Pack list for OCS

March 17th, 2006 No comments

First of all, you are to show up at OCS in proper civilian attire. Don’t obsess over this; nobody will care as long as you don’t look disgusting. I wore khakis, a collared long sleeve shirt, a belt, and dress shoes. I wouldn’t wear anything too nice, you’ll be wearing the khakis for at least a 2-3 days. I wore a coat because it was winter.

Pack your gear in a sea bag or a big duffel bag. Don’t bring a suitcase. I brought a large hockey-style duffel bag and it worked perfectly.

Mark everything you bring with your last name. You can either write directly on the item, or write on a piece of tape and stick it to the item. Marine OCS Pack ListNext, pack everything in labeled Ziploc bags. It is easier and faster to pick up 10 Ziploc bags off the ground than 50 individual items scattered around.

Bring 10 or 15 pre-labeled Ziploc bags for the items you are issued during large and small bag issue. The night before pickup, make sure everything has your name on it, and everything is in a Ziploc bag. You should be able to fit almost everything in your duffel bag, instead of having to use the issued laundry bags (which can tear in the middle of the parade deck in the middle of the night).

At the end of pickup, you will be told to put your civilian gear in your bag, which will go in the civilian gear room. Put your nasty civvies that you’ve been wearing (including your shoes), your 1 set of nice civvies, and your civilian underwear in your bag. You will get it back before liberty. Put your cell phone and other contraband you brought in the contraband locker, it does not belong in your civilian bag. The reason I say to put your cell phone in the contraband locker instead of leaving it in your car is if you have a family emergency, the staff will give you your phone and let you talk on it outside, giving you some privacy.

Here is what I would suggest you bring to OCS. The required items are marked accordingly, the rest is optional. If you want to bring as little as possible, bring only what is required. In my opinion, the items listed below will not be too much to haul, and will make your first couple weeks at OCS easier.

Bold = required items

What to pack in your duffel bag

  • 1 pair of running sneakers (purchased within past few weeks)
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • Hygiene bag
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Shower soap (either liquid or bar)
  • Shipping packet from your OSO (including copies of your orders to OCS)
  • Dental and shot records
  • Certified copies of all dependent’s papers (marriage certificate, divorce decree, birth certificates, and adoption papers)
  • A cheap black water resistant watch
  • 1 pair of glasses (2 pairs recommended)
  • At least $450 in cash
  • 3 or 4 pairs Thorlo boot socks (black or brown)
  • 1 or 2 pairs of good boot insoles (something like Superfeet)
  • 3 pairs of white running socks (either quarter or crew, don’t bring super low-cut, and no logos!)
  • 3 pairs underwear
  • Small bottle mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Shower towel
  • Motrin (technically contraband, just ask your corpsman if you can have it and he’ll write you a chit)
  • 1 stick BodyGlide (optional for winter)
  • 6 inch ruler
  • Name stamp (last name, 1/2 inch capital letters)
  • Chap stick
  • Sun block (summer only)
  • 8 to 12 Black erasable pens
  • 2 red erasable pens
  • 4 #2 pencils
  • 2 Sharpie Rub-a-dub laundry markers
  • 2 black Sharpies
  • 4 rolls of 1 inch athletic tape
  • Headlamp with red LED light (contraband, but nobody will care)
  • Small sharp scissors
  • 2 waterproof spiral notebooks (small enough to fit into a cargo pocket)
  • Cell phone (bring a hands-free headset and your charger)
  • Pictures of your significant other or family

What to leave in your car and bring in during the first liberty

  • Gatorade mix
  • More antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Fingernail brush
  • Lotrimin Ultra
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Large bottle mouthwash
  • Starch (for your cover)
  • 10 white hard plastic or metal hangers (to replace the cheap ones you’re issued)
  • Book-bag (for use on liberty, keep it in your civilian bag)
  • Cough drops and cold medicine
  • More BodyGlide
  • Address book
  • Extra hygiene supplies

What to leave in your car

  • 2 or 3 sets of civvies
  • 2 or 3 pairs of underwear
  • Your favorite junk food
  • Books and magazines
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