A Team Rubicon deployment is arduous. Ensuring you have the right tools for the job is an important step in preparing for the conditions a deployment may throw at you. During an operation, Team Rubicon provides some protective equipment (helmets, masks, chainsaw chaps, etc), but volunteers are responsible for the personal gear and protective equipment listed on the packing list. Team Rubicon will also provide all team gear (shovels, sledgehammers, chainsaws, etc).
Keep the guidelines listed below in mind when selecting your gear and preparing/packing for deployment.
• A deployment is not the best time to test out new gear. Test it before you take it into the field.
• Choose multi-purpose items over single-purpose items.
• Light gear is better than heavy gear. You should be able to carry all your gear comfortably.
• Expensive, high-tech gear is not always the best gear. Low -tech gear generally means fewer gear failures.
• Pack your gear in several large ziplock or trash bags. This will keep your gear dry and organized.
• Your clothing will probably get wet. Fabrics that breathe well and dry quickly are preferable.
• Your gear needs to be next to indestructible. If it can be broken, it probably will be on deployment.
• TR is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal gear. If you will be really sad if you lose it, don’t bring it on deployment.
Gray TR t-shirt
Red TR baseball cap
Underwear (at least 4)
Socks (at least 4)
T-shirts (at least 4)
Heavy duty work pants (Neutral cargos, BDUs, Carhartts, etc) (at least 3)
Jacket or sweatshirt
Work boots with reinforced toe
Prescription glasses and/or contacts
Hygiene kit (toilet paper, wet wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, foot powder)
First aid kit (band aids, over-the-counter pain medication, blister pads/moleskin, antibiotic ointment)
Nalgene bottles (2) or water bladder (CamelBak, Platypus, etc)
Plate, cup, spork
Flashlight & batteries
Headlamp & batteries
Pocket knife or multi-tool
Emergency cash/card (suggested: $150)
Driver’s license/state ID & TR ID
Eye protection (safety glasses with Z87 rating)
Day pack (with waterproof cover)
Waterproof duffel or backpack
Mesh laundry bag
Large trash bag and several ziplock bags