How To Pack for a Deployment

Welcome back to my blog!

I have been away for quite a while due to crazy life situations, but let me assure you, I enjoy the journey and everything that comes with it. I am now back with a lot of inspiration to write.

One of the biggest decisions of my life was to join the military and explore what discipline and dedication really mean. Regardless, it was the best decision I made and I will make this post about something I found hard to get online, military or civilian – updated packing lists.

As I was getting ready to go on my first deployment, I was trying to find what people packed, but all lists where outdated, to early 2010’s and some even early 2000’s. I started making my own list using my phone, but this list developed to a whole notebook. So, depending on where you are going, you might need different items. In this post, I will write about overseas travels such as deployments.

If you are going to places like Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq or Qatar, you will most likely need more than just your military gear. These places are now more open to “civilian” traveling, so if your only point of reference for a deployment was Iraq or Afghanistan in early 2000’s (or never deployed before), then you should check out the list below I made.

I start with the essentials such as:

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Female pads
  • Hair ties and bun maker
  • Brush
  • Hair gel
  • Polo shirts
  • Shower shoes
  • Gym clothes
  • Sneakers
  • Cargo pants
  • Sweat shirts
  • Sheets
  • Hiking shoes
  • Belt
  • Headphones
  • Speaker
  • Sunscreen
  • Wipes/Lysol wipes
  • Toiletries (hair, body and facial products)
  • Razors
  • Watch
  • Flashlight
  • Knife
  • Towel
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Make up

Then, for the rest of it, I did my Google research (I always end up on Amazon because let’s face it, it’s Amazon):

Adapter and chargers

I found universal adapter plug, that has different attachments for different regions and a couple of USB ports, for $20 on Amazon. Wherever you go, the PX on post sells power strips with universal plugs as well if you need it for more items (like me). Those power strips are great for all chargers, regardless of what equipment you have. Don’t forget to pack your phone, laptop and headphone chargers.

Laundry bag

Ok, laundry bag like the one military issues is very old-school. So, I bought one of these bad boys for $6. They fold into a size of one pair of socks so it is travel friendly.


For medication, I brought a lot for a whole 9 month tour in case the PX didn’t have any (which happened a few times), so that has it’s own separate list:

  • Advil/Tylenol (or your choice of painkillers)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Mucinex
  • DayQuil
  • NyQuil
  • Sleeping pills such as Advil PM
  • Melatonin 10mg
  • Multivitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Cough drops
  • Nasal spray (I was in the Middle East and dust reallly bothered me)
  • Benadril
  • Assorted Band-Aids


I found a travel size memory foam pillow that fits into every bag or a rucksack. I paid around $25 for it and it was the best 25 dollars I spent.


Yes, on most of the posts overseas you have laundry services but they do not iron your uniforms for free and I don’t like to have wrinkled clothes. So again, I consulted Amazon and bought travel size iron for $20. It is the size of a mug so it fits perfectly with any luggage you take.

This list doesn’t include any military gear as each unit take different components overseas. One thing I would suggest, is to take all your winter uniforms with you such as your fleece and rain coats (gore-tex) because it will get cold in the Middle East between October and February.

I hope this list helps you out and of course, leave your comments below!

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I am an Army vet, an immigrant, and a woman. I find peace in writing and helping others. #FightingPTSD

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