What should I bring for a three-month field expedition to Central Africa?
November 7, 2012 11:08 AM Subscribe
I'm going to be doing fieldwork in Central Africa next summer. What do I need to bring?
posted by Scientist to travel & transportation around Gabon (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So it looks like I'm going to be spending a couple-or-three months doing fieldwork in Central Africa next summer. I have a fair amount of camping experience but have never done extensive fieldwork before, and certainly not in tropical rainforests. I will be studying small amphibians at a variety of field sites from May through June or July, which is the dry season.
What am I going to want to make sure I bring with me? I know that we will be provisioned with some supplies, but what do I want to make sure I have in my personal kit in terms of clothes, hygiene items, tools, etc? What do I want to use to lug it around, for that matter? I am definitely going to ask this question of my advisor and my acquaintances in the department, and of course I am thinking about the matter on my own, but I'd like to solicit advice from folks around here as I know there are more than a few who have relevant experience.
Again, I do have ideas of my own and I will be talking to the people around me, but I'd like to set that aside for now. Assume that I know nothing and that if you folks don't tell me what to bring then I will be showing up naked in Libreville, Gabon this coming May. Help my first field expedition go as smoothly as possible.