What do we really need?

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  1. Neoseeker99

    Neoseeker99 Member

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    I-day is coming close, and I'm pretty sure I have everything ready, but just to make sure I didn't miss anything, what exactly do I need to have on I-day? I'm sure it will help a lot of people going, so thank you!
     
  2. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    There's a list. Bring the bare minimums.

    Goodluck.
     
  3. Dadandgrad

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    Don't forget your sense of humor! Good luck!
     
  4. xTxMANx

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    with the shaver, does anyone know where to obtain a good electric razor? I have a cheap one from walmart, but I do not think it will meet the uniform grooming standards. I am having a hard time figuring out what is a good type.
     
  5. OBXmom

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    As suggested on these forums, I just got my son the Braun series 7 razor. It gets top rating from millitary people, its supposed to be able to handle the toughest facial hair and is supposed to be able to hold a charge through Jack's Valley. It is expensive ($199.00 Walmart special) and my son thought I was nuts. We live 100 miles east of anywhere, so our Walmart didn't even stock it, but had to order it in. My son said there was no way a razor could be that impressive. Well, we just got it in the other day and he's impressed.

    But better than all that, it allowed this mother to give her son something for graduation that he will actually be able to use. I told him when he uses it each morning, to think of his mom giving him words of encouragement, to stay strong and make the most of his day!
    (I got the predicted eye-roll from him!) If I don't get at least one of those a day, i feel like i'm not doing my job as a mom! :shake:
     
  6. WranglerPLF

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    I was asking myself the same question a bit ago. It's actually not a whole lot that they require. A very small backpack should be perfectly fine to carry everything needed. I plan to have that full of my cleats, hygienic goods, and a separate folder with my paperwork.
     
  7. Bundy

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    How critical is it to bring a pair of cleats? My son is an IC recruit (fencing) and doesn't own a pair since they're not used for his sport. I'd hate to go buy some if he's going to get diverted to activities with the fencing team during Beast anyway, but he's not heard anything from the coaches yet. Any advice?
     
  8. thederek

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    hey folks,

    i'd like to have my iPod for the flight out, but would that be a total waste? i realize that i would not get it back until recognition, but did any of you bring it and have the Bed & Breakfast family mail it back home?

    thanks!
     
  9. tennisfan88

    tennisfan88 USAFA 2014

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    from what i've read it doesn't look like cleats are important and most basics use the athletic shoes they're issued for BCT.
     
  10. beaves

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    wondering the same thing about ipods
     
  11. beaves

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    what about sunglasses? leave or bring for storage? and camera? same deal?
     
  12. mom14

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    So, do they need shower shoes or is that frowned on/unnecessary? It's a debate in our house...
     
  13. ski_mom63

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    I brought my son's sunglasses (non-flashy black Oakleys) to him on Acceptance Day. I'd leave the camera, ipod, and shower shoes at home for now. If it is not on the list, don't bring it. You can always mail the items or deliver them to your cadet on Acceptance Day or Parent's weekend.

    My son mailed me a list of items he wanted on Acceptance Day. I put the items in a rolling suitcase and we took it to his room on A Day after we ate. He requested 10 pair of his favorite underwear, dozen no show socks, school supplies, protein powder, sunglasses and a plastic snack box.
     
  14. greentrees

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    I'm sure you could ask B&B host to mail your I-pod back -- but be sure to have everything they need for them to ship it back (suggest a flat rate box that they could insure -- you could find out cost for insurance ahead of time and give them the money, pre-address it to your home) plus have bubble wrap in the box so all they have to do is mail it.
    Should your host become your sponsor, they could just keep it for you to have when at their house on Sundays.

    leave sunglasses & camera at home; have parents mail after acceptance. Sunglasses cannot be mirrored ones.

    pretty sure you get issued shower shoes
     
  15. HNeedle

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    bring exactly what they told you to bring.. make your parents a list towards the end of basic so they can send you packages right after Acceptance day. things have a tendency to get lost here during basic. i promise you wont need anythin during basic
     
  16. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Agreed with HNeedle. Bring what they tell you to. Cleats aren't even that important, unless you really want to win the BCT intramural soccer game (trust me, you'll just be glad not to be doing normal BCT stuff).


    I knew my sponsors beforehand, so I left a lot of my stuff at their house. You can have your parents ship stuff to you or to your sponsor's.
     
  17. PDub

    PDub Prospective

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    Shower flip flops will be issued. Again, don't bring anything not on the list. Everything you need will be on the list or issued.
     
  18. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Stick to the list. If it's not on there you don't need it.

    Don't worry about cleats. Some will bring them. I didn't bother.

    I'd just leave it at home. Read a book or magazine or something.

    As others have said, the academy will give you nice $0.99 shower sandles to wear.
     
  19. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Sunscreen? Not on the list, but they stressed to bring it at our Parents' Meeting last weekend. Can't believe they don't issue it, so maybe just a small tube so he can also throw it on before he heads out that morning too?
     
  20. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    We got issued a bottle of SPF 40 and SPF 70 last year.
     

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