Do you have a deployment coming up? On top of all your standard-issue equipment, we can recommend an entire arsenal of gear to bring along. Make sure you're ready for the trip, prepared for any down time you might have, and most importantly, geared up for getting the job done.
If you're heading out for the long haul, make sure you've got the right bag for the job. Here are two that stood out to us:
This spacious roller bag has 120L of room and plenty of grab handles for hauling tons of gear.
Ideally built for athletes, this spacious bag with dual-zip compartment offers easy access to travel essentials wherever the mission takes you.
The right backpack can double as the perfect airplane carry-on as well as an actual in-the-field bag for carrying gear.
Hydration tube compatible, and with five rows of MOLLE webbing. A tactician's best travel companion.
With its customizable modular layout, you can tweak this combat pack exactly how you like it.
The last thing you want to deal with on deployment is a busted screen. Take the necessary precautions and defend your phone.
Completely defends your phone with a 3-part impact-resistant outer shell and screen protector.
Ultra-light shockproof case that's been subjected to military drop test standards. Passed with flying colors.
Heading somewhere bright and sunny? We've got a variety of uniform-compliant frames that'll defend your eyes.
Ballistic-certified lenses with comms-compatible earstems. This is an operator's frame, through and through.
An all-metal, uniform-compliant frame built right here in the USA. Slightly pliable for a custom, perfect fit.
As one former Ranger told us, "You use a knife for every ten bullets you shoot in the military." Make sure you bring along the right one.
This fixed-blade comes with paracord for customizing your grip, and an injection-molded sheath.
An affordable folder with a bunch of hidden talents, including a glass breaker and wire stripper.
The thing with multitools is, you don't know you'll need one until you actually need one. Plan for the unexpected and choose one of these multi-talented, EDC tools:
A multi-tool built with shooters in mind. It even has a bolt-override tool for clearing jams from the ejection port. Cool, right?
A particular favorite among EMS members, the Raptor is a medic's best friend, and includes a MOLLE-compatible sheathe for carrying on your chest rig.
Durability and protection, without sacrificing tactile mobility. The right pair of gloves is essential for those in combat units.
Mesh zones and rubber exhaust ports keep air flowing for maximum breathability, plus the textured poll makes it easy to put 'em on and pull 'em off.
Can't go wrong with Mechanix gloves. The armored thumb and index finger both provide durable gripping power in dry, oily and wet conditions.
These slings are designed for maximum operational readiness.
Allows for both single point and two-point sling configurations, plus the shoulder strap is nicely padded.
Single point bungee sling named and dedicated after the ”Harlem Hellfighters”.
If you're staying in touch with someone back home, it's useful to have a watch with multiple time zones. Plus, it never hurts to get one that's tough as hell.
You knew a G-Shock would be on this list. Oversized, impressively shock resistant, and featuring 29 time zones.
An ultimate GPS watch packed with more tactical features than you'll know what to do with. Our personal favorite is the waypoint tracking feature.
If you're heading into a combat zone, you'll likely be issued a plate carrier. But some service members prefer to get one that fits better than the standard issue kind. Here are our recommendations.
Our most popular plate carrier accepts medium or large ballistic plates and comes in a variety of colors.
An American-made carrier made of 1000D Nylon with plenty of webbing for gear attachments. Comes in four different colors.
Here's another gear item you'll get issued. But if you want to have a backup pair (or you just don't like how your current boots fit) try one of these uniform-compliant pairs:
UA ClutchFit tech wraps your ankle with a lightweight “second skin” for powerful support and incredible feel. Light and powerful.
An 8" stack boot with a lace lock system for keeping laces in place even during long hours on patrol.
Didn't your mother always tell you to bring a jacket? Don't let her down.
A windbreaker and rain-slicker in one. Includes hree hidden pockets for stowing gear and two zip-out ID panels.
A simple every day throwover jacket that doesn't skimp on the weather resistance. Repels water without sacrificing breathability.
The combat shirt is designed to be worn next to the skin, without a T-shirt, in hot weather. Over time, it'll mold to your torso and be your go-to every day shirt. The sleeves come with hook and loop for nametape and grade insignia, and the shirt is designed to be worn underneath body armor.
A form-fitting and breathable garment that captures and releases moisture vapor to keep you as cool as possible in hot environments.
Made of No Melt, No Drip CORDURA Baselayer fabric, a 60/40 cotton nylon blend that defends against flash fires. You can never be too careful.
Underwear and socks are just as important as the outerwear you bring on deployment. A pair of socks can make or break you on long patrols, so choose the right pair. Same goes with underwear. Here's what we recommend.
Made of lightweight UA Tech fabric for a soft, natural feel.
Built from ruggedized polyester to provide maximum durability and rip resistance in any environment.
We cannot recommend Darn Tough enough. Merino Wool is designed to stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer. An ideal boot sock.
ColdGear Infrared uses a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat.
If you're deploying to a combat zone, you'll need the right kits to make sure your weapon is operating in peak condition. Take care of your gun, and your gun will take care of you.
Uses steel rods rather than aluminum, which are less durable and more abrasive. The rods offer a much better thread system than the competition.
This solvent will penetrate the residue on your guns and remove it from the inside out, making carbon and powder removal almost effortless.
Outlets can be a little tricky to locate in some areas. Take matters into your own hands and bring along portable charging gear to stay connected.
19,500mAh rechargeable battery provides up to 14 hours of laptop use.
Deployment life can be tough on cables. Don't stress about mangled cables by getting one coated in stainless steel armor like this bad boy.
So long as you're obeying OPSEC rules, there's nothing wrong with recording some footage from your time on deployment. Bring along an action cam and start capturing some moments.
With its all-new GP1 chip, the newest GoPro offers next-level video stabilization and twice the performance of its predecessors.
Capture the entire moment in glorious 360-degrees, with four built-in microphones that add immersive audio to your footage.
Whether you need some headphones for some alone time traveling to and from your destination, or you want to blast some tunes in the barracks, having music along for your deployment can be a huge morale booster.
12 hours of sweet, sweet battery life, and stays in your ears during sweaty workouts and hot days.
Some bases actually have rules against noise canceling headphones. But we won't tell if you don't.
This impact-resistant, waterproof portable speaker is a bestseller among campers and construction workers. It'll work for you too.
Slim and lightweight, it's ideal for filling rooms with audio without adding too much weight to your sea bag.
Practice good personal hygiene and for God's sake, bring along a pair of shower shoes.
You'd be surprised at how much of a morale booster a close, smooth shave can be. This razor is made from a veteran-owned brand run by guys who know a thing or two about that.
Bring along all your essential toiletries with this convenient tactical bag, made of tough fabric that'll last you years.
When it comes to showers, you might want to practice the same kind of habits you practiced in college.