Useful Items NOT on Your SA Packing List

Wishful

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So I was thinking of some useful items that would come in handy for the incoming mid/cadet class of 2024 for when they start the academic year. Not items for summer training (those items can be SA Basic Training specific; what's allowed vs. what's not) but something(s) to give during parents-weekend visit.

Blue light filtering glasses (reduces eye strain from computer-screens): DD bought them in Junior year & wished she'd gotten them sooner.
Electric hot water kettle w/temp control- The temp control is for those choosy tea drinkers (& you know who they are) that require specific water temps to brew certain teas. BTW: Due to it's elevation, water boils at 198 degrees at the AFA)
Digital desktop picture frame- Displays a favorite pic or can be put into slideshow mode to display several pics. You can preload it with shots of the family/friends/dog/goldfish, etc. Can give a morale boost during a long week; & they're all long.
Hunting-style Hand/Boot Warmers Packs: -For all those "free" football games your cadet/mid gets to go to! Traditionally been hard to find item in Walmart when the weather turns...& that was pre-COVID.
Fox River Socks- Lots of posts on them.
Thermal Underwear-At least a set of heavy & a set of light. I like Marino wool as it doesn't itch.

Please feel free to add to this list! And congrats to the Class!!
 
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So I was thinking of some useful items that would come in handy for the incoming mid/cadet class of 2024 for when they start the academic year. Not items for summer training (those items can be SA Basic Training specific; what's allowed vs. what's not) but something(s) to give during parents-weekend visit.

Blue light filtering glasses (reduces eye strain from computer-screens): DD bought them in Junior year & wished she'd gotten them sooner.
Electric hot water kettle w/temp control- The temp control is for those choosy tea drinkers (& you know who they are) that require specific water temps to brew certain teas. BTW: Due to it's elevation, water boils at 198 degrees at the AFA)
Digital desktop picture frame- Displays a favorite pic or can be put into slideshow mode to display several pics. You can preload it with shots of the family/friends/dog/goldfish, etc. Can give a morale boost during a long week; & they're all long.
Hunting-style Hand/Boot Warmers Packs: -For all those "free" football games your cadet/mid gets to go to! Traditionally been hard to find item in Walmart when the weather turns...& that was pre-COVID.
Fox River Socks- Lots of posts on them.
Thermal Underwear-At least a set of heavy & a set of light. I like Marino wool as it doesn't itch.

Please feel free to add to this list! And congrats to the Class!!
Thank You for this!
 

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There is nothing quite so wonderful as 100% silk long underwear, because it's warm but not thick. It can easily be worn under a uniform without changing the fit of the uniform. You can wear "long underwear" without anyone knowing.
 

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A basic medicine kit : digital thermometer, band-aids, antacids, ibuprofen, sinus meds, anti-itch crème, first-aid crème, cough meds, etc. Put into a small plastic case with a lid. Recommend buying medicine in pill form for easier storage.
 

Wishful

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For the ladies: Capazio Hairpins
 

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I am just going to come out and admit to it that I sent certain Plebes (whom shall not be named) flat flashlights like this in a care package, so deftly hidden that the Detailers didn't find them.
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*2024 Detailers scribbling notes about this, right now...
 

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Aquaphor is pretty good stuff, too. I used it like body glide while hiking in the Rockies, and it was great on blisters, too.
 

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Used both Body Glide and Aquaphor during marathon training / races. Both are terrific and petroleum jelly is good in a pinch. Liner socks work wonders as well...even if mine were from Injinji (so that i could wear my Vibrams). 👣
 

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@Capt MJ recommended the hairpins for my DD several years ago & they work out great.
 

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1) FOOT BEDS! for those black shoes--- custom, semi-custom, or off the rack any of these will be a big improvement of Std issue
2) Heated socks or footbeds for "Mandatory fun/freeze your ____ off" football games.
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Oops, I just saw how my post is displaying here. I was cracking-wise about "the never lose your keys chip" and some hard to find rifles last year.

I didn't mean to screw up this thread, I think it is helpful. If mods can remove it; its OK by me.

Foot-beds and heated socks remain a solid recommendation though
 

Sandydesert

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Noise cancelling headphones for ac year
Neck pillow for airplane flights
Thin long underwear for football games
Gel style shoe liner/inserts-Dr. Scholl brand?
All according to my "commissioning in a few more days" firstie.
 
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DS said three of the best things he received during SWAB summer were -

1) a small night vision flashlight for use after lights out. I found a nice one on Amazon for about $10.
2) Lincoln black shoe polish - way better than Kiwi brand - cadre said he had some of the best polished boots in his company.
3) an inexpensive electric razor (for touch ups) - he only used it during swab summer - then tossed it later.

Parents - if you don't have Amazon Prime, get it! The free shipping is worth the cost of membership and your cadet / mid can also use it during his/her time at acedemy. DS still utilizes our family Prime account in the fleet.
 

williamsdr3

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Noise cancelling headphones for ac year
Neck pillow for airplane flights
Thin long underwear for football games
Gel style shoe liner/inserts-Dr. Scholl brand?
All according to my "commissioning in a few more days" firstie.
Are they not issued long underwear? To me it seems a basic thing (coming from TX it would be really cold to me). I wear it here in the winter if outside all day at a game or something.
 

Sandydesert

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Are they not issued long underwear? To me it seems a basic thing (coming from TX it would be really cold to me). I wear it here in the winter if outside all day at a game or something.
AFAIK, no. I sent him a pair or two during his plebe year at his request. I bought them at a local sporting goods store.
 
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