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What’s in the backpack of a 🇺🇸US Marine on cold weather training?

What’s in the backpack of a 🇺🇸US Marine on cold weather training?


Mittens, goggles, my survival knife, extreme
cold weather top, survival ration, midday rations, our overwhite camouflage, base layers,
we have our mid layers, the bottoms. Next I have a pair of over boots, I have my
extreme cold weather booties, snow shoes. We have our standard issue helmets, standard
issue tarp, individual first aid kit, our sleeping bags, my wool socks, two Nalgene
bottles, as well as one canteen cup, my isolation mat to keep us off the ground, and that is
everything in my main pack.

13 thoughts on “What’s in the backpack of a 🇺🇸US Marine on cold weather training?”

  1. But what is the standard rifle of a US Marine? Is it still a M16a4? Or has it become a M4a1 carabine? Or has the HK M27 already replaced everything? I am kinda confused about this.

  2. I'm in Canada, got the same MSR Snowshoes with the extended tails as you. Guess I made a good choice if the USA military issues them. I'm not a snowshoer, got them for emergencies along with a hunting/icefishing sled and snowmobile suit. -40C and I'm warm as toast, I'd beef up on those mitts you got. Then again winter is warmer than it used to be, very few cold days so I wear spring clothing in February. Keep safe.

  3. Constant wind, rain and +4c is the biggest challenge. Everything gets soaked, insulation stops working, nothing ever dries. Calm weather and freezing conditions are easier.

    One thing I would like to know is: How do you power up your equipment, camera, phone, gps ?

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