Gizmos We Can’t Let Go: The Ethnographer’s Inventory

Good researchers embrace the unpredictability of the field – it’s actually one of the things we love about this line of work. But if you’re not well prepared, you can miss out on the stories and experiences that matter. 

A carefully-packed field bag is your best friend for whatever comes your way.

Here’s what makes up the Conifer researcher’s toolkit:


1. Field notebook

2. Pens (always in the plural)

3. Audio recorder

4. Video camera

5. Photo camera

6. Multiple SD cards (and their labels)

7. Spare batteries for every device

8. Tripod