If you have any kind if shelter make sure you take it down before you head in to the festival for the day. It gets crazy windy!
This. If your not going to take it down, it better be tough as hell and attached to something heavy on all sides.
From experience I'd add:
Unplug you're car battery if not in use ( general for any festival).
Bring a wide range of clothes . It gets pretty warm during the day, but at night it is cold as fuck. I made the mistake of only packing shorts and t's my first year and I thought I was going to perish at night.
Get in relatively early ( if possible) and lay down a blanket somewhere sweet on the hill. From my experience, it will be your spot the whole day. You can fuck off to the other stages and come back to a sweet spot when you want it. To the other boarders: Is this a thing? Or like, have I just been extremely lucky all these years with people respecting my blanket?
Pack a lunch: The food is ridiculously over priced (shocker), and it is literally the worst food I have ever paid money for.
I always bring in a poncho or two. If it doesn't rain, well it doesn't take up much space in a back pack. If it does rain, well you're set. If it rains then stops, you can sit on it to avoid getting all wet on your bottom.
Bring in anything you might think you need. Sunscreen, food, money, smokes...whatever it may be, although they are letting you in and out now ( i think?) it is such a long walk ( like an hour round trip depending on where you camp) that you will just say, " Fuck it, I'll be fine without it", then boom SKIN CANCER, all because you forgot your spf 75.
Same as above kind of, but plan for a long fucking day. Like depending on how early you go in, and how many beers you've had it is looong. You will not go in and out and in again (like Coachella?), it seems like it isn't that far back to camp, via google maps and shit. It is far. It is slow going. You will get back to your camp and probably just stay because it took forever to get there so you might as well stay. (disclaimer is that I'm a fat lazy shit, so if you have initiative or whatever it may be feasible I guess, I'll let the non fat lazy shits chime in on this)
Duct tape and string/rope ( and scissors as souly mentioned), this shit will be a live saver, I'm sure you know this already as you seem to go to a lot of festivals. But Especially with the wind factor at this festival, you can never have to much rope/bungies/tie-downs/etc. Listen it may seem like a joke, but like google sasquatch flying tents. Because I'm pretty sure every year I see one flying at airplane cruising level over the campground.
Water: The water situation is a fucking joke. I know other festivals have water refill stations, but at sasquatch it is literally a sink outside the honeybuckets ( which one year, just fucking stopped working, and like 3000 people died and shit). I really do hope they change this, as it is super important to stay hydrated as previously mentioned.
I can't speak for other peoples experiences, but I have brought in a DSLR camera without an issue. At the time I didn't even realize that was against the rules, and I just packed it on the top of my backpack. The searches they do are generally* a joke; I do not see getting your cameras in being a big deal. ( but yeah I hope Mr. Lahey sees this thread, because he really would know the best)
As mention above, the searches they do are generally* very quick and brief. Now I have never personally tried to bring anything against the rules, on porpoise. But as I'm sure you have read here, plenty of people have had not a single issue bringing whatever the fuck they wanted into the festival.
Depending on when you enter the festival, the wait can be excruciatingly long. They try, every fucking year, to heard, like cattle, 30,000 humans through 5 searching stations. It is ridiculous. Actually, as much a I love this festival, the general organization of everything is terrible. Like picture the worst clusterfuck you can imagine, and multiply it and magnify it and make it all irritating and shit, and that is the organization at Sasquatch.
Cell phones generally don't work that well ( mine was off all last year, so this may have changed), so don't expect to find people by phoning texting. Have plans set out , or you may not find your friends.
Showers for dudes, in my experience* are really quick. Like I went at random times during both morning and night, and waited relatively short time ( or no wait at all), to get in. Although I think this is drastically different for girls...I wonder why that is?
That's all I can think of for now.
Have a blast at Sasquatch, it really is a great experience. The first time you see the gorge from the top of the hill will change your fucking life, REAL TALK.
*Everything that I said was my experience. I have been many times, but I cannot guarantee any of this, and I can already see other regulars refuting my claims.
So yeah, it seems like wind is something we'll have to plan for. A poster in another thread recommended using bungee tie-downs for the tents to take some of the wind shock off the tents. Will definitely follow that advice.
What are the scissors for that everyone keeps recommending?
I'd heard the walk back and forth is pretty long. At both Coachella and Bonnaroo it was pretty easy to slip back to the tent for some R and R and then come back. Looks like that might be a bit more difficult to pull off at Sasquatch.
As for the water... do you guys have any recommendations? The water stations at Coachella are great, the water's even chilled a bit. At Bonnaroo the water stations are too crammed, and water pressure's a joke. People do die at Bonnaroo each year, 5 died the year I was there (although, to be fair most were people getting too messed up and passing out in their tents in 100 degree weather). We'll bring a bunch, but there's no way to stay hydrated on one bottle of water that you bring in.
Faucets next to the honey pots? Lovely.
The cell phone bit is a good piece of info to have. We'll have to establish a way to communicate throughout the day.
I'm amazed at your blanket trick. At Jazzfest it's established practice to pick a stage, set up chairs (that's right...chairs), plant flags, and establish a base for the day. If you tried that shit at Bonnaroo or Coachella you'd be out a blanket, a chair, and whatever the hell else you left behind. Heck, at Bonnaroo the crowds were so thick that if you left it there and tried to come back you'd never make it through everyone to get back to it.
RE-ENTERING I left about 45 minutes before Beruit with my friend to get a jacket because I was freezing (it truly is temperature extremes) and was not able to get to camp and back in time to see the beginning of the set and my friend was bummed. It was a solid hour or a little more and we were camped super close to the path to get in. So, plan to bring everything that you need in or plan to try the re-entry rigmarole during bands you don't care about.
FOOD/WATER/ETC. Dry ice saves lives. Get a block of dry ice, put some regular ice over it and it will keep water, beers and what not cold for days. The whole entire Sasquatch weekend, in my case. Make sure to get some gallon Ziploc bags or have a "dry cooler" with dry ice and towels (no regular ice) so that any melting ice doesn't infiltrate things like bread, burgers, cheese, etc.
I'm an android who needs very little water or food to survive apparently. Sasquatch is the only festival that I wouldn't eat at and have gone entire days barely snacking but I wouldn't reccommend this for the average person. They have tried to improve the food in the campgrounds and have done a pretty good job but don't expect anything inside the venue to be worth putting in a pig trough. Everything is sure to be vile and overpriced beyond reason. I have found the best thing for me has been to bring some food from home/buy food on the way for snacking if you need. I was so lucky that the people I was camped with brought amazing pre-made food. I.E. cous cous with kalamata olives, chex mix and granola bars. Hell yeah. I also very much appreciated getting a tailgate camp grill/hot plate for Christmas last year. It was really small and compact and worked really well for everything I needed it for.
GET A FRENCH PRESS. THANK ME LATER.
I have never gone to refill water because I don't want to deal with the work. If you are like me, I would reccommend committing to buying bottles of water and a gallon or two. I have brought in more than one bottle of water to the venue. If you have a reusable container, you can skip the campground HB faucets and refill with the gallon. I have used the gallons to fill up my solar shower, warm up hot water for cup o' noodles, coffee and instant oatmeal, etc. The refill station inside of the venue didn't look too shabby to me. In fact, I'm sure I used it and it was no where near the Honey Buckets nor was it crowded.
SHELTER Take off your canopy cover and/or lower it (A LOT) before you go in. Stake everything down to high heaven. This is real talk.
LINES & WHATEVER Now, you are getting your wristband in the mail so you won't have to worry about the god forsaken wristband line. You are a lucky duck picking 2013 to go for the first time. The lines for most everything at Sasquatch are long. Getting in, especially, is long and annoying. The organization is horrendous. I mean really. This ain't Coachella streamline, easypeasy, relax time. So, while the clusterfuck of security, lines, food and everything else makes you a little crazy, I look at it like the growing pains of a young family member. HAVE FUN!
Scissors are just saver then a knife when I'm drunk. Always bring something to cut things.
I'm going to be honest: Although I preach the "Hydrate or Die" slogan, I almost never hydrate and almost always die. I seriously don't have an answer as to what to do about water...you could try my "get so drunk that you don't know what water means" method, but be cautious.
As for cell phones, I didn't have mine on last year, in years past I remember the service being pretty dodgy. But I think it may have gotten better, wait for some of the regulars to chime in. I've seen a lot of people with those two way radios, so that's also an idea-- as an aside, always have a general meeting spot, just incase your communication lines are gone. Like, for example, there is a center area with the showers and food-- always meet by food.
With the blanket thing, I'm seriously just saying that is what happened for me. I just leave it, and it is always there when I return. Again wait for some others to chime in before you lose your favorite blanket.
Oh and when I said the food was shitty, I was generally referring to inside the festival. In the center area of the campground that I mentioned previously there are a handful of localish vendors, and their shit is awesome. They have pizza (which is delicious) and other good stuff, as well as breakfast stuff in the morning.
Final thought for the moment: If you forget anything; beer, smokes, camping shit, ice etc, they have a general store. Be prepared to pay a lot, but it's all there until like the last day when they sell out.
This is hands down the worst thread on the board. Fuck!!! Why not just tell this guy that you'd love to purchase one of his exquisite kitchens?
This thread goes something like this (in runon fashion): I've got questions that have been answered in every other thread, but I want to start my own thread becasue I don't actually want to look for answers to my questions, I just want to say that I did look for answers and was unable to find answers because at keast one or two sorry suckers will be tempted to write an opus about what an individual need prepare for sasquatch. FUCK!!! Oh and while at it would anyone like to purchase a kitchen? No, how about tickets for double face value? No, how about a bottle cap that looks as if it hasn't been opened that can help you sneak in the already easy to sneak in booze that thirst for? No...
You are hands down the coolest fucker on here. Glad you showed up.
I have read through the board, although I didn't go any further back than 2011. Thought I'd ask a few specific questions to people that had been there before. Thanks to those that were understanding enough to reply.
I have never understood what is so hard about helping people. He legitimately seemed like he had done some reading, so I helped him out. Have you ever tried the search function on this board? I've searched for ages for things and never found them. It doesn't help that every goddamn thread turn into a big goddamn circle jerk. Do you really expect anyone to sift through pages upon pages of utterly useless inane bullshit and inside jokes, just to find a few answers about camping. Get fucking real. I was trying to be that one person on the internet that isn't a complete asshole.