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PRECOOK RICE at home, let it cool, and seal it in a gallon
ziplock bag. Can be heated up with meat for a fast first-night dinner,
or use an egg, some oil, a few veggies and bits of meat for fried rice.
FOOD PREP--Do as much at home as you can. Prechop veggies,
measure and bag pancake mix ingredients, parbake a couple potatoes.
DUTCH OVEN--indepensable in our camp. We've used it for baking
cakes and bread, holding water for washing, frying....and the lid makes
a great grill or spare plate for an unexpected guest.
HOT WATER--Take an insulated coffee pot. We fill it with
hot water at home, and have hot water for dinner or washup after camp it
completed. Also, you can make hot water or coffee at night and have it
ready for you when you wake. Washing up with hot water before you put in
your contacts is so much nicer....
SETTING UP CAMP
BUY FOOD IN BULK-- having a friend/household member with
a membership to Price Club/Costco is a wonderful thing when travelling
as a group. Those in charge of the kitchen trying to feed a large group
will be very glad, and if all members chip in for supplies it can greatly
defer the costs.--Contributed by Lady Genevra de Brus /Clan Bloodstorm
SLEDGEHAMMER--Invest in one for setting stakes. A world of
difference over using a hammer.
CHAIRS get set up first! That way you can take a quick break
if you need it. Also, if it is hot, be sure to have something available
to drink, like Gatorade.
a large plastic tub to carry your tents, stakes, etc... After camp is set
up, this tub becomes the bathtub/shower in the shower pavilion (see the
PAVILION PLANS ) or in a curtained off area in your
tent. To me, a bathtub with a decent shower (we hang a solar shower bag
on a stand by the tent center pole) and some luxurious soap is the height
of decadence when out camping, and your household fighters may well agree.
Hang a mirror on the centerpole, put down a reed mat that will let the
water drain through, and add a towel hanger. We keep a basket with loofah,
nail brushes, soap and shampoo right by the tub. Be sure you've situated
the tub where you can let it drain, like next to some berry bushes, or
use a gray water tank. I often dig a small sump hole right behind the shower
tent, and then can unhook the tent stakes on that side and just tip the
used water into the hole when I'm through bathing. We also make sure
that all soaps and shampoos are biodegradeable. Now, if I can just figure
out plans for a good, portable hot tub.....
CARPET--You don't necessarily need to use large, rolled carpet.
Flying to Pennsic, I was worried about size and weight of what I was packing,
so I found some grey, felt-appearance upholstery fabric. I cut it into
several rug size pieces, and sewed bias-tape binding on the edges. It was
lightweight, very tough, and washable.
INVEST IN A DINING CANOPY---Yes,
are not period for non-Muslim reenactors, but you will spend most of the
time you are in camp outside, instead of entertaining in the tent. Usually
just a large canvas rectangle with strategically placed grommets and a
set of wooden poles, this will be the social hub of your camp. You may
want to consider painting the canvas with the household badge, sewing on
dags, or painting the poles to spice up the appearance.
HAND TRUCK/LUGGAGE CARRIER--I've used both for events where
cars can't be driven off the asphalt, and I've had to move the entire contents
of my car to where I want to camp--NOT by the parking lot! :) Also, a good,
sturdy luggage carrier (I got mine for about $20 at KMART, and it's hauled
hundreds of pounds to Pennsic and back) is a godsend when you need to bring
a full water container back from the site's distant water source. Throw
a cloak over it if you're worried about a too-modern appearance.
LIGHTING--You can't have enough period lighting at night
when entertaining! A lit up camp is friendly, and much safer. I love the
triangle lanter Panther Pavilion sells---gives great light and appearance
using just one candle. I sometimes have a tent to myself and want a safe
light at night so I can instantly see when I wake up, so I use disposable
glow sticks. One stick will last all night. No, they're not period, but
if I am the only one in the tent, and it can't be seen from the outside,
who's to care?
TRASH--We use a large wicker basket, lined with a trashbag,
and kept discreetly away from the center of camp. Use a cover if you think
insects or animals might be interested in your trash.
EARPLUGS--GOD, yes, get earplugs. It can't quite block out
late night drumming or if you neighbor has a conch shell he loves to blow
at 4 in the morning (been there, heard that), but if you are a light sleeper,
earplugs make a big difference. You're on your own to smack the conch-blower....
Take a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit. Our first aid
kit includes an insect sting salve, and the liquid 'skin' that is used
to cover burns.
Have a cel phone? Take it.
Tag your guy lines. We use strips of light colored fabric
tied about three feet off the ground on all guy lines.
Ask your household if anyone has special medical needs, like
diabetes or severe allergies (such as to bee stings). If they use an emergency
sting kit, ask where they keep it.
BABY TUB--For our son's first event (3YC - he was 2 months
old) we discovered that a small 2' x 2' inflatable camp sink (from Target
- cost around $6. at the time) served wonderfully as not only a place to
wash dishes, but our baby as well. Rather than try to tote a baby tub when
packing space was limited, we inflated the sink in the tent and gave our
bairn a comfy bath.--contributed by Lady Genevra de Brus - Clan Bloodstorm
A friend of our family (who also has toddlers) takes a Rubbermaid
roughtote stroage box along to events to haul things, but during the event
on a hot day it also serves well (when emptied) as a terrific toddler pool!
Fill with tepid water and a few small tub toys and lay on!--contributed
by Lady Genevra de Brus - Clan Bloodstorm
Have you got an idea that has made your period camping much
easier? Send me an email and I'll be sure to add it to this list.
TAKE YOUR TOOLS--an old helmet (flat-top pot helms work the
best my laird says - this is one of the few things that style is actually
good for) has served as: a} an emergency tire jack, b} a make-shift hammer
for planting tent stakes, c} a welcome foot rest for a tired/injured fighter
and, if properly cleaned and sealed, makes a terrific pasta strainer!--contributed
by Lady Genevra de Brus - Clan Bloodstorm
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