Ph1 Kit List
Personal administration is one of the things that will be heavily drilled into you when you do Army Training. You need to be there 5 minutes early, with the right kit and dressed correctly. As the first half of training is 7 weeks long, it is important to make sure you have the correct things and you have enough of them. Here’s a list of kit that I needed and helped me throughout Basic.
I went to Pirbright for 14 weeks Basic Training in Summer 2011. Other Army Training Centres will/may have different kit lists so take this list with caution.
- Passport (get one if you don’t have one)
- Birth Certificate (if you don’t have a passport)
- P45 (If you were previously employed, you need to get a P45 if you don’t want to be hassled with getting Basic Rate Tax (a huge amount off you pay check every month))
- Qualification certificates (a must for specialist trades so they can sort out your Golden Hellos (if still applicable) accordingly)
- Driving licence (if you have one)
- Lynx shower gel x7
- Colgate toothpaste
- Nivea Face Wash (good for washing off cam)
- Shaving gel
- Gillette Mach 3 razor
- Gillette Mach 3 turbo replacement blades (2 packs of 12 blades each)
- BABY WIPES!!! (get small packets for exercise)
Field exercise kit which has:
- Small facial wash (I got some from Body Shop)
- Razor (I used Wilkinson’s disposables but preferably another proper one)
- Small Toothpaste
Boot polish kit:
- Kiwi Polish x8
- Cotton wool balls
- 2 Brushes (1 on brush and 1 off brush. The ones you get from Spar de-bristle quickly and leave a mess.)
- Toothbrush (Sainsbury Value for 99p for 2 – used to get to the sides of the soles and cleaning the soles off stones and pebbles)
- 4 passport photographs (2 for admin, 1 for railcard, 1 extra)
- lighters (even if you don’t smoke)
- Phillips Iron
- Petzl E-lite headtorch (really small and handy!)
- Swiss Army Knife (thanks Bozz and Tom!)
- 40mm Combi locks x8 (6 for your lockers, 1 for drying cage, 1 for baggage room. Spares are adviseable if you were to forget your combination)
- tent pegs
- Marker Pen (Sharpie/Pentel)
- Pens BLACK x10
- Mechanical Pencil + leads (no need to sharpen)
- A5 notebook (to fit in trouser pocket)
- Twisters (pair of short elastic cords to keep the bottom of your trousers tucked in. Can be bought from camp shop for about 2 quid a pair)
- Socks (2 pairs will do, you’ll have plenty of issued ones)
- Underwear x7 (preferably black, it’ll get trashed)
- Towel x2
- T shirt x3
- Shorts x2 (used as sleep wear)
- Flip flops (get ones that dry easily as you’ll be wearing them in the shower i.e. Not ones made of textile or foam)
- Suit, shirt, tie, trousers and shoes!
GOOD THINGS TO HAVE:
- IF YOU’RE NOT USED TO RUNNING WITH BOOTS (has no prior experience)… you will most likely need to buy Zinc Oxide tapes to protect your feet from blisters. Compeed is actually better as it provides a padding for comfort. I don’t get blisters but the sight of their blisters that some of the lads in my troop got was enough to knock your nan out.
- Laptop (I brought my MacBook Pro after week 7)
- resealable bags: Ziplock. Big ones to waterproof your kit for exercise. Buy loads from Sandes or Spar. Or if you aren’t that bothered, use big black bags or carrier bags.
- Phone (my HTC Desire and later my Sony Xperia Mini Pro was tethered to my laptop for decent internet. At one point, I had 5 laptops connected to it without major performance problems.)
- Bluetooth headset (helpful to have so you can talk on the phone or listening to music while ironing/polishing boots or watching movies on your Bluetooth enabled laptop. Signal is shit. You’ll have to be by the window to call.)
- Musical instruments (couldn’t find the time to practice as much as I wanted to. Too busy!)
- PSP/DS or other handheld consoles. If you’re not a book person.
- swimming goggles (you won’t wear googles for the swimming test)
- Writing pad
DO NOT BRING
- Ironing boards (£20 from shops in camp or queue up for the issued ones. I bought 1 in week 6 because I couldn’t stand waiting for others to finish. You’ll find that people burn their clothes and then damages your clothes when you use it after).
- Pets (lol)
FOR SOLDIER DEVELOPMENT WEEK (WEEK 10 WALES)
These items are not essential but handy to have.
As I’ve already briefly mention, there are shops in camp where you can replen your supplies. There’s Spar, which is closest and Sandes further away. Spar, being the most convenient, can afford to hike up the prices. So beware. There’s also the PRI shop where you can buy regimental goods and other pieces of kit. Like Spar, quite expensive.
As you can see, there’s quite a lot of stuff here.
So, heaps of preparations and various test passed and there was no stopping May 30 from coming. The wait was over and the coming weeks were one of the best 14 weeks of my life. I’ll break it down in to two so the next post will be Week 1 – 7 of Army Basic Training.