Personally Portable Gear Used In The Field


Notebook, pens, pencils


Camera and film

Tape measure, ruler, scale


Rock hammer

Maps (topographic, geologic) Acid bottle (5% hydrochloric) Chisels, trowels, shovels, picks Global positioning system (GPS) Extra batteries Binoculars

Calculator (solar powered) Sample bags with labels Newspaper Toilet paper First-aid kit

Water bottle (with water)

Snacks (especially carbohydrates)

Broad-brimmed hat





Duct tape Backpack


Recording data, making illustrations.

Magnifying small features.

Photographic illustration, aesthetic expression.

Measuring distances or dimensions.

Navigation, determining directions of linear features, measuring angles.

Breaking rocks, catharsis.

Integrating locations with geologic data.

Testing for presence of CaCO3.

Excavation of fossil specimens.

Determining locations, navigation.

Recharging GPS and camera.

Viewing distant outcrops of likely fossil-bearing zones.

Analyzing field measurements. Collecting personally portable specimens. Wrapping fossil specimens for cushioning. Wrapping fossil specimens, field emergencies. Fixing oneself for more fieldwork. Proper hydration for more fieldwork. Personal fuel.

Keeping sun off face and rain off head, style. Eye protection, especially from sun. Skin protection (a must in desert areas). Ankle support in rocky or mountainous terrain. Cutting tape, burlap, or anything else that needs cutting.

Anything imaginable.

Carrying all of the previously mentioned items

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