4657Re: [SCA Newcomers] My first SCA event, LOTS of Questions.
- May 26, 2003In a message dated 5/23/2003 3:51:19 PM Eastern Standard Time,
My two cents on the additional items list:
> Insect repellantInsect repellant is a must, and some sort of mattress, although I prefer the
> Air Matresses
self-inflating closed cell foam ones. Less chance of punctures, and more
insulating as you don't have all that cold air to heat up. If it's likely to be
cold at night, and you use an air mattress, put one of those silver space
blankets, silver side up, between you and the mattress.
> Towels (both paper and cloth)And tissues, and an extra roll of toilet paper in case the privies run out.
> Dish soapIf you plan on cooking for yourself/washing dishes. Not usually needed for
weekend evetns in my area.
> FIRST AID KIT!!!!!!!!Including any over-the-counter meds you commonly use, and any prescription
meds. It is miserable trying to find someone who has ibuprofen or TUMS when you
don't feel well.
> A shovel/spade either folding or full sizeNever needed this at any weekend event. Most places in my area don't allow
us to dig fire pits, and it's rare that we would be on such a slope that we
would need to trench the upper side of the tent to divert water.
> Extra fuel for stove/lanternsAgain, I've never needed a hatchet for a weekend event, as usually personal
> Hand Ax or Hatchet
fires are not allowed in our area, and the hosting group takes care of the
bardic fire if there is one.
> Hammer (for driving tent pegs into hard ground)Yes.
> Folding knife (if you don't have a dagger)If you get a dagger, get a single-edged one. They are much easier to deal
with than double-edged. On the other hand, a pair of utility scissors will
handle most of the same jobs.
> Two fairly good-sized tubs for washing dishes/faces/handsAgain, usually not needed for weekend events here unless planning on cooking
for yourself (most of our weekend events provide at least Saturday lunch,
feast, and Sunday breakfast). As far as washing faces and hands, again, our sites
have bathhouses in most cases.
> Trash bagsAbsolutely. Good not only for trash, but for bagging your clothes and
bedding in case of a sudden leak in the tent, and for taking home dirty dishes if
you don't wash them on site.
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