Please note that remote rural property with no shops nearby; you must bring everything you need for the week with you.
Main bag – You will need a large bag or backpack; around 40-50 litre capacity. You need to be able to carry it comfortably for short distances (such as, from the bus to your tent). A waterproof liner inside the bag is a good idea – a large rubbish bag will suffice.
Day pack – Needed for carrying water, paper, pens, binoculars, cameras, etc during surveys. A rain cover is a recommended optional extra.
Sleeping bag – A warm sleeping bag is recommended – the temperature in April is averages 9oC overnight.
Sleeping mat and pillow – a compact inflatable camping mattress or yoga mat and small pillow.
Water bottle and/or hydration pack – A combination of leak-proof drink bottles or bladder type hydration packs (for example, CamelBak) with a total 2L capacity.
Head torch – You will need a head torch for night surveys and walking around the site in the evening. It is recommended to use a head torch that has a rechargeable lithium battery rather than single use batteries.
Spare batteries and chargers – For head torch, camera, phone, etc. Batteries are not available to buy on site. It is recommended to use rechargeable batteries where possible. If you are planning on bringing an external power bank, these cannot be put in your checked luggage.
Waterproof jacket – Showers or rain is possible at this time of year so bring a rain jacket.
Alarm clock – you can use your phone or watch to ensure you wake you up for your early morning surveys.
Travel towel – A light travel towel.
Notebook and pencils/pens – Essential.
Laptop computer – Essential. You will need this to complete the statistics section of the course.
Soap and shampoo – Please only bring biodegradable soaps to minimise impact on the environment.
Insect repellent – Natural insect repellents are preferred; non-DEET repellent is essential for handling wildlife.
Sunscreen – Minimum SPF 30 is recommended.
Menstrual pads/tampons – Please bring a supply even if you do not expect to use them.
Hand sanitiser – Just a small bottle. Please use prior to meal time.
You should bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
Hiking boots – should be comfortable (worn in). Other close-toed shoes (such as sneakers or work boots) are acceptable too. Closed shoes must be worn at all times on site except when showering.
Rubber boots – will be handy for frog surveys.
Thongs – for use in the shower.
Long baggy trousers – Any comfortable long pants (not leggings); jeans, work pants, cargos, or hiking pants are all good options. Long pants must be worn at all times on site (no shorts). 2-3 pairs.
T-shirts and/or shirts – Pack 4-6. A mixture of short sleeved and long sleeved will ensure you are prepared for different temperatures (night and day surveys). Button up shirts are also fine if you prefer.
Fleece top – It will be cool in the mornings and evenings (~90C) so pack a jumper to make sure you are warm enough.
Socks – Enough for one week. Long socks are more comfortable with hiking and rubber boots.
Underwear – Enough for one week.
Hat and sunglasses – A broad-brimmed hat is recommended for adequate sun protection. A style you can pack into your day bag easily is ideal.
Pyjamas – enough for 1 week.
*for those doing our 2 week field course
Dive Training Materials: If you’re learning to SCUBA dive on expedition, you will need dive training materials. These are now entirely online so to make things easier for you we’ve arranged them on your behalf. You’ll receive an email from us in the run up to the expedition with login details and information on how to access them. We highly recommend bringing a smartphone or tablet with you so you can then access them on expedition, although this isn’t strictly necessary. If you have independently bought dive training materials please let us know as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com.
Proof of dive qualification – If you are already a qualified diver, we will require proof of your dive qualifications on site. We do accept non-PADI qualifications, as long as it is equivalent to or more advanced than PADI Open Water.
Essential Dive equipment
All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own or hire onsite (with the exception of a wetsuit). Hire costs will be included in your final invoice.
Buoyancy Control Device
Mask and snorkel
Wetsuit – We recommend that you bring a 7mm full length wetsuit (as opposed to a shorty) because the water can be cold even during the summer. The wet suits can be bought from the school in Portugal if informed in advance.
*for those doing our 2 week field course
Rash vest – Can also be worn under a wetsuit if you are cold.
Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is a requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers. You can buy a simple Casio W800 watch waterproof to 100m (not that you will be going any deeper than 18 metres – however they are more reliable) for approximately £15 on Amazon.
Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies and First Aid trained staff on site, you should carry your own personal medical kit. You MUST bring all prescription medications you need. Other suggested items are:
Binoculars – Useful for spotting waterbirds and other wildlife; 8 x 40 are the best to bring.
Camera – You will have lots of opportunities to take photos of the site and wildlife. Make sure you bring a suitable case (waterproof is ideal) and adequate batteries and/or charger. Please do not bring a drone.
Entertainment – You might like to bring cards, games, books, etc for travelling to the site and evening down time.
Snacks – There will not be any opportunity to buy anything during the week, so it is recommended to bring your favourite snacks with you.
While mobile phones will be useful for alarms and photo taking, it is expected that they will be in flight mode during learning sessions.