Military Starter Kit

A Backpack of Things One Might Need as a Soldier

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My brother is going to serve his mandatory term in the army in a few months - so I thought I’d put together a “starter kit” of all the necessities I found useful during my service.

Below is a list of items included in the backpack and a brief explanation for the ones whose usage might not be immediately obvious. All items are chosen with utility and portability in mind: instead of getting on huge can of shaving foam, choose a small, but compact one.


  • Mil-Tec Military Army Patrol Molle Assault Pack Tactical Combat Rucksack Backpack Bag 20L Black
  • Estonian flag emblem - For the bag
  • Embroidered name sign - For the bag and later, for the uniform (Velcro)
  • Small black bag for hygiene products
  • 2x packs of paper handkerchiefs
  • Pack of storm matches
  • Coarse sponge - Cleaning metal things (shovel, weapon - makes a world of difference). WD-40 goes very well with this
  • 3x three-bladed razors
  • Roll of sandwich bags - Storing food. Additionally, as a lining material for the cooking pot when they have a field kitchen, in case you’re in a hurry
  • Pack of minigrips, different sizes - waterproofing small things
  • Shaving foam
  • Cotton swabs - Hygiene and weapon cleaning
  • Pack of deodorant wet wipes
  • Pack of hand cleaning wipes - Can be used to remove green paint from ones face
  • A Spork - Easily accessible eating equipment
  • Roll of black electricians tape - Infinite uses. Starting with tidying up loose-hanging backpack straps
  • Shower gel
  • Portable toothbrush
  • Permanent black marker - Labelling things
  • Small scissors
  • Spare AA and AAA battery - For the MP3 player and flashlight
  • Small LED flashlight - The ones they provide might be from WWII and C.R.A.P.
  • Poll of black thin garbage bags, 30L - Infinite uses. Starting with use as a temporary laundry bag or waterproofing things
  • 2x pack of instant potato porridge - The tastiest and quickest dry food ever invented
  • 1x 9V battery + 9V to USB charger - Charge your phone using a common 9V battery (which you might even acquire for your “flashlight” through official channels)
  • Toothpaste
  • Chewing gum
  • Deodorant (small)
  • A set of small glowsticks - Marking things (and your friends) in the dark
  • MP3 player with embedded radio, earphones, AAA battery - Entertainment
  • Laundry net - Try finding your socks if three guys washed identical socks in one machine

Additional Things To Get

  • A small bottle of WD-40 - Cleaning metal things (weapon)
  • GOOD underwear and socks - Hiking quality, non-abrasive. Very important!
  • A small vacuum flask (.33ML) - For hot beverages
  • Thermal underwear, if desired - Winter and the sea are cold
  • Lots of small sweets
  • Good wristwatch
  • Multi-tool

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