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Packing List


All items on this list are required unless specifically labeled as optional. There are no facilities to purchase supplies; please check items off the list as you pack so you do not forget anything. We cannot be responsible for any item or personal property brought to the encampment. Do not bring anything that is not on the list. All clothing and equipment must be marked indelibly with your name using a permanent marker or written on waterproof tape.

Any items not on the packing list will be confiscated until the end of the encampment.

Tri-Wing Encampment is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items brought to encampment.


Cadets will report to encampment in the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).

For Airman Battle Uniform (ABU):

  • ABU Blouse with - nametape, CAP tape, and wing patch sewn on (if you live in Maryland, the wing patch is an optional item for the ABU blouse), 2 grade insignia (pinned/sewn on).
  • TAN crew-neck t-shirt
  • ABU Trousers
  • TAN rigger style belt (Blue and Black are not allowed with the ABU)
  • Boot Socks, BLACK
  • Blousing bands
  • BLACK Combat boots (shined) – must be well broken-in before encampment to avoid blisters
  • ABU Cover


Cadets must arrive to check-in carrying:

  • Current CAP membership card with expiration date at least July 31, 2023.
  • Adequate supply of prescribed medication (if applicable), properly labeled in original containers (over-the-counter medications and supplements must have a prescription) in a clear, plastic bag.
  • Any paperwork that was not submitted prior to encampment (if applicable)
  • Signed Encampment Honor Agreement
  • Students with special dietary restrictions* will need to have their food in hand to be stored in the kitchen and not stored away in their packed bag. Students/parents should communicate these restrictions with Tri-Wing staff in advance of arrival.

* If dietary restrictions are not able to be accommodated with available food

All luggage should have a tag on it with the cadet’s name. Do not carry uniforms on hangers; they need to be packed in a suitcase or garment bag so items cannot get lost if they fall off the hanger.  Do not use garbage bags as luggage as your gear may be confused with actual garbage. Each cadet must have their own luggage; siblings cannot share a suitcase.


Each cadet’s luggage will contain the following:

Airman Battle Uniform (ABUs). The following items are to be packed in ADDITION to the ABU uniform you are wearing on arrival.  Participants should have two sets of ABUs total.

  • 1 ABU blouse, nametape, CAP tape, and wing patch sewn on
  • 8 TAN crew-neck t-shirts (Also will be worn during PT so extra is highly encouraged)
  • 1 ABU pants
  • 8-10 pairs of boot socks, BLACK. Wool is allowed but moisture-wicking synthetic preferred due to the heat.

Short Sleeve Blues Service Uniform

  • 1 short-sleeve blue uniform shirt with epaulets
  • 2 grade insignia (or you may use the same pair from your ABUs)
  • 1 nameplate, blue, three lines
  • 1 set of ribbons (to be brought, but not attached to shirt)
  • 1 pair blue uniform trousers or slacks
  • 1 blue belt with silver buckle and tip
  • 2 undershirts, white, v-neck OR 2 white camisoles for females
  • 1 blue flight cap with CAP enlisted hat device or officer insignia as needed.
  • 1 pair black low-quarter leather uniform shoes
  • 2 pairs of black dress socks
  • 1 set of shirt stays (also known as shirt garters)

Physical Training Uniform

  • 4-6 pairs of shorts, black (no short shorts, your shorts may have some colored piping or small brand symbols but should be predominantly black)
  • 10 pairs of socks, white, below the calf
  • 1 pair of shoes, athletic, running, must be able to wear socks.
  • 4-6 Tan shirts. These can be the same as your ABU t-shirts, but extras should be brought

Other clothing and personal items

  • 9-10 pairs of underwear
  • 7 bras (females - any combination of bras/sports bras as needed)
  • 1 shoeshine kit (equipment and supplies)

Bedding items

  • 2 unfitted twin sheets (White, off-white, or beige preferred, no graphics or designs)
  • 1 blanket for twin sized bed (Dark blue, black, or gray preferred, no graphics or designs)
  • 1 pillowcase (White, off-white, or beige preferred, no graphics or design)

Note: All sheets and pillowcases should be a conservative color and should not have logos or designs. Pillows will be provided.

Bathing and hygiene items (bring an 8-day supply)

  • 1 razor with additional blades (if needed)
  • 1 can of shaving cream (if needed)
  • 1 toothbrush with toothpaste
  • 1 bottle of shampoo/conditioner (2 in 1 hair and body wash is recommended)
  • 1 comb or brush
  • Females: gel/hairspray/hairnet/pins (whatever used to put your hair up daily; should match your hair color)
  • 1 deodorant (required)
  • 1 pair of shower shoes, flip-flops, or crocs (all rubber) for the shower
  • 1 bar of soap in plastic container or bottle of body wash
  • 2 bath towels
  • 1 washcloth or small towel
  • Females: feminine hygiene products (recommended even if you do not expect to need them that week)

Miscellaneous required items

  • 1 insect repellant
  • 1 Moleskin pad
  • 1 lip balm
  • 1 sunscreen (at least SPF 30)
  • 1 pocket-sized notebook
  • 5 pens, black or blue ink and 5 pencils
  • 8 clothes hangers, all wire
  • 1 ruler (preferably 18")
  • 1 poncho, either military-type (olive green or BDU/ABU pattern), orange or see-through, need not be expensive.
  • 1 one-quart military-style canteen with cover and web-style belt
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Optional items - the following items are not required but may be brought for your convenience.

  • 1 set of eyeglasses (constraints on time and concerns regarding field condition sanitation make proper care of contacts difficult. It is highly recommended that cadets do not bring contact lenses. Sunglasses are prohibited, but eyeglasses with photosensitive lenses are permitted.) It is highly suggested to bring a glasses strap with these as there is a large amount of physical activity throughout the week.
  • 1 sewing kit
  • 1 standard-sized notebook
  • 1 nail clipper
  • 1 iron and spray starch (highly recommended)
  • 1 disposable camera
  • 1 religious reading material
  • 1 Small flashlight
  • Extra batteries
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