Army Barbie Kicks Butt: Part 1

This blog was originally created to help fellow army kids like me. Over the last 8 months (wow!) it’s evolved into a healthy living-Army-fitness-daily life blog. And I’m cool with that. But, being that it is called ‘ArmyPaisley’ — it could use some more Army Barbie-esque posts.

This post is ‘part 1’ of an Army Barbie Kicks Butt series. Because, as a fellow Army kid — we all need a little motivation to get out there and be guard soldiers. Or… kick butt.

Being that today I’ve been packing and prepping for annual training, I figured I could give you guys a little Army Barbie survival kit. AT is a 10-day long exercise that is required for every National Guard unit. After 4 years of being in the Army, this is my first time attending AT. I’ve always been in other training events which prevented me from going to AT. With that, I’m a little lost as to what I should bring.


Of course I was given a packing list. But that only includes the mere basics: uniforms, boots, sleeping bag, eye protection, etc. Army Barbies can’t live on merely the basics. At least not this one.


Here’s a list of things that you can bring to an Army training event… if you’re like me, and you want some added “comforts.” I’ve done a lot of packing in my day, therefore my list has become ever so refined. I now consider this list part of the “basic necessities for any Army event.”

  • Black yoga pants – black because they won’t SCREAM ‘girly’ and yoga pants because you can sleep in them. Personally I hate sleeping in Army PT Uniforms. I’m bringing my Lucy Hatha Power Pant’s.
  • Kindle – pre-loaded with a few books. I’m not sure how many nights we’ll be spending in the field, but I know I’ll get bored. Having a kindle in the Army means that I can read when it’s dark — without a head lamp. And also beats the obnoxiously boring days of sitting around — which I’m sure all my fellow guard soldiers can relate to. I have a few books on mine that I’ve been dying to finish.
  • ALL Luxurious body care items. I’m not skimping out on anything. When you’ve had a long day, you feel all green gross and tired — Having all your familiar body care items can be a God-send. I learned this a long time ago in basic training — and I’ve ALWAYS stuck with what works for me. Bring all the good stuff, then all the bad days end happier.


I use Unite Lazer Straight cream, skintimate shave cream, Philosophy face wash, Sephora make up remover, Pureology conditioner & Paul Mitchell shampoo.

  • Lots of snacks. The worst is being stuck in a classroom, or out in the field — with nothing to eat. I gained about 15lbs. when I went to boot camp because I ate everything in sight. I never knew when I’d get to eat next. Over the years I’ve learned to bring food. Granted, I’m allowed nowadays (before, food was strictly forbidden). Some things I’ll be bringing for this training event include:
  1. Beef/Turkey jerkey
  2. Trail mix
  3. Protein powder
  4. Dried fruit
  5. Individual packs of Justin’s PB and Almond butter
  6. Instant oatmeal packets
  7. Larabars
  8. Instant coffee
  9. Propel water enhance packets
  10. Applesauce cups
Trader Joe’s has an amazing selection of ready-to-pack items.
  • Baby Wipes — I can’t stress this one enough. Baby wipes have been used for SOOO many things during my Army career. But most importantly, when you can’t have a shower — they’re a life saver. Fresh t-shirt, socks and a baby wipe bath – Good to go!

What things do you pack when you go camping? Backpacking? Road trip? Or Army training events?

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