Course Packing Lists

This is the suggested equipment for each course. These are minimums, you’re free to bring as much additional equipment as you want. If you’re not sure about what something is or if there’s a adequate substitute, feel free to contact me.

RTO Course: A notebook, a pen or pencil, comfortable clothes for walking in the woods.

Advanced RTO Course: Notes from RTO Basic

Signals Intelligence / Low Level Voice Intercept: Notebook, pen, comfortable clothes

First Line Course:

  • Fixed Blade Knife w/ sheath
  • Compass: baseplate or lensatic
  • Space blanket or GI Casualty blanket
  • Canteen cup for water collection and boiling
  • Chlorine Tablets
  • Firesteel or magnesium bar
  • Signal Mirror
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Food for two days
  • Appropriate clothes for the season

Recon and Surveillance Team Course:

  • Line 1:
    • Personal Camouflage / Field uniform
    • Serviceable boots
    • Knife
    • Watch
    • Binoculars
    • Notebook (write in the rain preferred)
    • Pen
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Compass
    • Lighter
    • Gloves
    • 50ft 550 Cord or Bank Line
    • Signal Mirror
    • Personal radio equipment (optional)
  • Line 2:
    • Personal Weapon
    • 4-7 loaded magazines
    • Chest Rig / Field Load Carrier / LCE
  • Line 3:
    • Rucksack or suitable backpack
    • Trashbag or waterproof bag
    • 2 spare undershirts
    • 3 spare socks
    • Wet wipes
    • Personal Medications
    • Poncho
    • Bungee Cords
    • Canteen and field mess kit
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Freeze dried food or MRE for two days

Basic Tracking:

  • Note pad and pencil
  • Flashlight
  • Measuring tape capable of measuring up to approximately 48 inches.
  • Orienteering-type compass (with mirror and clear baseplate) – optional
  • Small mirror (mirror on compass may suffice) – optional
  • Corrected vision of participants (eye glasses if necessary)
  • Clothing appropriate for weather conditions (cold weather gear? rain gear? etc.)
  • Canteen / water container
  • 40” to 48” inch stick (wooden dowel) with rubber bands or hair ties (2) wrapped tightly around. 1/4” inch wood dowel will work.