Materials to Take


Documenting the Site: 

  • Camera, especially digital cameras for easy download and presentations
  • Notebook, ideally Rite in the Rain brand
  • Map of the area, ideally a topographic map 

Collecting Specimens: 

  • Rock hammer, chiselhead is preferred
  • Goggles or other eye protection
  • Resealable bags or small specimen boxes, ideally clear durable bags, like freezer bags with white areas for writing
  • Small boxes or plastic totes for carrying bagged specimens
  • Permanent marker for labeling bags and/or boxes
  • Specimen labels  

Miscellaneous Items: 

  • Hand lens, about 10x
  • Tape measure and/or measuring stick
  • Scale to include in photographs
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass to allow proper orientation within the site
  • If available, a Brunton compass is useful for measuring the angle, or dip, of bedding
  • First-aid kit
  • A GPS unit is beneficial, but not truly necessary