While you may be completely comfortable supervising your class in the school building, taking your students outside their environment can become a teacher’s worst nightmare if not prepared. Field trips are meant to be fun-filled and educational adventures, and proper planning is key. Here’s a checklist of items to help make your field trip a more manageable and pleasant experience.
√ Bandages / first-aid kit – bring plenty! Accidents happen.
√ Children’s medications – some students may need medications while on the trip.
√ Wet wipes and hand sanitizers – a must especially when bathrooms are not accessible!
√ Classroom roster – for head counts before and after boarding the bus & before leaving any site.
√ Pictures of each student – in case a student gets lost!
√ Phone list – numbers for the school, parents, the place you are visiting, cell phone numbers of chaperones (in case of separation)
√ Itinerary - to keep up with groups and to stay on target. Don’t forget your watch!
√ Cell Phone – teachers need to stay in touch any time; also in case a call to 911 is necessary
√ Zip-lock bags – if you need to make collections ie: rock collecting, fossil digging, while on the trip. Labels may be needed too!
√ Ice chest – if bringing lunches, and to keep things cold.
√ Snacks - in case something happens to a lunch. Bottled water is also good to have.
√ Art materials and notebook paper – in the event you want students to sketch or take notes on what they see. Be sure to bring enough pencils or crayons for use. Rubberbands are also handy.
√ Tape recorder, camera, video – recording information can help later when students are working on projects based on the field trip.
√ Extra money – Be sure to have extra change and bills available for students who may need to borrow money. Also good to have for emergencies.
√ Waterproof blankets – nifty waterproof blankets are convenient if you are having a picnic. Or plastic tablecloths for picnic tables.
√ Tote Bag – to carry important items around. Keep it light!