1. Comfortable, well-broken-in hiking boots,
2. a hat,
3. insect repellent
4. a day pack in which to carry lunch and other items during field trips
6. A personal first aid kit
7. Water container, such as a Nalgene bottle or hydration pack. (You may feel very comfortable filling them with our well water.)
8. You may consider bringing emergency rain gear which can be carried in your daypack for sudden afternoon showers.
9. Trekking pole(s) are helpful if you have them.