Wednesday, July 30, 2014

J: My Overkill NS Packing List!!!

Over the past few weeks I have been actively "farming" items for use during my Basic Military Training (BMT) in Pulau Tekong. The list was complied after getting tips and advises from my friends who were already serving. This is an overkill packing list because I wanna be super ready and hopefully get into command school. It's not that I want to build a career in the military sector but I believe that for everything/task I do, I should do my absolute best and leave not regrets(I already have too many regrets..).

So, let's cut to the chase! The list is categorised into Clothing, Hygiene, Tools, MedicationEssentials and lastly Food.


1. Underwear 
- Qty 7, one per day to last you a whole week. Some people bring 14 so they'll nv have to wash during confinement.. You can also flip it inside out. jkjk LOL~
2. Slippers
 - For use in the bunk.
3. Tights/Compression shorts 
- Qty 1, To use during road marches. prevents abrasion between your thighs. From what I heard, some companies do not allow it.
4. Velcro belts
- Qty 1, The standard issue belts are the ones with the plastic buckle, many NFS complained that the buckle is a pain in the ass when exercising the prone position. You can get a velcro belt from beach road.
5. Hangers & Pegs
- Qty 10, I heard that you won't get much time to wash. You'll be washing all your clothes in one go, 10 should suffice. 
6. Washing powder


Good to keep things organized. Have a little pouch for your toiletries! So much easier, just grab and go!
I prefer compact portable packaging.

1. Shampoo, soap, facial soap
2. Shaver
3. Nail clipper
4. Tooth brush and paste
5. Febreeze, fabric freshener
- Tens of thousands of people have slept on that bed and drooled on that pillow!
6. Toilet paper
- 2 rolls issued won't be enough!
7. Snake powder
- Useful prevention for hong kong feet! Many people contracted foot fungus during NS due to wearing those boots for prolonged periods.
8. Wet wipes 
- This will make your life easier for camo removal!


1. Alarm clock/Watch
- In the army punctuality is very important! Heck, it's important everywhere! Alarm to wake you up!! Get it at Qoo10
- Get a cheap casio wrist watch, it'll surely be damaged they say~ 
2. Radio
- My Alarm clock have multiple functions though, it also serves as a radio and portable speaker! Some entertainment for NS. haha.
3. AA batteries
- Qty 4, To power my music entertainment and also the issued torch light.
4. S clips 
- My brother told me that these clips are useful for attaching stuffs to your vest.. pouches, tools ect.
5. Lighter
- Just in case I needa fire.. Cooking in the jungle maybe? 
6. Pen and notebook
- Might need to note down useful information.
7. Swimming goggles
- There will be swimming lesson/s.
8. Portable phone charger/extra batteries
- Some say can, others say cannot. I'm just gonna bring it anyway. Worse come to worse, just get my parents to bring it home. I still have my extra battries. BTW, xiaomi's portable battery is awesome! It charges my GS4 within 2hours from flat to full and was able to do that for 4 times before I have to recharge!!! It holds a whopping 10400mAh and only cost $18.99 SGD! get it from xiaomi!


My personal first-aid kit
Well, I dont wanna risk missing out on important/interesting exercise due to small issues like sore throat or cough...
*If you're really sick beyond self medicating, please seek a medical officer!

1. Charcoal pill/Baojiwan
- Might just makan some "dirty" food~
2. Tiger Balm
- For the anticipated mosquito bites! Also good for runni nose! 
3. Insect repellent
4. Antiseptic/Anti-inflammatory cream
- Minor cuts and scratches!
5. Plasters
6. Muscle rub
- All that exercise will surely strain your muscles! I prefer the thai muscle rub used by Thai boxers! Can be bought at Golden Mile Complex.
7. Panadol cold/fever
- When you know you're getting flu~
8. Strepsils/Herbal honey
- To heal your throat from all that shouting.
9. Vitamins/Pokari sweat isotonic sachet(just mix w water)
- They say prevention is better than cure!~


1. Identity card NRIC
- Don't be the fella to search for it in camp!;)
2. $5 worth of change in 20cents 
- For use of washing machine. Some company have it, some company doesn't. See if you're lucky~
3. $50
- There's a mart in Tekong where you can buy stuffs, also have enough $ to cab home after the initial confinement~
4. Phone!
- This is my number 1 priority! Gotta stay connected to the world!


Generally dried food will be accepted, I heard that some companies will not allow instant drinks like milo or holick.

I have not bought any food yet but I guess imma just go with some energy bars, candy, and potato chips...

Jerry JAM


  1. hello! thank you so much for this list! very useful:)

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