|Clifftop - Photo by Kathy Brown|
Clifftop, which spans the last week of July/first part of August, will be my first oldtime music camping excursion of the summer, having missed Mt. Airy, Highland County, Elk Creek, and some of the others that come before it. We’ll be setting up camp a few days before the festival officially begins, when the crowds are thinner and not all the vendors are set up yet. This requires a bit more planning. Rockbridge is another mountain music festival my wife and I are going to later this season. After some haphazard camping last year, I’ve started to make a...
LIST OF THINGS TO BRING TO AN OLDTIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
Musical instrument(s). Duh.
Tent – this is car camping, not backpacking, so why not get a roomy, comfortable tent that you can stand up in? Preferably one that will keep you dry during the inevitable rainstorms. I just nabbed the Eureka Copper Canyon on sale for $154 online. The REI Hobitat also looks like a good choice, but is a bit more expensive. Both of these tents are tall enough to stand up in.
Shelter – last year I bought the REI Alcove shelter and like it a lot. Easy to set up. Does well in the wind and rain.
Propane camp stove and grill table. If you plan on making some of your own meals, this is a must. Camping World seems to have the best prices on these types of camp tables. See here and here.
Sleeping Pad/Mattress – I’ve had bad luck with big air beds – they always seem to leak air overnight. However, the thin, lightweight sleeping pads designed for backpackers like the Therm-a-Rest are surprisingly comfortable and durable. I’ve also considered using a portable foam pad, like these Tri-Fold Exercise Mats.
Armless Folding Chairs for jamming. The locker room timeout stools that basketball players use would be perfect for taking to festivals, but I can’t find anyone willing to sell a small quantity of these chairs. The best thing I can find are these small folding chairs on Amazon.
Here are some other miscellaneous things to remember to bring:
Coffee Percolator/French Press
Cups and mugs
Extra strings, picks
First aid kit
Flip flops for the shower
Food and snacks
Ground cover footprint
Ibuprofen and antacids
Mallet for driving in tent stakes
Paper and pen
Paper plates and plastic utensils
Piss jug – for when you don’t feel like leaving your tent
Portable phone charger
Pot and/or pan
Reusable water bottle
Tapestries for shade/decoration
Zip lock bags
Can you think of anything else?