Field work can be messy and sometimes a little hazardous.You don't want to delay your progress because of a rotten sunburn or broken foot.
Wear appropriate clothing. In the fields or woods, and even in the lab, long pants and boots are often best; closed-toed shoes protect more than sandals. Khaki pants are cooler than blue jeans.
- When outside, use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat (vs. a ball cap) and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Watch for snakes. They would rather avoid you, too.
- Don't put your fingers in your mouth.
- Stay hydrated. Summer field work is hot business.
- Use bug repellent and put your pant legs in your socks if you are going where ticks or chiggers can be found (almost anywhere outside, in Arkansas).
- Going sampling in water? Those water sandals you bought will be really helpful if conditions allow. Waders may be needed, especially if the water may be contaminated.
- Consider wearing a PFD if you are working in or near water.