Here it is, time to go on deployment. This may be your first or one out of many, but it always helps to have a deployment packing list with necessities.
I mean… you can’t just turn around and pick up what you need easily if you forget something.
You’ll want to make sure you bring all the essentials, and also what you need to be comfortable and entertained. But… they must also be practical and not waste the little space you have.
This post is filled with great ideas that you’ll want to consider taking with you; they also make great deployment gifts!
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Necessities vary based on if you’re in the Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Space Force, and also based on the location you’re going.
If you plan to buy any of these items for your service-member, it would be best to make sure they’ll be practical for their situation.
If you shop on Amazon, some of these items can also be shipped to APO/FPO addresses. In my experience, they’ve usually taken about a month to reach.
The beds given are rarely comfortable. Using a mattress topper will allow for a good night’s sleep.
My service-member can sleep anywhere, so this wasn’t necessary to buy. However, this is a must-have for some others, especially if they have back problems.
Hard drives are great to fill up with movies, shows, music, and pictures. Service-members also frequently share what they have. I recommend at least a 2TB portable hard drive.
On the other hand, a nice portable fan is great to have when it gets too hot.
With so many people occupying the same area, noise-canceling headphones are great for drowning them out! You can also find them for around $5 at discount stores like ROSS.
If you’ll be able to keep them charged, wireless headphones are better.
My service-member likes to use velcro to hold up his phone/tablet and watch movies hands-free. If you can find them at a nearby dollar store, they’re much cheaper.
Command hooks are also great to hang things up and make good use of the little space.
Do you know what’s horrible? When you finally have a day to sleep in and can’t. That’s why melatonin is useful for helping you get to sleep and stay asleep.
It’s also great for those who have to work overnight and sleep during the day. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a sleeping mask!
I won’t even mention the stories that I’ve heard about the shared showers. They are gross! Just be sure to have shower slippers if you’d like to avoid a foot fungus or infection.
Some sturdy crocs are a much better option compared to flimsy flip flops.
I purchased this solar-powered and water-resistant, atomic G-Shock watch as a boot camp graduation gift for my husband. He’s had it for over 6 years now and it still works great though we did have to buy replacement bands.
For a more budget-friendly option, this Casio watch is also a great option.
Hydro flasks are popular for keeping hydrated. They can keep water really cold for hours!
I also really like the gradient colors of the Iron Flask brand; just look how cute it is!
I always recommend this Contigo coffee mug, it keeps your tea or coffee warm for hours! However, these insulated mugs can build up mold and you should remove the gasket to clean every nook and cranny; but it’s kind of hard to replace the gasket after cleaning.
That’s why I recently bought a Zojirushi insulated mug after reading through the reviews. It has a big gasket that should be much easier to keep clean.
Deployment Packing List
Don’t forget the essentials! Here’s a list of some things to remember:
- Civilian clothes: Not allowed for all deployments. Bring clothes appropriate for the culture and weather of the area you’re going to.
- PT gear or workout clothes
- Mesh laundry bag
- Sewing kit
- Laundry detergent
- Underwear and Socks: A good amount in case you can’t do laundry for a while.
- Feminine hygiene products
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Razor and shaving cream
- Toilet paper: Just in case
- Extra pair of glasses: If you’re blind like me, these are important!
- Medication: The amount needed for your deployment period, plus extra in case of an extension.
- Condiments and seasonings: To give the food more flavor.
- Food and snacks: Things that are easy to store and will last like granola bars.
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