Things to bring to Geology Field Camp

Personal items:

  • Clothing for outdoors, especially the following:
  • boots & socks
  • t-shirts (with collars & without - avoid sunburned necks)
  • jeans or long pants (for work on cool days or with scratchy vegetation)
  • shorts (for days when temperatures reach 80 or 90 F)
  • sweatshirt & one outfit of warm clothes (temps. will drop to 20s & 30s in Yellowstone)
  • rain-jacket/poncho to be carried in the field (for sudden storms)
  • belt for field notebook case and to hold your Brunton compass
  • sneakers and/or sandals
  • towels, wash-cloth, soap, shampoo etc.
  • pillow, sleeping bag or bedding (dormitory room use)
  • Walkie-Talkie; 14 channel, 2 mile range (optional) Dept. will supply for second half of field camp
  • walkman, books (optional)
  • telephone (optional , phone jacks available in rooms at SDSM  and NW College)
  • You should bring two bags:
    • a day-pack and
    • a suitcase/backpack which occupies a volume no greater than 3ft3.

You will use the day-pack when traveling and for carrying your field items. Don't over-pack, you will want to bring back souvenirs and space may be at a premium in the vans, especially as field camp progresses.

Things to carry in your day-pack:

  • lunch
  • bug spray
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lotion for sunburn (its inevitable), bandanna
  • pocket knife
  • water canteens (1 quart minimum, 2 recommended when hot)
  • small first aid kit
  • clip board
  • hard-back field notebook (provided by UA Geology department)
  • field notebook carrying case
  • pencils (3H or 4H, & colored, bring extras), erasers, pencil
  • sharpener
  • watch
  • hand lens
  • hammer and hammer carrier (best carried on belt)
  • Brunton compass and acid bottle (provided by U. of Akron)
  • Walkie-Talkie (second half of field camp)
  • Alarm clock (or mobile device with alarm clock functionality)

Additional Items:

  • 3 rapidograph style pens 

Micron (or equivalent; should be waterproof and acid free)
Sizes: "01", "03", "08" are required; a "2" or "3"  optional
Cost: $2.50-$3.00 each. Where to buy them: Any craft store

  • ruler, protractor, calculator, pens, note-paper