So the second round of artists has officially dropped and you couldn’t be more excited for for Summer Camp 2014, right?!?! While it may be a bit early to start packing, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how you can start preparing TODAY! With less than 100 days left until Summer Camp, here are a few small steps you can take now that will save you a ton of stress (and cash) in the long run…
1) Secure a ticket!
Your ticket to Summer Camp Music Festival is probably going to be the most expensive part of the whole weekend and putting off buying one could end up costing you in the end. Ticket prices will only go up from here so the sooner you lock that down, the more cold hard cash you will have to spend on goodies at the fest!
Also, start thinking about what type of camping you plan on doing this year, whether it be RV, VIP or just plain old general admission. If cash flow is low, you can always sign up to volunteer or be a part of the Green Team. Both are excellent ways to get a free ticket and also become an integral part of your favorite festival.
2) Assemble your crew!
Now is the time to let everyone know you are going to Summer Camp this year! The more friends you bring with you to Summer Camp, the more fun you will have. This is a fact. Over the years my crew has steadily grown to a whopping 30 people and it keeps getting bigger and better! Having a large crew is an easy way to lock down a ride to the fest, share expensive camping gear like canopies, and (most importantly) have the most epic dance parties with all your favorite people all weekend long. I recommend creating a group on Facebook to help connect with everyone and plan ahead for the fest.
3) Make a playlist!
Now that the first two rounds of artists has been announced, you have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the lineup. I love discovering new live acts and revisiting old favorites. Getting your feet wet before the fest will help you decide which sets you just have to catch, and which you can skip. This is extremely vital for conserving energy and getting to see as much music as possible. Spotify and YouTube playlists are a perfect outlet for this. You can even share these playlists with fellow Summer Campers or even subscribe to one of Summer Camp’s Spotify playlist!
4) Check your inventory!
Tents, canopies, sleeping bags, coolers and grills are all high ticket items when it comes to camping. Waiting until the last minute to locate these essentials and inspect their condition could end up costing you a lot more money that you anticipated. I will never forget when I was about to leave for Summer Camp a few years back and realized I didn’t have a sleeping bag. I had to stop at the store on my way to the fest and drop $50 on a new one, which was not intended to be used for that purpose…
5) Request off work!
Summer Camp is Memorial Day weekend and, let’s face it, everyone wants to be off on a holiday weekend. If you wait too long to put in that request, it may be too late. So do it today and don’t forget about the Thursday Pre-party!
I know these all seem pretty basic but addressing each of these items now will save you a lot of time and money as we get closer to Summer Camp 2014. Also, sorry for the excessive use of exclamation points… I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SUMMER CAMP 2014!!!!
Is it Summer Camp yet?!
I feel like I’m a kid again waiting and waiting for Christmas morning to come. haha.
The main topic to be talking about is, HAVE YA LOOKED AT THE WEATHER?! It’s going to be amazing! During the day it’s supposed to be in the 80’s and 90’s, and in the evening it’s supposed to be in the 60’s. That looks like some pretty spectacular festival weather to me. Just don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated while dancin’ your booty off with me!
Now I’m sure you’re in the middle of packing like I am, and if you drive a tiny car like myself, you’re probably having a lot of difficulty fitting everything in your car. Here is one trick that I’m using to get myself and my belongings to Scamp. Open up you’re wheel well and pack as many items as you can around your spare tire. Seriously, this will help. Here’s what my car looked like before I thought of packing items in my wheel well.
And here’s how much room I have after I packed my wheel well…….
and here’s a closer look of the items packed in the wheel well…..
It’s crazy how much room it gives you in your car!
Also, if you’re into cookin’ at your camp and love vegetables like I do, another good tip is to cut up all of your vegetables and put them in foil packets beforehand like this…..
(And don’t forget to add your seasoning and butter/margarine/smart balance/earth balance/Irish butter as well!) So when you’re tired from dancin’ and ragin’ you can just come back to camp and start up the grill.
I also forgot to mention that I’m excited to see the Food Patriots and Henhouse Prowlers in the Soulshine tent on Saturday at 1:30pm. The Food Patriots will be showing their documentary about their movement to open people’s eyes about the food that their eating. Their goal with this documentary in their own words is to “start a conversation about food that inspires audiences to make a 10% change in how they buy, eat, and talk about food”. I am most excited in this since it’s something I strongly believe in. I’m studying dietetics/nutrition with one more semester remaining, and with my future career, I hope to help others live a healthier and more active life through their food choices.
Again, don’t forget to come dance with me and have a good-ol’-gypsy-punk time at Gogol Bordello! As well at all the other artist’s sets! See ya in roughly 24 hours fellow Scampers!
P.S. “Pac That” Yellow Team!!
Love, hugs, and thugs,