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Summer Equipment and Supplies Suggestions

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Students should bring what will make for a comfortable and enjoyable summer. The top two items which are almost universally desired are insect repellant and a fan.

Field Clothes

Summer interns with protective bug gear

  • Long sleeve shirts (ideally light colored)
  • Long field pants (ideally light colored, not cotton/jeans)
  • Fleece/sweater
  • Convertible pants/shorts
  • Hat for sun/rain
  • Hiking socks/liner socks
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • One inexpensive source of non-cotton clothing is

Lab Clothes

  • Long pants (jeans are fine)
  • Close toed shoes

Field Gear

Processing Samples

  • Insect repellant (with deet)
  • Water bottle/reservoir
  • Sunscreen (high spf)
  • Swiss army/leatherman/knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • First aid kit-basic
  • Day pack to carry lunch, water, clothes, etc.



  • Trail sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Towels for swimming
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Camera
  • Bicycle
  • Canoe
  • Tent
  • Back pack
  • Sleeping bag/pad
  • Videos, DVD, CDs
  • Frisbee
  • Games
  • Musical instruments
  • Field Guides
  • Books to read

Other Useful Items

  • Automobile
  • Computer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fan for room (sorry, no AC available)