Some things I’ve learned in a very short time is that to watch birds you need to carry a few things.
- Binoculars (I currently use a pair of Nikon Monarch 8×42 Binoculars)
- A field guide is always good
- Water if it is a hot day, or you’re going to be out for a long time
- A camera if you’re like me and want to photograph your sightings ( I currently use a Nikon CoolPix P900)
- An extra charged camera battery and an extra SD Card
- A hat
- Insect Repellent
- A portable (cheap) rain poncho
- If it looks like rain, a small umbrella and also a plastic bag to protect your camera, binoculars and other equipment
- Tissue or toilet paper (just in case you’re far, far away from any sign of civilization and nature calls)
If you want to treat your clothing to be insect repellent, REI sells a spray-on product called Permethrin that will last through 6 washings or 6 weeks. It is basically the same stuff clothing manufacturers use on their insect repellent infused clothing. Follow the directions and spray on your clothing, let dry, then you can wear them. Supposedly this stuff will not only repel, but also kill, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, etc. I’m trying it on my next trip to Central America.