It's your first time in the field for restoration. Maybe it's your millionth time. You know the value of your backpack is beyond words. It is your ultimate lifeline. When your in the dirt planting natives or removing invasives, what are you going to do when you're no where near a sip water and it's in the middle of summer?
For better or for worse, we've been there. We know how easy it can be to forget the details, so we put our heads together and made a list of THE most important things we wouldn't want anyone to forget!
Here it goes:
1. Water Bottle - Hydration is key to being the field. Water is life.
2. Hand Tools - Prepare for adventure. And dirt.
3. Gloves - Safety first.
4. First Aid Kit - Small cuts or sharp branches are sometime unavoidable. Gloves may not be enough.
5. Binoculars - The best part of field work are the views. Whether you're into wildlife, birds or geology, you don't want to limit yourself to the naked eye. Allow yourself to experience nature a little farther...
6. Magnifying Glass(es) - Or a little closer.
7. Field guides - Now you can see that you can see clearly, what are you looking at?
8. Notepad, Pen & Pencil - Take note your of experience. Collect data. Make it memorable.
9. Hand sanitizer - A quick cleanup is always ideal before you head back to reality. The clip on sanitizers have been the most handy.
10. Space - Take not to pack your back completely full. Not only will it be challenging to carry, but it may actually be helpful to leave extra space for clipboard, data sheets or other related equipment from your journey.
And there you have it. Check this list before every outing and let us know how it works for you.
Thank you all for restoring your communities and thank you, Patagonia, for supplying our program with such fantastic backpacks!