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#1 IT_Buzz

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:32 AM

I was reading the Vibes blog when I came across this gem:
"Baby wipes — in a ziplock and in the cooler — perfect for a mid day refresher"
and I thought it was a great "why didn't I think of that?".
What are your camping at the Vibe's secrets &/or must haves?

#2 Java Time

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

Battery powered shower...dip that bad boy in cooler water on hot days...heaven!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:37 PM

large binder clips, for hanging things like tapestries or to attach 3mil plastic drop clothes to an ez up in the rain.

the taught line hitch is another

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

I saw this on fb the other day and want to try it. You put a head lamp around a gallon of water it makes a cool ambient lantern that won't hurt your eyes.

#5 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:11 PM

Cheddar cheese Goldfish crackers and an ice-cold root beer just before sun-up. :thumbup:

#6 JBetty

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

earplugs

#7 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:17 PM

A fan in your tent to keep things cool.

Place one of those foam egg-crate mattress pad things over top of your air bed and under the sheet and you'll feel like you are sleeping on a proper bed - it really makes a huge difference!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:17 PM

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#9 Java Time

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:22 PM

large binder clips, for hanging things like tapestries or to attach 3mil plastic drop clothes to an ez up in the rain.

the taught line hitch is another


I'm gonna try those clips... :thumbsup:

#10 PA Tom

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:28 PM

Never buy cheap bacon for festivals. It doesn't cook well on a Coleman stove.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:30 PM

If you are bringing food buy dry ice and put it under some part of a beer box in your cooler.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

some of these seem like common sense, but for some reason took me a while to start doing myself:

no stove eating - bring sandwich/wrap stuff, already cooked chicken, etc... for a lunch type of meal. Buy a vendor meal for the daily 'hot meal' (we used to way over do the food, and then never ended up cooking at our site)

a couple small quality flashlights

pack nitrous in exploding glass dogs

a fold up camp toilet

one of these - it really helps keep the beer cold while drinking, even during last years hear wave - I couldn't recommend this enough
Thermax cozy:
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#13 Feck

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

if you trust the science, those juice box size, keep at room temp, milks are great for coffee in the AM.
no need to open more than you need, keeps cooler space open for beer + bacon.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

Freeze water bottles to use as ice. You can drink them as they melt... You can also freeze other things like Frozen OJ etc

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

Cheap solar garden lights are a great way to make a path that doesn't bring people over your tent guy lines. I find having a roll of duct or gaffers tape always comes in handy. If you have the space, a portable jump start box saves you when you're using the car radio, and is a handy place to charge a phone.

#16 Depends

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

these things are awesome:


http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B005KNCYQK

#17 Depends

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

Prolly a fire extinguisher if you are in family camp... :bowl:

#18 Spidergawd

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:00 PM

Important safety tip: Do NOT attempt to save space by trying to use hand sanitizer for lube! :shocked:

#19 JBetty

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

Baby powder for dead squirrels



#20 Chip

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

I always hang a nice lightweight backpacker's tarp over my tent, they cost more then the blue tarp and are tent nylon type material with grommets and usually ties in the the center of the sheet which are good to hang from a line between trees. Keeps sun/rain off tent, adds more space to your site and gives you a covered outside area around the tent.

I also use key ring caribiners on the grommets and backpacker clothes lines which clip on either end and pack into a tiny bag, this way I don't have to keep buying new line or having to re-tie when the first place I tried doesn't work so well, I just unclip and try elsewhere.

#21 Java Time

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

My 54 dollar Walmart tent requires no additional tarp...they musta made it good on accident :smile:

#22 Speckta

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:39 PM

There's a Vibes blog?

#23 Chip

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

The tarp is a nice extra not a necessity, it has no bearing on the quality of my tent which is fine.

#24 TEO

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

Skip sleeping then you don't need to haul tent, sleeping bag, etc.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:44 PM

Never buy cheap bacon for festivals. It doesn't cook well on a Coleman stove.


We always get this stuff.

http://www.kraftbran...lly-cooked.html

All it requires is a little heating for breakfast, or works great cold for sandwiches later...

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:52 PM

Wook repellent

#27 Java Time

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:00 PM

if you trust the science, those juice box size, keep at room temp, milks are great for coffee in the AM.
no need to open more than you need, keeps cooler space open for beer + bacon.


Mmmmmm...UHT milk :drool: . a staple in the Middle East. it's not voodoo science my friends it trustworthy and another good idea sir!

#28 Java Time

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:05 PM

The tarp is a nice extra not a necessity, it has no bearing on the quality of my tent which is fine.


did not mean to imply your tent was any less a quality made product then my $54 Walmart tent :funny1:

#29 Slave Self Promoted

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:26 PM

cook bacon the night before you leave. put in ziplock in cooler. bam. bacon anytime.

#30 JBetty

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

Same goes for chicken - you can always heat it up if you want to.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

Mmmmmm...UHT milk :drool: . a staple in the Middle East. it's not voodoo science my friends it trustworthy and another good idea sir!


i'm just a camper that got lost and wound up at a music festival

#32 Speckta

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:19 PM

cook bacon the night before you leave. put in ziplock in cooler. bam. bacon anytime.

Same goes for chicken - you can always heat it up if you want to.


Those are actually GREAT ideas...

#33 Stanimal

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:25 PM

The pre cooked meals are a great Idea. I love to camp..and cook ..but cleaning up always sucks. I think there are different amenities for different campsites. For example: When you car camp at a venue like the vibes...you can bring whatever you want..be sure to bring the privacy tent a spackle bucket and the bags (no public port a potties for me)...Wormtown or Mountain jam where you have to hump all your gear, I think it best to travel light. Your basic tent, cooler of beer and of course the privacy tent, made sandwiches and snacks, then buy whatever you want to eat. We're talkin 3 days, it'd cost the same as if you shopped at a super market and lugged it to where ever your camp is. Family camping with the kids is another animal all together. Don't forget the smores and pleanty of things to keep em busy. I don't bring a privacy tent here cause the bathrooms are flushable and usually pretty clean.

#34 Jwheelz

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:41 PM

Wook repellent


what do I need soap for? :dunno:

#35 Mama Kel

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:10 PM

baby wipes are a must
A&D ointment or vaseline
earplugs
and pre-cooked meals for sure - that could be heated up or eaten cold - always double ziplock food in the cooler
Freezing large soda bottles of water - stays longer & cold water to drink as it melts
head lamps for nighttime

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:38 PM

Gold Bond for the ball sack is a must!!


Think last year,,, :undecided:

#37 Jwheelz

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:43 PM

Gold Bond for the ball sack is a must!!


Think last year,,, :undecided:


sometimes not walking has its advantages :funny1:

#38 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

Bryan... You shoulda HANG-BRAIN'd you way thru that heat!!! :crazy: :lol:

I'm so stoked to have less than 2 hours to drive to get to Vibes this year... We're gonna be able to bring some prepared foodstuffs and beverages, and our awesome little travel BBQ... We really won't cook much, but we do plan to cook-up something special for our fellow Lucky Dawgz... :mrgreen: Heh, why d'ya think they call us Lucky Dawgz, anyways?! :funny1:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

y'all are all over the frozen water - thats the single most crucial thing for me at a fest
i am much more willing to share a beer than my cold waters :ravn:
if we get another sweaty vibes, i recommend this to cool your core temp down fast:
take two of those frozen waters and place them on the sides of your neck
all your blood will pass by them and in about 1 minute, your whole body will cool down
or get one of those things depends linked to up there...

i am an ear plug junkie at fests...it never gets quiet and although i like some background noise,
after the BerkFest experience i had, noise outside my tent wakes me up pretty easily
but the other key is an eye mask!!!! that extra 45 minutes of sleep you will get might enable you
to rage 2 extra hours that night! :Phishfolk:
ear plugs, and eye mask and two tent fans are the answer for me - one fan up in the center top
and one off to the side for a cross-breeze
decadent? sure...but i get my 4-5 hours of sleep and manage to maintain a fairly punishing schedule
of music and sketchiness :lol: :dance:

for those who may not be able to make it to the portos or flushies sometimes :blush: you may want to consider
a folgers bin or a kitty litter bucket with some plastic bag liners and baby wipes
i dont recommend it for #2 but is there anything worse at 4 am after you JUST got all comfy than trying to maneuver to
a port o john? *I* think not!

i like to bring a shower bag - let it get hot laying on a car and then you can use it for washing hands and dishes and stuff

if you use an aerobed or air mattress, you may have had that weird puddle of condensation underneath it as you pack up?
well, i find if i pack a hospital blanket or a bathmat or towel and place it underneath it, that will absorb the moisture and allow
you to pack it without needing to let it air dry
me, i like to pack the eff up sunday morning so as soon as music is over, i can leave and not dread having to pack all day, so i dont have time for that crap :lol:

having a little flashlight that clips to your belt loop is key for me
sometimes dusk sneaks up on me and i am nightblind as hell so having a light on me at all times is kinda key

sharpies - to mark red cups or whatever...you never know when you might need a sharpie for phil to autograph your velcro dye
or to make signage for the site :mrgreen:

#40 Jwheelz

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:26 PM

two tent fans are the answer for me - one fan up in the center top
and one off to the side for a cross-breeze
decadent? sure...but i get my 4-5 hours of sleep and manage to maintain a fairly punishing schedule
of music and sketchiness :lol: :dance:


since I basically only ever do warm weather camping I sleep in a large easy up tent with sidewalls... I did not have tent fans which was a little bit rough... but I am also not very modest so I decided to give up all semblance of privacy during sleep last year and just kept my tent wide open on 2 sides at night... insane heat will make you do anything to be comfy :lol:

#41 Tabbooma

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

Tent poles or you just end up with a hippie tarp ;)

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:46 PM

one great idea i forgot to mention
being the night blind velcronian, its very helpful when the velcronians put glowy shit on the tent cords so people like me dont trip over them ALL the time :blush:
i love the long thin glow sticks that you can wrap around the guy wires cuz its reallllly clear that "hey, there is a tripping hazard here, blind girl!" :joker:
:funny1:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:50 PM

Practice the art of tucking and rolling ;)

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

I like to use this at night: http://www.amazon.co...32971317&sr=8-2

also having battery powered xmas lights are great to hang around the ezup tent..that is if you have one.

This is a must: Posted Image

#45 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Bring lots and lots of costume pieces to share with other folks. :thumbup:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Dr.Bronner's Peppermint Soap is the tittybombs for cooling down in the shower at a hot fest. Biodegradable, too.

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#47 Lazy Lightning

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:01 PM

Oh, and it has lots of zany Christian stuff written on it for entertainment purposes, too! :lol:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

sharpies - to mark red cups or whatever...you never know when you might need a sharpie for phil to autograph your velcro dye
or to make signage for the site :mrgreen:

i think it's so cool that phil makes the velcro signs! :funny1:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:13 PM

:lol:

Phil's a man of the people. :funny1:

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:29 PM

i bet he happily would if asked :lol: :dunno:

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