Your Camping Guide for Success at DirtyBird Campout East
As we approach another iteration of the daringly different DirtyBird Campout – which has migrated to the East Coast for the beginning of 2018 – the question arises of what to pack in order to have a safe and successful music and camping experience. With the help of the DirtyBird Campout website and our own experienced expertise, we’re breaking it down step-by-step so you can be confident (and sensible) in what you carry to DBC East.
The weekend-long boogie is held February 2-4 at a flourishing venue called Forever Florida, located near St. Cloud in the central Florida area. At that time of year, the Sunshine State’s weather is rather unpredictable – so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for both mild and temperate circumstances. But first, we’ll start with the basics – the things you really can’t afford to forget.
- YOUR ID AND PRINTED TICKET.
Yes, it sounds silly, but sometimes we are so caught up in packing the essentials that we forget about the real essentials, such as your entry necessities for the festival. We’ve all been there, so don’t be embarrassed. Although it is most likely possible that if you forgot your printed ticket, the will call staff could maybe figure out a way to look up your ticket and info in the system – but let’s be honest, that’s a huge hassle for them – and you definitely won’t want to stand by while everyone else is on their way to feathery fun. But the ID is a different story. You will not be granted access into the event without proof of identification – nor will you be able to purchase alcohol or tobacco products. So put those guys first on the checklist, and check that beast twice.
- TENT AND TENT ESSENTIALS
Once again, it may sound ridiculous. But there are instances where attendees forget to bring the proper boarding for life in the wilderness, and nobody wants to be the guy who mooches off his/her friend for a place to crash at the wee hours of the morning. You can avoid being a burden by packing your tent and the necessary items for setup and sleep – i.e mallet, stakes, blankets/pillows/sleeping bags, air mattresses or cushions, etc. Getting a good nights rest is quintessential to a camper’s success, so don’t hesitate to be thorough for your own comfort!
We’re all aware that Florida is the Sunshine State, so yes – odds are that you will be exposed to copious amounts of harmful rays. On the contrary, as stated previously, Florida’s weather is always relatively unpredictable around the time of DBC. The following is imperative for skin safety and overall clothing comfort during your time at Forever Florida.
- CLOTHES, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES FOR ALL WEATHER OCCASIONS.
Be as ready as you can humanly be for rain, shine, wind, etc. by packing things like rain jackets, thermal wear for chilly night times, lighter wear for rays during the days, and anything in between. SUNSCREEN is a must for long exposures to the sun, so slather it on generously. You can never be too careful when it comes to footwear while trekking from stage to stage and one activity to the next, so be sure to pack accordingly with close-toed and COMFY shoes: hiking boots, sneakers for the more active events, things like that. Also, socks, socks, and more socks, preferably thick socks and sweat-resistant socks so you can keep your dancing feet in check from dusk to dawn. There is sure to be a boatload of shuffling transpiring on the dance floors, so keep your face protected with scarves, bandanas, sunglasses, and hats, and whatever else you need to keep the dirt and dust from entering your system.
- SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN – TOILETRIES/SHOWER GOODIES/CLEANING SUPPLIES
Keep in mind that although some festival-goers go without showering all weekend long, it’s really not a cute look or feel. Also, not all camping festivals have as many endurance activities and competitions as DBC, so odds are you’ll be getting your sweat on from both the musical and non-musical endeavors alike. Showering will revive you on those hungover mornings as well, so pack your toiletries bag with travel-size shampoo/conditioner and body wash, razors, brushes, towels, etc.. Shower shoes are never a bad idea either. Not feeling the shower game? Pack some baby wipes for your lazy a**, and BE SURE not to forget toilet paper. Also, if you are planning on cooking at your campsite, bring soap and materials for washing your dirty dishes and utensils. First Aid Kits are never a bad idea, either.
- SHELTER SKELTER: YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
It is equally as important to be comfortable on the dance floor as it is to be at ease while at the campsite. Connect with your flock fam to see who is bringing things like camping chairs, E-Z Ups and other shaded structures (such as tapestries), yoga mats and cushions for lounging, tarps, ropes, bungee cords, and oh yeah – LIGHTS. Come nighttime things will be getting darker than dark out in the wilderness, so be sure to bring battery-powered LED lights, lanterns, etc. If you need a generator or power source, bring those as well. If you trash your campsite (which we certainly hope won’t happen), it is YOUR SQUAD that is responsible to clean up after yourselves. TRASH BAGS are imperative to ensure we don’t mess with Mother Nature’s pristine beauty, so pack plenty!
- WATER, WATER, AND MORE WATER: HYDRATE YOUR LIFE!
As seen on the DBC website, “Our new Florida home will only have water refill stations in the festival area! Please come prepared with H2O to stay hydrated at camp and whatever is needed for cooking or washing.” Come prepared with reusable water bottles or canteens like a real adventurer, because there will not be any bottled water sold inside of the festival area. It is your responsibility to stay as cool as a cucumber, so please do not hesitate to keep yourself hydrated and remind your friends as well.
TIME TO FEAST: FOOD ESSENTIALS
Whether you plan to eat at the festival vendors or not, it’s always a smart idea to bring healthy snacks and supplements for the sake of endurance. Small bites like fruit, nuts, veggies, crackers, granola bars, protein bars and things of the sort are always little lifesavers. If you are planning on cooking at your campsite, whether it’s roasting weenies or grilling steaks, make sure your items and ingredients are secured and safely packed into coolers to ensure they stay fresh.
We could go on and on with this lengthy list of goodies, but by now you should have a pretty solid idea of what you need to bring in order to have the smoothest camping experience at DirtyBird Campout East. If you haven’t purchased your tickets to this event yet, they are still available on the website – secure your spot to get down with other DirtyBirds for an unforgettable time at Forever Florida!