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Packing List


Butt Pack (WEB GEAR) or Backpack: (to be carried on person at all times)

Canteens – 2- 1 quart water / Canteens with covers

Canteen cup – 1 in each Canteen cover

Leather work gloves

Eye protection / Ear protection

Rain gear ( Poncho can be used, however a rain suit is preferred )


Camp knife – folding knife only

Matches in waterproof case

Notepad / pencil / pen

ID / Drivers License / Money / Credit Card / Medical License Credentials

Bandage scissors / hemostat / stethoscope

Alcohol Gel / 1 pair of vinyl gloves


Personal Rx meds.

Make a small ziplock bag with air travel prohibited items (Leatherman tool, scissors, matches) so you can quickly place in checked luggage.



Skin protection (sunscreen)

Insect repellant

Hat / Handkerchief

Chap stick / tylenol / decongestants / etc.



Total weight of all your equipment cannot exceed 70 lbs.

Try to keep the number of packs of your equipment to the minimum (1). You should be able to carry them all at once for short distances.

Military duffel bags are ideal. Vacation type luggage is acceptable, but discouraged.

Label ALL your equipment with your name and address.

Absolutely NO sterno, propane or compress gas containers should be in your gear. Military and all commercial aircraft prohibit it (chemical heaters are acceptable).

It is possible that there will be no electrical outlets available. Electrically powered items are discouraged.


(Soft duffel bags are preferred over hard luggage!)

Sleeping bag rated for expected weather

Uniforms (2-5 changes of clothes)

Weather dependent: Long pants, Long sleeved shirt, shorts, T-shirts, Team shirts, Jacket, hooded sweat-shirt

Work or hiking boots that provide ankle support

Sneakers / tennis shoes / shower shoes

Trouser belt


Long underwear (weather dependent)

Insulated gloves (weather dependent)

Swim wear (weather dependent)


Mess kit / Camp cup / Eating utensils

Spare batteries for flashlight

Utility items: rubber bands, safety pins, needle and thread, extra buttons, duct tape, electrical tape, clothes line, etc.



Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razor, cosmetics, hand mirror, personal hygiene items, etc.

Zip lock bags (assorted sizes)

Garbage bags

Dirty laundry bag

Quarters for laundry machines

Small roll(s) of toilet paper

(Optional items)

Mosquito netting

Water purification filter

Radio / batteries

Inflatable pillow

Nylon hammock (equipment storage)

Medications for personal use (Tylenol, Aspirin, etc...)

Reading materials / entertainment

Shower shoes

Special Considerations:

Consider packing each of your days worth of clothes in a separate ziplock back for easy retrieval of that days items.

Pack all equipment in your pack in separate ziplock bags in case your pack is exposed to the weather. A dry pair of clothes is very nice to slip into after standing in the rain all day!

Prohibited Items:

The following items are prohibited from being carried onboard military aircraft.

Contents under pressure

Camp Stove Fuel

Lighter Fluid

Insect Foggers


Weapons – Knives over 4″, Firearms/ammo, Mace

Blood Products

Lithium Batteries

If any of these items need to be carried onboard, the Aircraft Load Master MUST be contacted and ONLY the Load Master can allow any of the above items onboard.

NDMS prohibits Weapons and Ammunition from being carried or taken on a deployment.