Basic Kit List

#2
Nope, take nothing! You shouldnt APART FROM boot polish!
 
#4
purple_foot said:
Porn, fags, chocolate, zinc oxide tape & cleaning gear (domestic & personal). Also a decent iron wouldn't go amiss.
Cheers thanks.
Whats the tape for? How do i use it?

Would things like 'hiking' socks be a good idea? Ive seen them but there £10-£15 a pop, which is pretty steep.
 
#6
Black boot polish, 2 brushes and a silvo rag!
 
#7
alansoap said:
Cheers thanks.
Whats the tape for? How do i use it?

Would things like 'hiking' socks be a good idea? Ive seen them but there £10-£15 a pop, which is pretty steep.
I found specialist socks to be ineffectual though perhaps other members could recommend decent ones.

The tape? Simple - just put a single layer on any prominence on your feet prior to any tab. The best places I found being your achilles tendon (tape running up & down, rather than sideways) & the outer bony prominences of your ankles.

Just go into Boots or Superdrug. They usually do the tape for cheap.
 
#8
Take a good iron. For the love of god take a good iron. Even now two years later I still twitch at the memory of my completely ineffectual NAAFI piece of garbage.
 
#9
Dont worry about much else, like warm kit etc. you cant really use it anyway.

I will never forget my training NCO telling a lad in my section to take off a woolly hat, because "he wasnt qualified to wear it".

Genius.
 
#10
Take some tinc-benzine to put on your raw flesh once you have popped your blisters.Helps to harden the new skin.
Not sure where you could get it these days tho.

As others have said,a decent iron is a must.
Also good brushes and Kiwi polish.Don't bother with parade gloss-it is cr*p.
 
#11
A quality iron as already stated and a sense of humour.
 
#12
alansoap said:
purple_foot said:
Porn, fags, chocolate, zinc oxide tape & cleaning gear (domestic & personal). Also a decent iron wouldn't go amiss.
Cheers thanks.
Whats the tape for? How do i use it?

Would things like 'hiking' socks be a good idea? Ive seen them but there £10-£15 a pop, which is pretty steep.
Don't worry about the hiking socks you will be issued plenty of them and there will also be plenty of hiking done. The Zinc oxide tape is for strapping up your poor, sore and aching feet.

For my basic I took a suit, civis, Iron, sports kit, wash kit, padlocks. You can get everything else there when the instructor has briefed you up. The NAAFI, PRI shop or Silvermans usually has everything you will need for the duration so don't panic about having it all now. Also the NAAFI doe's an extensive collection of porn but there will be plenty of it going around the block by the end of week one.

Don't lug an Ironing board all the way to depot unless someone is taking you there. You can buy a cheap one from the NAAFI saving you £20 plus you can bin it at the end because it will be trashed.
 
#13
Thanks for the advice everyone.

smudge5611 said:
Take some tinc-benzine to put on your raw flesh once you have popped your blisters.Helps to harden the new skin.
Not sure where you could get it these days tho.

As others have said,a decent iron is a must.
Also good brushes and Kiwi polish.Don't bother with parade gloss-it is cr*p.
I googled tinc benzine and it came up with another arrse thread. Sounds painfull.



Chintonboy said:
Dont worry about much else, like warm kit etc. you cant really use it anyway.

I will never forget my training NCO telling a lad in my section to take off a woolly hat, because "he wasnt qualified to wear it".

Genius.
So if I brought some thermal base layer Lifa top or somthing i wouldnt be allowed to wear it?
 
#14
alansoap said:
So if I brought some thermal base layer Lifa top or somthing i wouldnt be allowed to wear it?
You probaly would get away with wearing it but if you wore it and thought you were Rambo then they would probaly smash your head off the trees. Just wear it when in your harbour area during routine. Don't say things like "this top is well gucci man, better than that c*ap".

Don't go buying loads of cool, Gucci kit. The best recruits tend to be those who live off what thay have been issued. Instructors generally look down on people who turn up with things like bowie knifes, chest rigs and balaclavas. Stick with what your given and you will be fine.
 
#16
Just to emphasise the above, you don't want to be drawing attention to yourself for the wrong reasons.

Use the kit your issued, see what kit the instructors are using and save up your pennies to buy some decent kit once in the Battalion. The Unit will have a PRI shop where you can buy decent kit at reasonable prices.

Take a big tub of sudocrem (For nappy rash but works a treat on sweat rach)

A tub of vaseline (Especially if you fancy being a mortarman)

A small roll of black tape will be useful.

A decent watch (G Shock are good)

A small torch.

A small sewing kit.

Get some Blisteze.

Foot Powder.

Get your hands on a couple of spare water bottles from an Army surplus store as one isn't enough.

A leatherman tool is a God Send but pretty expensive.

The only way you really find out what kit you need is by experience and you'll get plenty of that!
 

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#17
A word of warning.

Any spare issue type kit that you take MUST be accompanied by a receipt from the shop it came from. I saw a couple of people shafted and have their kit confiscated for improper possession.

Take a decent little medical kit, lots of plasters, definitely the zinc tape, ibrprofen for muscle aches, a few pencils and pens, a couple of little pocket note books, a decent little pen knife if you cannot afford a good multitool.

And…………a good steam iron and a little water spray bottle plus a wooden ruler for ironing on.
 
#18
depending on what atr you are going to will depend on what you need i can only speak for pirbright.

1 decent iron
2 ironing board
3 boot brushes
4 kiwi boot polish
5 shirt tie trousers sweater decent shoes
6 washing kit including a proper razor and blades not disposable, flip flops for shower
7 padlocks, mp3 player, letter writing kit
8 a4 pad and pens, swimming trunks for swimming pt.
9 a small amount of civvies you dont wear them that much so dont bring them
10 sewing kit and small first aid kit(plasters and such, not a trauma kit)
11 no military kit or gucci lifa tops or your ex cadet or ta webbing
12 sense of humour
13 the correct attitude

turn up smartly dressed and be prepared to listen and learn

all you wear is issue kit so dont bring your own bought stuff save that for when you have passed training

and absolutly no knives of any sort

hope this helps

im a section commander there so take this as a preety much genuine list everything else is here say or rumour
 
#19
vm_in_a_rs_world said:
depending on what atr you are going to will depend on what you need i can only speak for pirbright.

1 decent iron
2 ironing board
3 boot brushes
4 kiwi boot polish
5 shirt tie trousers sweater decent shoes
6 washing kit including a proper razor and blades not disposable, flip flops for shower
7 padlocks, mp3 player, letter writing kit
8 a4 pad and pens, swimming trunks for swimming pt.
9 a small amount of civvies you dont wear them that much so dont bring them
10 sewing kit and small first aid kit(plasters and such, not a trauma kit)
11 no military kit or gucci lifa tops or your ex cadet or ta webbing
12 sense of humour
13 the correct attitude

turn up smartly dressed and be prepared to listen and learn

all you wear is issue kit so dont bring your own bought stuff save that for when you have passed training

and absolutly no knives of any sort

hope this helps

im a section commander there so take this as a preety much genuine list everything else is here say or rumour
Thanks for the list its much appreciated, just wondering though, why no disposable razors?
 
#20
[/quote]Thanks for the list its much appreciated, just wondering though, why no disposable razors?[/quote]

Because they are cr*p. Don't get caught using them and keep it clean like the rest of your washbag. If you have a slight bit of dirt on anything you will be branded a grotty git.
 
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