LARP and SCA Camping Tips
Some events take place at camps, so all you will need is your bedding.
If you don't have a sleeping bag you can improvise one by making
a bedroll, which might even feel less modern.
To make a bedroll, you need five blanket pins, also called kilt
pins, which are large, heavy safety pins. Many camping stores have
them, as do a number of online stores. Otherwise, you need a twin
sized blanket, and a twin top sheet. Place the blanket on the floor,
spread out flat, and place the sheet on top. Pin the bottom corner,
the enter of the bottom, and pin the open side. This works even
better if you can sew the sheet closed to make a "sleep sack."
If you are camping for more than five days, you might consider a
second sheet, for a change. camping is a great deal dirtier than
regular living, even if you have good bathing facilities on hand.
If you are pressed for space, a cloak can make a very effective
pillow, or extra blanket layer. If you can, spread you bedding out
in the morning to air while you have breakfast. It can get damp
with condensation in the night, and will not be as comfortable as
completely dry bedding, nor will it dry in you tent, no matter how
warm it gets during the day. One notebedrolls are recommended
only for temperate summer camping because they are not as warm as
most commercial sleeping bags. (But they do look cooler!)
If you are sleeping out for more than one or two nights, you are
going to want more padding between you and the ground. A folded
kilt can make an adequate pad, but commercial backpacking pads are
much better, and better still are air mattresses, despite their
tendency to deflate in the night. be sure to bring a small pump
with you. Some folks go the full decadent route and build rope or
slat beds, with futons or straw mattresses.
The first thing you need to know about tents is this: The number
of people they are listed for is for backpackers, and is based on
how many bodies you can pile on the floor. Do yourself a favorallow
yourself more space. A four-man tent can be good for one person,
or a close couple. That leaves room to sleep, and to put your stuff,
without touching the sides. Anything touching the side may create
a leak. Nylon tents are not nearly as sensitive as canvas tents,
but they do still leak.
The second thing you need to know is that you cannot use a brand-new
tent "straight out of the box." All of the seams may need
to be sealed. You can get tubes of sealer anywhere you get a tent.
I strongly recommend setting the tent up in advance at least once
before the event, to get the seams sealed, and to ensure that all
the parts are there! You will also want a "ground cloth,"
a tarp to put under your tent, even if your tent has a floor. this
will not only help prevent flooding, but will also substantially
prolong the life of your tent.
Choose a flat spot for your tent, and make sure the area is clear
of everything. Even a small pebble can feel quite large when it
is digging into your ribs in the middle of the night. If you can,
pitch your tent so that it gets shade, especially in the morning,
other wise you may find yourself "burnt out of bed" within
an hour of sunrise. Nylon tents heat up fast.
If you are camping in cabins, confirm what the accommodations are,
so you don't need to bring bedding you don't need. of course many
of those old mattresses are quite lumpy so you might want a sleeping
pad to lay over them. Another optional item to consider is mosquito
netting. Most cabins, while study and rain proof may have window
screens, and screen doors in poor repair. you can get mosquito netting,
or even use scrap fabric (though it ought to be very light fabric)
To create a drape over the bed, so there is a barrier between you
and the bugs.
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