Beast Prep

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by classof2019, May 24, 2015.

  1. classof2019

    classof2019 New Member

    May 24, 2015
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    I'm in the Class of 2019 and we're going to Beast on June 29. I'm wondering if there's anything that isn't mentioned in the packing list that will be useful to me during Beast (ie. bug spray, baby wipes). I'm also wondering what to bring all my stuff in - I've read that it's not wise to bring a suitcase with wheels because you'll be carrying it around, so would a large backpack be a good alternative? Thanks
  2. ca2midwestmom

    ca2midwestmom Member

    Oct 23, 2013
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    Bring only what's on the required and recommended lists. Get some XL (10 gallon) ziplock bags from Walmart/Target and put everything that you plan to bring, except boots, in 4-5 bags. You can put these bags in a duffel bag (or backpack if you're bringing fewer things). Early on in the day, after you check-in, you will have to transfer everything you've brought into the issued bag and carry that bag around, along with more clothes and other issued items. You can hang your boots on your duffel -- wear your low quarters when checking in. You'll be issued (if like last year) another pair of boots and low quarters, so the more you bring the heavier your bag will be when you carry it around all day.

    Heard stories from last year's Beast that some new cadets that didn't have their items in ziplock bags couldn't transfer items fast enough to the issued duffel and then weren't allowed to take everything. Make sure your cell phone is an a ziplock watertight bag; it will be stored until the end of Beast.
  3. bookreader

    bookreader Member

    Feb 5, 2015
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    Baby wipes are not required but recommended. My son is bringing them. If you are very susceptible to bug bites, then it might be wise for you to have some bug spray.
    Foot care products are important (like Gold Bond foot powder, moleskin, and good socks) since if your feet hurt, you'll be miserable.

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