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  1. soccermom1

    soccermom1 Member

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    One more question. What king of bag should he take for Indoc? A suitcase? Duffel? Should it have wheels? Thank you!
     
  2. TX2KP

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    Whatever is more convenient. Duffel or sea bags work well. Wheels are fine and convenient as well.
     
  3. SoSick

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    A duffel bag or seabag is probably the best.

    Put all items in ziploc bags.
     
  4. KPMum2012

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    Definitely put anything small in ziplock bags! The last thing you want is to have to dump the bag (for whatever reason) and have small items rolling away for you to have to chase down. Think in terms of fast and easy to unpack and put away! :thumb:
     
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    Our DS (2013) went to indoc with a sea bag that was just about half full. When he went back to school to work at indoc the car was full.
     
  6. KPMarineopsdad

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    Wait until they graduate and move out for good. The pick up truck was full.
     
  7. whitege

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    For graduation we gave DD a North face duffle bag that we thought she would use again and again. Very heavy duty and seemed pretty water resisitant. It had a nice feature of backpack straps so she could carry it on her back easily. At the camping store alot of the duffle bags had backpack strap as an option.
     
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    what to take

    For our Plebe, we bought our son a rolling duffle bag for Christmas to use at sea this summer. We got it at REI. The bag has different zipper compartments w/ places to store clothes, papers, etc without having to open up one zipper and fish thru the whole bag. It might have been a good investment for transporting things to KP. People came w/ them, the "macho" comments about being lazy w/ a rolling duffle were heard alot while we waited in line with our son. don't let that stop you.People won't remember. if finances require one good bag for the next 2 yrs, get one. Then you have more $$ to send cookies or whatever! :biggrin:
     
  9. jasperdog

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    All these offer good advice - I'd add, avoid any sort of "higher end" traditional luggage. Rolling duffles are fine, if your child is like my DS now, he prefers luggage both his sea bag/duffle and his others to all have solid, wide, and functional shoulder straps.
     
  10. 2012kpmam

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    DS found it helpful to have:

    Extra copies of all paperwork coming to KP, especially birth certificate, naval reserve info, SS card, TWIC card

    Crazy glue

    Duct tape

    His sense of humor

    Humility

    Remember, the DI's are practicing as we type as to how to yell at you. They are yelling at a name tag. Don't take anything personally!! They were yelled at last year in the same way.

    Help one another, keep under the radar, try not to make eye contact unnecessarily. Many have gone before you and have survived, so you can too. You will be exhausted when indoc is over, but the fun is just beginning. Don't sit back on your heels and figure the hardest part is over. The academics are the hardest part by far. Even if you were the smartest in your class in high school, don't let your pride get in the way of asking for help in any class. Go to the academic help center and your professors immediately when you don't understand something. And don't give up midterm if your grades are not great. Many a mid has been failing at midterm and pulled it out at the end. Most who fail just gave up!

    Good luck and glad to have you aboard!!
     

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