The following is a list of items we recomment you bring along. It should be seen as a guideline and not as absolute guide.


Clothes for the Field – These must be robust, bush appropriate and preferably in the colours like beige, khaki, brown or dark green.


  • A good quality, sturdy pair of walking boots
  • A good rain jacket
  • Two pairs of trousers
  • A warm fleece/top/jacket (in winter)
  • Two long sleeve shirts
  • Two short sleeve shirts/t-shirts
  • One pair of shorts (two in summer)
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • A spare pair of glasses or a copy of your prescription (glasses can be replaced within 4 working days)


Additional essential clothing – May to September


  • Windproof, cold weather jacket
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf
  • Base-layer
  • Clothes to sleep in


General kit


  • 30L backpack
  • Strong leather work gloves
  • Watch
  • Swiss army or Leatherman style knife
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner
  • Good quality camera (video function a bonus)
  • Binoculars
  • Head torch
  • Sunscreen (at least one bottle of high factor)
  • Insect and tick repellent
  • Nik-wax/Dubbing for protecting walking boots
  • 1 or 2 towels


First Aid kit – All interns must supply their own first aid kit for personal
use whilst working in the field and must contain at least:


  • 1 x Tweezers
  • 1 x Scissors (5.5cm Blade)
  • 6 x Safety Pins
  • 1 x White Open Woven bandage 7.5cm x 5m
  • 1 x Crepe Bandage 5cm x 4.5m
  • 5 x 4-Ply Gauze Swabs 5 x 5cm
  • 1 x Micropore Tape 1.25cm x 5m
  • 4 x Hygienic Cleansing Wipes
  • 2 Pairs sterile Gloves
  • 1 x Low Adherent Dressing 5 x 5cm
  • 1 x Pack of Assorted Plasters


NB: Lifesystems Adventurer or Explorer first aid kits provide all the above and are easily available online or in most outdoors retailers. Additional Medication – we cannot legally distribute medication. Consult your medical practitioner regarding immunisations. It is advised you take a good supply of over the counter medications:


  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines (useful even if you do not suffer with allergies)
  • Anti-diarrheal tablets
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Antiseptic spray (dry sprays rather than creams)
    Optional kit
  • Clothes other than for the field
  • Laptop with wireless capability for internet
  • Mobile Phone
  • DVDs for evenings and weekends
  • Reading books
  • Field-guides. Some available on-site, but it is advisable to at least
    have your own bird book
  • If you have an SLR camera, a 200mm lens. 300mm even better
  • Instruments if you play




  • Medical form – 4 weeks prior to departure
  • Payment of contribution fee – 4 weeks prior to departure
  • Flight details – 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Photocopy of Insurance policy details – 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Photocopy of photo page of passport – 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Photocopy of Visa (if required) – 2 weeks prior to departure