Your initial weeks at basic military training will be busy – there will be a lot of administration required and you need to arrive well prepared.  You will be issued with all your military clothing and equipment on arrival, however there are several things what to bring to initial military training.

The items in the lists below not only tell you some of the things to bring to initial military training but can also act as a check list so that you can get yourself organised and save precious time and money during your initial weeks of training.

The items needed for the three services differ, as you can see from the following Supply Drop essential kit packages but there are some common items:

Each service will send you a list of what you need to bring to your basic training course, but some items that are not listed may turn out to be especially useful.


What to Bring to Initial Military Training?

Common items that will be needed by all three services include: (always check your kit as they can change, never use this as the official kit list as this is just a guide)

  1. A smart set of civilian clothes, including a change of shirt, which is sufficient clothing to last for 2 consecutive days

  2. Personal Hygiene and Toiletries including Razor, shaving foam/gel, shower gel/soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant

  3. Sewing kit

  4. Head torch

  5. Padlocks

  6. Boot polishing kit

  7. Writing paper, notepads, envelopes, stamps, and pens

  8. Nail Clipper Set

  9. Hair Brush

  10. Soap Dish

  11. Multi-Sized Waterproof Plasters

What Clothing to Bring to Initial Military Training?

You should not bring too much civilian clothing as storage space is limited and you will not get many opportunities to wear them during your initial military training.

All uniforms are provided, and it is the responsibility of all armed forces recruits to maintain their issued kit.

You will receive instruction on how to maintain your issued kit and you are discouraged from buying additional, unnecessary items before speaking to your training staff.

What Personal Hygiene Items to Bring to Initial Military Training?

Working in the armed forces involves hard physical work often in dirty conditions, and it is important that you maintain a good level of personal hygiene for your own health’s sake, and the comfort of those that are sharing accommodation with you.

Additionally, should consider smaller items for use on field exercises.

What General Items to Bring to Initial Military Training?

There are several items that will make life easier for you during your time at armed forces initial training.

It is possible to buy these items at the training camp, but it is better to purchase these items yourself in advance and bring them with you on Day 1, as this will save you a lot of precious time as well as money.

Many of these personal items are not mandatory but will help your life a lot during military basic training in each of the armed forces. Examples are:

  • Rite in The Rain 6″ x 4″ Notepad that allows you to write in all weather conditions.
  • Multi-Coloured Permanent Markers
  • 2 in 1 Scrubbing Brush with 1 main brush for large cleaning surfaces and another smaller one which comes out of the handle which is used for cleaning smaller hard to get areas
  • Muscle Foam Roller which is designed with bumps to knead and massage aching muscles for most areas across the body
  • Pressing cloth which prevents scorching and shiny marks from appearing on garments and delicate fabrics when ironing. It also protects iron soleplates from zippers and snaps.

What to Bring to Initial Military Training?

Many of these essential and useful items are available to purchase on-line at Supply Drop, which is vital during these uncertain times as stores selling these types of items are not open in many areas.

As well as saving you a lot of time, there are significant discounts when buying compete packages from Supply Drop.