What's in your field kit?

if you’re near your car, the floormats are good for this. Not great for carrying long distances though.


Arthur Dent has been a good example to us all.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon*;** use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you—daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel inemergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.*

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value.


For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.


Some snacks I prefer to bring out in the field are…
*An apple! I love apples, they are energizing, healthy, and don’t come with any plastic packaging!
*Crackers, a quick, non mess snack, but not very energizing.
*Granola bars. (The chocolate chip ones are my favorite😉)

When it comes to going out in the field, snacks are very important!


That is just hilarious!

Great sub topic!

Apples: YES…with peanut butter on them. Ooo…good!
I would cut them up at home so they were easier to eat.

Peanuts. Dry roasted with little or no salt. Sometimes I would mix peanuts with cheddar cheese crackers and small pretzels. Salt is important in the summer when one is sweating. Raisins or other dried fruit, too. I guess that is sort of like a granola bar.

If I wanted to get out of the house as early as possible in the morning, I would make a bunch of pancakes at night and roll them up with various things. Portability. Ease of access.

I would also look for blackberries in certain spots in late summer. I would take a small plastic container to collect some. I would only take maybe a cup and leave the rest for birds. Last year I was lucky enough to find a couple of black raspberry bushes. They are silkier than the blackberries.

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Oho, I just saw this and boy does it remind me that I have plans.
As of now, I have a pencil box and notebook with me at all times, and during field outings I also bring one of those containers to observe animals and a net. My phone is also a must for taking pictures for observations (plus a flashlight/compass/etc.).
The ruler is good for measurements and doubles as a sort of prod for handling small animals like beetles and spiders.

I’m currently planning on getting petri dishes and small vials for sampling, especially since I raise insects (mostly Lepidopterans) for a hobby and for ID (derp).
Probably that means forceps and cotton buds/q-tips as well.
I probably want to invest in a blacklight as well, too, as it’s an effective way to find some arthropods (we all know scorpions)
Then there’s herping… oh dear the stuffed backpack I’ll be having, haha

This is indeed a very good topic, glad I saw it.

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Gorp = Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts