Personal Items

In the list of items below:

"Required" designates equipment/gear that each field team member MUST bring along. In some cases, a spare is required. "Required" equipment is considered bare-bones minimum. You should have this equipment in order to be properly prepared for your rotation at the MDRS.

"Recommended" designates equipment/gear that each field team member is strongly advised to bring along. These are items that are not required but are likely to make your life A LOT more pleasant.

"Optional" designates additional suggested equipment/gear. This is equipment that you should bring along if you think you will enjoy having it.

Duffel Bag1RequiredThere is limited storage space in the Hab for personal gear. All of your own gear will be stowed in your own stateroom, which averages a size of 11ft long x 4 ft wide.
Laundry Bag1OptionalPlease bring biodegradable detergents. Use of water is kept to a minimum, and washing clothes will be done by hand if your crew elects to use water for this purpose.
Ziplock Bags1-2 Boxes, pint and Gallon sizeRecommendedThese are great for collecting and protecting samples as well as protecting personal gear (i.e. cameras) free from dust in the field. Consider easy lock zipper bags as gloves impair manual dexterity on EVA.
Sleeping Bag (winter rated)1RequiredStateroom bunks contain no bedding. Spring temperatures in the Utah desert can drop below 0o C at night, and you must be prepared for potential loss of power in the Hab.
Thermarest Pad/Sleeping pad1RequiredPadding for stateroom bunk. Full body length padding is recommended. Some stateroom bunks already contain bed padding; others do not.
Pillow1OptionalNo pillows are provided, so bring one if you need it for a good night's sleep.
Flashlight/headlamp1RecommendedPower conservation is essential- a personal flashlight is useful for navigating to the toilet at night, and for making late night generator runs.
Water bottle1Strongly RecommendedTo keep hydrated in the MDRS.
Personal Cup1Strongly recommendedUsing a personal cup makes it easy to identify your drink- it also reduces the need to do lots of dishes (saves water!)
Hydrating cream, body lotion, lipcare (Chapstick, Blistex or Carmex)1RecommendedThe high-desert is an extremely dry environment
Hydrating eye/nose drops1OptionalThe high-desert is both dry and dusty
Biodegradable Soaps & Shampoo1RequiredThe water is recycled through the Living Machine in the GreenHab, so only biodegradable soaps and shampoos can be used. The hab has a limited supply.
Dry Shampoo1OptionalSince it will be days between showers, you may find this useful as it requires no water for use. The hab has a limited supply.
Sponge/washcloth/towel1RequiredLimited water means most crew only shower about every four days, with sponge baths between.
Wet-wipes/baby wipes1RecommendedFor water-less personal hygiene; 2 to 4 wipes per day
Sunscreen1RecommendedDesert sun can be intense; EVA suit helmets provide only partial protection from UV
Sunglasses1RecommendedFor UV protection. Spare pair recommended.
Personal first-aid kit1OptionalFor small cuts, etc. MDRS has a well-stocked first aid kit, and a doctor on call at all times.
Ear plugsAs neededOptionalIf you are bothered by small noises while sleeping
Watch1RequiredNecessary for EVA operations
Motorcycle helmet1OptionalDuring EVA ops suit helmets are worn. Helmets are recommended for Non-EVA use of ATVs
Portable Toilet (for women)1OptionalIn the event of a failure of the "liquids only" toilet, women might want to consider an alternative. Also may be useful in the field during long EVAs.