Monday, March 31, 2014

Air Force BMT Packing List

Air Force BMT Packing List
Packing List for Air Force Basic Military Training

Armed with my BMT packing list from my recruiter (who is also conveniently my husband) and my trusty, shopping-expert mother-in-law, we smashed out my "What to bring to Basic Training" list in a mere couple hours. We made two stops, at Gap and Target, and we were able to check off my entire list. The other bonus? We did this all about a month and a half ago, so I've been prepped and ready without any last-minute stressors before I leave for Basic Training.

The packing list I received from my recruiter recommended to bring three days of comfortable and non-attention-grabbing civilian clothes, plain and easy-to-clean personal products, prescriptions (thankfully, I don't have any), and other important documents. The list was really basic, and after doing some research around the web (mostly at Aim High Erin's blog) and speaking to several friends in the Air Guard, I tweaked the list to bring only the essentials and things I was personally picky about (i.e. sports bras & underwear)—opting to purchase everything else down at the BX when I arrive at BMT. Plus, half of what I'm bringing is going to be locked away and out of reach the entire time I'm there, anyway, (like my cell phone, makeup & civilian clothes), so this is just what I'm planning to use to get me through the first few days.

Here's a list of all the items from my packing list that I'll be either wearing or fitting into my backpack:

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
3 Crew neck t-shirts              
1 Pair of jeans
Jacket
Belt
Running Shoes (Brooks Pure Connect)  
Black generic shower shoes     
6 Pairs of underwear
4 Sports bras
1 Regular bra
3 Pairs of socks
Diamond studs (for graduation day)
Eyeglasses

OTHER ITEMS
Bible
Military ID
Social Security Card              
Driver's License
ATM card
Prepaid phone card
Watch
Small journal/address book                  
Stamps
Ballpoint Pens
Sharpies
Cell phone & charger

Accordion file (containing the following)
10 copies of orders
Unit personnel records
Marriage certificate
Personal photos

PERSONAL PRODUCTS
Makeup
Shampoo
Conditioner
Liquid Soap
Lotion
Facial moisturizer w/ SPF      
Hairspray (no aerosol)
Chapstick with SPF                              
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Deodorant
Razor
Hairbrush
Hair bands (matching hair color)
Bobby pins (matching hair color)
Tampons
Fingernail clippers
Tweezers
Small mirror

What to pack for Air Force BMT
Basic Training Packing List

The idea that all I'm taking to BMT is myself and a tiny backpack is pretty crazy. I've never packed this light! If you have any questions about any of the items or what's on—or not on—my packing list, please don't hesitate to let me know! I'm happy to provide links to the specific items if you'd like them.

POST BMT UPDATE // I utilized every single thing that I brought with me to BMT. When we did our first mini mall run, I hardly had to buy anything extra—except a few towels and a full-sized body wash, shampoo and hairspray. The only major change I wish I would have made to my packing list would be that I would have instead packed gray sport bras and underwear (instead of black) and just a couple more pairs of each (as it took a while for our laundry crew to figure things out... and day 4 of the same pair of dirty underwear was not something I'd wish upon anyone else). At BMT, black is a lint magnet, so it was a constant battle to keep my undergarments in inspection-ready condition. I'm no BMT-packing expert, but if you're looking for a list that will be used throughout your duration at BMT and fit in one small backpack, I'd say I didn't do half bad.

23 comments:

Aunie said...

I can't believe that is coming up so soon. I know I am going to miss seeing your posts but then again you'll have so much to write about when you get back.

Aunie said...

wow i hope you have a good time, and fullfill whatever it is you neeed! your extremely pretty. http://qr.net/rGQc

Aunie said...

Look at you, all ready to go! I'm so excited for you!

Aunie said...

holy moly! I could never ever fit everything into one little bag! I'm notorious for over packing!! Good luck with BMT!

Aunie said...

I remember showing up to basic and being shocked that all we could have was the clothes we were wearing and one small duffel bag! Of course, you spend the whole first day getting issued like EVERYTHING else! Excited to see how it all goes for you!

Aunie said...

Good luck at BMT! Go you!

Aunie said...

My husband went to Army BMT and the one thing he wanted when his time was up was REAL food. He said that a few guys thought ahead and brought small, non-perishable treats in their bags that they could indulge in when they finally received their personal items back.

Aunie said...

Are you bringing spandex shorts?!

Aunie said...

That's the truth! I hope you'll be ready for it :)

/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

Thanks so much, Emilie. I truly can't wait. Just a little bit longer!!
/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

I'm the same. I can't afford to over pack for this trip. The more junk I bring, the more push-ups I get... Ha!
/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

Eek! That makes me excited. I'm so exited to wear a uniform!!!

/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

Thanks Margo. I'm so stoked!

/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

Lucky them! I heard the Air Force trashes anything like that. Needless to say, I'm purchasing a TWIX bar and Oreos for the flight down there!!!
/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

I was just planning to buy the ones they have at the BX down there. I didn't want to spend the money on nice ones and have them be the wrong ones. Any good suggestions?
/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

I bought Tek Gear brand from Khols! They need to be black, and I suggest longer ones that are mid thigh to knee length. I like the ones I bought because they have a little pocket in the back you can put your money list and 341's. Plus, they had a little elastic at the bottom so they don't ride up. The best part was that they only cost $10-15 each after the coupons and sale that was going which was a bargin. I love UA, but I didn't wanna fork out the cash just to take to BMT! I will buy some nicer ones for tech school. I've heard the ones you can buy at the BX are cotton, and are really bad quality.

Aunie said...

I don't know if I am but I know you are. Have fun.

Aunie said...

That's a great tip. I'm going to see if I can get over there and check them out. Thanks!
/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

Okay, maybe pushups could be a motivation to not pack. But i'm going on an overnight trip to do Mary Kay stuff tonight. Four bags. Two are mary kay and two are not. XD


Good luck with BMT! Can't wait to hear about it when you come back!


Laura
www.thelaurawayblog.blogspot.com

Aunie said...

A Mary Kay trip... Sounds like heaven!

/ / Annelise Rowe
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Aunie said...

It was a lot of fun!

Aunie said...

Not much I can add. Just get prepared to get most of your stuff locked up! Tech School will be a lot easier!

Aunie said...

Yep! I'm ready for that. As long as it's not thrown away :)

/ / Annelise Rowe
www.auniesauce.com

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