Suggested items for I-Day

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  1. 1191

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    With all the things they suggest to bring for I-Day (ie extra under shirts, socks, etc.) are you bringing them all? And how many of each? And are you having these things send in care packages or just bringing them the first day?
     
  2. osdad

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    Less is certainly better than more. Once you see the bag of stuff you'll be issued you'll wish Rudolph, Donner and Blitzen were there to help you tote it.

    My 3/C brought the clothes on her back and carried her cell phone, tooth and hair brush in a tiny back pack. She also had a thumb drive with a copy of all of her paperwork (scanned into pdf format) including immunization records (just in case).
     
  3. LongAgoPlebe

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    Every year this question is asked and discussed. I have never met a mid who recommended bringing any extra clothing at all EXCEPT compression shorts (both men and women) which AFAIK are still not issued. Bring absolutely as little as possible because you will be lugging ~80# of issued stuff over what seems like the entire Yard. Bring a cell phone and charger (marked with your last name and Co., if known), couple of pairs of compression shorts, wear your running shoes, carry your orders and other paperwork, and tuck your shirt in.
     
  4. 1964BGO

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    ONCE AGAIN -- I strongly recommend you contact your local Parents Club for assistance with this question. It has been my experience over the past 15 years that the clubs have tons of useful and important information for new parents to help them through plebe year as painlessly as possible. They can tell you what to take or send to your plebe and how to do it timely. They also can give you brand name products that have stood the test of use by countless plebes. They are there to help, just ask (be sure you have paper and a pen available beforehand).
     
  5. mademu

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    Compression shorts are now issued! You should probably bring an extra pair or 2 though... here is my recommended list:
    1 pair of broken in running shoes (talk to a foot expert so they are properly fitted.)
    Phone/charger
    Watch (for after plebe summer)
    1 duffle bag (carry your civies in for after you make the switch.

    That's it. Toothbrushes, paste, deodorant, shampoo etc everything else is issued to you. Don't bother wasting your time and money on extra shirts and all that jazz, because you'll get more than enough of everything. Unless you have some special attachment to a specific toiletry or piece of clothing, don't bring anything.
     
  6. mademu

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    Also, don't bring a thumbdrive, they are not allowed on DoD computers. If you come with one holding your extra documents, Its useless. Carry spare ones on you if you really need them.
     
  7. tothetop14

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    Stuff to Bring

    Parents - when you meet up with your new Plebe right after the Induction ceremony, take something to sit on the grass with - I suggest a vinyl/flannel backed table cloth you can buy at the dollar store in case the grass is damp, no one has to suffer the indignity of a damp behind. You can pitch it after you're done.

    Also, take a snack for your new Plebe. My DD had a late check-in, 9:15 last year, and with all the rushing around, didn't even get to eat anything until dinner was served after the ceremony. She was famished and we didn't have any snacks for her. Many of the Plebes were given a lunch, but the late check-in kids were told they didn't have time to eat, so they weren't given any food! Maybe you'll be taking the food out with you, but at least you'll have something JUST IN CASE!

    Pray for good weather!
     
  8. singaporemom

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    DS brought items from list in packet......detailer did not allow him to keep anything.... got it all back after plebe summer. Bring whatever will fit in backpack. 1 change of underwear, T shirt, compression shorts, socks. 1 baggie of toiletries, cellphone, charger, wear your running shoes, copy of your documents. Then have folks mail more compression shorts, 1 plain white pillowcase (never a way to get the 1 pillowcase cleaned and still have your bed made properly!), tide stick, bleach pen, glasses repair kit. Then let parents know what you need at first phone call.
     
  9. USNA'02

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    I second the suggestions above. have water and snacks, definitely bring a blanket to sit on as your new mid might be told they can't sit on the grass.

    Also recommend you come up with a meeting place following swearing in ceremony. you may think you can spot your kid, but after they come out of alumni hall they all look alike!! it will help in finding your plebe and your plebe finding you quickly and give you precious extra minutes :)
     

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