Masks – You will be asked to wear a mask when in enclosed spaces or part of smaller groups when social distancing may be harder to manage. Please bring enough for a daily change.
Hand sanitizer – Supplies will be available but please ensure you bring your own personal supply as well.
Rucksack/Backpack – 50L minimum (60-70L better) with good back support and a waistband. Hold alls/suitcases would be okay but you will be walking across a field to get to your tent so we need to be able to carry them and not wheel them along.
Rucksack waterproof cover (optional) – This will help to keep your kit dry.
Small day rucksack 20-30L – Used for your surveys to carry your water and equipment, so ensure a comfortable fit. A waterproof cover for this although not essential, is highly recommended due to the unpredictable nature of the weather on site.
Waterproof plastic bags and/or dry bags – To keep your kit dry – use small zip-loc bags for valuables (or buy specialist dry bags but these are not necessary). Silica gel packets can help prevent moisture damage.
Sleeping bag – At least 2-3 seasons for the cold nights. A sleeping bag liner may also be useful for either on its own on warmer nights or for extra warmth on colder nights.
Sleeping mat – Also important for warmth to keep a layer between you and the ground for example, thermarests are great for this instead of a roll mat and tend to be a little more comfortable.
Hiking boots – For trekking. Walking boots should be comfortable with good ankle support. They need to be water proof and quick drying, as they can get wet and muddy. They also need to have a good grip.
Wellington boots – The site can get very muddy with persistent rainfall and some surveys will be based on wetlands so wellington boots are essential in these instances.
Footwear for camp – You will need to keep your feet dry in camp. We recommend a pair of TEVA style sandals, flip flops or old trainers, something that is only worn in camp.
Quick dry towel – Quick dry travel towel is best. A standard bath towel will take longer to dry.
Water bottles or platypus /camelback hydration system – You must have the capacity to carry at least 2L of water with you (can be in multiple containers).
Head torch/head lamp – Essential as there is no electricity at night in the camp and used for the night time surveys. We recommend a strong headtorch for seeing wildlife at night.
Spare batteries – For head torch, camera etc. Batteries not available to buy on site.
Watch with alarm – You will need to wake yourself up early for surveys. This does not need to be expensive, a simple cheap watch will be fine.
Waterproof jacket – You need a lightweight waterproof jacket
Notebook and pencils – Required for field work and for taking notes during lectures
Laptop – Essential if you are completing the data analysis portion of the course. You will be able to store your laptop securely in our locked storage during the day. Let us know if you can’t bring a laptop.
Use quick drying, lightweight materials. It is a good idea to keep one set of clothing clean for your travel to and from site. This is based on a 5 day field course, if you are staying for 2 weeks please consider this when deciding the quantity to pack.
Label your baggage, clothes and kit; there are many volunteers, and some may have the same or similar items to you. Unfortunately valuables are very occasionally at risk, so please only bring what is vital.
3-5 t-shirts – Loose fitting is best, must cover shoulders. Quick drying material best
2-3 long sleeved tops – Shirts are a good option. To be worn on surveys to protect arms. Quick drying.
1 fleece/thick tops – This is for colder nights in camp.
1-2 pairs trousers – Lightweight and loose fitting, quick drying material is best. Trousers that zip off at the knee are a good idea, as they can be turned into shorts. Cotton trousers are not suitable for field surveys, but these can be worn around camp.
1-2 long shorts – Lightweight and loose fitting, quick dry is best.
Underwear – Please bring enough for the full expedition. This should be comfortable fitting.
Sports bras – We recommend sports bras, as these will be more comfortable when out of camp.
Hiking socks x 5 pairs – It is very important to keep your feet dry, so a clean pair of socks will be needed daily. You will be able to hand wash these on site, but if you don’t wish to then bring more.
Nightwear – This should cover your shoulders and knees. It may get cold over night. Some students opt to wear thermal leggings and long sleeves as a base layer.
Hat with a brim or peak – This will protect your face from the sun.
Please bring ‘green’ or biodegradable toiletries to minimize the impact on the environment. Most biodegradable soaps are multi-use. Sanex 0%, Lush, The Body Shop, Ecover and many health stores offer ’green’ detergents.
Toiletries – Tooth brush, tooth paste, hair and body wash (biodegradable for washing).
Insect repellent – ‘Mosi-Guard’ and ‘Skin so soft’ by Avon are effective, environmentally friendly insect repellents that do not contain DEET. DEET products are not recommended so we can minimise our impact on the environment and you will not be able to handle any animals on surveys if wearing this. See: www.alternativeinsectrepellent.co.uk/
Antifungal foot powder – It is important to keep your feet dry, so it is recommended to use antifungal powder at the end of each survey and after washing.
Sun cream/sunblock – Minimum SPF 30. If possible use coral friendly sun cream (use natural sun blockers such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, instead of the chemical ones).
Sanitary towels/tampons – Please note you won’t be able to buy any on site. Bring some even if you don’t think you’ll need them.
Biodegradable clothing detergent (Optional) – If you bring the recommended quantities above you shouldn’t need to wash your clothes onsite but if you would prefer the option to, it is recommended to bring biodegradable detergent.
Staff will be carrying medical kits and the medical provision on site is excellent. However, there are some items listed below you will also need to carry yourself. It is essential that you bring your own medical kit.
Spending money is an optional extra to cover personal on-site expenditure only.
Once you are on the expedition you will be provided with 3 meals per day. If you would like to have extra snacks outside of this you are recommended to bring snack bars or protein bars with you.