What to Pack for a Field Trip


Field trips are an exciting and memorable part of grade school. As a part of a curriculum, they reinforce classroom lessons and encourage discussion. There is often a small fee for field trips, and they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the activity. Whether you'll be gone for the long haul or just a school day, pack a few essentials to prepare for whatever might come your way.

Food and Water

  • Your teachers and chaperons will likely advise you to pack a lunch for the trip, but it's always smart to bring along your own snacks and drinks. Stock a water bottle in your backpack along with a few small packs of trail mix. Carrying soda or juice might seem like a good idea when you're heading out the door, but it won't quench your thirst later on. If you don't have any prepackaged snacks, make your own. Throw a handful of pretzels and chips in a bag, and you're ready to go. Remember, it's better to be well prepared than under prepared.


  • It's important to wear the proper clothing for wherever your field trip might be, but you can pack a few extras for the unexpected. Socks and underwear are a few essentials you might want to have on you, especially if the trip is a long one. Bring a windbreaker or light sweater for whatever the weather might throw at you. If you want to be safe, bring a small collapsible umbrella as well. Just keep in mind how much you're packing and set a limit for how much you want to carry.

Pencil and Paper

  • Most kids see field trips as a day off from school, but remember that you're there to learn. Many people don't remember to bring writing instruments or notebooks with them. You don't need to take notes the entire trip, but you should jot down observations to make the most out of your experience. Bring a notepad and a pen or a pencil. Keep it in your back pocket for easy access.

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