8 things Marines love to carry other than their weapon

Marines carry a lot of gear while on a combat deployment: body armor, weapons, and communication equipment — just to name a few.

With all that weight tallying up quickly and a lack of storage space to contain it all, Marines have to be picky about what they’re willing to haul around on those long missions.

At times, they’ll even negotiate with one another who carries what, but check out this list of what Marines have no problem taking with them regardless of how much it weights.

1. Energy drinks

Although water is the healthier choice — there’s nothing like a delicious energy drink to make that 12-hour mission seem more enjoyable and speed up time.

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Perfect on a dry day (Source: Flickr)

2. Extra ammo

“I have too many bullets to shoot, Sergeant,” said no Marine ever.

Ammo is heavy, but the look on a grunt’s face when he’s unloading a full magazine at the ISIS: priceless.

machine gun

Pure joy. (Image via Dark Horse Entertainment)

3. Smokes/Dip

Even if you didn’t indulge in tobacco products stateside, you’re probably going to light up a cigarette or pack your lip full of dip while on an extended patrol.

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Note: Smoking and dipping tobacco are known for having health risks.

4. Things that make other things go boom

The weight of a few Claymores, grenades, and mortars can add up if you’re carrying a few extras in your mole pouches, but one thing Marines love and are proud of is their outstanding ability to blow sh*t up.

To that, we tip our hats.

explosion

Chewbacca understands. (Image via Walt Disney Studios)

5. Crystal lite packets

Because drinking water can get boring — really boring. Although it’s a healthier option than number #1.

6. Pogey bait

Many have never heard of this term.

Pogey bait is an assortment of cakes, candies, and nonmilitary foods.

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And Marines love it.

7. Digital camera

Because recording those special little moments of bombing the hell out of ISIS are unique ones.

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This one is for the grandkids. (Source: BBC Panorama)

8. Baby wipes

You never know when you have to take a G.I. shower…or a field dump.

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Marine approved. (Source: Huggies)

Bonus: G.P.S.

Just in case your 2nd Lieutenant can’t get you to the second checkpoint.

(Source: Garmin)

Can you think of any others? Comment below.

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