It's one of the most common questions we see from ADF applicants... 'is there anything that isn't on the list that I should take with me to Kapooka'? As part of the information you receive, for your enlistment into the ADF, there will be a packing list. Whilst this packing list has everything you need to get through your time at Kapooka, there could still be additional items that will make life easier.
In consultation with recently graduated soldiers, we have put together a list of things that people WISH they took to Kapooka but didn’t. This will help you decide how to prioritise any space you have left over in your bag.
Your official packing list is the primary document and this list is purely just some suggested items that you can take if you wish. You are not obliged to purchase any of these if you don’t want to.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
LENGTH OF TRAINING
Expect to be at Kapooka for 80 days.
The shop on base is called Frontline and there is also a post office, both of which you can only access on Sundays. Both places stock some items that you require however they are generally more expensive than a supermarket. If this is a concern for you then plan ahead and pack those additional items. Your local leave won’t occur before week 4. Ensure you have enough personal items to last you as long as possible.
Army Reservists at Kapooka generally don't get local leave. Although this may change from course to course it's best to prepare as though you won't be able to leave base for the entire duration.
QUANTITY OF CLOTHING
When it comes to undies, it has been recommended by recent Kapooka graduates to bring around 10 pairs as they often get lost. For the females it is best to bring plain black briefs ('Bonds' come highly recommended but anything that is breathable!). G-strings will cause chaff on your bum cheeks during pack marches and other activities. However, it's fine to wear them on local leave. Put your initials on the tags to avoid confusion with your roommates.
Trainees will wear a suit or similar when visiting Canberra. Your outfit on Enlistment Day is generally suitable. Females have the choice between skirt or slacks just ensure your skirt is below knee length.
Bring additional clothing to wear on local leave days, travel days and at IETs. You will travel from Kapooka straight to IETs and you'll want to have plenty of civi clothing there with you. When you knock off for the day you are no longer required to be in uniform. Ensure you think ahead to the time of year and your IET location. Southern states are significantly colder than northern states and the winter lasts a lot longer.
Army Reservists will only require clothing for local leave and travel home. As a guide, for reservists, 2-3 sets of civilian clothing will suffice.
Ask your family to bring extra clothing to your march out parade if you don’t have enough room in your bag.
ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED ITEMS
We hope that this list of items helps you out when getting yourself ready for Kapooka. Please remember that you are under no obligation to buy anything that isn't on the packing list.
If you are a recent graduate of Kapooka and feel like there is something that should be added or that this information may need to be updated, please don't hesitate to let us know! We want to make sure you guys are provided with the best, most accurate info so please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your time at Kapooka and good luck!
Michael and Carly both have walked the path you are about to take and are commited to help you get started with your training for a successful enlistment with free tips and articles.