Being prepared is an important aspect of fieldwork.

Working outdoors is challenging, but if you know what to expect and have the appropriate clothing, equipment and tools, you can reduce the risk of accident or injury, carry out your work effectively and get the most out of your field experience.

Stay safe

Your health and wellbeing are our first priorities at all times. To help us ensure your safety it’s important that you dress appropriately and pack the required essentials.

Changes in terrain and weather conditions can occur very quickly, which can easily lead to you getting disoriented or lost - so protect yourself against the elements and be as prepared as you can for challenges such as sudden rough ground or bad weather.

You should also periodically check for leeches and ticks.

Make a checklist

As a general guide, you’ll need to pack these basic items on most day-long field trips:

  • hat and sun-safe clothing
  • good-quality sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • drinking water
  • covered footwear (no thongs)
  • backpack (waist strap suggested)
  • lunch/snacks
  • insect repellent (if desired)
  • warm clothing (weather dependent)
  • waterproof clothing (weather dependent).

Ask your supervisor or course coordinator to provide full details of other specific items and equipment that might be required for longer trips, such as a compass, maps or a rock hammer.

Note: opportunities to make personal purchases are rare on most of our day and overnight trips – so ensure you have everything you need before departure day.

Check for additional costs

Some of our trips require additional fees.

Visit the relevant online course profile page on the Courses and programs website for information about associated fees, and how to make payments.