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What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend

Sorcha 05 Apr 07 - 08:54 PM
Mr Happy 05 Apr 07 - 08:28 PM
Soldier boy 05 Apr 07 - 08:12 PM
skipy 04 Apr 07 - 07:22 AM
GUEST 04 Apr 07 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,buspassed 04 Apr 07 - 05:57 AM
Soldier boy 03 Apr 07 - 03:43 PM
wysiwyg 03 Apr 07 - 02:54 PM
GUEST,Denise 03 Apr 07 - 02:21 PM
Mr Red 03 Apr 07 - 01:21 PM
Grab 03 Apr 07 - 12:31 PM
Hamish 03 Apr 07 - 12:23 PM
JennyO 03 Apr 07 - 09:10 AM
GUEST,sinky 03 Apr 07 - 08:50 AM
Dickmac 03 Apr 07 - 08:45 AM
GUEST 02 Apr 07 - 10:11 PM
GUEST 02 Apr 07 - 10:06 PM
The Fooles Troupe 02 Apr 07 - 09:30 PM
Pistachio 02 Apr 07 - 08:21 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 02 Apr 07 - 08:13 PM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Apr 07 - 07:34 PM
PoppaGator 02 Apr 07 - 06:45 PM
Soldier boy 02 Apr 07 - 05:17 PM
Marje 02 Apr 07 - 06:49 AM
GUEST, 02 Apr 07 - 06:44 AM
Wolfhound person 02 Apr 07 - 06:22 AM
bubblyrat 02 Apr 07 - 05:29 AM
Andy Jackson 02 Apr 07 - 05:29 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Apr 07 - 04:44 AM
The Fooles Troupe 02 Apr 07 - 02:37 AM
Cap't Bob 02 Apr 07 - 12:08 AM
Soldier boy 01 Apr 07 - 08:16 PM
Janie 01 Apr 07 - 06:45 PM
Richard Bridge 01 Apr 07 - 05:41 PM
Ned Ludd 01 Apr 07 - 05:31 PM
Bee 01 Apr 07 - 04:37 PM
the lemonade lady 01 Apr 07 - 04:28 PM
Hamish 01 Apr 07 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,Woodwork teacher 01 Apr 07 - 02:24 PM
Richard Bridge 01 Apr 07 - 01:24 PM
Ned Ludd 01 Apr 07 - 11:17 AM
Herga Kitty 01 Apr 07 - 11:16 AM
Wilfried Schaum 01 Apr 07 - 10:52 AM
Phil Cooper 01 Apr 07 - 09:36 AM
John MacKenzie 01 Apr 07 - 09:33 AM
GUEST 01 Apr 07 - 09:21 AM
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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Sorcha
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 08:54 PM

Money. Food/cooler/booze. Meds. Tampons/pads. Clothing optional. Tent and sleeping bag or other sleeping arrangements are nice, car in a pinch.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Mr Happy
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 08:28 PM

loadsamunny!!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Soldier boy
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 08:12 PM

Definately an insulation ground mat if camping.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: skipy
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 07:22 AM

All th usual stuff +
dresses
hats
wigs
& bras.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 07:06 AM

A T shirt with OUR LITTLE CLUB on it.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 05:57 AM

Only ever attend the Selfridges Folk Festial these days!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Soldier boy
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 03:43 PM

Mr Red, what's this obsession with red T-shirts (do you actually own 35 of them)?
The trouble with this scenario must surely be that no matter how many times you tell people that you change into a fresh T-shirt 5 times a day no one will believe you and will just think that you have worn the same red T-shirt all week and may try to avoid getting down-wind of you (even though you are squeaky clean!)
Interesting logistics but not convinced this works in a tightly-knit social environment. In other words, how does it affect your 'pulling' power?
Could be useful in a Blind Date situation though because you will always be able to say I'll be the one in a red T-shirt!


Anyway, I've just discovered a flaw in your mathematics.
If you pack 20 red T-shirts for 4 days you will need to pack 35 red T-shirts for 7 days (@5 a day). So you have enough red T-shirts after all and don't need to pack any soap powder!
So no domestication required. How good is that?


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 02:54 PM

IDEAL TRAVEL TOWEL

Take 2-1/2 yards of cheap cotton flannel (gaudy prints are usually cheap)-- I used to get mine at a dollar a yard. Finish off the ends with hems. Can be handsewn in a jiff or even-- horrors!-- left raggedy!

Packs small, absorbs a lot of water, dries very fast, covers ALL. Can be used for a million other things enumerated elsewhere such as shawl/laprobe/spare blanket; tablecloth, seat cushion or cover; sari/kilt/bathrobe/jammies; laundry bag, window curtain, songbook sack; shade-maker or turban (dry for warm or wet for cooling)... shroud... memory holder!

Makes nice (warm fuzzies) out of anything indecent, unclean, uncomfortable, uncozy. And remember, it was CHEAP-- leave behind or give away if packing space is tight or you forget to grab it at departure time.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST,Denise
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 02:21 PM

Mascara!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 01:21 PM

Well I pack 20 Red T-shirts for 4 days. I get through 4 a night dancing and like a dry one to go to the caravan with so Sidmouth this year is going to involve domestication. I only have 35 red T-shirts and seven days of folk.

So - add soap powder to the list.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Grab
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 12:31 PM

Good waterproof top. If you're likely to be walking for more than 5 minutes, add waterproof trousers too. Even at the height of summer, remember that the weather knows what you're doing...

Graham.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Hamish
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 12:23 PM

Walking frame
Snow shoes
Snorkel


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: JennyO
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 09:10 AM

Most of the above, and then some. Any of my friends would be happy to tell you that I don't travel light. If anyone has forgotten anything, I'm the one they come to because it's pretty certain I will have it.

I'm in the process of packing for The National Folk Festival in Canberra this weekend - leaving on Thursday morning. There are a few special things one has to consider for this festival. One is that the weather is capable of huge temperature changes between the day and the night, so a great variety of clothes is needed, including very warm bedding. I always take a hot water bottle too, because my feet get cold, and unless I can warm them up, I find it impossible to warm the rest of myself up.

Another feature of this place is that the ground is rock-hard, and it is very hard to hammer pegs in. The last time John went to this festival, he took a drill to make the holes for the pegs!

Another thing I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned, is a highlighter pen to mark the things one wants to see in the program. I might take a selection of colours this time, because having looked at the program online, the events on the program have a yellow background, much like my usual highlighter colour. If the printed program is like that, I will need pink or a strong green for highlighting.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST,sinky
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 08:50 AM

ear plugs


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Dickmac
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 08:45 AM

I've been told banjo players don't need to pack condoms since their personality acts as a contraceptive


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 10:11 PM

Having met Liz my list is also lite, but, utilitarian.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 10:06 PM

Altoids

Condoms (Durex preferred)

KY Jelly

Kama Sutra (book)

Male Enhancment (preferred medical presciption>

Paper Towels

Wesson Oil

Baby Oil

Candels (long, short and the tiny things in a tin)

Current Letter (7 days no more than 14 days) from Health Board)STD clean

SunTanOil

Poppers

Speedo Swim Suit

Sultra Ulami

Baby Wipes

Double tent - with rain fly

Blender and DC converter

Alcohol - Beer - Wine - more Alcohol and mixers

COFFEE!!!!

Asprin

Tiger Balm

Lots of clean underwear.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 09:30 PM

A "bijou loo" ... now that's a thought...


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Pistachio
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 08:21 PM

The loo roll and kitchen roll come near the top of my list which includes a long sleeve thermal vest/top (for sleeping on those chilly nights), a fluffy scarf to keep my neck and head warm (while sleeping),and bed socks too. As long as I sleep comfortably at any festival I can tolerate having forgotten to pack 'other essentials'.
I am lucky and have a faithful motorhome which generally contains everything (and the kitchen sink)even if the tap has 'siezed'.
My bijou loo is a must, even at my tender age. As a sociable vehicle I'm often at the helm of the Hull contingent on our travels and only last Saturday at 2am I had 12 guests sitting cozily 'indoors' waiting for our hostess to let us back into her house!! but that's another story.
It's late so I'm going now.
'Happy festivals' to all.
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 08:13 PM

Always take a jacket of some sort, even if in the summer. I once had to stop on the way to a festival in Indiana in mid-August and buy a jacket when an unseasonable cold snap sent temperatures to nearly freezing.

And always take wet weather gear of some sort. Golf umbrellas are great. Decent plastic parkas that take up little room are readily available. And take an extra pair of shoes to wear while your main pair is drying out. Even a pair of rubber flip-flops beats wet soggy shoes.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 07:34 PM

PoppaGator, why were you disappointed?


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: PoppaGator
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 06:45 PM

Sandra in Sydney:

You have no idea how diusappointed I was when you provided a more complete description of your "teddies"!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Soldier boy
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 05:17 PM

Looks like you're a pro at this Marje.
Thank you for all the handy tips.
If I could camp between you AND Richard I know I would be in good hands.
I also would try to steer clear of Wolfhound persons' caravan. Two dogs and 5 sets of strange screetching/droning Scottish beasties - no way Hozay. I bet the dogs join in with the catawailing and are part of the act! Earplugs may not be enough.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Marje
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 06:49 AM

I think you'd be well advised to camp next to Richard and then you can borrow anything you've forgotten. And, if possible, well away from Wolfhound person, at least unless you bring earplugs. ... which I was just going to add to the list anyway.

Also:
Reading glasses (for those with failing faculties, as mentioned above)

Lists of songs/tunes you like in case you can't think what to play or sing

Prompt cards/notes for songs if necessary (no discussion please - songbook thread is already dealing with this)

Manuscript paper if you are able and likely to write down a tune

J-cloths (infinitely useful)

"sports" type mineral-water bottle - handy to carry in the daytime, doesn't spill if you knock it over in the night.

small folding stool you can take in to sessions etc if seating is in short supply

Piece of bubble-wrap big enough to sit on (keeps you dry and insulated if you sit on damp ground)

We also take a 2-litre icecream box filled with lots of little items that may be useful - spare lilo bungs, pen, felt-tip marker, insulating tape, string, a length of that stripey hazard tape, matches, Swiss Army knife, etc etc.

And some sort of bag or small rucksack with room to carry some of the above around with you, as well as some picnic food, drinks etc.

Marje


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST,
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 06:44 AM

A teapot. Teabags are wasteful - they hold enough tea leaves for at least a pint of tea - and making tea with a bag in a cup makes those horrible brown stains inside the mugs.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 06:22 AM

Wolfhound
Labrador
Double bass (full size)
5 sets of bagpipes
D-41

and anything else we can fit round that lot.....in a 4 berth caravan, so there's one for the hounds, one for the bass etc and enough space for us to sleep.

Caravan with onboard shower/loo(essential at our time of life)

and all the ordinary stuff other folk have listed above so efficiently.

Paws


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: bubblyrat
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 05:29 AM

If you travel by car, get one that is easy to remove the back seats from. That way, as well as the tent, you can fit in other things to make life more comfortable. We take a load of big cushions from an old setteee----so much more comfortable than an airbed !! Our "porta-potti" chemical toilet is a "must"---who wants to walk in the rain, or trudge through mud or wet grass, to reach a site toilet, only to find it"s fully occupied / there"s no paper / there"s no water /several people have been "unwell" in various ways - Etc..?? No , thankyou !! And don"t forget--Spare Tent-pegs,and cordage -----The last 2 years at Sidmouth, the wind has got up, and I have had to put in extra pegs and guy-ropes ! Also--instead of those bulky,useless, battery-guzzling camping-lanterns, try using a couple of the AA mini-Maglites, or similar......hang them upside down, and unscrew the heads right off, and you will get a much better ,all-round light. You can now get various "maglite " copies that actually have on / off switches, so you don"t need to screw the head back on to turn them off !! And AA batteries are easy to buy and store ! And , finally, always take toilet-rolls and kitchen -towel rolls, as they have so many uses ( especially if it rains ! ).


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 05:29 AM

Oh My God! "Hip flask Watch"
Hi Richard. Mine leaks at the seal at the top.
What does yours do?
Andy


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 04:44 AM

these are even better!

My tiny teddies are 2 little mohair bears which accompany me to festivals. They are 3' (7cm) tall & were made by an Oz bear artist.

sandra


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 02:37 AM

"'tiny teddies'"

are delicious little biscuits about the size of 'jelly babies' - but they are biscuits...


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 12:08 AM

Foolestroupe, Jim Lad, and other pillow lovers. You mean you actually go to bed during festivals! I do take a nap now and then and actually have a bus full of pillows of various sizes and shapes. For "cat" naps try the large "Martha Stewart" style ~ we bought ours at K-mart. I tried to get red and green for port and starboard but they only had blue and red. It's a tough life.

If you have friends who overindulge you can always prop their heads up out of the dirt by using a log or rock. They usually don't seem to mind. That way you won't "soil" a good pillow.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Soldier boy
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 08:16 PM

Wow folks I've only just checked my thread and I am gob smacked at your rapid and excellent response.

Richard bridges' extensive list reminds me of the S.A.S/Commando- style approach that I have sometimes succombed to in preparing for a festival (I am Soldier boy afterall!!)

Liz the Squeak don't forget the knickers...or there again.....and a spare liver sounds like an essential requirement and Sandra in Sydney just what are your 'tiny teddies'?

Condoms have been mentioned of course but how many end up unfullfilled (come on be honest!)

As we all get older and time makes no allowance for failing eye sight, hearing, memory, virility, capacity to drink, mobility, speech and coordination etc etc what else needs to be added to the list of what we need to pack to overcome/disguise such ailments or things we need to do to before major folk events to conceal or repair the aging process??

Over to you.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Janie
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 06:45 PM

As I age, I have come to insist on a motel room! (but a trailer would be better, Bee, if I had the vehicle to tow it with.)

Janie


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 05:41 PM

My hip flask leaks. Can any 'catter identify a suitable pewter repairman in SE UK?


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Ned Ludd
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 05:31 PM

Oh and hip flask full of hooch(poteen if poss)


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Bee
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 04:37 PM

We have a twelve foot trailer. I have a trailer list, food list and clothing list. I pack the trailer in the spring with kitchen gear, bedding, towels, and dry goods like coffee, sugar, paper towel, foil, plus folding chairs, table, cheap umbrellas, outdoor stove, lanterns, etc. Usually buy food last thing, pack trailer fridge when we get there. Clothing I divide into weather, as in raining, sunny, cold, possible snow flurries.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 04:28 PM

Sorry haven't read all the entries on this but I go to a festival every weekend from May to Sept and I find I need: This is like one of those drinking games...

Loo paper
air bed
my 6X4" thick peices of foam rubber
a quilt
an under quilt
my pillows
a night dress that looks like a dress when roaming to the loo first thing
torch
insulation to go under the air bed
oh and a tent!!!

there must be more but i can't think of it just yet.

Sal


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Hamish
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 03:11 PM

Richard Bridge said:

"FOOD
Lard
..."

Brilliant! ~8^)


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST,Woodwork teacher
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 02:24 PM

Don't forget your little instant Jim Carroll critic!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 01:24 PM

I had to get my list of things to put in the caravan out anyway. Here it is: -

PHONE


MUSIC
6-string
12-string
Mandolin
Bodhran
Books
5 capos
Tuner
3 jack leads
Strings
PP3

CLOTHES
Spare jeans
T-shirts
Sweatshirts
Fleece
Wet jacket
Bodywarmer
Pants
Socks
Handkerchieves
Small wellies
Wellies
Boots
Trainers

WASHING
Soap
Shampoo (2-in-1)
TOWEL
Tissues
Bogrol
Washbag
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Hairbrush
Smellie


MEDICALS
Mospel
Condoms
Migraleve
Aspirin
Resolve
Gaviscon
Anthistan
E45 cream
Diprosalic
Toepedo
Band-aids
Germolene


TOOLS
Socket set
Hammer
Hacksaw
Spirit level
Jack
Tyrepump
String
Generator
Petrol
Work-gloves
Torches
Matches
Mop
Bucket
Clothespegs


CAMPING
Table
Chairs
Stools
Waterbags
Windbreak
Water-pole

Fairy
Rubber gloves
Scented candles
Mossie candles
Lanterns
Lantern poles
Lantern candles
Mospel coils


COOKING
Frying pan
Saucepans
Mugs
Sharp knife
Flat frying tool
PBLs
DBLs
Salt
Pepper
Polyroll
Scissors
Scourer
Garlic
Chilli
T-towels




FOOD
Lard
Eggs
Bacon
Sausages
Beans
Soups
T-bags
Sugar
Cornflakes
Milk
Beer
Wine
Tankard + loop
Orange squash/juice
Bread




Instant coffee
Tomato sauce
Brown sauce
Marge
Marmalade
Jam
Mustard
Cheese
Spagh
Spagh sauce


SLEEPING
Sleeping bag(s)/sheet
Blanket(s)
Pillow(s)


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Ned Ludd
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 11:17 AM

Doh! forgot the coffee again! who'r you callin' middle class?


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 11:16 AM

No-one's mentioned bogroll yet, which always used to be on my list, and was the luxury Andy Kershaw chose for his desert island - does this mean that the increasing regulation of campsite facilities requires that there is always someone responsible for replenishing portaloos?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 10:52 AM

Sleeping bag, poncho, handkerchief, toothbrush, soap. Spare underwear (1 SE), spare socks (1 PA), jug and spoon, knife, fork.
For older people: mat or lambskin to protect your kidneys.
When there are trees around: light hammock.

AND DONT FORGET YOUR INSTRUMENT!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 09:36 AM

Nearby Motel reservations. I've enjoyed the camping at folk festivals, but after the last tent died, I haven't gotten another one.


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 09:33 AM

A spare liver?


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 09:21 AM

Arran sweater, and belt to put tankard on works for me and has for thirty years!!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 08:28 AM

Oh, and packing clothes into a soft canvas type bag means I don't have to take up room with a pillow.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 08:25 AM

I travel fairly light for camping. Tickets, tent, sac de couchage, cooking equipment, stove and gas bottle (they all live in one box now after leaving one or the other behind...), food for 5 days, beer money, notebook, sewing kit, reading books.

As for clothes.. what ever is clean and doesn't need ironing!

For several years I found I had a habit of packing 15 pairs of socks and no knickers or 15 pairs of knickers and no socks. After doing that too many times, I gave up wearing socks. Now I only have to remember the knickers.

Manitas travels heavy. When I go camping, there's room in the car for all my things, a child and her things, and often another passenger and their things. Manitas goes camping and the estate car is full to bursting with just his stuff.

I have to check sometimes, that he hasn't got the bath in there or taken all the knives.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: Cats
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 07:25 AM

I don't go anywhere without a notebook. Useful for jotting down all those things like addresses, lyrics, titles of songs that impressed you and you might want to hear again... In fact all those things you once thought you would remember and didn't!


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Subject: RE: What to pack for a Folk festival/weekend
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 07:14 AM

Always in my bag when I don't know where or what I will be eating, I have a small spoon, fork and knife, a small amount of salt and mustard, and some decent coffee.


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