn't considered self-medication and none of theirs was confiscated. The bug spray is just for the field.
     
  4. tug_boat

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    Packing List

    The official WP list is waiting for review and approval as well as the boot authorization. It should be sent out soon via your candidate portal. I wouldn't go out and spend money on things you don't need. Remember you will have to carry all this stuff on R-Day with all issued stuff. It will not touch the ground the whole day.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  5. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    Oh, it will touch the ground many times:thumb:
     
  6. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    you can also buy shampoo/soap at the c-store during the first few days of Beast
     
  7. wnal0311

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    Are supplies such as these more overpriced at the C-store?
     
  8. bumper57

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    What do you mean by spandex?
     
  9. Blake3348

    Blake3348 USMA Appointee 2016

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    I would HIGHLY reccomend bringing the 6" fan, it was the only way I could get myself to sleep when it was hot at night in the barracks. Advil or ibuprofen is fine to keep around, when you get shin splints from running youll wish you had some. Definitely bring an address book as well, or write an address or two on your hand or something to remember, say, your girlfriends address so you dont have to wait for her to write you first (2 weeks into Beast; yes, it sucked to have to wait for that letter!) Honestly, overpack, and put things you pack into ziplock bags so that you arent scrambling to find things when you have 1 minute to put your civilian bag items into your dufflebag. Just some things I would have done differently.
     
  10. CCUSMA17

    CCUSMA17 USMA17

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    BigBear Class of 2015

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    No. The c-store is tax free, and generally has most items for cheaper than you will find elsewhere.
     
  12. Lone Star

    Lone Star Candidate Appointee

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    I don't mean to try and hijack this thread or anything, so if it comes across that way, I apologize; I'm just trying to get a better idea of what to do to prepare for R-Day.

    Could anyone weigh in on the merits of bringing more/less? Obviously bringing more will result in more clutter and things to be carrying around during a long R-Day initiation, but is the end payoff (having the convenient items during Beast) worth the difficulty of bringing them?

    Also, if one was trying to keep their packing list on the slim side, what would be considered the "essential" items to bring?
     
  13. mvt93

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    Essential:

    Good, quality undergarments. This means comfortable underwear, moisture wicking, padded boot socks and athletic socks and the like. If you're a girl, don't skimp on the sports bras. You'll regret it.

    Anti chafing glide and medicated foot powder. The glide helps to stop hot spots from developing into blisters and irritation from waistbands (spandex, underwear ect). The foot powder helps with all the above in addition to preventing prickly heat. I had an issue with prickly heat during Beast. Once I started pouring a little Goldbond's on my back, boom, no more issues.

    Broken in boots. For me, these were the most essential item I brought. I had very little foot issues during Beast because I broke my boots in well before I R-day. I also had a good brand, Bates. They're comfortable, yet sturdy. And they hold up well. I still wear the same pair.

    I didn't pack much for Beast and I'm glad I didn't. I didn't find myself needing much and when I did, I got it at the C store or had my parents mail it to me.

    Hope this helps.
     
  14. Lone Star

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    It certainly does help. Thank you very much for your advice.
     
  15. Lone Star

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    How many pairs of compression shorts (this is the kind of underwear that I've heard is best) would you recommend bringing? I'm having to buy however many I'm going to take, as I don't currently own any, so I would prefer not to buy ten pairs if I only need five, or vice versa.

    The same goes for socks, really, since most of my athletic socks have visible logos, which, according to everything I've looked up, aren't allowed.
     
  16. CCUSMA17

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    UPDATED:

    Underwear (lots, comfortable)
    Sports Bras (lots, comfortable)
    Spandex (lots)
    Hair ties, bobby pins, comb & headbands same color as hair
    Fan (small)
    Chapstick with sunscreen
    Sunscreen
    Gallon& Quart Ziplock bags- 40 each
    Journal
    Bug spray
    Multitool
    Address book with stamps and envelopes
    Steno pad
    Anti chaffing creme
    Advil
    Band-Aids, Blister Pads, and Foot powder
    Hair bands
    Loofa
    Antibacterial body wash (the soap they issue is disgusting)
    Shampoo-Conditioner
    Thick black sharpie (for labeling your gear)
    Q-tips
    Lighter
    Duct Tape
    10 ft of 550-cord
    Watch with alarms & light up face
    Febreeze and body spray
    Biore daily deep pore cleansing cloths
    Razor & Shaving cream
    Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    Glasses & security strap
    Lint Free rag
    Crew socks, dress socks, boot socks
    Sock liners
    ACU nametapes

    Hope this helps :smile:
     
  18. MemberLG

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    It depends on. My opinion, compression short/spandex shorts are only needed if your tights are going rub against each other during runs and ruck marches.

    Before you buy any compression short/spandex, consider the Army regulation about the color and no logo (I am assuming West Point will follow the Army regulation)

    b. Soldiers are authorized to wear commercially purchased gray or black spandex shorts under the PFU or IPFU
    shorts. The length of the shorts must end above the knee or higher. The commercial shorts must be plain, with no
    logos, patterns, or obtrusive markings.
     
  19. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    You can get a Sharpie and paint over the logos.
     
  20. billyb

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    All I can say is Wow! I remember back in the day (before most of you were born) we all only showed up with what was on our backs and that is it. We even got our low quarters and boots on R-day so they weren't broken in. Truth is you will be issued everything you need.
     

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