Gear Tips for International Environmental Science Students

4 male students dressed for an outdoor field labAs an environmental sciences student you’ll be outdoors in all sorts of weather. Outdoor labs go regardless of the weather.
Your instructors expect you to be prepared with the right outerwear and footwear. Anyone who isn’t dressed or equipped appropriately might not be taken on the field trip and may get a zero on the lab.
Also you need to be prepared to go out on labs the first day, Tuesday Sept 1, 2020.
To help you get ready, look through the illustrated list of clothing and other gear.
You may be able to purchase some of these items before you leave home. Or, you may want to wait to go on a shopping trip here before classes start. One of our international team will take you shopping.
The estimated cost of your supplies, equipment, clothing and textbooks is around $1,000. You'll need all of the things you purchase for your first year in your second year. This gear is also required for work, so it's a good investment.
A camera is an optional item you might want, whether for labs or to document your Canadian experiences.

Required for 1st year
Note: All the photos are provided as examples. You don't need to purchase items that look exactly like this samples.
man wearing rain jacket and pants generic sunscreen tube and insect repellent  row of 3 pairs of hiking boots
Sun screen and insect repellent - Approximately $10 each
tall green rubber boots
Study walking or hiking boots - When the weather is dry (and before there's snow) a walking/hiking boot is your best footwear.
A waterproof boot is also a good idea.
CSA seal
Look for a Canadian Standards seal.
Rain gear - water proof jacket and pants. Estimated cost $100 - $200 each.
Tall rubber boots - a felt lining is beneficial. Keeps your feet warmer in colder weather.​
long sleeved and full leg length winter underwear

Dressing for winter

Whatever you don't cover, will lose heat and make you colder. This applies from the your head to your toes.
Our best advice is to dress in layers and cover up.
You aren't required to have long underwear, but it is another layer to help keep you warm. It's available in a variety of ways from traditional thermal to lighter weight sports fabrics. It might be one of the best investments you make.
front and back views of winter jacketWinter jacket and snow/ski pants - We recommend your jacket has a hood, is rated for at least -30ºC, and is longer than waist length.
Approximate cost $150 - $300.
Snow/ski pants are another $100 - $300.
 navy blue ski pants
lined winter work boots  green striped toque with pompom  fur lined winter cap
Winter boots - felt lined winter boots are a must. They aren't about fashion but comfort and warmth.
Approximately $120 - $200.
Hats - Ear muffs and headbands provide some protection from the cold, but we recommend full head covering.
You can find touques (green with pompom above) everywhere. It's a Canadian clothing staple. You may also want to get something with more protection such as a fur-lined cap (above right). Costs start at about $12 for a touque and $40 for the fur-lined cap.
 boy wearing red neck warmer with only eyes showing Neck wear such as neck warmer or scarf are also a good idea for winter weather.
A neck warmer starts at about $6. Scarves are more. Wool is the warmest. Costs are around $20 and more.
knitted red scarf
If you're working outside, a neck warmer is safer.
 blue insulated winter gloves  winter half-mitts, half gloves  insulated winter mittens
Gloves & Mitts - Don't forget to cover your hands. If you're doing work outside, gloves (individual fingers) knitted wool red and blue mittensprovide you with the most dexterity. However mitts (no fingers) tend to be warmer. You can get the benefit of both with a combination mitt/glove (centre graphic), but your finger tips will be bare when you open up the top.
Warm insulated gloves and mitts can be fairly expensive - $40 and up. Plain wool or acrylic gloves can be much less expensive, but don't provide as much warmth.
Buy at the College Bookstore
You may buy these items other places, but they are available at the Vermilion campus bookstore.
  • lab coat
  • safety glasses (with side protection)
  • small pruning shears
  • water bottle
  One optional item is a pocket field lens.

All of your textbooks will be available at the college bookstore. Instructors will provide lists on the first day.
The Lakeland College app may have used books for sale. If you buy a used book, make sure you have the correct edition .

Required for 2nd year
brown steel-toed over the ankle work boots
Steel-toed over the ankle boots are a must for second year as you'll be visiting industrial sites.
Make sure they are CSA safety rated. Costs run between $120 - $200.

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