Just thought I'd share...I had a crazy dream last night that I was totally unprepared when I showed up at Roo...All I had were the clothes I was wearing and no shoes. It was kinda scary lol
i had this dream the other night i left packing up to someone from my group (who isnt even coming with us to roo anyway so extra weird) and they forgot everything and when i finally found them thursday night they were just like, too bad sorry dude. i went walmart with another friend and we pretty much sent the whole festival there looking for stuff and missed everything.
I typically overpack.. especially with food...every time we go to Roo or another festival, it seems we are camped next to some 20something soul who has little $$$, little food,no sunscreen, no shade and alot of beer. So now we bring an extra tent in case someone needs it, alot of food to share with neighbors ( I like to cook and spend some time at camp cooking dinner for neighbors waking after a nap getting ready for a late nite ) ... I would rather overpack and bring it home with me then to underpack and not have enough to share with my new friends.....:)
I loved the guide and I think even over-preparing is okay for your first Bonnaroo. After it, put things into a tub and seal until next year. Then, drag it out and you'll notice you're 30-40% ready to go already. The following year you'll be up to 60-80%...
This is my 5th year, and while my tub is geared for RV'ing more than outright camping (due to 3 years in an RV at Roo) even so this year I'm pretty far ahead already. I always surprise myself when I open it that I could practically load up the car right now and get on the road...
I've spent a little time this weekend cleaning out my tub of roo stuff and reorganizing it. Ended up with a much lighter tub. I still have a lot of different stuff in it, just less multiples of things that I haven't needed that much of. I'm not going to need 16 hot hands packs- I might use 2. Am I gonna need 3 bottles of Gold Bond? How the hell did THIS get in...oh right, ex girlfriend. Don't need that. If you wanna build a solar powered oscillating titanium tent fan that tells jokes and makes your tent smell like the coffee aisle or fresh baked cinnamon buns then build a schematic so we can all have one too, you don't HAVE to do it for Bonnaroo per se. Do it for SCIENCE!
Post by CreativeUnderclass on Apr 25, 2010 11:38:08 GMT -5
Thanks for bumping this thread, I didn't catch it the first go-round.
I've been a member of both camps, over preparing and under and as you guys have said, they both have their merits.
One of the best traditions my group has in terms of prep is making a rough menu for our trip beforehand. It's never too elaborate(because it's a bit tough to cook gourmet at your camp site), but what it lets us do is make sure we buy not too much or too little food, and it lets us plan ingredients that will let us make several great meals. The one year we didn't do this wasn't a disaster by any means, but our grocery shopping trip took a lot longer, and we wasted money buying too many things and not even eating them all.
Acquiring dry ice is something that has also become a pre-Roo must for our group.
I remember last time I went, in 2008 we all made fun of and complained about a member of our party who packed seemingly everything he owned (no kitchen sink, but he did have a portable shower)...full-size shovel, you name it. And while we ripped on him most of the trip, by the end we wound up using just about everything he brought.
You know as much as I hate the look of those stupid umbrella hats I am seriously thinking of buying one. Roo '08 was cloudy or overcast almost the whole weekend and I couldn't have been happier! This girl needs some shade!
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Post by whistlesgowhoop on Apr 26, 2010 14:21:06 GMT -5
last year was my first roo and I would have been lost if not for lucid's guide and inforoo. although I only started packing/planning when I found out how I would be getting to Tennessee at the end of May. We definitely had a case of over-packing and under-planning. My group forgot to put the tent up in preparation for roo to make sure it was in good condition, and bought food and gas for our non functioning stove. what we learned was that you can generally survive at roo without most of the things you bring. I think a good attitude and some extra cash for food made everything work out. this year I made my own lists and figured out all the logistics ahead of time. like most other people i bought my gear which i needed far ahead of time - however this year I will make sure what I am bringing is absolutely necessary. maybe I'm moving into over-preparing for this year but atleast I know not to over pack.
Last year was our first year at Bonnaroo, and we were more in the over-packing/under-planning boat. We brought all sorts of camping supplies, lanterns, grills, etc, and it all ended up being a big waste of space. We also bought a crappy Wal-Mart tent, which was a huge mistake (but I got my money back so whatever). This year I want to over-plan and pack just what we need. I had fun last year, but I'm the type of person that gets stressed out pretty easily and the fact that we didn't have any shade reallllly stressed me out, among other things. Also this year I'm going with 4 or 5 other people, all but one of which are newbies. So I've taken it upon myself to be the prepared one, because if it were up to everyone else we'd all sleep in our cars and have one change of clothes. Not to say that that wouldn't make a fun trip for some, but I'm one who likes to be prepared. Plus making lists and thinking about what I need and what I already have makes the time go by faster!
I have a rubbermaid tote that is my Bonnaroo Box. It pretty much stays packed all year, and I add to it throughout the year whenever I find a good deal on Roo supplies. Talk about over-prepared. If someone called and told me they switched Bonnaroo to tomorrow and I had 12 hours to get there, I think I'd be ready.