You do not have to go out and spend a ton of money to get ready for a GORUCK event.
For your rucksack you want to get a backpack the is comfortable and will hold the weight and take some abuse. You will want to make sure that the straps will hold up, zippers will remain zipped, pockets will remain closed, and that isis comfortable on your back for an expended amount of time.
You are required to carry a water source with you during this event. You can have a water bottle or any other container to hold it. But, keep in mind that it has to fit in your backpack and you do not want it to take up a lot of space.
I also suggest a 2nd source of water so that you can make sure to have enough water. Yes you will run out, but you will be able to fill it up. The problem is that you will not always be able to do so immediately. So it is better to be prepared.
For each event I always bring a pair of gloves. Yes, lifting gloves will work but they may get damaged. I like to get a pair of carpenter gloves. I try to find some that are thick, flexible, and durable. I suggest these because you will be on the ground, carrying odd shaped items, and it will help with your grip if you have to pull or lift something. You can get gloves that cover your whole hand or some that are missing the tips of the fingers. It really is all about preference. I was able to find mine at Wal-Mart but I am sure you can grab a pair any place.
You will need this:
The carabiniere is something that everyone should have. They are very inexpensive but, I have used mine at every event that I have done. You can grab a fancy one or a basic one.
I suggest trying to not put a lot of things in your bag. Just because you will get dirty and you will get wet. But, I do keep a waterproof case in my bag that will hold things like my keys, phone, money, ID, foot care kit (see below for details on that). You ca get a hard case or a small bag. But, if you plan on leaving important things in the car then you will not need to worry about it. Or, we can toss it in my bag with my things.
If you are not sure how your feet will hold up you need this. I have done a lot of events and I still carry one with me in my bag. This is a foot care bag that has a lot of things that you can use to patch up any blisters or sores during the event.
Other things to pack/bring with you:
- Pack a small bag with toothbrush, spare clothes, towel, water bottle, flip flops/sandals, and a trash bag.
- After the event you will want to strip down and toss those wet/dirty clothes into the bag so you do not get the car dirty. This will allow you to have a bag ready to grab instead of having to dig around for it. After a event you will be tired, hungry, and possibly sleepy. So if you have things easily available it will make the post event transition a lot easier.
- Tylenol/pain killers: you should also bring these. You have no idea what kind of pain you may have during/after the event. It is better to have these on hand just in case you need them
- Allergy medication: I always pack/bring extra. Who knows if your allergies will start to flare up.
- Sun screen and bug spray: bring this as well! It is better to have it than not have it at all
- Chapstick/lip balm: pretty self explanatory