Keep in mind that this field experience is "roughing it" in the sense that we will be learning about life in its habitat, but not roughing it to make you uncomfortable. There may be conditions in which you may be unfamiliar. We will do our best to inform you of what to expect. Expect the weather to be opposites: Hot>cold, dry>humid, no insects>lots of insects! We will be doing our exploring at different times of day and night and then there will be periods of waiting for things to happen . . . waiting to hear coyotes, watching for a geyser, or going out at night to look for animals or to look at the night sky.
Packing the necessary gear is an art form for
rough travel. Space is tight and most people find
that they just don't need as much as they think. The
list below is intended to be informative, however,
personal comfort is important so there may be a need for
things that we don't mention.
We recommend you use a soft travel bag
(medium backpack size at most - no external frames) that
can be locked at the zippers, and that doesn't have a lot
of straps hanging off - or one where the straps can be
stored. Even though there will be no hiking with your bag,
there may be times you have to carry it and store it. In
addition, we recommend a small day-pack* for stuff (water,
camera, snacks, and raincoat).
* Your day-pack should be small! For reference, you won't need anything bigger than a 500 - 600 cubic inch day pack (like a book bag for school, or a small hydro pack).
Once you have everything, we recommend you
pack it up as if you were leaving. If everything does not
fit, look at what your clothes requirements are and start
to "thin" out towards our basic list requirements.
Small hand towel
- 1 pair long pants.
- 1 pair of thermal underwear (top and bottom)
- stocking hat
- sweat shirt
- 1 pair heavy socks
- 1 pair of shorts
- bathing suit that you can wring out and get back into every day.
- Comfortable shoes (for lots of walking)
- Sandals (that can get wet)
- 2 or three light shirts
- Rain jacket
- Special health instructions
- Day pack (use also for the plane trip)
- Light sleeping bag
- Flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
- Small folding knife (Swiss army) is allowable, but must be kept stored
during travel (Do not put this in your daypack for plane travel).
- Couple of ziplock-type bags - Any medications
- Hat (sun will be very strong at times)
- Water bottle
- Insect repellant
Meals and SnacksWe will have the opportunity to eat a group meal three times each day. Meals will be decided on by the group, purchased (and prepared) as a group. We will have coolers for drinks and snacks. SEEDS will provide drinking water on the van. If you want your own drinks or snacks, you must purchase them with your own money.