Gear list

The following list was taken from click here for a detailed discussion about what gear is right for you. Also be in discussion with your foreman about what gear you need.

Equipment List

Items on this list are generally indispensable, or at the very least, highly recommended. Full descriptions of what to look for are provided further down the page.


  • Work boots
  • A caulk-wrench and spare caulks, if you wear caulked boots (optional)
  • Rain gear
  • Work pants
  • Long underwear/sweat pants
  • Belt
  • T-shirts, and long sleeved work shirts
  • Fleece sweatshirts
  • Socks and underwear
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Town clothes and boots (hiking shoes)

Planting Gear:

  • Set of planting bags
  • Shovel
  • Silvicool inserts for planting bags (you need three)
  • Silvicool “Space” tarp – ten feet by ten feet in size is more than adequate
  • Water jug
  • Plot cord – 3.99 metre
  • Flagging tape – a couple rolls should do

Toiletries and Medicinal:

  • The basics – toothbrush, deoderant, shaving kit, etc.
  • Hand cream/moisturizer
  • Sun screen
  • Solarcaine
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Vaseline, lip balm, and either Zincofax or Penaten for chafing and rashes. Penaten also works good for cuts on the hands, and is cheap.
  • Vitamin supplements (optional)
  • Tums for indigestion (optional)
  • Heat rub for sore muscles (optional)
  • Tylenol/Aspirin, and maybe some muscle relaxants such as Roboxacet (optional)
  • Antihistamines, if you might have allergies/hay fever.


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Foamie/Bed Mat
  • Small pack or bag for lunch and rain gear
  • Insect repellent containing DEET
  • Battery powered Coleman lantern, and lots of batteries (optional)
  • Alarm clock (or two)
  • Flashlight, with lots of batteries
  • Camera (optional)
  • Duct tape
  • Email account