The Question and Answer section for The Things They Carried is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
What chapter are you referring to?
The Chevy Norman drives belongs to his father..... it's big, it's safe, it's constant, and it's familiar. It is symbolic of America.... of home.... a place where "courage" no longer counts and no one wants to hear about what you've experienced.
Examples of the "things they carried".
"........ P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military...