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What to Bring

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Just a reminder that we run a karaoke bar and are gracious hosts to many people throughout the week.  This is the "theme" to our "theme camp."




  • 1-2 handles of liquor per person, preferably top-shelf, for the bar (change of strategy, bring glass) 
  • a few bottles of mixers or a couple cases of soda/juice per person, for the bar. Mixers are the thing we always run out of! Bring more mixers than liquor!!
  • if you bring beer, please bring it in CANS -- TJ's has a great white ale in a can, and pabst/tecate rules!
  • SNACKS!  We're snacking the shit out of this town. Whatever your snack may be, bring enough to snack strangers! Cheese & chips are a really great snack option. We burned through blowtorched nachos last year like it was our job. And Tang (we actually ran out last year).


  • If you are sober/non-drinker, please bring some mixers and/or some other magical substitute with which to share your awesomeness.  Our mission is to build experience and community, so as long as you "bring it", no worries!


  • a tent/sleeping arrangement, food, & water for the week.  Please pre-arrange with your camping sub-group to have a grey-water, shower, and kitchen strategy.




  • Bike parts to fix bikes (highly suggested) (tubes, patch kits)
  • Work gloves/latex gloves  (highly suggested) for cleaning/work.  Wearing latex gloves inside your work gloves is a great way to keep those hangnails down.
  • Utility knife. A box cutter or something else that easily clips on a belt or can safely go in a pocket.  
  • Torch Lighters. "Windproof" butane lighters are great for sealing cut rope ends and paracord. Parachute setup goes much faster when there are plenty of knives and lighters to go around.
  • Contractor Bags.  Heavy duty bags for trash and recycling help ensure that no one ends up with leaky trash on the way home, and makes bar/kitchen maintenance miles easier. Normal kitchen bags are too small and rip two easily. Bring these instead.
  • Bailey's  bring a bottle for morning coffee.  it goes fast... if everyone brings one, it will last...


  • Rechargeable AA batteries, cheapo OK. Even though we turn the lights off, the batteries in the solar lamps die from lack of use.

          If you have AA rechargeables, bring them. They don't need to be perfect, so if you think it is time to buy new ones for your keyboard 
          bring the old ones with you... they are probably good enough for a solar lamp.



We decided that the high-classitude of showing off our top-shelf shit in the real bottles is worth the trouble of packing them out. So the new guideline: bring good liquor in glass bottles, and when you leave take some bottles home with you. When you get home, buy some Vodka of the Gods, pour it into your nice playa-dusted Ketel One bottle. Place the bottle on your mantle and wait until you forget that it's really full of the cheap stuff, then serve it to guests at a party.


Cans are still better for beer, unless you're buying Delirium Tremens, which only comes in a bottle. In that situation, get the big bottles and share some with me.



There are a few specialized skills that can make building and maintaining the camp sooooooo much easier, the more people who know them.


Bowline: A secure loop that’s easy to tie and easier to untie. 


- Tie paracord to the parachute

- Anchor the first end of any long rope you want to get tight. For example, the big ass hemp rope that goes around the poles will get tied in a bowline to a chain connected to an auger stake.

- Dutchy sez: The bowline you just need to know as a life skill. They should teach it to everyone who attends K-12.


Trucker’s Hitch: Great for attaching the second end of a long rope. Has a built-in pulley mechanism for getting the tension out. 

http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/truckers-hitch/ (is the variant that Dutchy teaches, I think)

- Used for long end of hemp rope

- Also cool for tent guy lines.

- Dutchy sez: The advantage of the trucker's hitch is that it gives you twice the leverage since it doubles back and acts like a pulley system. The problems with the trucker's hitch on the paracord is that it can create friction burns in the pulley loop and the half hitch that holds it in place can come loose when the wind blows and the tension is constantly changing.




Supplies/Items We Need:

See 2014 Budget for a more up to date and specific list.


If you can help us with supplies, that would be awesome. The list below breaks out what's needed and where it can be obtained. Please put your name next to an item you're gonna bring, so we know it's coming.


Don't want to be responsible for a particular item from the list below? AND/OR want to help out the process with a little more cash? THANK YOU!! Here's the link for donating:http://thehammockhangout.com/#donate.


  • Flat-pack chairs & cushions, www.playatech.com 
  • 2x4's, general use 
  • Additional LED and/or rope lights for perimeter (200' role) 
  • Small Coleman propane tanks for kitchen (need to restock): Gas lantern mantles: Northstar #2000-043R, 433 Northstar, #R132-043C (we are bringing at least 2...) 
  • Extra ladders: We could use a few, but you can bring it back home with you after the event. (Ideally several early arrivals will bring one and take them back home after the event.)
  • LIGHTING: we are still looking for a lead on evening light strategy for the hammock hangout/kitchen: 
    • Better lighting in shade areas & kitchen
    • Lighting strategy for bar/rope lights for ground
    • Lighting strategy for inside hammock hangout
    • Red Curtain, Lights & flashing light or strobe/APPLAUSE SIGN that lights up/strobes, for stellar karaoke performances...   


Stuff to Not Bring:


  • Glow Sticks (whatever, hippie raver) 
  • Glass beer bottles (love beer, hate the bottles) 
  • Seeded watermelons (go seedless!) or really any seeded melons. They make a hell of a mess! Maybe just don't bring any watermelons. They seem like a good idea but it almost never works out.
  • Packaging. Please minimize the amount of trash you bring to the Playa! 
  • Normal kitchen trash bags. Recipe for spillage and rotten juice everywhere. 




Comments (1)

IShyne said

at 2:41 pm on Jul 1, 2016

I have a about 5-10 strands of white xmas lights that can light the kitchen... I can bring them. <3 IShyne

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