Going on a field trip is exciting. To make the most of your trip, make sure you have everything you need. Your instructor or teacher will likely provide a list of the items they would like you to bring along. Reviewing a list of your own will ensure you have everything you may need or want on your trip.
Food and Snacks
Pack a drink and something to munch on. Pretzels, apples, fresh veggies, trail mix and a granola bar are healthy snacks that require little or no preparation. Water, sports drinks and juice are good options as drinks. Depending on how long your field trip will last, consider bringing two drinks. Pack a lunch if you are going on an all-day trip unless your teacher advises you otherwise.
Something to Do
Have something to keep you entertained during the down times, like on the ride there and back. Bring a book to read or maybe a crossword puzzle to solve. Print a map of the area you'll be traveling through. This way you can keep track of the route as you go, writing notes about the things you see at certain points.
Bring a pen and a notebook to take notes about things you learn on your field trip. Also, find out about bringing a camera. Many times, if you are going to a museum or to see a play, they may not permit cameras inside, so be sure to ask first.
Check the weather and bring a sweater or jacket depending on the forecast. If you are going to be outside, consider bringing some gloves, a hat and even a pair of sunglasses. If you are going on a hike or a camping trip, make sure to bring an extra set of clothes and socks.
Sunblock and insect repellent are must-haves for outdoor field trips. Even if you do not think you will need either of these items, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Money is always a good thing to have. You never know when you are going to come across a gift shop or somewhere to eat. Money takes up little room, so even if you bring it just for an emergency, you can't go wrong.
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