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Offline CountingStars

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First Time Camper
« on: September 28, 2012, 01:44:22 PM »
This will be my first time camping at TRF. I don't own any camping gear whatsoever, so I'm wondering what you guys may consider the "bare minimum" I need to acquire beforehand. I'll be there for just one night.

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 01:49:58 PM »
Hi there!  Welcome to camp!

So for just one night:

A tarp to lay under your tent.  This will help block cold air & dew.
Tent
Sleeping bag
Lantern & propane
Cooler
Dry goods/food
Toiletries
Water
Clothes
First aid

I'm sure others will chime in on items I've missed here. :)
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 03:06:23 PM »
I would suggest an air mattress also.  Your back will thank you in the morning!
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 05:57:18 PM »
1.  toilet paper
2.  toilet paper
3.  toilet paper
4. something to clean the porta pottie seats with (spray cleaner/wipes) if you sit bare assed on them  :)
5. air mattress.
6. warm things - on the off chance its really cold.  IE. Really warm sleeping bag, propane heater, blankets... etc.
tent that can breath if you have a propane heater. 
7. Small portable bright flashlights. 
8. Ear plugs if you cant sleep with noise.  (generators/campers can get loud at night)
9. Alarm clock - depending on if you party... you might end up going to bed much later than usual... dont wanna miss out opening gate.  :)

Most people dont realize that air mattresses get really cold due to the air getting cold inside and end up not being able to sleep well on them in cold weather.  Bring a barrier blanket or 2 to combat this if you dont have a good sleeping bag.

and what bonny said.

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2012, 10:09:05 AM »
For years my husbands TRF camping gear was...a blanket and a roll of toilet paper! Granted he was a single guy but he swears this served him well til he met me, at which point he had been going over 10 years!!! So I think it is whatever you think you can get away with lol

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 11:08:27 AM »
Thanks! A tarp wasn't not on my list, so good to know.

I've heard camp was quite the party, which I'm down for, but I will need SOME sleep... may have to add those ear plugs to my list as well!

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 12:23:18 PM »
Thanks! A tarp wasn't not on my list, so good to know.

I've heard camp was quite the party, which I'm down for, but I will need SOME sleep... may have to add those ear plugs to my list as well!

Yeah try to get a little sleep lol.  Everyone that knows me knows I have absolutely no problem getting my sleep lol!  ;D
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 01:01:50 PM »
a shoelace or lanyard, or something to hang your flashlight around your neck when you make the porta-privvy run in the middle of the night, keeps you from either being in the dark, dropping it into the abyss, or having to set it down in whatever may be on the floor/shelf
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 01:17:05 PM »
a shoelace or lanyard, or something to hang your flashlight around your neck when you make the porta-privvy run in the middle of the night, keeps you from either being in the dark, dropping it into the abyss, or having to set it down in whatever may be on the floor/shelf

We wish someone had made that suggestion to one of our group several years back.  Man, fool, double fool, long story, started to type, decided not. >:(
 

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 01:29:57 PM »
TRY THIS ONE ON FOR SIZE...


http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=8479.0


*An oldie but goodie!  Took me 10 minutes to find it*  ;)
« Last Edit: October 02, 2012, 01:30:47 PM by Laird Fraser of Lovatt »
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 04:21:52 PM »
TRY THIS ONE ON FOR SIZE...


http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=8479.0


*An oldie but goodie!  Took me 10 minutes to find it*  ;)

It's like Camp 101 for newbies! Definitely don't need everything on the "master list" for one night, but good to know some of the unspoken rules and camping etiquette!

Any suggestions where the best of the slim pickings will be Saturday morning? Wish we could set-up camp on Friday, but the husband works late  :(  But if we could avoid the drainage path or some equally disagreeable spot, that would be helpful.

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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012, 05:57:51 PM »
Camp size has doubled in the off season... some of our clan peeps, that have seen the new place, may want to give a heads up...  ;)  
« Last Edit: October 02, 2012, 05:58:32 PM by Laird Fraser of Lovatt »
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2012, 09:15:35 AM »
a shoelace or lanyard, or something to hang your flashlight around your neck when you make the porta-privvy run in the middle of the night, keeps you from either being in the dark, dropping it into the abyss, or having to set it down in whatever may be on the floor/shelf

One word.... HEADLAMP!! ;)
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Re: First Time Camper
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2012, 10:03:31 AM »
TRY THIS ONE ON FOR SIZE...


http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=8479.0


*An oldie but goodie!  Took me 10 minutes to find it*  ;)

It's like Camp 101 for newbies! Definitely don't need everything on the "master list" for one night, but good to know some of the unspoken rules and camping etiquette!

Any suggestions where the best of the slim pickings will be Saturday morning? Wish we could set-up camp on Friday, but the husband works late  :(  But if we could avoid the drainage path or some equally disagreeable spot, that would be helpful.

Look for me when you get into the campgrounds. I'll be on my golf utility cart circulating around the campgrounds. I'll show you areas that you might like. With 170 acreas, I'm sure everyone can find a spot.

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