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Basic Camping Needs
Other home items handy to have
Food stuffThis is included mainly because at most of the local camping events food will vary. Some times its included at the event, other times it's not. For an event like Alles Faire, sponsored by the shire, the two main feast are part of the day. Other events, there may be no food provided. The best thing to do, is to talk to people in the group, see who is going..what is everyone doing about food, then go from there.
No matter what, it's always a good idea to keep extra water/soda/juice on hand. Same with snacks and easy to grab food like granola, granola bars, fruit etc..
Garb for CampingGarb will vary in need depending on the event. The wonderful thing about living where we do, is that the weather will vary by the day during the camping months. It can be incredibly hot during the day and horridly cold at night and it will rain. So..that being said. If you have enough garb, plan at least one outfit per day. Then add one or two extra outfits in case things get wet. If there are things like feasts/balls etc planned for the evenings, you will most likely want to bring a fancier outfit for those nights.
You will often hear of people differentiating between camping clothing and event clothing. Most of us, once we have been in for a while, have older or grubbier clothing that we tend to wear for times you know you will get dirty ( or on wet yuck days ). Remember layers. Garb is great in that you can start out the day with an extra layer on..take it off as it gets hot and putting it back on in the evening. Also, what is an outer layer one day can sometimes serve as an underlayer another day. Unfortunately, the discussion of garb and camping can go on for pages, but here some extra things to remember when planning clothes.
Personal ItemsThese are all items that while you will think are obvious, its amazing what you forget. Again I have a small tote with most of this in it, and I throw it in the car when I go.
First Aid KitA first aid kit can come in handy no matter what. Even though there is always a chiurgeon on staff at all events, basic supplies can be useful! I have this kit in a small box and it comes with me to every camping event I go to. I just grab it and throw it into my car
StorageStorage and keeping things dry. This is a huge issue when camping. There is no easy answer, especially as everyone has different needs and opinions. What you need to think of is ease of carrying it. You may have to carry your supplies a bit of a distance depending on where you are camping and where the vehicles can go. You need to have it fairly watertight and have the ability to keep things dry.
This all being said you will see most people using the rubbermaid type totes. They are watertight, lightweight, easy to store. My camping supplies stay in their totes even when home, with the exception of garb etc.. This way, when camping season starts, I just grab my clothes and go!
This takes care of the basic needs. Of course, this is all dependent on personal preferences and needs. Hopefully though, this will give you a better idea of what you need to get you prepared for a camping event with the SCA.
For your convenience we have also included a printable text version of this list here .
This page last modified April 09, 2003.