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Bonnaroo Prep: Supplies
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Supplies were definitely an area where I over prepared. In fact, I don’t have to buy a whole lot of stuff this year, because I have so much left over from last year!

So, rather than be wordy and write paragraph upon paragraph about wet wipes, I’ll present the supplies post here in list form.

Med Kit:

·        Band-Aids

·        Blister repair

·        Anti-Chaffing spray

·        Butterfly tape

·        Clean wash cloths (4)

·        Tweezers

·        Scissors

·        Alcohol wipes

·        Peroxide

·        Neosporin

·        Anti-bacterial spray

·        Desitin (That’s right, the diaper rash stuff. Bonnarash is real y’all. The pesticide they use to keep the farm ant and mosquito free causes a lot of people to break out. It definitely made me itchy.)

·        Benadryl cream

·        Tums

·        Alka-Seltzer

·        Imodium

·        Zantac

·        Benadryl

·        Claritin

·        Tylenol

·        Advil

·        Emergen-C

·        Hand sanitizer wipes

·        Liquid hand sanitizer

General:

·        Tapestries/grommeted sheets – use for shade or EZ up side walls and décor

·        Rugs – I got a $20 rug from IKEA for inside of our tent, a door mat for outside and a $15 rug from Ross for our seating area. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable!

·        Tables – We didn’t use the small folding table Diane brought last year, but we’re going to put the cooler on it this year, since the aim is to keep it in the shade more, and we won’t be able to fit it in our tent. I also got one of those $8 tables from IKEA for the common area. And a plastic folding table for GP.

·        A 4-drawer Rubbermaid storage thingy. No wheels. I’m going to use it for snack and storage and as a bedside (cotside) table.

·        AAA Batteries, AA Batteries, C Batteries and D batteries for all my fans/lights/etc.

·        Duct tape

·        Heavy duty scissors

·        Paracord

Hygiene:

·        Toilet paper

·        Unscented flushable wipes

·        Baby wipes

·        Shower wipes – if you’ve never heard of these because you are not outdoorsy (I didn’t know about them until preparing for roo last year) they’re like huge baby wipes with no rinse soap stuff on them.

·        Sulfate free soap – You don’t want all that detergent killing grass and helpful bugs!

Personal Supplies:

·        Deodorant

·        Moisturizer

·        Face wash

·        Lotion

·        Toothbrush

·        toothpaste

·        SUNBLOCK SUNBLOCK SUNBLOCK you cannot possibly have enough.

·        Off type bug spray (The bugs were surprisingly not bad, but it’s good to have)

·        ACTUAL bug spray – for killin’. There are spiders.

·        Shampoo and Conditioner

·        Tampons and whatnot

·        Pillow

·        Sleeping pad

·        Blanket – It wasn’t as hot as years past last year. I think the Highest it got was 89. But it was 53 one of the nights, so a blanket is a necessity.

Gadgets:

I didn’t put this in the gear post, because I wanted that to be mostly essentials. These are things I could have lived without, but they made my life so much easier.

·        Some kind of phone charging mechanism. I got a cheap solar powered one last year, and I had to charge it for 4 days, and it only fully charged my phone once. It was pretty much useless after that. This year, I got a jump starter that has a USB port for charging. It’s made by Stanley, and it has a light and an air compressor.

·        Last year, I relied on my phone for memory capturing. It worked well, but often there was so much traffic that uploading slowed to a crawl, and also, I had to reserve battery power. I’m taking my camera this year, and I got a Kingston MobileLite. It is its own wireless hotspot. With the app, I can connect my camera to it, and transfer pictures from my camera to my phone. Then, I can upload them right then, instead of waiting until I get home. This also works as an emergency phone charger.

·        Radio – we did not fully take advantage of this last year. We had one, but we never listened to it. We’re spoiled future people. We don’t want regular radio. We want to listen to the music on our phones and shit, which is impossible if you want to save your battery. I think I’ll just bring it out and tune it to Roo Radio while we’re sitting around the camp site.

Next Up: Food

After that: What to pack/wear

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Bonnaroo Prep: Clothes

Now…for the important stuff. Clothes. That was a strategy issue in and of itself. How much? How many pairs of shoes? How many outfits? Do I need accessories? What about makeup?

I saw myself like one of those girls you see on Pinterest, with the caption “BoHo beauty at Bonnaroo”. I was going to be glamorous. The reality is, that it is 100000000 degrees, and you can’t shower, or spend extra long periods of time in the AC, so you just need to make sure you’re comfortable.

My plan was two outfits a day. One for the afternoon, come back to the campsite and nap and freshen up, then change for the evening. The reality of that is that it doesn’t start to cool off until after 9 pm. And you STILL need to be comfortable.

So, I brought 8 outfits, plus additional options – like maybe a different tank top for one outfit, or extra shorts in case it rained and I had to change midday. I think I brought 6 pairs of shoes.

I pretty much wore one pair of shorts the whole weekend, and changed shirts. And I wore my running shoes all weekend. I did wear my tie-dyed wrap skirt Friday night, but essentially…one outfit all weekend.

I’m not a small girl. I’m short, but I’m rotund. I am apt to get chub rub. So I did wear bicycle shorts under my jean shorts just as extra protection.

Last year, I underestimated my hatred for my legs actually touching when I’m trying to fall asleep. (It’s a weird thing I have.) I only brought one pair of pants. It gets cool at night, but I thought that I’d want to sleep in shorts. WRONG. I should have brought more jammies. I also didn’t bring nearly enough t-shirts.

So this year…I’m packing less. My list will look something like this:

Bottoms:

·        Denim shorts (2)

·        Tribal print shorts

·        Black shorts with cream colored lace (these are that crepe-y cotton material. Very loose/very breathable.

·        Cheer shorts (2)

·        Tie-dye skirt

·        Bonnaroo pants (these incredible wide-legged palazzos that I bought there last year. I will also buy another pair this year.)

·        Yoga Pants

·        Space Leggings

·        Pajama pants

Tops:

·        Blue breezy crochet inlet tank

·        Black breezy crochet inlet tank

·        Cali tank

·        Crochet front tank top

·        Wonder Woman tank top

·        “a little bit of summer” tank

·        Bonnaroo 2014 shirt

·        Jimi Hendrix shirt

·        Grateful dead shirt (2)

·        Green Day shirt

·        AA v-neck shirt

·        Katy Perry shirt

·        Sheer and crocheted shirt

·        Neon tribal print shirt

Sleeves:

·        A hoodie

·        A flannel

·        A cardigan

Other:

·        Bathing suits (3 – tops can be worn under tank tops as bras – I paid a lot of money to get these boobs lifted and reduced last year…now that a heavily structured bra isn’t a requirement, I won’t wear one all the time)

·        Bike shorts (2)

·        Bandalettes (2 pair – these are neat. They’re little lace bands that look like the tops of thigh high stockings, you slide them on under dresses/skirts/shorts to prevent chub rub.)

·        Underwear (10 pair – I sweat a lot, and sometimes I just want to change them mid day.)

·        Socks (6 pair short, 3 pair no-see, 6 pair regular + cute knee socks – I have a sock thing.)

·        Bras (2 actual bras, 2 sports bras, 4 bralettes)

Accessories:

·        Sunhat

·        Watch

·        Fitbit

·        Sunglasses

Shoes:

·        Running shoes

·        Fake Tom’s

·        Brown boots

·        A sandal of sorts

·        Flip flops

·        Blue vans

I will probably bring some form of a Wonder Woman get up for the Friday night costume party.

As far as makeup goes, I’ll bring some, but probably not much. I only wore it on Friday last year, because I completely sweat it all off if I tried to wear it during the day.

That is the last of my “What to bring with you” posts. I hope you found them helpful. I’m tagging them all with #bonnaprep so they can easily be found. I hope you found them useful!

If you have any questions, suggestions or funny knock knock jokes, you can shoot me a message here, or you can send an email to theoverprepper@gmail.com

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Bonnaroo Prep: Gear

This tumblr isn’t called “The Overprepper” for nothin’! I had no idea what to expect, so last year I prepared for every contingency. Having one roo under my belt, I now know what I absolutely need, and what is just a space-taker-upper.

Your actual camping gear is very important. You sleep at your camp, and you hang at your camp, and those two things require maximum comfort. You want to make sure that you’ve got good stuff for your campsite.

Tent: I went with a Coleman 10x14 Instant Cabin tent. Up to that point, I had never actually pitched a tent (hee hee) so I was worried that I would be confused, and doing it in the dark. The instant tent seemed optimal.

Pros:

1.      The thing really was a breeze to set up and take down. In my practice runs at home, I even set it up by myself once. With two people, it took about 10 minutes to get it completely set up and staked down.

2.      It was virtually leak proof. We did have some drips around the door, but usually it was because we forgot to zip it all the way. With the rainfly (separate purchase, optional – but not really, you need it) it didn’t leak at all during the 2 hour monsoon that blew down right after we got it set up.

3.      The straight walls made it very roomy. We felt like we had a mansion. My friend is probably 5’9’’, and she could stand straight up in it to get dressed.

4.      The huge windows (and doors when zipped open to just the screens) made it very breezy when everything was open.

Cons:

1.      It was huge, heavy and cumbersome. Because the poles were telescoping, and pre-attached to the tent, the thing probably weighed 30-40 lbs. The tent in the bag was as big around as I am, and about 4 feet long. It was just hard to maneuver and deal with.

2.      The doors are on one end of the tent. If we actually had the 3 in the tent that we were supposed to have, because of the way we had to set up to avoid blocking the door, we would not have had very much extra room.

3.      Seepage/condensation on the inside. The walls were essentially wet once the temperature hit the dew point. Then everything in the tent felt wet. It was hard for me to sleep with a moist blanket.

4.      Because the tent was about 6’4” at the center on the inside, the poles were about 7 feet tall. It would have been kinda difficult to get that set up under an EZ up. Which we wound up not doing.

This year, I went with a 9x14 Wenzel Blue Ridge. The top is completely screen, so the rainfly comes with it. It seems easy to put up. (I haven’t done the test run yet.) And it has enough room for me to stand, but is low enough to fit under the EZ up. Putting your tent under an EZ up offers an additional buffer from the sun. When it starts to rise, there is NO MORE SLEEPING IN THE TENT. It becomes an oven. I think having my tent under the EZ up will allow me another hour or so of tent sleep before I have to crawl out to make other arrangements.

EZ up: pop-up tent, canopy, sunshade. Call it what you want, but you need it more that you could ever possibly understand. There are NO TREES in most of the campground. Pod 1 has a tree line, but you can’t really camp next to it because it’s on the other side of the fire lane. Also, I heard that there are ticks pretty bad over there. (I can’t back that up.) So you have to BYOS (bring your own shade.) We bought a Coleman 10x10 instant screen room, thinking we’d keep the flies out of our shady hang out spot. Well, that damn thing was so flimsy. It was very light weight and easy to put up, yes. But the screen part, just made it irritating to come in and go out of. We put it up for a few minutes, then wound up taking it down. I gave it away (it was $44.)

This year, I’m bringing the big guns. A 10x20 canopy that looks like Wonder Woman’s butt. (Its blue canvas with white stars. That SOB weighs 106 lbs. Definitely too heavy for me to put up on my own, but big enough for my whole tent to fit under with some extra room. Emily bought a new 10x10 for us to use as hang area, so we’ll have plenty of shade.

Cot: A lot of folks just went with a sleeping pad or an air mattress. I’m not a fan of spiders, and to me, sleeping on the ground is just double dog daring a spider to crawl on me in my sleep. Also, I’m old. Laying on a carpeted floor is not my jam, so laying on the actual ground is certainly not. Last year, I bought an Ozark Trail cot for $45 at Walmart. The way it sets up, you can’t really feel the bars, so it wasn’t too bad. Also, I made a sleeping pad out of a twin sized egg carton mattress pad and some king sized pillow cases that I stitched together, so that helped. The cot was a little more wiggly than I prefer, and I’m a clumsy mo-fo. I almost dumped myself out of it once a night the whole time I was there. It has a 250 lb. weight limit, so it’s accommodating to most 5 foot tall chicks pushing 200 like myself.

This year, I sprung for the Kamprite oversized quick cot. This one is about the size of a twin mattress. It sits up a little taller, and it has legs like a canvas folding camp chair, so it is very sturdy. You can’t really feel the bars, but I’ll use my sleep pad anyway. This one is wider, so in my “plopping down exhaustedly” tests I did when it came in the mail, I did not feel like I was going to tip it over. Also, 400 lb weight limit, so good for even the biggest of big dudes.

Coolers:  This is one area I could have prepared better. I had a 60 can roller, and Diane had an 80 can chest. And we set them on the west side of the tent, so they were pretty much in the sun from 2 pm until sunset. We bought a lot of $5 ice bags. Also, I used the melted ice water to dip washcloths in, and thinking back, that was kinda gross. We didn’t use the ice for drinking or anything, but our beers were floating in there.

This year, I bought an Igloo 120 quart chest. This is my plan: I’m going to freeze 4 gallon jugs of water. Those will go side by side on either end of the cooler. Then, I’ll layer some dry ice across the bottom between the jugs. Newspaper on top of that, towels on top of the newspaper, then cookie cooling racks. On top of the racks will be bags of ice, beers and foodstuffs that should be kept cold. And we’re going to make sure it stays in the shade.

Shower/Poop tent and Portable Toilet: I got a small utility tent from Walmart, and bought some Coleman shower bags. You can leave them in the sun to warm up the water, but I rather liked the cold well water showers. You just hang it from the top inside and you have a shower! It’s a drizzle, and a bitch to wash your hair, and you kinda have to squat to get the water flowing good, but it was a LIFESAVER.

We got a 5 gallon bucket and a luggable loo lid, and used Double Doodie bags. They have a powder in them that turns into gel when it gets wet. You’d think that it would smell unbelievably bad, but not so much. The gel absorbs odor too. That was also a lifesaver. It saved a trip to the portable poopers in the dark and first thing in the am. This year, I got a huge, fancy tent from Amazon. It’s a Texsport Deluxe. It’s huge, and came with a shower bag. And I bought a canvas camp pooper. You put the bags over the seat and put the whole thing over a bucket. The 5 gallon job with the Luggable Loo lid worked, but I always felt like I was going to tip it over.

Other gear: I would like to try and rent a hammock dome, or just bring my back yard hammock. That should make napping in the heat of the day relatively easy. Also, invest in good, breathable chairs. One of our campsite neighbors had a great Coleman oversized camp chair that had a mesh back. Very breezy, very cozy.

TARPS: Also important. Can be used as a footprint for your tent, (make sure to tuck the edges under so it’s the same size as your tent- this keeps water from getting trapped under it) can be used as sidewalls for an EZ Up or ground cover. We used a huge one to cover the ground in our common area where we hung out. They can also be used as shade.

Battery powered fans FOR SURE. I used one all weekend as a fan and a light, and the batteries never died. Those are really helpful when trying to nap too.

Lights – last year we were “blessed” to be camped directly under one of the huge generator lights that run all night. We didn’t need any light because that damn thing was so bright it was like daylight. From about 6 pm to 5am, all lights and generator noise all the time. I did buy a fan/light combo, and I had all these battery powered LED egg lights that were bright. I also got the Solviden solar powered mini lanterns from IKEA. And some Battery powered ENO twinkle lights. None of these got used. You will most likely need them if you’re not camped directly under the sun, though. I also bought some new cute star solar lights for this year.

I also have one of those heavy duty wagons. A must for filling shower bags/getting ice.

This is pretty much it as far as necessary gear goes. You can spend as much or as little on gear as you want. I want to be comfortable. And it takes a lot for me to get that way. Fortunately, I have an SUV to carry all this massive stuff. I for sure couldn’t do it if I was in my car.

Links to gear:

Last year’s tent

This year’s tent

Last year’s failed Coleman screen house 

My “Wonder Woman” EZ up

This is not the exact cot I used last year, but the legs and price are similar

This year’s cot

This year’s cooler

Last year’s shower tent

This year’s shower tent

Coleman shower bags

The Luggable Loo seat we used on a bucket last year

This year’s new fancy terlet

Double Doodie bags

Hammock Dome rental - (Looks like they’re sold out of rentals for Bonnaroo, though! Should have jumped on that sooner!)

Fans:

I have two of these

And one of these

Lights: The IKEA lights are not available anymore, but they’re a mini-string version of this light

ENO twinkle lights

This year’s star solar lights

I can’t ever find the “egg” lights on the web. I got them from a bin in the aisle at Lowe’s before Christmas 2013. They’re egg shaped, and they have metal bottoms. They’re like Weeble Wobbles, because they don’t tip over.

Utility wagon

Up next: General Supplies and personal supplies

And theeennnnn: Food

And theeeennnnn: Clothes

The Overprepper Pinterest is chock full of ideas, dream gear, and general Bonnaroo stuff, give it a look!

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Bonnaroo Prep: Food

I looked all over the web to try and figure this equation out. In the end, I went with my gut. Which makes sense since I’m talking about food. My gut, however, was kinda wrong.

I told myself, “You’re not going to spend that much on food there, it’ll be expensive and it’s ALLLLLL the way in centeroo and at the pods. Just bring food to snack on while you’re at the campsites and eat dinner in Centeroo.”

NOPE.

THE FOOD IS SO GOOD! And it’s SO REASONABLY PRICED. I bought most of my food there. And still managed to not spend too much money. Partially because of the reasonable pricing, and partially because it is so hot you never want to eat.

I rethought my food strategy for this year. I’m still going to eat Spicy Pie, (and all of the other delicious treats Bonnaroo has to offer) but this is what I’ve come up with:

·        Loaf of bread

·        Peanut butter – remember to bring a knife.

·        Jelly (keep in cooler)

·        Cheez-its

·        A variety of small bags of chips

·        Belvita Crunchy and soft breakfast biscuits

·        Hummus (keep in cooler)

·        Pita chips

·        Pretzel Crisps

·        Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish grahams (trust me on this one)

·        Dr. Pepper – I brought a 20 pack, that was enough for me for the weekend

·        Bottled water – you need a lot. More than you think. You can get drinkable water from the water stations, and that’s definitely better for the environment. But, you need to remember to get a water container to fill if that’s how you’re going to get water. I’m bringing 4 gallon jugs that will be frozen. Once they melt, I can drink them, so I’m only going to bring one case of water.

·        A case of small PowerAde’s – Emily brought those, and I wish I had. I love PowerAde, and sometimes, I want something to drink that isn’t soda or water.

And I think that’s it. That will be enough food for me to be satisfied until we get going in the morning, and as post drinking/pre bedtime snacks. I’ll probably eat Spicy Pie for lunch and dinner, because that’s what I do.

Alcohol:

You’re officially allowed 1 handle of booze and 2 cases of beer per person. We had most of our beer in the coolers, so they didn’t really get on to us for having more. I actually drank very little. (That will change this year.) Between Diane and me, we had probably 4 cases of beer. (All in cans of course – no glass allowed at Bonnaroo.) We didn’t bring any wine or Liquor. Emily brought beer and a box of wine that we did drink.

I’ll probably bring a similar amount of beer this year. Still no wine, but I will bring some vodka, because I plan on making summer beer. (Bud Light, Vodka, Pink Lemonade concentrate. It is so much better than it sounds.) Besides, Niki makes Jello-shots, and a Jungle Juice style bulk booze drank called “Hippie Juice”.

That’s the story on food!

Next up: Clothes and shoes, riveting stuff, people.

There are some camp food recipes and ideas on The Overprepper Pinterest. If you have any suggestions, questions, hints or IKEA assembly instructions send me a message, or email theoverprepper@gmail.com