Are you a researcher, nonprofit fieldworker, or traveler, whose work often includes traveling to rural areas and hiking to far-flung, marginalized communities? If this is one of your first times in fieldwork and you don’t know where to start preparing or what to bring on your trip, this post is for you! Over years of regularly hiking to remote tribal settlements for fieldwork research for Batak Craft to study the vanishing Batak Tribe of Palawan, Philippines – I’ve created this go-to list for must-have items in a fieldworker’s backpack… so you can enjoy your trip as fully as you can without having to go through the bad experiences I did on my earlier excursions (sandfly bites, anyone?).

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