Post by Mushroomshowers on May 25, 2012 12:34:23 GMT -5
Last year I was camped beside several college girls that threw a tent in their car and drove from Minnesota to Bonnaroo. They were very unprepared; no shade, or Ice chess (water) and I am sure many smaller item that I was unaware of.
This year I am going to take extra things that I can share. I have some ideas but am interest in others.
I am in TO so some things will be left back at the vehicle till I find they are needed.
Cot Shade Tent (hard up) Cigs (I don't smoke but they may help me make friends) Water Beer
We have an extra small 2 person tent, plenty of tarps and tons of food. We fed all the neighbors around us all weekend last year. We made a huge pancake, egg & breakfast one day that everyone loved. My husband also takes all kinds of tools, etc...and last year he was helping everyone around us with various things.
We also like to bring something fun when setting up camp and this year hubby went and picked up a giant case of ice cream sandwiches from Sam's last night. We take a cooler with dry ice so we'll be able to keep them frozen and then pass them out as we are getting set up and meeting neighbors.
Post by MonkeyLoverGirl on May 25, 2012 13:03:22 GMT -5
We did this in 2010, we took tons of food and made lunch for so many people in TO. We grilled burgers, dogs and gave out bottles of water. Everyone was so thankful and karma is good! I love that feeling!!!!! I am going to be in VIP this year and really hope the vibe doesn't change too much I will still take some extra stuff just in case I see someone in need
Post by echolikebells on May 25, 2012 13:09:29 GMT -5
Two little things that I take in case of rain are cheap little flip-flops (kept at camp) and rain ponchos (in my shoulder bag). I wanted people to be able to wash and dry their main shoes while still being able to walk around camp and party, and for people that wanted ponchos in case of rain (some people prefer to just get soaked), I wanted to have a few to spare because personally, I hate being completely doused by rain. So they were two small, cheap things that I would've really appreciated someone having in the reverse situation.
I also brought: spare shade sheets, spare tarp for making camp walkable barefoot (looooove bare feet), and spare packs of face cleansing wipes that I kept in the cooler. Best feeling ever at the end of the night. Ended up camped next to two girls who really enjoyed several of the spare supplies I brought, so it all worked out! Felt so good to share!
Last year I shared moleskin, zipties, oxypads (you MUST see the joy on someone's face after using 1.. or 6 haha), lots of extra baggies of TP, scissors!, extra mist pumps ($1 spot at target- I brought tons and made people very happy), vodka, and of course our shade.
I threw 2 frozen water bottles in the sides of my camelbak to give away to people who looked rough.
On the reverse end: Our neighbors cooked for us once last year. We were mostly too hot to enjoy it, but I did feel better after eating. I appreciated that.
I can't even tell you how happy it made me to be sprayed with water by strangers along the roads into centeroo.
Post by sillygreen89 on May 25, 2012 15:18:40 GMT -5
Camp hammer, we had a canopy and 5 person tent w/ several tarps and rope but no hammer. Our neighbors, 3 big guys w/ a 1 person tent and some beer, shared their hammer and we shared our everything else. Fair trade.
My husband and I always bring weird stuff...but needed.... ladder, lots of stuff for boo-boos (band-aids to car bombs)... pop-tarts, we pass out coffee in the morning...or car bombs..Baby wipes..(.no fu fu smell)..I make sure anyone that needs electric...has it,,we offer shade to anyone who needs or wants it,..and I cook... and later ,when the sun goes down, cocktails...all good...
Last year I received two things that were invaluable to me. 1. Pepto Bismol. The ONE thing I forgot in my first aid kit. Whoever gave this to me Thursday PM in Camp Inforoo (sorry, was blitzed; I don't remember who it was), you are my hero.
And Scrog gave me a glowy light for portapotty use after I lost the one I had brought. I still have it and it's coming back with me this year!
I bring water, tarps, and my favorite Honey whiskey to pass around! Last year we hooked up with some guys from Canada on the Helping Hands thread and that bottle of whiskey went quick! I ended up sending them a bottle to Canada after Roo since they don't sell it up there!!!
Post by natedagreat on May 26, 2012 10:42:28 GMT -5
Coffee for sure, gotta help all my fellow caffeine junkie out there. I bring an extra 5 packs or so of cigs and some premade cocktails to share with neighbors. I always like cooking a big breakfast on Thursday and offering everyone to grab a plate and chill before kicking the weekend off.
The only thing I bring specifically to share are clove cigarettes and food.
Last year my neighbors only brought a beach umbrella for shade, and our gigantic tent and shade canopy wouldn't both fit in our campsite, so I asked them if we could set it up half in theirs (VIP-marked sites) and then have them share it with us. That worked out well.
We took turns with them cooking each other breakfast each morning. We went to Walmart every morning and we brought back ice and filled their coolers each time.
They also helped us set up our tent, because we are a little challenged in that area.
MushroomShowers, this is a great thread. I learned what the word community means through Bonnaroo. I agree!!! It's making me miss the farm so much. I can't believe it's 11 days away.... and I'm still not sure if I'm going!
After reading all of this, I realize even more how amazing the people are at Bonnaroo. My brother and I have gone the past five years in a row and we usually only have a tent. No canopy, tarps, nothing like that. I guess we are lucky to be near by amazing people who share shade, food, drinks, and good vibes. We share food, liquor for cocktails, baby wipes, paper towels, TP, etc. My brother also has this little fire-less grill. We'll cook up some soups at night and share with our neighbors (if it's not too hot!)
One thing I *always* bring is my misting spray bottle (used for watering plants). I fill it up with ice cold water from coolers, a few ice cubes and spray everyone as I walk by. I always make sure to spray staff and volunteers, because they are forced to sometimes stand for twelve hours straight, in the sun. It's horrible. So, bring a spray water bottle and fill it with ice cold water!! Spray your neighbors!!
Post by Mushroomshowers on May 27, 2012 9:56:19 GMT -5
Cheesy Grits for Coffee?
I am going to be in Camp inforoo and am determinde to keep things as simple as possible this year since I will be leaving my truck behind.
The only thing I am going to cook is Cheesy Grits (and a bunch of them), I will be swaping grits for some bacon and eggs or eating a bunch or grits. Either way I will be smiling all day and night.
I will have a shower and changing tent with a deep well battery and water pump. (home made shower). The people around me are welcome to use the shower. I have a solor water warmer. The warm amount water may be an issue.
i wanna try to bring some beer to share with those who set up camp around me and such but i dont drink beer.....any recommendations for kind?
A light lager or pale ale will please any beer drinker, though most like myself don't look a gift horse in the mouth (a free beer is a free beer). As far as brands go, you're not going to be drinking it so I'd get something good but not expensive. An easy one would be Yuengling.