Materials List

I once arrived at an event only to realize I'd forgotten to bring a roll of tape. It was a pretty remote location, no office stores nearby, and all I could find to use were these glue dots that were about as easy to work with as mozzarella cheese. Not my best moment.

Ever since then, I've kept the following list in my bag:

Graphic recording:

  • Neuland markers
  • Ink
  • Drip rag
  • Nibs and nib case
  • Refill stand
  • Sharpies
  • Pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • White out
  • Labels
  • 3x5 sticky notes (for note taking)
  • Artist's tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • T-pins
  • Razor
  • Scissors
  • Circle templates (made by Heather Martinez)
  • Arc compass (any hardware store)
  • Hip pouch (any hardware store)
  • Personal care bag: mints, Advil, snack bars, cough drops
  • Small sketchbook
  • Source books with examples of charts (supplied by Trent Wakenight)
  • Cash
  • Business cards, postcards, thank you cards
  • Agenda, contract, and logistics
  • Paper, ski tube
  • Neuland wall or easels

If I'm also facilitating:

  • Rope Puller
  • Chimes
  • Story cubes

For participants:

  • Sharpies
  • Sharpie pens
  • 3x3 sticky notes
  • Large sticky notes
  • Charter markers (the Grove)
  • Folding bins (Ikea)

Another habit that I've gotten in to is to keep a running list of materials unique to the event while I'm designing the facilitation guide. Makes packing easy.