Here is a list of things that I could not go without on a geology field-trip:
- Compass-clino: basically a compass (NWSE) with a swinging arrow that lets you measure how much the rocks are dipping. But really we all carry it for the small mirror inside, you know so the boys can check whether their lipstick has smudged or not
- Topographic map: to record which rocks are where and to practice colouring inside the lines when you get back home
- Mapping board: to lean the map on in the field and bat away midges or annoying classmates who get all the answers right
- GPS: because orienteering is for year 9 P.E
- Mapping pen: with a tiny 0.18 mm nib allowing you to fit as much information on your map as possible but of course this makes it extremely delicate and easy to break
- Raincoat, fleece, gloves and silly hat: especially in the UK
- Sun hat and sun cream: ok these are only for overseas!
- Hammer: for chipping off bits of nice rock that you want to take home with you to add to your slowly accreting rock collection
- Walking boots: to protect your feet from nasty sharp rocks
- Good rucksack with hydration sack: the hydration sack is basically a water-filled bag with a straw so it requires no effort to drink enough water throughout the day
- First Aid kit: which I have thankfully never used
- Waterproof notebook: because some fool always drops his in a puddle
- Hand lens: to magnify the rocks/crystals/fingernails/classmates’ eyes (seriously you should try that it’s amazing)
- Lunch: Hell hath seen no fury like a woman without lunch on a geological field trip
Anything I’ve missed? Type your reply in the comments below!