Policy on Photo Adventures

PSA Photo Adventure Equipment List

(this list is for guidance; judgment and common sense should be used.)

  • List of health conditions, allergies, etc. from each participant.  Key concerns are potential hypoglycemia (diabetic on insulin who has not eaten for a while), allergic reaction requiring use of an EpiPen – if required, participant will be required to provide their own, carry with them at all times, and show PSAREPs where the pen is carried. Each member should carry a list of all their medications in their wallet or other. Let leader know if there is a history of epilepsy.
  • List of vehicles participants are using (model, color, license) as well as their cell phone numbers.  Participants must agree to turn cell coverage on when not with the group (exploring an area, even in food court.) Best if you know who is in car.
  • Local contact number for sheriff and park office (in addition to 911)
  • All licenses required to operate in the area – especially important in National Parks.
  • First aid kit.  Not just a few band aides but something more substantial.  Have 2x2 or 3x3 pieces of gauge, ace bandage for sprained ankle, electrolytes for dehydrations, Pepto-Bismol and Imodium, …
  • If appropriate, snake bite kit
  • Emergency food and water.  Both high and low carbohydrate foods (nuts in the latter group).  Might include snacks as part of the tour – just budget for them.
  • Extra gloves, hat, chemical hand/toe warmers in cold climates and sun screen.
  • Walkie talkies to allow the PSAREPs to communication with each other when not together (lead and trailing hiker/car).
  • Communication device.  Check if there is workable cell coverage when you scout the area.  Yes, you should know the area well before leading a tour.  If there are 2 or more PSAREPs and there is workable cell coverage at the road but perhaps not at the photography location (which is a short distance away) then cell phones are okay.
  • If the area does not have cell coverage, carefully consider the distance required to travel back to an area with cell coverage.    If the distance is long or there is only a single PSAREP, have satellite phone or emergency satellite SOS device.  A satellite phone may be rented, if need be.
  • Emergency blankets, flashlight, extra batteries in vehicle
  • Extra pair of hiking poles if appropriate