Tips to the Trip

Some people who come are rather new to camping, so this page is dedicated to advice on various things they would like to know.  Don’t worry, there’s not much to worry about if you know what to expect.

1.  Gods, this Gather thing is pretty expensive. Is there any way to cut me a deal? Spearcarrier doesn’t hold this to make money, so she can’t really help you there. In fact, she doesn’t get a dime out of what she does. Maybe someday – ha ha, most likely not. Seriously. No.

2. Share camping spots.  In many of our locations the spots are generally small, but they can take two small tents or one big one.  If you share a tent (and many do) or share a spot with two small tents, that has cut costs to approximately $20 the weekend for each half of your party.  It depends. Share, work it out.

3. Carpool…   This helps the environment and your wallet!

4. Bring extra food and be willing to share.  Okay, maybe this won’t help YOUR wallet.  But it helps everyone’s wallet, and gives us some variety in food.  Speaking of food….

5. Bring your own firewood.  When camping on park land, the ranger station does sell firewood sometimes…  but if you have the room why waste the money? We also may not be camping on park land. This tip is at your discretion: we always try to be in a place where we have a fire. And if we are, well, you’ll need to bring wood if you can. Wood from state to state often presents a problem, though.

6. Yeah…. What about food? Do you expect me to starve?

In a word: no.  However, the hostess can’t afford to feed you all weekend.  What’s more whomever is volunteering to cook for the campsite deserves to relax a little bit. Therefore, the community feast only happens as part of the Saturday ritual and you are expected to feed yourself for the rest of the time.

In other words, bring yourself some food.  If you can’t do that, then make arrangements with the people you are camping with (if you are doing so).

Be prepared to share.

7.  Okay, bring food for myself. Got it.  What else do I bring? I’m glad you asked.  First, bring something to sleep in and on.  If you don’t have a sleeping bag, bring plenty of pillows and blankets.  Bring a tent if you’re not sharing with another person.

Bring food.

Bring firewood, lots of firewood if you can – but mind the rules. In Florida, they frown on wood being brought from over the border.

Bring things to bathe with, and a bucket in case we’re really roughing it this year.  Don’t forget your towels and extra underwear.

Bring bug repellant. Lots of it.

It’s not required, but you might also want to get an air mattress. I don’t know about you, but I’m spoiled.  The ground is HARD!

Leave your bad attitudes at the door. Bad attitudes include but are not restricted to: spiting others, judging before you yourself are judged, backbiting and politicking.  Things happen to people who break this rule.

8.  Okay, I got all that.  No problem.  Now, how do I get into this thing?  Driving directions and various helpful bits of information can be found through the links on the main page.  Just remember to reserve your space early, and have fun!


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