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Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« on: July 31, 2018, 11:12:35 AM »

Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras    please feel free to add to this list....

 In addition to your protective clothing & your rockhounding equipment, we recommend a bunch of extras:
Food & Water
Always pack some kind of food and water.
water water water
 Stay hydrated - extra water is critical for hot days.
 Please bring a minimum of 4 bottles of water for yourself.
 If very hot weather or a full-day field trip, then better to bring 8 bottles
 Water bottles can be frozen the night before (also a heat beater).
 Canteens are handy - camelbacks are even handier.
 Some sites are in the middle of nowhere (hence, food is inaccessible).
 Veggie / fruity lunch & snacks are best (when weather is hot).
 Meats & nuts (‘coz “high” protein) can make you hotter (great when weather is cooler or rainy).
 Even though nuts can make you hotter, it’s a good idea to a have a few salted ones on you anyway - sweating makes you lose salt - and salt loss can be as dangerous as heat stroke.

Really handy extras (recommended, too)
Don’t forget your maps!
Sun + hot weather
 sunscreen (recommended minimum of 30 / 40 SPF)
 sunglasses
 Chap Stick (better with sun block)
 wide-brimmed hat / sun hat / scarves (straw hats & cotton scarves breathe)
 Wear a sweat band on your forehead - scarves work fine.
 You can always keep the scarf wet - which also helps to keep you cool.
 Or scarves can be used as a sun shade - works well with hard hats.
 (additional info sheet with detailed info)
 Bring a spray bottle of water - can keep you cooler.
 If you add lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree oil to the spray, tends to keep you even cooler + added benefit of the essential oils are insect repellents.
 portable chair (with pillow for comfort)

Beating the bugs
 insect repellent (additional info sheet with detailed info)

Injuries
 small, portable, personal First Aid Kit

Inclement weather
 sweater
 jacket - both a light windbreaker and a (preferably waterproof) jacket.
 rain coat or poncho
 Wellingtons or galoshes
 cold-weather gloves
 socks (best are cotton) (particularly for safety boots).
 If very wet and/or foul weather, have a change of clothing.
 A change of clothing is also handy after a dusty and/or hot day of rockhounding.
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Re: Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 05:06:31 PM »

Map and compass even if you have a GPS. Batteries can go out, you can break the GPS or it stops for other reasons. Always a good idea to have a map and compass as a backup.

Multiple flashlights with extra batteries.

Solar charger for your phone.

Mylar emergency sleeping bag, especially in colder weather.

Small pocket knife. Comes in handy for making kindling and sparks for emergency fires. Also for cutting materials for splints, etc.
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Re: Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 10:54:58 PM »

A couple other items I always bring and that is a Walkie Talkie (FRS or GMRS) - even if alone. in an emergency you can communicate with searchers or broadcast for help.  Amazing the conversations I pick up from a highway that often is miles away.
Also a snake bite kit - these new models have a disposable razor to clear hair and a reverse Suction Syringe for drawing out any venom remember DO NOT cut the skin like in the 60's as it spreads infection and makes things 10 times worse.
Last thing is toilet Paper.
Also for food Oranges are great, they can last a long time don't need refrigeration and have fiber, Moisture and vitamins all self contained.
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Re: Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 03:48:18 PM »

I always take my spot satellite locator. If there is no phone signal you can get emergency help
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Re: Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 01:28:07 PM »

Those are some very handy tips! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Field Trip Health & Safety Info Sheet Field Trip Extras
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 11:00:54 PM »

My rule of thumb is be prepared to spend 24 hours in whatever weather and conditions you're walking into, be it 90 degree days or 10 degree nights. If I'm going out in it for three hours, I'm going to be prepared to survive it until tomorrow if necessary. Came in handy on a wildfire last summer.

If you're in remote areas, Life Flight or similar membership; it's saved a few coworkers' lives. We use it in this area for any kind of injury that may be made worse by transport over rough roads or is time-sensitive, so any suspected head, neck or back injury or heart attack or stroke symptoms, severe internal pain, etc. I don't think they'll come rescue you from a remote hillside necessarily, but still worth the like $60 a year for free air med transport when home base is still a few hours' drive from civilization.
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