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How to Write a Visit Report

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This article was co-authored by Madison Boehm . Madison Boehm is a Business Advisor and the Co-Founder of Jaxson Maximus, a men’s salon and custom clothiers based in southern Florida. She specializes in business development, operations, and finance. Additionally, she has experience in the salon, clothing, and retail sectors. Madison holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from The University of Houston. This article has been viewed 652,910 times.

Whether you’re a student or a professional, a visit report helps you document the procedures and processes at an industrial or corporate location. These reports are fairly straightforward. Describe the site first and explain what you did while you were there. If required, reflect on what you learned during your visit. No additional research or information is needed.

Writing a Visit Report

Explain the site's purpose, operations, and what happened during the visit. Identify the site's strengths and weaknesses, along with your recommendations for improvement. Include relevant photos or diagrams to supplement your report.

Describing the Site

Step 1 Look over the requirements of your visit report.

  • Reports are usually only 2-3 pages long, but in some cases, these reports may be much longer.
  • In some cases, you may be asked to give recommendations or opinions about the site. In other cases, you will be asked only to describe the site.
  • Ask your boss or instructor for models of other visit reports. If you can't get a model, look up samples online.

Step 2 Start the paper with general information about the visit.

  • If you visited a factory, explain what it is producing and what equipment it uses.
  • If you visited a construction site, describe what is being constructed and how far along the construction is. You should also describe the terrain of the site and the layout.
  • If you’re visiting a business, describe what the business does. State which department or part of the business you visited.
  • If you’re visiting a school, identify which grades they teach. Note how many students attend the school. Name the teachers whose classes you observed.

Step 4 Explain what happened during the visit in chronological order.

  • Who did you talk to? What did they tell you?
  • What did you see at the site?
  • What events took place? Did you attend a seminar, Q&A session, or interview?
  • Did you see any demonstrations of equipment or techniques?

Step 5 Summarize the operations at the site.

  • For example, at a car factory, describe whether the cars are made by robots or humans. Describe each step of the assembly line.
  • If you're visiting a business, talk about different departments within the business. Describe their corporate structure and identify what programs they use to conduct their business.

Reflecting on Your Visit

Step 1 Describe what you learned at the site if you’re a student.

  • Is there something you didn’t realize before that you learned while at the site?
  • Who at the site provided helpful information?
  • What was your favorite part of the visit and why?

Step 2 Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the site.

  • For example, you might state that the factory uses the latest technology but point out that employees need more training to work with the new equipment.
  • If there was anything important left out of the visit, state what it was. For example, maybe you were hoping to see the main factory floor or to talk to the manager.

Step 3 Provide recommendations for improvement if required.

  • Tailor your recommendations to the organization or institution that owns the site. What is practical and reasonable for them to do to improve their site?
  • Be specific. Don’t just say they need to improve infrastructure. State what type of equipment they need or give advice on how to improve employee morale.

Formatting Your Report

Step 1 Add a title page to the beginning of your report.

  • If you are following a certain style guideline, like APA or Chicago style, make sure to format the title page according to the rules of the handbook.

Step 2 Write in clear and objective language.

  • Don’t just say “the visit was interesting” or “I was bored.” Be specific when describing what you learned or saw.

Step 3 Include any relevant pictures if desired.

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To write a visit report, start by including a general introduction that tells your audience where and when you visited, who your contact was, and how you got there. Once you have the introduction written out, take 1 to 2 paragraphs to describe the purpose of the site you visited, including details like the size and layout. If you visited a business, talk about what the business does and describe any specific departments you went to. Then, summarize what happened during your visit in chronological order. Make sure to include people you met and what they told you. Toward the end of your report, reflect on your visit by identifying any strengths and weaknesses in how the site operates and provide any recommendations for improvement. For more help, including how to format your report, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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How to Write a Top Trip Report

Hailey Oppelt

Our eNewsletter Routefinder, sent on the first of each month to over 30,000 individuals (including our 15,000 members), is one of our most important communications. Considered a “mini magazine,” each month we sift through dozens of blogs, events, and updates to select eight to ten of the most important items for you to read. This includes heartfelt magazine stories, key organizational updates, conservation and advocacy alerts, new courses, and more. And do you know what is often the most popular item, month after month?

Trip reports.

That’s right – what some would consider to be dry, technical reading is actually top-tier content for our membership. Post holing on Mt. Si? Crowded trailheads by 9am at Colchuck Lake? Yet another batch of blowdowns in the Pasayten? The people want to know.

Trip reports are foundational to our members’ and leaders’ ability to get outside. Trail conditions, weather, new obstacles, route information, and more contribute to the feasibility and the success of any potential outing we plan. More than that, trip reports give us a taste of what’s to come. Whether you want to find the best spot to pick alpine blueberries and admire mountain goats, or you just need to know if you should bring your microspikes up McClellan Butte this week, trip reports answer the questions that we would otherwise have to ask our friends or hunt down on our own. And as a member of The Mountaineers, you now have the informational power of 15,000 friends.

For this reason we have decided to offer you top tips to create successful trip reports, and a stellar autumn backpacking trip report for you to read. Break out your waterproof notebooks, folks, because this is what The Mountaineers is all about.

The best trip reports include

Detailed trip information . The foundation of any good trip report is going to be high-quality information on the route and how your group completed it. This is what most readers come for, as it allows them to plan their own trip to maximize preparation and minimize time-drains or safety risks. Especially on highly technical trips like climbs, the more information, the better. If you’re creating a trip report, do your best to include the following:

  • Trail conditions, including snow conditions (when applicable)
  • Route obstacles (blowdowns, water crossings, loose rock, etc.)
  • Route-finding tips, and any route-finding issues your group ran into
  • Weather conditions throughout your trip
  • Start and end times (include break durations)
  • Water sources
  • Potential campsites/natural shelters
  • Any safety concerns

Group dynamics. In addition to learning about the trail itself, trip reports are an opportunity for people to learn more about what works and what doesn’t. The size of your group, their experience level, and any strategic or safety decisions you made could be valuable information for another leader or participant. For instance, if your group did not summit, why did you make that decision and what factors influenced your final outcome? These details can sometimes be just as important as the trail conditions. Other group information can also inform readers on how they want to approach their trip. For instance, including group experience and fitness levels, paired with total trip time, will help readers estimate how long their own trip may take.

High-quality photos. Although it’s helpful to have a written description of a route and any issues your party encountered, photos can quickly clarify route confusion, show trail conditions, and get folks excited about the trip. Always be sure to take photos that are clear, not backlit (facing the sun) or overexposed, and offer a full shot of the trail or obstacles you faced. Well-taken photos are much more useful to future route users, and make your trip report more appealing overall.

This image is washed out, only shows a small portion of the trail, and does not include any relevant information about the route.

This image is clear, shows the trail straight-on, and provides information on trail obstacles..

Bonus info. Half of the fun of reading a trip report is getting stoked for your upcoming excursion. If you’re putting together a trip report, always include the bonuses: wildlife sightings, top-notch views, beautifully-done stewardship work, berry picking, and stellar sunrises. At the end of the day, it’s the journey, not the summit, that we remember most. Revel in it, and others will be inspired to do the same.

Example trip report

This is a staff favorite example of a highly-detailed trip report, offering the perfect balance between technical information and outdoor stoke. Read on to learn about Golden Lakes Loop, and consider taking your own backpacking trip this season

Golden Lakes Loop, October 4-7, 2021

By Cheryl Talbert, 13-year member & backpacking leader

Photo by Cheryl Talbert.

Our group of four Mountaineers friends started at the Crater Creek trailhead (TH) with a plan to do four days around the Golden Lakes loop, including nights on the ridge near N Navarre Peak and at Sunrise Lake. The roads to the TH were very good, only a few bumpy sections, and the parking area at the TH is very large with a toilet. When we arrived at around 11AM on a Monday there were already a dozen vehicles in the lot.

The trail to Upper Eagle was dusty at the bottom but well graded (with lots of trail engineering for mountain bikes and motorbikes) and signage is good. Golden larch and aspen appeared part way up, and by the time we got to the lake the larch color was all around us and stunning! Needles are falling fast now though I project that the color will last another week, windstorms notwithstanding. We arrived first at Upper Eagle and took lovely camps by the lake; probably another 8-10 people arrived after us and there was room for everyone to disperse out of sight and hearing. There is a box toilet at this camp and the lake is gorgeous, highly recommended! We arrived there in about three hours.

On day two we set out up toward Horsehead Pass, a good trail with a few boulder-hopping sections. Great views on the way up, looking across Lower Eagle Lake to the eastern plains. From the pass the views to the west along the Chelan summit ridge are really beautiful, a mix of golden larch, dark evergreens, yellow aspen, red berry bushes, and broad golden meadows. We descended to Boiling Lake, then took the route signed 'Cub Lake,' which then requires keeping an eye on the map and taking the turn on the Summit Trail going east. Many people get confused and take the spur straight along the shore of Boiling Lake - don't do that, as that trail goes up to a ridge and stops. The Summit Trail is flat for a while through forest, then climbs and turns east through broad meadows with views. We passed by the turnoff to the Angel's Staircase (well signed) because we wanted to explore the ridges along the Summer Blossom Trail to North Navarre Peak and camp along there. It was well worth the walk along the summit trail - more lovely meadow and fall vegetation - but then there was a steep (but well graded) larch- lined climb to Horsethief Pass (much damaged by bikes). At the top of the pass we could see that the ridges above Horsethief Basin on both sides had burned out and weren't so pretty to look at, though there were still larch and spruce in the basin (you could probably find places to camp below but we didn't look). We saw a bear below as we followed the Summer Blossom Trail - narrow but pretty easy to follow with lots of ups and downs. Finally, there was a steep descent and then a climb to the ridge with N Navarre Peak ahead, where a friend had suggested a ridgetop camp. However the weather forecast was for cold wind and the ridge was burned out, plus the creek before the ridge was down to just a trickle. We decided to go back and camp under a patch of spruce in the gorgeous larch meadows on the other side of Horsethief Pass, and this was a good call – low clouds and mist/rain blew in later and we were glad for shelter under the trees.

The next morning dawned VERY cold - mid 20s. Our water filters froze sitting for a short time next to our cooking area! We bundled up in all of our clothes, treated water with aquamira drops, and set out to go up Angel's Staircase. The trail through here is just fantastic, a gentle climb to the ridgetop with dramatic views though everything was quite frosty (about an inch of heavy frost near the top covering all the rocks, though not slippery). From the top of Angel's Staircase we descended through Merchant's Basin and set out to climb up to Sunrise Lake to camp (note that most maps, including Gaia, show a turnoff well before the clump of evergreens where the Sunrise Lake trail sign is posted - but the trail is very faint and I've missed it twice! Not to worry, you can cut toward the creek and will find the trail). We got to Sunrise Lake to find a VERY cold wind blowing even at 11am, and insufficient shelter from the wind, so anticipating having to hide in our tents the whole day and night we decided instead to enjoy a chilly lunch at the lake and then go back down to Merchants Basin, where there are lots of really nice sheltered camps and protection from the wind (a very good decision, as we heard the wind roaring through the trees up in the direction of the lake through that night!). We explored along Foggy Dew creek and I read for a while in the sun before an early dinner and into our tents.

On day four we woke to another very cold morning, bundled up and headed back up the trail through the basin, over the crest and down the trail to Cooney Lake (this section is steep with poor traction in places). Cooney is beautiful with a lot of camps, but was deserted on this Thursday morning. Larch color on this side is well on the decline and the ground drifted with golden needles. We made quick work of the six miles from Cooney back out to Crater Creek TH.

Lead image of Garrett Arnold and Skye Stoury. Photo by Skye Stoury.

This article originally appeared in our fall 2022 issue of Mountaineer magazine. To view the original article in magazine form and read more stories from our publication, visit our   magazine archive . 

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Going on a trip is a way for someone to re-energize and relax. But for educational and business purposes, this requires you to make a report about your trip. And if you’re wondering regarding the structure of a report of your trip, we have a few examples here that you can go over.

How to begin a report is to make sure that while you were on your trip, you did take down notes or document it just to give you a start on your report writing . The sole purpose for the trip is to acquire experience of that place while at the same time learning from by making a report about it.

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What is the purpose of a trip report?

The main purpose of a trip report whether for business report or school related is to learn something from it. It should also benefit not only yourself but also to other people. And you can do this by sharing your knowledge through the things that you have experienced in your trip. Just as to give them a vicarious insight of the trip that you had experienced. This is also to give your immediate head on what’s the status report. There are report examples in pdf that can really bring out the purpose of a trip on why we need to make a trip report.

How to write a trip report?

When you write a trip report, you should consider the following things for your writing:

  • The title and introduction of your trip
  • Writing the main content and executive summary of your trip
  • Finding out the analysis of the things that you observed in your trip
  • Having the closing remarks and conclusion for your trip
  • Showing a report of the expenses incurred on the trip

In addition, a service report is a summary of the things that are transacted by the provider and the client. This informs us that if the service has meet the satisfaction of the client then it would be a great contribution to the trip report.

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Begin by practicing writing a short report and then work your way up there. It should be cover up on what needs to be covered. Make sure to make it organized and comprehensive enough so that it would serve its purpose.  We have free report examples for reference or if you want to have your own copy, you can also download it.

What is a business trip report?

A business trip report is a report about your findings, observations, and the different information that would be put into good use by your organization. A business trip report is more of a technical report for it covers so many aspects of a report such as observing, recording, and other pertinent documents needed for the technical report. The potential partnership of one company to another can result into a profitable venture all because of a business trip. A business trip can open opportunities for both parties.


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Writing a Good Conference Summary or Trip Report: DevRel Superpowers

Sharing key takeaways from an event can provide benefits for you, your readers, and your company and products.

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I skipped posting last week as I attended the All-In Summit in LA . The event was fun and thought-provoking—if you listen to the All-In Podcast , you know what to expect! As I wrote up my event summary on the flight home, I thought I should share my approach to writing successful conference summaries and trip reports.

Why write a conference summary or trip report?

Early in my career, I started writing conference summaries to help clarify my learning from the event. I like to take handwritten notes and Tweet key takeaways during a conference, as this helps me lock in what I’m hearing from the speakers, but I often felt like there was an opportunity to learn more.

During my days as an academic, I found that the best way to really learn a topic was to attempt to teach it. Writing event summaries forced me to re-read my notes, “join the dots” with related topics, and dive deeper into what interested me.

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If you work in developer relations, there is also the content creation perspective to writing summaries. Sharing your key takeaways from an event can provide a lot of benefits:

Demonstrates your understanding of the key topics and technologies, which can build your credibility and reputation in the industry

Hones your writing and summarization skills, and helps to develop your online content portfolio

Highlights your company’s involvement with the space and event (driving top-of-funnel awareness)

Explores interesting problems and related solutions (helping with mid-funnel consideration and decision)

Provides an opportunity for you to give a shout-out to your partners, friends, and related OSS projects

With the benefits in mind, let’s explore how to create a good trip report.

A good trip report starts before the event

As part of my conference preparation, I always review the online schedule, looking for interesting topics, technologies, and trends. Not only do I do this to determine my agenda at the event, but it also primes my thinking around writing the summary.

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I’ll often note the key themes and then watch for related social media posts during the event. I’ll also bring these up in my discussions with fellow attendees throughout the conference.

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Taking notes during the event

During the event, I like to centralize my notes so that I can add commentary, thoughts, and social media links via my mobile devices and laptop. I’ve used Evernote in the past, and now I’m using Onenote. I take brief notes in sessions I attend and take a picture of these to add to my online collection. I typically capture key thoughts from interesting conversations with attendees on my cellphone. I also regularly monitor social media for the event hashtag and other key themes, and add the links to my online notes.

If I’m running a sponsored booth (or on booth duty), I’ll use this opportunity to ask lots of questions about the key themes I identified before the event, and I also look for topics and themes that I may have missed. Asking questions like “What’s your current biggest pain point?” or “What’s been the most interesting thing you’ve learned at the event?” can be eye-opening.

Regarding notes, brevity is your friend here. In the past, I’ve written pages and pages of notes, and I found this tricky to summarise at the end of the event.

When writing, start with the end in mind

When writing the trip report or conference summary, I advise starting with the end in mind and defining your key takeaways upfront. I aim to summarise 5-10 key takeaways, which seem manageable for me and valuable for readers.

Taking my recent All-In Summit summary, I reviewed my notes, and the top five takeaways instantly jumped out to me (and I had identified three of them from a pre-event scan of the schedule and talk abstracts). I looked again at social media and a couple of early summaries shared by other attendees and found roughly eight additional takeaways. I didn’t want to summarize more than ten takeaways, so I merged two and dropped a couple on the cutting room floor. I was left with this:

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Once I’ve found the key takeaways, I use this as a skeleton for the remainder of my report. I typically draft each takeaway sequentially and then conduct multiple passes over the entire article, adding additional details, social media links, and images. I usually conduct a final pass where I attempt to “join the dots” and add anything separate from the event that I believe the audience will find helpful.

An example of this in my All-In Summit summary is that I added a couple of links to recent articles in The Economist:

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Now, let’s put all of this into practice and look at some example final reports.

Example trip reports

As with many things in life, (deliberate) practice makes perfect. I’ve been writing trip reports for several years and across various roles. Here are some examples of my most popular and successful summaries:

Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' Conference: Day Two

microXchg Microservices Conference Day One Summary: DDD, Platforms, and Organisational Impact

KubeCon NA 2021 Key Takeaways: DevX, Security, and Community

KubeCon EU + CloudNativeCon 2023 Summary: DevEx, Debugging, and Doubling-down on Community

My Top 10 Takeaways from the All-In Summit 2023

As a guide, I aim for thousands of page views. An average summary in the cloud native space might get ~5000-10000 views, and my “bangers” have scored 25k+.

Event summary top tips: SEO and distribution

Writing an amazing event summary is no good if no one reads it. For this reason, you will need to focus on search engine optimisation (SEO) and distribution.

I’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic SEO specialists over the years, and so I have internalized (and constantly updated) many SEO best practices. Although SEO can rapidly turn into a game, my north star is to write content that people want to read and format the content in a way that is discoverable by fellow humans, i.e. create a good title, use sub-headings to illustrate the structure, write concisely, include diagrams where it makes sense, etc. Once you’ve mastered this, you can optimise for keywords, meta information, social media cards, etc.

There are several good SEO references available for DevRels—for example, Google’ SEO Starter Guide , Lauren Schaefer and Magen Grant’s SEO for DevRel , Mostafa Moradian et al.’s “ DevRel content strategies with a focus on SEO optimization for developers ”— but I always recommend searching for the latest SEO guidance. If you are creating a lot of content, I recommend hiring someone with SEO/SEM expertise. Trust me, it’s worth the investment!

Distribution is also super important. Some of my most significant bumps in page views have been due to a mention in popular newsletters and on social media, such as DevOps Weekly , What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC , LearnK8s , etc.

Cultivating relationships with the people running these sites and accounts is key here, as is subtly highlighting the content you want to be shared. For example, I’ll tag people in social media posts and discussions where appropriate, and I’ll sometimes DM or email newsletter owners the article and ask for the share. My advice is to always focus on the win-win, not to be overly pushy, and ensure you are taking time to help these folks before asking for too much in return.

Common trip report and conference summary mistakes

Here are some of the typical conference/trip summary mistakes I encounter regularly (and note that I have made most of these at some point in my career!)

Being overly promotional and/or mentioning your company and products too much. Don’t get me wrong, most people sharing content on the Internet have an angle or agenda—and as the startup cliche goes, we all work in sales—but there is a delicate balance. In my experience, it’s okay to mention your company and products once or twice in a report, mainly if this is relevant to the discussion. Still, anything more than this will make the article look like straight-up marketing copy, and no one wants to read this type of content.

Writing an overly long event summary. I’ve made this mistake at least a few times, most recently with a two-part KubeCon summary . In my experience, readers generally want a concise overview of the takeaways and critical learning.

Creating the summary too long after the event. I get it; we’re all time-pressured, but if you wait to publish your summary more than a week after the event has finished, you may miss out on the surrounding buzz. And if you post your summary later than a month after the event, it just looks like old news.

Let me know in the comments if you have more conference summary antipatterns or trip report mistakes to share!

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How to Write a Visit Report

by Kimberlee Leonard

Published on 22 Jan 2019

One of the most reliable ways to determine how well a business is faring is by using a visit report. Are your external operations doing as well as they should? Is your preschool or care facility up to code and ready for licensing? By writing a comprehensive visit report, you can determine whether a wide variety of business objectives are being met. Visit reports, sometimes called trip reports, are a great way to find out whether your business standards are being carried out on site in the way you planned.

Format the Report

Visit reports are business documents. Depending on the organization or industry, the report may follow a memorandum format or a business template. Generally, choose a memo format if the visit report is going to a group of internal leadership members. Choose a more formal business report template if the visit report will be provided to external sources. Use standard business formatting that includes professional type fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial. Maintain 1-inch margins.

State the Objectives

Explain the reason for the visit. The objectives include the frequency of the visit, along with primary metrics or areas of review. For example, the visit might be the first in a series of four conducted over the course of a year to review the implementation of new policies or production metrics. Clearly state what you were looking for in the visit, including previous visits, recommendations or plans of action.

This report is to determine whether Plainview School has met all licensing requirements for after-school daycare.

Discuss Feedback and Key Insights

Note the identity of key individuals interviewed during the visit. Visits might include meetings with key leadership personnel at the location, such as managers or directors of operations. It is also common practice to meet with lower level staff that are more familiar with operations processes.

Individuals interviewed included Sarah Winters, school principal, school nurse Emily Thorn, Rick Marden, elementary teacher and Carol Hathaway, nutritionist and dietician.

Discuss key feedback provided by leadership and staff. It isn't essential to quote those interviewed but to instead look for key insights and common areas of concern. Include any standardized surveys that were used or a specific series of questions asked during the visit.

List Key Insights and Observations

Observations are based on what is personally seen and not conveyed based on interviews. For example, visitors might visually note that the operation seems to have too many workers that are not being kept busy. Anything from cleanliness to general organization is subject to observations. Include these insights in the visit report.

During a mid-day visit, the lunch offerings included a vegetable and a fruit choice, but there was no alternative offered for those with special dietary needs.

Summarize Conclusions

Determine if the organization is meeting objectives based on the provided feedback and observations. Use details and quantifiable information where possible to support conclusions. For example, if the objective of a visit to a new factory is to determine if it was 60 percent staffed in the first quarter, provide the actual human resource numbers with turnover, existing recruiting efforts and departments where deficiencies exist.

Provide Future Action Plans 

State when future visits are scheduled if any, and whether these are predetermined or a result of the recent visit. For example, this may have been the third annual visit on a quarterly schedule. Provide recommendations for improvements. If certain action plans are defined, state these in detail. This provides a success metric for the next visit.

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Introduction: Creating a Trip Report

Creating a Trip Report

If you work for a company, small business, or federal agency, there's a great chance that you will have to travel on business trips for conferences, training, or symposiums. These trips normally are not attended by everyone that may have a need or interest in the purpose and outcome of the trip. This after action report or "trip report" often details the who, what, when, where, and why of the event. These reports can sometimes be difficult to put together and format.

This instructable will make the report easier for you to write and understand the purpose behind it.

SAFETY: Keep in mind that any official business coorespondance can be subject to public viewing. This is especially true for the military and its information security. Ensure that all communication and written reports are for official use only and you do not include sensitive or confidential information.

MATERIALS NEEDED: There is only a limited amount of materials needed for this instructable.

  • Notes gathered from the trip. This should include names of attendees, dates of travel, and major items discussed.
  • Laptop or desktop computer for generating report.
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  • CD, USB, or registered Email for transferring between computers or sending to others.

Step 1: Open Document and Adjust Your Formatting

Open Document and Adjust Your Formatting

If you are using a blank template, you will need to set your margins to 1", font to Times New Roman, and font size to 12pt.

Step 2: Use the Correct Letterhead

Use the Correct Letterhead

Whenever writing a trip report, you want to use proper military letterheads. These are usually approved as the standard for all correspondence. You can either copy and paste into the header or type it in yourself. Be sure to use the proper font and size.

Step 3: Opening the Report

Opening the Report

With formatting set and your letterhead at the top of the document, you may now begin typing your opening for the report. First, you will need to put the date on the right side of the page. Then, you will hit return two times and address who the report is for. This is done by typing MEMORANDUM FOR with two spaces after the word "FOR". If the report is going to an individual, type the entire name beginning with the appropriate prefix (Mr., Mrs., Dr. etc.). You will then hit return two times and type FROM: with two spaces after. This will be where you type you office or individual information. You will then hit return two more times and type SUBJECT: with two spaces after. The subject is critical, but to the point. Don't get long winded. Keep the subject short, but concise.

Step 4: Body of the Report

Body of the Report

After your opening, you will need to hit return another two times and choose number formatting to organize the different parts of the report body. As illustrated in the picture, you should have an entry for purpose, travelers, itinerary, discussion, and conclusion. These titles should be capitalized with a colon and two spaces before you begin to narrate.

The purpose should articulate the main reason for the trip. This can include events leading up to a final trip, a change in a company wide process that needs to be communicated, a training conference that requires attendance by a specific career field, or an on-site inspection. The purpose should be clear.

Next, list the trip attendees. Include the business they work for as well as the position they hold. These important pieces of information could have relevance to the receiver of this report and anyone who views it.

The intinerary will tell the reader where the report took place and may include a summary of the agenda.

The discussion could be minutes or important agenda items that were discussed. Be detailed in this portion since this report will be the main source of information given about the trip.

Finally, have a conclusion that either closes on an important take away from the trip, or provide recommendations to the issues that were seen.

Step 5: Closing the Report

Closing the Report

Lastly, the report will need to be officially closed. First, the writer should include a closing statement that directs the reader to a point of contact for any questions. In this sentence or paragraph, include your contact information. After the closing sentence, you will need to hit return four times and create a signature block to endorse the report. The easiest way to ensure the block is formatted is to center align your cursor and hit space three times. Here you will write your full name in capital letters. Lastly, hit return after your name and write your job title or position.

Your final product should appear similar to the title picture for this instructable. For additional assistance with writing official Air Force correspondence, you can look up Air Force Handbook 33-337, The Tongue and Quill. Additionally, here is a video to help you along the way.


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Four years ago, program officer Ankita Goyal accompanied a group of tribal women on their first trip out of their village. Little did she know this “exposure visit” would turn out to be a life-changing experience for her.

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We set out in a large vehicle on a mildly cold day in December. It was 2018 and I was accompanying a group of tribal women farmers from the remote villages of the Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh on their first trip out of their district.

In fact, for most it was the first time they had left their village.

A first-time trip outside the village

From the train journey to visiting other villages in the neighbouring state of Odisha, I was overwhelmed by the women’s reaction to their newly found freedom to experience life in a different way.

It felt as if they were gradually accepting their newly found – though time-bound – liberty, then began to embrace until finally, wholeheartedly, celebrating it.

I wondered how I had always taken my ability to travel freely for granted.

The privileges of being an educated, middle-class woman in urban India

As a woman, I feel a strong connection with other women. I know the limitations I’ve been able to overcome through a range of opportunities that have paved the way for who I am today. But I’m also well aware of my privileges as an educated, middle-class woman living in India’s capital.

Despite these fundamental differences, I felt a deep empathy and compassion for these women. I felt I understood them and their unfulfilled aspirations. Weren’t my dreams closely intertwined with theirs? I accepted our outcomes would be distinct, but our dreams felt linked.

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Exposure trip and the beauty of music, despite linguistic differences

The best music I’ve ever heard in my life was these women – out of their village for the first time in their lives – singing their hearts out as we drove from one site to another in search of new hope and dreams. The melodious joy of their freedom and exploration engulfed me then and still does today.

Their language has very few intersections with mine, but that didn’t deter our communication. An honest exchange of experiences deepened and nurtured our connection. We narrated our life stories and explored the parallels and juxtapositions.

Though the social structures we were part of had similar foundational beliefs, what governed our lives was the function of our caste identity, how educated our families were, growth opportunities and so much more that we chose to blame on samaaj (society). We acknowledged the differences and bonded over our womanhood.

But, really, we preferred focusing on the trip – the first chance they had to discover new opportunities and unimagined possibilities that didn’t limit them to their social boundaries alone. Because it was obvious how they were highly dependent on externalities for enhancing their life experiences.

The most powerful moment of the exposure trip

The most powerful moment came when we went to a far-off Odisha village in the Koraput district to meet a women’s producer group that was also running and managing a millets processing unit. We’d specifically planned this meeting because of the similarities between the villages in Rajnandgaon and Koraput.

The women farmers of Chhattisgarh during the exposure visit to Koraput

Yet we were surprised at what happened when we concluded the formal discussion and the women from both communities began to dance and sing.

That was not all.

Even the men and children joined the impromptu celebration. Someone played drums and other instruments, more native to tribals. Then the women from Odisha took the Chhattisgarh women to their homes, showed them their kitchens, storage spaces for millets as well as their decorative knick-knacks and art. The Chhattisgarh women invited their hosts to come and visit them in their villages. Some even exchanged phone numbers.

Seeing these two groups of women transcend all boundaries to create a unified identity brought me immense happiness.

Exposure trip in rural Chattisgarh: Reflections

To this day, I still carry this trip close to my heart – both personally and professionally.

As a young development professional, this trip helped me realise how gender mainstreaming needs to be magnified if we’re to bring the transformative change we aspire to bring in our own lives and those of others.

It was the first time for the local government’s agricultural department to organise an exposure trip for women farmers. So, it was not easy for the staff – or for the community – to imagine women going on such a visit.

But what we all learned, saw and experienced through this process was enriching. It was living proof of what Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen expresses in his book Development as Freedom , “(It is) the enhancement of freedoms that allow people to lead lives that they have reason to live.”

Truly, the essence of development lies in expanding both people’s freedom and opportunities.

Ankita Goyal is the State Programme Officer (Farm Livelihoods) at Transform Rural India Foundation.

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Philippines Exposure Trip Do you want to reconnect with your roots? Do you want to experience the Philippines outside of resorts and Megamalls? Do you want to better understand the women’s movement in the Philippines? Do you want to learn about the current issues and struggles Filipinos in the Philippines face? If you’ve wondered any of the above, you should consider an Exposure Trip with Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment and GABRIELA USA!

What is an Exposure Trip? An Exposure Trip allows participants to experience the concrete conditions of the Philippines by immersing them in local organizations and communities under the GABRIELA alliance. Exposure Trips build the organizing capacity and cultural understanding of U.S.-based participants who are focused on Filipino communities . This opportunity is open to women who are members of any GABRIELA-USA organization: GABRIELA San Francisco, GABRIELA New York, GABRIELA Seattle, GABRIELA Los Angeles.

If you are not a member of a GABRIELA USA organization, and are interested in participating in an Exposure Trip in the Philippines, please email us at [email protected]

Why participate in the Exposure Trip? As Filipinas living in the United States, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that many of the issues faced by Pinays here are the same struggles experienced by those back in the Philippines. Exposure Trips allow participants to integrate in communities with GABRIELA organizers, visit with women and their families to understand the issues and problems they face, and learn lessons about movement and community building with and from GABRIELA organizers. GABRIELA’s comprehensive network of local organizations gives participants access to various communities, institutions, and organizations that would otherwise be off-limits to regular visitors.

What happens on an Exposure Trip? Hosted by GABRIELA Philippines, an annual summer Exposure Trip is planned for members of GABRIELA USA, its allies, and interested parties ranging between 2 weeks to 3 months to meet local communities and organizers in the Philippines. In the past, some Exposure Trips have included:

Living with the indigenous women of the Cordillera region Rallies at the Triumph Garment factory strike in Manila Educational discussions/workshops with the urban poor of Tatalon, Quezon City Meeting the surviving Lolas of LILA Pilipina, surviving WWII comfort women Typhoon Ondoy Relief efforts with GABRIELA Women’s Party in Pampanga Art skill share workshop with Ugat Lahi (a cultural organization) Rallies at the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) …and much more!

Prior to the trip, participants are prepared through a series of educational discussions, and a full orientation. GABRIELA Philippines prepares each GABRIELA-USA group’s itinerary upon flight confirmation. After the trip, a reportback is held in October to share the Exposure Trip experience with the local community, and create dialogue about pressing issues participants faced.

If you are interested in participating in an Exposure Trip in the Philippines, please email us by February to begin the application process for the following summer: [email protected]

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This story, part of a series of investigative reporting projects by Military.com on service member and veteran health, was supported by the Pulitzer Center . 

Confusing. Lackluster. Generic. A little bit of a letdown.

Those are some of the ways veterans are describing toxic exposure screenings they've gotten at Department of Veterans Affairs health centers, screenings that were designed as a tool to get more vets help after medical evidence accumulated that service had made many sick.

Rolled out with great fanfare in November 2022 , toxic exposure screenings for all VA patients were mandated by the PACT Act , the sweeping law passed in August of that year that expanded benefits and health care for millions of veterans exposed to environmental hazards during their military service.

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Through December, in the first year screenings were available, the VA recorded conducting a little less than 5.1 million screenings, according to data obtained by Military.com through a public records request. That number had risen to about 5.3 million as of the end of March, according to the VA's public PACT Act dashboard.

Whether these screenings are driving a wave of veterans to then get better medical care and benefits is unclear, as vets themselves are painting a mixed picture of the process and experts question whether the screenings are asking the right questions.

Millions of veterans of the post-9/11 wars were exposed to massive trash fires known as burn pits, with many since developing breathing and heart issues, as well as debilitating and fatal cancers such as glioblastoma. Contaminated water at Camp Lejeune , North Carolina; chemical warfare such as using Agent Orange during the Vietnam War; and radiation from working near nuclear weapons have also sickened scores of veterans through the years.

Military.com spoke to a dozen veterans and family members about their experiences with the screenings. Some credited the questionnaire with leading to their doctors conducting more thorough medical exams. But others say it appeared to be a check-the-box exercise that has had no apparent effects on their health care or benefits.

"They didn't do the connecting step, I think is the biggest thing," said Geoffrey Threats, an Army veteran whose deployments included Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Jordan. "The connecting step of saying, 'OK, now here's how you file a claim if you think you have these things.'"

Threats had a toxic exposure screening in January after scheduling a special appointment for one. A doctor asked him where he had deployed and what his suspected exposures were, then handed him a pamphlet with background information on the PACT Act, he said. He had already filed a disability benefits claim prior to his screening, but he expressed concern for other veterans who may need more guidance on how to file a claim.

"Because you do have veterans who walk in there, they give the survey, and then they walk out, and they continue on with their life," Threats said.

Several veterans who spoke to Military.com said they haven't gotten the follow-up they asked for or that the response was lacking. Military.com solicited feedback on the screenings from its readers, and of 76 people who said they asked for follow-up information, 56 said they did not get it.

In response to the public records request from Military.com, the VA said it isn't systematically tracking any follow-up resulting from the screenings to see whether veterans are getting additional help.

When the agency started the screenings, VA officials promised the three-part questionnaire would help "enhance" benefits for veterans who are already in the system. Lawmakers who wrote the PACT Act touted the screenings as a way to "bolster" VA resources.

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Of the patients who were screened as of December, about 2.2 million veterans reported at least one potential exposure. The top issue cited was burn pits as mentioned by just over 1 million veterans, followed by Agent Orange at 708,315 veterans, according to the data obtained by Military.com. Veterans are allowed to name more than one potential exposure.

About one-third of veterans who reported concerns didn't ask for any follow-up information, according to the data. Of those who did want follow-up services, being connected with the Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, was the most popular choice, with 807,490 veterans requesting that.

Roughly 600,000 veterans asked for information about the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, and a little less than that wanted to be connected with a veterans service organization.

Meanwhile, 155,464 veterans asked to be contacted by a "toxic exposure screening navigator." The navigators oversee implementation of the screenings, conduct the screenings when they are done outside of a primary care appointment, and serve as veterans' point of contact when they have follow-up questions or concerns.

But the Veterans Health Administration has no way of tracking whether veterans got the follow-up they asked for, according to the agency's response to Military.com's records request. The VHA is working with the VBA to improve the communication between the two agencies and establish a process to relay important information from the screenings that could help the benefits claims process, the VHA said in its response.

Asked for comment on the veterans who were disappointed in the screenings or said they haven't gotten the follow-up information they requested, VA spokesperson Terrence Hayes told Military.com that veterans with concerns should contact their care team to check on the status of their follow-up or, if they feel their care team is unresponsive, the patient advocate at their local VA facility.

"We will make sure that they get the care they deserve," Hayes said in an emailed statement. "The experience of these screenings varies based on the individual veteran and their circumstances, but our goal is to provide a toxic exposure screening to every veteran we see, and if exposure is reported, to follow up with additional testing. These screenings serve as a resource to provide veterans with the exposure-informed care they deserve."

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The screenings were one of the first high-profile actions the VA took after the passage of the PACT Act, a law that's been described as the biggest expansion of veterans benefits in a generation, and the volume of screenings done has become a frequently cited data point for VA officials arguing that the PACT Act has been successful.

The law mandated the screenings be done at least once every five years for every veteran enrolled in VA health care but did not require any specific questions or tests, beyond stipulating that the screening should at a minimum ask about potential exposure to burn pits and about exposures to other toxins "commonly associated" with military service.

The law also didn't mandate any follow-up services after the screenings but said the VA should provide print materials and "outline related resources" available to veterans.

The screenings entail three questions: Do you believe you were exposed to toxins during your military service, what do you think you were exposed to, and do you want any follow-up support?

The screening was developed by the VA's director of primary care operations, according to a September 2022 regulatory filing by the department.

The answers to the questions are being added to patients' medical records to support "longitudinal care" so that physicians can be more alert for symptoms from health problems that may arise later, the VA said in background information included in Hayes' email. Research does not support lab tests or specialty referrals based solely on exposure, so "for most veterans, there will not be testing completed simply as a result of an endorsed exposure," the email said.

Victoria Cassano, a doctor with expertise in occupational and environmental medicine who previously served as the VA's director of radiation and physical exposures, expressed doubt the screenings could provide much useful information, calling the questionnaire "vague." A better screening, she argued, would be for the VA to collect full occupational histories from patients that discuss in detail every job they had in the military.

"Most people, even in the military, don't know what they're exposed to," said Cassano, a Navy veteran. "And so asking those three questions really doesn't help at all, especially when most of the doctors they're talking to don't understand what the exposures are in a given [military occupational specialty] or a given environment."

Cassano agreed that further medical testing wouldn't be warranted after a screening unless a patient has symptoms. Ideally, she said, the screenings should be used to establish a medical surveillance plan to be able to catch "subtle signs" of the development of a disease.

The pamphlets handed to patients after the screening include basic information on types of exposures, web addresses and phone numbers to schedule doctor appointments or file a benefits claim, and a summary of health registries for different types of exposures, according to copies posted on the VA's website and provided to Military.com by a caregiver of a veteran who was screened.

Joe Moss, an Army veteran exposed to toxins when he was stationed at the now-defunct Fort McClellan , went to get a screening at a PACT Act outreach event in March at a VA clinic in Orlando, Florida. There, he discovered his medical records showed he'd already been screened. It turned out that questions he was asked by a VA emergency room doctor when he was having a heart attack months earlier counted as his screening, he said.

"The doctor asked me if I'd ever been exposed to anything, and I said yeah. I thought that was part of their protocol" for diagnosing the heart attack, he said.

The Missing Link

The connection, or lack thereof, between the screening and getting other benefits was one of the top issues cited by veterans who spoke to Military.com.

Tasha Carnahan, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and suffers from chronic sinusitis and rhinitis, said she went into her screening thinking it would help her disability benefits claim, only for the doctor to tell her the screening was just for the VA to collect data.

"You see everything that says about the PACT Act and benefits for veterans that have been exposed to toxic exposures, but when you actually go there, they just say, 'Thank you for letting us know, it's going to be annotated,' and that's it," she said, adding that her primary care doctor has also made no reference to the screening since she had it.

Walter Kenna, a Marine Corps veteran who briefly served at Camp Lejeune, said that, in addition to the pamphlet he was given at his screening, he got a letter in the mail explaining how to file a claim for disability benefits. The letter said it was sent because he had reported a toxic exposure at his screening, Kenna added. But he said he felt the letter wasn't relevant to him because he hasn't been diagnosed with one of the conditions presumed to be connected with service at Camp Lejeune.

Others, though, described more positive outcomes from their screenings.

One Navy veteran who asked for anonymity to discuss his health issues said he had to prod the nurse at his annual exam to give him a screening, which he found out the department was doing only because he spotted a brochure about the PACT Act during a previous VA visit. But after he told the nurse he was concerned he had been exposed to asbestos, she relayed that information to his doctor and the doctor immediately ordered a CT scan, which revealed scarring in his lungs, the veteran said.

He's also been contacted by a toxic exposure screening navigator since that appointment, he said. Despite believing the VA could do a better job informing veterans about the screenings, he said he thinks his outcome shows the screenings are "an outstanding idea."

To make the screenings more useful, there should be better coordination between VHA and VBA so that any information gleaned by the questionnaire could help with benefits claims, said Cassano, who now runs a consulting firm that works with veterans advocates on disability claims.

"I think that questionnaire is helpful to an extent," she said, "but I don't think it's enough."

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The Part 2 Tire Crumb Rubber Exposure Characterization from EPA and CDC/ATSDR summarizes an exposure characterization and pilot-scale exposure measurements study that included collection of both indoor and outdoor field, personal, and biomarker samples for indicators of exposures; questionnaire and video-based activity assessments; and exposure modeling assessments. CDC/ATSDR completed a supplemental biomonitoring study, which is part of the Tire Crumb Exposure Characterization Report. The Part 2 report consists of two volumes; Volume 1 contains the results from the pilot exposure characterization research study and Volume 2 contains the results from the supplemental biomonitoring study, quality control/quality assurance assessments, and information about methods.

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