Basic training - stuff to buy?

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  1. I hear you get a big list of stuff you must buy before you start basic training, i start in 3 months and i am told it wont be a while yet untill i get my letters n stuff through the door, i wanted a headstart on buying things, can anyone tell me the type of stuff i need and therefore i can buy basic things now, thanks.
  2. Black Boot Polish and a Good Steam Iron...
  3. Shaving foam&Blades, shower gel etc..

    Oh and as most depots are like butlins your tv, Duvet, Stereo,etc
  4. This is an example, it does change for each training location, you can get the basics in now but wait for the new list for most of it.


    National Health Service Card
    National Insurance Card
    Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    Birth certificate
    Birth Certificate of children (if applicable)
    Any legal orders relating to divorce, custody, change of names.
    Driving licence (if held)
    Bank Account details. You should open a bank account before reporting. Note that the account must have a sorting code.
    Educational qualification certificates
    4 up to date passport size photographs of yourself

    You MUST bring the above documentation with you.


    A pair of trousers
    A pair of shoes
    A shirt and tie
    A jacket/coat
    Several pairs of underwear (at least 7)
    Several pairs of socks (at least 7)
    A pair of training shoes
    A pair of swimming trunks
    Large towels (at least 2)

    Additionally for females:
    Sports brassieres
    Hosiery without seams. The approved shades is Natural Tan.


    Soap and soap dish
    Shaving Gel/foam
    Razor, detachable heads, packs of 5. Not disposable
    Tooth Brush and tooth paste.
    Large towel
    Flip flops
    Nail clippers
    Cotton buds
    Foot powder/cream for athletes foot
    Shower gel
    Washing powder
    Nail brush


    A cheap dark coloured watch
    A housewife containing needle and thread (dark
    Alarm clock
    Letter writing paper, envelopes and stamps.
    Hand washing powder.
    Personal possessions — photos of family, small radio/tape/CD player
    Sewing Kit

    You may not be able to bring all the items noted under ‘Other Equipment’. You will have the opportunity to purchase them at ATR, if you wish to do so.
  5. does it matter what razor blade you take, i am sure i read somewhere you need to have one of them old style ones that accept any blade what about things like a gillette fusion blade can you take them?
  6. On my kit list it says you have to have lace up black shoes?

    Do they have to be lace up...? I dont want to spend money when I dont actually need new shoes...
  7. Any razor is fine.

    Also buy a couple of pairs of twisties (the things that hold your trousers above your boots). Ask for them in any Army Surplus store.

    Good Luck!
  8. And don't forget the porn, As it will be a while before you get any action lol
  9. nightwear lol dont fancy going to bed at night in my action man pajamas lol
  10. on a serious note what exactly is nightwear is it just pajamas or can it just be shorts to sleep in? thanks!
  11. Hot Pant's like what Daisy Duke wear's,yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehah...
  12. Why what are they,cheeky white slip on's with a gold bar across the front ?...
  13. can u just sleep in boxers?
  14. Was fine when I did basic but some places are just odd and insist on My little Pony ones *shrugs*
  15. Try to get one of these from Thailand... but teach her to bull boots BEFORE you start.

    Most important though. Bring:
    A sense of humour
    The ability to realise it's just a game
    The will to win.

    and you'll be truckin

    Good luck,- C

    Oh, and at least 20 things from my shop.