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Equip Your Trip

EH&S can assist with equipment selection, procurement, and training. 

Jump Links to Available Equipment

Garmin InReach Satellite Communicators
Garmin GPS
Motorola Two Way Radios
First Aid Kits
Other Available Equipment


 Equipment Requirements:

In order to check out the equipment you are required to:

  1. Develop a Field Safety Plan;

  2. Take the Heat Illness Prevention Training (UCSB Learning Center);

  3. Register participants in the trip with UC Away (field trip leader or delegate);

  4. Sign a Waiver of Liability (undergraduate students and volunteers).


Garmin InReach Satellite Communicators

See Below for Satellite Equipment Availability.


UCSB’s Environmental Health and Safety manages a Satellite Device Loaner Program. We have four (4) Garmin InReach SE+, three (3) InReach Mini, and two (2) InReach Mini 2 satellite communicators available for field researchers to take on their planned field trips. The Satellite communicators are intended to serve as emergency communication devices and personal locators when engaged in University-related activities at remote areas with unreliable cell phone coverage. These satellite communicators operate via the Iridium satellite network (100% global coverage) when given a clear view of the sky.

Requests to borrow an InReach device need to be made at least one week before your departure. 



In order to request an InReach unit, please fill out this Online Form Request



Researchers who are interested in borrowing the device are required to:

  1. First time borrowers fill out the online form request. If you already have a Garmin account, skip to step 2.
  2. Develop a Field Safety Plan;
  3. Take the Heat Illness Prevention Training (UCSB Learning Center)
  4. Register participants UC Away (field trip leader or a delegate)
  5. Collect signed a Waiver of Liability for every undergraduate or volunteer
  6. Make an appointment with Jamie Bishop to check out the device and to receive a short in person “how-to” training.


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garmin inreach se 1

garmin inreach mini

garmin inreach mini2 -flame red

InReach SE+

2.7" x  6.5" x 1.5" and 7.5 oz

Quick Instructions

InReach Mini

4” x  2” and 3.5 oz

Quick Instructions

InReach Mini 2

4” x  2” and 3.5 oz

Quick Instructions




Satellite Device 1 - "Alamo" (SE+) Available


Satellite Device 2 - "Mojave" (SE+) Available


Satellite Device 3 - "Walker" (SE+) Checked out

April 2024

Satellite Device 4 - "Zaca" (SE+) Available  
Satellite Device 5 - "Casper" (InReach mini) Available  
Satellite Device 6 - "Feather" (InReach mini) Reserved October 2024
Satellite Device 7 - "Matilija" (InReach mini 2) Checked out May 2024
Satellite Device 8 - "Sage" (InReach mini 2) Available  


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Garmin GPSMap64

tent view over the ocean


EH&S offers Garmin GPSmap 64 units. The units are equipped with rechargeable batteries. Free OSM Maps can be downloaded and loaded on the devices.


garmin  gpsmap64


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How to load OSM maps to Garmin GPS - WINDOWS



How to load OSM maps to Garmin GPS – Mac OS



How to Transfer Maps and Data to Garmin GPS Units


To transfer data from the GPS to your computer and manipulate them use BaseCamp™ Software.

For Windows we recommend installing BaseCamp or older versions.



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Motorola T600 Two Way Radios

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motorola two way radio

The two ways radios are available for field researchers on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • IP67 Waterproof, withstands submersions up to 30 minutes
  • Water activated flashlight, floats face up
  • Emergency alert button
  • Whistle belt clip
  • Build in Flashlight
  • NOAA weather channels and alerts
  • 22 channels, 121 privacy code


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First Aid Kits

complete first aid kit


first aid kit

No first aid kit? We've got you covered.

Obtain a first aid kit from EHS in exchange for an up-to-date Field Safety Plan.

Contact to request a first aid kit that's the right size for the number of people and duration of your field work. Limited supplies are kept on hand, so get your request in to EHS a few weeks before your trip.

First aid kits currently on hand at EHS: 

NOLS Med Kit 4.0 -

NOLS Med Kit 2.0 -

Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight/Watertight Medical Kit 0.7 -

We recommend you take the Field First Aid Training, provided by EHS, to ensure your ability to respond to emergencies in the field.

Super-size it! We have items that you can add to the first aid kit, such as hemostatic dressings, extra bandages, hand sanitizer, lemon eucalyptus oil mosquito and tick repellent, 30% DEET tick and insect repellent, tourniquets, Tecnu single-use toilettes, and foil Mylar rescue blankets. 

Other Available Equipment

brown bear



bear canister

  • SLIM, LIGHTWEIGHT & EASY TO CARRY: This 3LB bear resistant food container's ergonomic tapered shape slides easily in and out of your backpack; Provides greater pack balance and equal load distribution; Measures: 19.91" T x 9.21" W at its widest (top)

  • LARGEST CAPACITY FOR EXTENDED TRIPS: 11.86L (734.64 cubic inches) storage capacity

  • PREVENTS ODORS AND PRESERVES FRESHNESS: Bears have an acute sense of smell, meaning food should always be stored in a container that locks in odors; The INSIDER bear canister is air-tight to seal in odors to help prevent attracting bears

  • KEEPS BEARS OUT: This malleable, no-break polypropylene container has a lid that secures tightly to the base with three solid screws; This design withstood a 60 minute test of Grizzlies' attempt to crush, break and open, to ensure your food supply is safe

  • FIELD TESTED AND CERTIFIED: The INSIDER bear safe passed rigorous testing by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's (IGBC) bear-resistant products testing program; Meets U.S. Forest Service specifications for use in national parks



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solar charger



bear canister

  • 26,800mAh solar charger provides large battery backup for usage during outdoor activities. Compatible with iPhone XR/ XR MAX/ XS/ X/ 8/ 8plus, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9plus S8/S8plus and all qi-enabled devices. Truly cable-free and tangle-free.

  • Huge Capacity Power Bank With 26800mAh capacity, automatically adjust the output to deliver the most suitable current, keep your devices from overcharging, over-current, over-voltage and short circuit.

  • The solar charger with wireless function can charge 4 devices simultaneously.

  • Rugged construction, dustproof, shockproof and waterproof, built-in 18 LED flashlights with Strong/Weak lights-Flash-SOS mode.


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river stream



water purfication

  • High-capacity, gravity-fed, hollow-fiber water filter system

  • High-capacity, gravity-fed, hollow-fiber water filter system is ideal for group and family camping, outdoor adventures, and emergency preparedness

  • Meets all EPA/NSF guidelines for removal of 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa, including giardia, cryptosporidium, E. coli, salmonella, cholera

  • No pumping required;



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climber with headlight on snowy mountain



camping headlamps

  • 500 Lumens;

  • White Cree LED Head lamp with Red light and Motion Sensor Switch;

  • Lightweight, Waterproof, Adjustable Headband;

  • 5 Display Modes;


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