I would probably stop at a convenience mart before you get into the Manchester area and ice down one more time because you will be waiting in a line of traffic for a long, long time before you actually get to your campsite. That should last you the day.
Last year they had huge trucks close to the campsites where you can buy bags of ice. They were not that expensive either.
As far as food, we brought way too much last year. They will have official vending inside the Stage area (lots of food options), but you will find lots and lots of people selling food in the camp areas and down shakedown street (this is the main walkway to Centeroo). One of the best meals I had was a black bean and rice burrito that I bought in the camp area for $2.00
Definitely bring some snacks for when the late night munchies set in, and maybe some fruit or something for breakfast, but I would not bother with Coleman stoves and cooking at camp etc.. A loaf of bread and PB&J is always good to have on hand
Post by emcgoldrick on Apr 2, 2004 17:42:29 GMT -5
This will be my first Bonnaroo, too, but a couple of summers ago at High Sierra I discovered a great way to keep stuff cold the whole time. Fill up a 1-gallon water jug and freeze it completely (depending on your freezer it could take 24 hours), then put that in your cooler. We brought two coolers and each one had a frozen water jug and a bag of ice in it on the first day. By the fourth and last day of the festival, we still had a bit of ice in the jugs and the stuff in the coolers was still cool, but not totally cold. We didn't re-ice the whole time!
Our friends brought a huge and pretty airtight cooler than kept their ice in pristine condition for five days. You'd need the space in your vehicle, but if you have the room, these are definitely worth it to keep everything cold for days. I checked at Walmart and they're less than $30.
We had an ice seller pretty near our campsite, but it was a drag to fetch ice every day, and one time they were out and we had to go back. (Although if you don't have the space for a large cooler or lots of ice, it's handy to have the ice vendor available if needed.) The frozen milk jug is a great idea too -- and when it's all melted you have clean water for drinking or washing. I'm stealing that idea for Bonnaroo3.