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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #50 on: July 02, 2004, 18:09:34 »
stuff like toothbrush, towels, shower shoes, shine kit, shave kit, deodorant...stuff like that, pretend you having a nice relaxing sleepover and you want to stay nice and fresh...
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #51 on: July 02, 2004, 19:15:02 »

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #52 on: July 02, 2004, 19:18:04 »
I am leaving this Sunday for Shilo, the following is the list I was given. It may not apply to Reg force.

Military Kit List

Cap utility (1)                                                           
Combat shirt (2)                                                        
Combat pants (2)                                                     
Combat T â “ Shirt (3)                                            
Combat boots (2 pair)                                         
Grey wool socks (3 pair)                                   
Combat gloves (1 pair)                                         
Combat glove liner (1 pair)                                                                 
Combat jacket (1)                                                                                                                          
Grey coveralls (1)                                                                                                                 
Duffel bag (1)                                                                                                                       
Towel, hand (2)                                                           
Towel, bath (2)                                                           
Beret, Green (1)                                                           
Gas mask C/W Carrier/kit (1)                          
CF Cap Badge, Metal (1)                                   
Belt, Green (1)                                                                 
Plate/Cup (1)                                                                       
Knife/Fork/Spoon (1)                                                  
Helmet with cover (1)
Raingear, jacket with hood (1)                       
Raingear, pants (1)                                                     
                                                                                                  
Webbing to include:                                                  
Cup, Canteen (1)                                                           
Canteen, water (1)                                                        
Cover, canteen (1)                                                     
Patrol pack (1)                                                                       
Case ammo (1)                                                              
Yoke (1)                                                                                
Strap, Webbing (4)                                                        
Carrier, utensils (1)                                                     
Mag pouch (2)

Rucksack complete with all straps
Bag to include:
Sleeping bag inner and outer
Liner
Utility sheet
Bivy bag;


Miscellaneous Kit List

Underwear (5 pair)
Jeans (1 pair)
Dress pants (1 pair)
Pullover/Sweater (1)
Sports shorts (2)
White cotton socks for PT (2 pair)
Light raincoat/jacket (1)
Clothes hangers brown steel (12)
Nail File/Clippers/Scissors (1)
Padlocks Dudley Combination (2)
Swim Wear (Not cut offs) (1)
T â “ Shirts (As required)
Dress Shirt (1)
Running shoes (suitable for jogging) (1 pair)
Shirts for PT (2)
Track or Sweat suit (1)
Sewing kit (1)
Band aids/Moleskin (As required)
Bathrobe and shower sandals (1 ea)
Laundry products (As required)

Wash kit to include:
2 (white) face cloths
Shaving kit
Hair Brush
Soap/Shampoo
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste

Shoe polish kit including:
KIWI Black shoe polish
Polish application brush
Large boot brush
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #53 on: July 02, 2004, 23:11:14 »
man... i didn't get any of that eating stuff in the kit....... and everything i got was too small for me....

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #54 on: July 03, 2004, 03:09:22 »
here's a tip
you don't need too many civi clothes
since you won't really have much "civi" time

bring your kit, and bring a big suitcase or if possible an extra duffel bag bring stuff to cover ablutions eg; razor shaving cream, washing kit, nail clippers,
and bring extra running shoes, good socks, and comfy underwear

one important thing i suggest is try to give friends and family your mailing address during your time in basic
it'll help out a lot if they can send you stuff you need

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #55 on: July 04, 2004, 18:09:07 »
i went through basic two years ago,

about the iron, yes you need to bring one, but i seldom used mine because there's always atleast one in the ironing room

about the razors, yes, if you keep an electric one in your personal box, thats ok, but dont expect to use it in the field,

about what to bring, use logic, if you're not sure about what your buying is the correct item, just buy it in st jean, they have the right crap there,

about the picture frame, during inspections it was optional, those who didn't have one, it didn't matter.  What i would suggest is buy the one in the canex in st jean, and put a tastefull but funny picture in it, if your staff are laughing, its tough to scream at you in the same sentence atleast,

about the using two soap dishes, i used two soap dishes, the feeling i got was that seeing as its nearly impossiable to keep your dish clean, you find a solution which enables you to both live and keep your crap in order for inspection.

about "what is a personal box?" a personal box is a shoebox in your locker that you can keep prettymuch anything in, only once was what i had in my personal box critiqued and that was because my locker was left unsecured and everything dumped, including my personal box, which had my second soap dish and condoms in it, both of which i got crap for having, but everyone kept a second soap dish.

about the using one toilet to make cleaning easier, hell our platoon warrent suggested it so thats good enough for me,

anything else?


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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2004, 14:44:01 »
What about CD Player ? Can I bring one with a few CD ?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2004, 21:34:28 »
on our course wehad them taken away, but got them back at week 4, but some courses kept them from the beginning,


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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #58 on: August 09, 2004, 16:46:38 »
I heard that you can buy the majority of the items required at BMQ at the base. Specifically, I'm looking for those damn boot brushes. Nobody in this town seems to know a bloody thing about them!

Is it a safe bet to just pick them up when I head out to St. Jean?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #59 on: August 09, 2004, 17:12:53 »
The Canex in St-Jean will have polish, brushes, and clothes at a decent price.  You're better to wait until you get there, as there are some pretty sketchy polishing products out there, so you may as well get the right stuff.  That and you likely won't have anything to polish for the first few days anyway (depending on when you get kitted).
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #60 on: August 09, 2004, 17:19:25 »
Do they take VISA? :)

I heard something about getting a couple bucks ($100) right off the bat to buy certain items from the CANEX. Know about this?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #61 on: August 09, 2004, 17:33:10 »
It's a good idea for you to bring some cash ($100 sounds good).  You won't be able to buy anything other than stuff from the Canex for the first few weeks, as you aren't allowed off base.  But all of those little supplies can add up, and I wouldn't count on seeing any pay for at least 4-6 weeks.  There is a bank machine in the MEGA.  As for the Canex taking VISA, I'm not 100% sure if they do, but they do sell high-ticket stuff (tv's, stereos, etc), and I can't see them expecting you to only be able to pay cash (just might mean that they only accept MasterCard).
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #62 on: August 12, 2004, 19:43:57 »
The CANEX is actually in the MegaPlex and if I recall correctly, I was advanced cash for my initial purchases but that was 8 years ago. Another good tip, bring two of everything, one set for inspections and the other set for your use (toothbrushes, shaving cream, underwear, etc...). Once you have your locker squared away you don't want to go using everything in it.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #63 on: August 13, 2004, 07:41:34 »
There was a guy at my BMQ who was using his barrack box as a lunch box.   :D      Bring a bit of food, its always nice yo have something to drink/eat when your hungry...   as long as this doesnt happen


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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #64 on: August 14, 2004, 13:53:14 »
You can use Visa or Mastercard at the Canex.  But you cannot get cash back.  You do get an advance of $220 (in the 2nd week, I think).  Bring some cash with you.  Don't rely on the ATM machine at the Mega (in the orange sector).  Sometimes it's down and it takes a while to get fixed.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #65 on: August 22, 2004, 20:11:58 »
First off, good luck on your basic!

When it comes to boot polish, I swear by Kiwi polish for your black leather boots, but don't even THINK about using anything other than the bootpaste that comes in the little green can at the Canex for your Gortex boots. It's also not essential that you have it for the first day if you do not yet have your kit since the Canex is pretty good for things like that.

Things you will find useful (I thought it was a bunch of crock when I first heard about these)...

- Lighter - to burn all those annoying little threads off your uniform
- Insoles - I cannot stress enough that the green plastic insoles that you are issued for your boots are CRAP!!! Get a good pair of insoles that cushion your feet. Some people like the Dr. Scholls gel insoles, but I found that they tend to form around your feet and push on all the pressure points during long bouts on the parade square. Trust me. You can thank me later...
- Small Lint Brush - These little beauties take dust bunnies, hair and whatever else you get on your beret or DEUs off. Try buying one that fits into the palm of your hand and slips easily into your uniform. Don't worry too much about this though, as the Canex should have some. And tape works too.
- Pack of Cards - Cards are a great stress reliever (if you ever get time to play them) and keep your chest pockets looking rectangular (not bunched up). A pack of cigarettes works well too. Just make sure you take them out of the uniform you have hanging up in your closet before inspection.
- Small memo notepad - Cheap and great for taking down little notes (ie timings, duties you've been given, tasks to complete...). Put this in your other breast pocket. A pen is a great idea too although you will likely be provided with one. It's always good to be prepared though. Again, the Canex should have these things.
- Swiffer cloths - Great for taking the dust off the windowsill, headboards, locker shelves and floors... Just hide them before inspection or shove them in your pocket if the MCpl is all of two steps from your door.
- A Sense of Humour - One of the most important things you can bring is this! It makes the **** seem more bearable and brings your section together way better than yelling at each other and griping will ever do!

Hope this helps. Any questions, just ask.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #66 on: October 26, 2004, 08:59:18 »
I haven't got a call yet but I have started to gather the items I'll be needing to bring with me for basic and I had to use a hockey bag to hold everything and darn is it heavy. The only size of bag this stuff all fits in is my hockey bag and it's really really heavy. I was just curious as to how what kind of bag everyone else used for holding there items?
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #67 on: October 26, 2004, 09:01:53 »
The 2 issued duffle bags and a issued ruck sack will hold all your kit.If your really keen.go to a surplus store and try and find a surplus Barracks Box.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #68 on: October 26, 2004, 09:34:51 »
The 2 issued duffle bags and a issued ruck sack will hold all your kit.If your really keen.go to a surplus store and try and find a surplus Barracks Box.

Just to be clear, they give you two empty duffel bags that you can use for your personal items?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #69 on: October 26, 2004, 10:48:39 »
Just to be clear, they give you two empty duffel bags that you can use for your personal items?

No, they have a precise layout for all items. The only thing that doesn't have some sort of regulation or pre-determined place is a shoebox where you can keep your personal items.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #70 on: October 26, 2004, 10:50:08 »
Additionally, you can buy a lot of that stuff when you get there if you don't feel like bringing it with you (ie. laundry detergent, boot kit, etc...)

All you really need to bring is your civvies and whatever toiletries you need to get by. If you don't have any money they will advance you some pay.

At least this is what they did on my basic training. Things may have changed since then...

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #71 on: October 28, 2004, 20:57:07 »
was sworn in 2 days ago and this is what i was told,
ur only allowed to bring 2 bags on the plane, and they can't weigh more then 50 pounds. thats airline policy.
do not buy any locks, u have to buy the locks they sell u there.
everything u need u can buy there, so u don't need to stock up on everything, so u don't need to bring 10 weeks worth of shampoo and laundry detergent. just a lil for the first few weeks, then u can buy more.
iono if u have it or not, but on my list here of what to bring that u didn't mention is:
case for toothbrush
case for shoeshine kit
soap dish
coat hangers must be plastic and of the same colour
underwear must be the same colour
5x7 picture frame, we told to not be the only person to not bring one

and they don't give u a bag to cary it in, u have to have ur own.

How far?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #72 on: November 21, 2004, 18:06:51 »
sorry but i dont understand that last post above mine?!?!?!
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #73 on: November 21, 2004, 18:50:03 »
I know some of you will be saying "don't worry", or "you'll see be patient"

if anyone has the "OFFICIAL LIST" of what to bring to st jean for basic training ,plllllllllllllllllllllease, post it !!!!!
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #74 on: November 21, 2004, 18:50:10 »
Is this stuff all straight off a list of some sort? What the heck do you need dish towels for? Are you sure they didn't mean hand-towels?

With regards to the lint brush, the roller type with the sticky throw away stuff is the best, but also doesn't last nearly as long as a normal brush sort of lint brush.

Q-tips, make sure you bring a huge box (The boxes of 300 are a good start. Anything bigger would probably hard to stick somewhere it won't be noticed).

Hangers, a dozen should be more then enough, but if you had a list that said bring 20, bring 20.

For the laundry detergent, liquid is preferable to powder.
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