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10 Things to bring to a remote Turtle Project

10 Things to bring to a remote Turtle Project

 

As many of you know I am currently living and working in Costa Rica. My job involves working with sea turtles and living in a remote location with a group of people. As the days pass, I have come to the conclusion that there are some essential items that I cannot do without. With that being said here is a list of these top items to bring if you ever decide to work at a turtle project (or perhaps camp out at the beach).

 

1. Hammock

There is nothing more amazing that relaxing on a hammock looking out at the beach, surrounded by palm trees, and listening to the waves crashing on the beach. A small travel hammock is easy to carry and stow away. I bought this particular hammock in France, but you can easily find one like it online.

 I placed my hammock right near our cabinas and it had a good amount of shade in the afternoon, perfect for napping and reading.

I placed my hammock right near our cabinas and it had a good amount of shade in the afternoon, perfect for napping and reading.

2. Books or Kindle

Most of the work occurs at night, such as patrols or hatchery shifts. During the day you might have communal chores or research assignments. But overall, you will have a lot of downtime. You can definitely catch up on some reading, perhaps even on the above mentioned hammock! (Boom). I suggest those books that you have been putting off because they are too long. A kindle is easier to carry, but you require internet to download all the books you need unless you pre choose them. 

 We had a good amount of books to choose from.

We had a good amount of books to choose from.

3. Bathing suits

They turn out to be more useful than underwear. After digging up nests and getting yourself covered in sand, a quick dip in the ocean can fix it all, here comes the bathing suit to the rescue. You don’t even need to change. I often find myself wearing my bathing suit as I do my daily chores, the heat often prevents me from wearing clothes. And I mean, I live on the beach so do I really need clothes?

 I am always wearing my bathing suit... I am always ready for a dip in the big blue.

I am always wearing my bathing suit... I am always ready for a dip in the big blue.

4. Hiking Sandals

My Teva’s saved my life! They were perfect for going on patrol and getting my chores done. Chaco’s are also a good brand to consider, but they are a bit more expensive. If you don’t want to dish out the cash for some hiking sandals, consider bringing old, worn out sneakers (I also had a pair of these just in case).

 They are purple, and I love them.

They are purple, and I love them.

5. A Journal

Write it all down! The funny jokes, the interesting tidbits, your first turtle sightings, your raccoon encounters, the rules to a new card games, directions somewhere, and just anything that pops into your brain. One day, you can look back into your journal and remember all the great experiences you had while you were working with turtles (I mean besides the fact that you were working with turtles).

 I bought this little one in Spain, so it brings amazing memories when I write in it. "Dare to live your own adventure"

I bought this little one in Spain, so it brings amazing memories when I write in it. "Dare to live your own adventure"

6. Playing cards & board games

I can’t emphasize enough how much down time you have. Also, I’m not sure its the same in all turtle projects. It’s good to have some games to socialize with everyone and also as another form of entertainment, especially if you don’t have internet.

 We also had cards and yatze. 

We also had cards and yatze. 

7. Sunblock

This one is a no brainer! You will spend tons of time outside in the sun. So… wear it or burn to a crisp.

 One time I wore SPF 50 and still burned! The sun here is not playing around.

One time I wore SPF 50 and still burned! The sun here is not playing around.

8. Hat

Anything that covers your face so you can do work outside such as exhumations is a good idea. I brought an old baseball style cap (well I brought two since I tend to misplace things).

 One of my Ithaca caps I brought with me (always keeping my face covered).

One of my Ithaca caps I brought with me (always keeping my face covered).

9. Re-usable water bottle

You have to keep hydrated especially in warm climates. Costa Rica has two seasons: dry and wet. Both seasons are very warm, and staying hydrated is extremely important especially while performing chores. Plus, if you are working in projects for the environment you might want to consider being more environmentally friendly. 

10. Headlamp with red light

You will use it on patrol, when releasing  hatchlings, when getting ready for patrol at night, and if you are blind like me, you will use it all the time. It is also a great item to have if you like hiking. 

 When working with turtles both big and small, it is extremely important to use minimal light and always red!

When working with turtles both big and small, it is extremely important to use minimal light and always red!

BONUS: A good attitude

You don’t need to be a genius for this one. You are living in close quarters with other people, you have an odd work schedule, you might have additional work to do , and you might be constantly tired/dehydrated. But remember, you signed up for it so… deal with it. In the end, you are doing amazing work and the planet and ocean will be forever grateful.  

 These are the amazing people I worked with at camp! We took a trip to Poas together (blog to come). From left to right: Bridgitte, Chelsea, Grace, Ryan, myself, and Jill. 

These are the amazing people I worked with at camp! We took a trip to Poas together (blog to come). From left to right: Bridgitte, Chelsea, Grace, Ryan, myself, and Jill. 

 
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