Essential Items to Pack for Deployment

When many of us contemplate packing, we usually imagine the standard moving day, replete with a truck full of labeled cardboard boxes and a smooth transition into a new town. However, it can be easy to forget the fact that for many, packing up their personal goods means that they’ll soon be departing on a one way trip to a life often less than ideal, not to return home for the next year or even longer.

When many of us contemplate packing, we usually imagine the standard moving day, replete with a truck full of labeled cardboard boxes and a smooth transition into a new town. However, it can be easy to forget the fact that for many, packing up their personal goods means that they’ll soon be departing on a one way trip to a life often less than ideal, not to return home for the next year or even longer.

Packing for a deployment is an entirely different beast from the packing handled by your conventional moving company—not only is it a much more personal situation, but there comes with it the challenge of sizing up your personal possessions and choosing only the most relevant and important items to come along with you for the forthcoming long haul.

The following guide aims to provide some tips and guidelines for those in uniform soon to be making their way overseas, based on past experience of others, popular picks for reliability, and more.

 

Invest in Essentials (Boots, Electric Shaver)

As some have mentioned, this suggestion may prove redundant based on your chain of command or branch of military, but avoiding skimping on quality when it comes to your needed personal items can prove to be a lifesaver in more ways than one.

When shopping for boots within regulation, try to go above and beyond the minimum requirements and make sure you’re opting for a pair that are truly nice (and truly built to last). As well, make sure you get yourself a quality shaver—disposable razors obviously aren’t going to cut it, and you’ll need an electric or battery powered shaver that’s going to be reliable for at least the next year. Features like waterproofing and rated durability across reviews are details that you’ll want to watch out for the most.

 

Baby Wipes

Don’t bother asking why—wet wipes or similar products are arguably the most top-recommended, popular pick by those that have deployed in the past, outranking other items in the personal hygiene department and beyond.

These can come in handy for everything from wiping your face after shaving to quick general cleanups after a rough day. It’s important to remember that you won’t be in an environment renowned for its luxury amenities for the most part, and something as seemingly simple as a hygiene wipe can be in short supply—tenured deployment pros even suggest that you have additional baby wipes shipped to you after you’ve arrived.

 

Laptop or Similar Device

As many recommend, you’ll want to grab a laptop, netbook, or something along those lines to watch movies, etc. with—while it doesn’t have to be the best (many even recommend a cheap laptop as your best bet), you’ll want to make sure your device of choice includes a disc drive that can play DVDs, as many enlisted regularly exchange movies among themselves during downtime.

Having a reliable device that can view movies and the like will make the difference between your down time being boring and being something positive you can look forward to—certainly not something to overlook while you’re overseas. 

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