1. You’re becoming one with nature.
Before you leave for the field, you’ll have this Bear Grylls-style idea of what you’re about to become. You’ll picture yourself growing sleek and tough — foraging for food, stealthily tracking your study animal, expertly whittling axe heads in your spare time.
You’ll decide you don’t need imported, DEET-filled, environment-destroying bug spray, and that you’re going to bathe exclusively with camp soap to protect the local ecosystem. Once you get to your site, you’ll try to toughen yourself up by doing everything the locals do: eating the food, drinking the water, getting to know the area.