Environmental Learning Institute 2005

Required Personnel Clothing & Equipment

(This clothing list includes what you wear on the airplane)

Hiking Boots (BC Coast is wet, rainforest, eh?)

Socks (wool or capilene blende), mid-lite weight, 3pairs
Wicking Liner socks, 3pairs (depends on if you use liners, we each have our own system!)

Tivas or similar sandels (something that securely stays on your foot when you're wading)

Underwear, 3 pair (for town and field; I like capiline boxers, some use cotton, but when it's wet, it's wet and cold)

Wicking long underwear: Patagonia Silk Weight Capilene, or CoolMax Silk Weight shirt tops and underwear, 1 set, in case of rain.

Pants, durable canvas (e.g. carrharts), for rambling through the brush (the forest is sticky)

Quick-drying field pants (e.g. supplex or synthetic)
Pants, cotton (for town); skirt (for town); this is optional, certainly you could get by with your quick drying field pants.

Lite-weight wool long sleeve shirt or fleece sweatshirt

synthetic long sleeve shirts, 2 (you can always roll up the sleeves, good for sun protection and nasty insects)
Cotton t-shirt, 1-2 (good for sleeping and those days you just can't resist)

Fleece jacket or wool sweater

Rain System: Pants and Jacket

Swimsuit (not required for course, but on your own time, at your own risk, you may want to take a dip)


Baseball cap or other sun shade hat

Backpack (use this as your luggage case, it'll make moving around a lot easier)
Day pack (good sized one for hauling field gear for our field work); this can be your airline carry-on baggage.

Flashlights, bring extra batteries. Bring 2; one powerful one for night hikes and one that is good for reading at night in your room (headlamp using AA batteries preferred). Recommend something like a Petzl Tika.

Sleeping Bag; rated to 45 degrees; a "three season bag".

Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Tool
2 1-litre water bottles (consider hydration systems like Platypus)

Binoculars (a must for wildlife viewing)

10X magnifying lens, like a loupe, for viewing flower, insect and minerals close-up

compass, preferably with a clinometer

Camera, we highly recommend a digital camera with sufficient extra batteries and memory.

Personal First Aid Kit, bring your own foot blister kit, e.g. moleskin
Personal medications
Personal toiletries
Personal shower & bathing towel

Sunglasses with retainers
Lip block

Bug Repellant, they aren't real bad here

Pen, pencils (colored or not), personal journal
Favorite dry snacks