Your Essential Overseas Deployment Checklist

Your Essential Overseas Deployment Checklist

Do you have a deployment abroad coming up? In addition to all your standard-issue gear, you'll want to explore these products. Make sure you're ready for the journey, prepared for your down time, and most important of all, geared up for the mission.


– Kit Monster Bag

This spacious roller bag has 120L of room and plenty of grab handles for hauling tons of gear.

5.11 Tactical
– NBT Duffle Lima

This midsize bag is perfect for those week-long assignments that happen every once in a while. Doubles as the perfect gym bag.

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– Bias Sling Bag

This excellent travel bag features MOLLE webbing, three large pockets, and enough room for a 15" laptop.

– Tactical BOS Pack

The best thing about this three-day duty bag is the fact that it's water-repellant. Because the weather doesn't care about you. At all.

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Device Protection

– iPhone 6/6s fre Power Case

The toughest case on the market with a built-in charger that doubles your phone's battery life. Enough said.

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– SI Ballistic Det Cord

Anti-fog coating, ANSI Z87.1-2010 ballistic compliant, and badass as hell.

– Magnum Tactical Edition

An all-metal aluminum frame that is slightly adjustable for a wrap-around, customizable fit. (Fun fact: Marcus Luttrell wore this brand in Afghanistan.)

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– PD35

960 lumens and under six inches in length. Portable, powerful, and lightweight.

Princeton Tc
– Remix Pro Headlamp

Does great in cold weather and harsh conditions, and has a burn time of 40 hours.

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– Fixed Adamas

Comes with paracord so you can customize the grip to your liking, as well as a MOLLE compatible injection-molded sheath.

– Aegis Folder

We mostly like the price of this popular folder. Weighs only 3.10 ounces and features SOG assisted opening technology.

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A multi-tool built with shooters in mind. It even has a bolt-override tool for clearing jams from the ejection port. Cool, right?

– Multi-Plier 600

You can open and use the pliers with one hand, making it perfect for tight spaces and quick tasks.

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– Hard Time

The thermoplastic knuckleplates give these gloves some extra armor, and you can even use your smartphone with taking 'em off.

- Centerfire

Insulated, rugged, and water-resistant, all without compromising dexterity.

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Weapon/Rifle Sling

BDS Tactical
– Enhanced Dual Sling

Allows for both single point and two-point sling configurations, plus the shoulder strap is nicely padded.

Specter Gear
– Viper Sling

The main portion of the webbing that supports the weapon is 1.5" wide, perfect for fully equipped M4s.

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– Colormark 3080 Series

Made to last years of abuse. Water-resistant up to 660 feet and boasts illumination that'll stay lit for a quarter century. No, seriously.

– G-Shock GD100

Yeah, you knew a G-Shock would be on this list. Oversized, impressively shock resistant, and featuring 31 time zones on display. Among other things.

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Plate Carrier and Chest Rigs

5.11 Tactical
– Tactec Carrier

Affordable, lightweight, and distributes weight evenly and comfortably.

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– Response III 80

It's got a fiberflass shank that doesn't add any unneeded weight, plus a slip-resistant carbon rubber outsole.

– Light Assault Boot

The lightweight Cordura and synthetic upper is extra breathable, giving your feet a break out in the field.

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– Full Zip Sweater

Handwarmer pockets have pass-through zippered openings. Perfect for concealed carry.

Under Armour
– Freedom Tech 14

A very lightweight pullover that's perfect for a little extra layering in the evening.

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Baselayer and Apparel

5.11 Tactical
– Loose Fit Crew Shirt

The mesh vents under the armpits are a must-have, especially for desert climates.

Darn Tough
– Mid Calf Cushion Socks

People rejoiced when Darn Tough returned to GovX after a long hiatus. The name says it all. These socks hold up to tons of wear and tear.

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Weapon Cleaning Kit

– 5.56mm to .45 Cleaning System

Compatible with a variety of calibers and weapon systems, this little kit comes with the most common cleaning supplies.

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USB Device Charging

Goal Zero
– Sherpa 100 Power Pack

Recharges from the wall, solar panels, or even a car and provides enough power for laptops, phones, and tablets.

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Action Cam

– Hero 4 Black

Of course this is on the list. The premiere action camera. This one is capable of shooting 4k video.


A highlight of this bad boy is its dedicated photo button, making it an excellent point-and-shoot cam in addition to a waterproof action cam.

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Headphones & Audio

Beats by Dre
– Powerbeats 2 Wireless

They're good enough for LeBron James. Incredible bass and audio quality, and sweat-resistant earbuds for working out.

– Tough Bluetooth Speaker

A rugged, rubberized speaker that produces a nice 360-degree arc of booming sound. Impact resistant and totally waterproof.

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Bathroom Stuff

Fieldworks Supply Company
– Shave Gel and Wash Package

Keep that beard in check. Command has standards, after all. This package has everything a properly-groomed man oughta have.

Road Runner Sports
– Reef Sandals

You know why these are the on list. Bathrooms can be a little gross in-country, huh?

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Duke's Meats
– Jim Beam Bourbon Glaze Beef Strips

As if you needed a reason why this is on the list. They're friggin' delicious.

– Hidden Valley Ranch Sunflower Seeds

Try not to make too much of a mess. Other people work here, after all.

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