[Ansteorra] Comfort at Gulf War

Aceia aceia at mac.com
Wed Jan 2 11:25:53 PST 2002

Just to add my two cents -

Gulf War is a lot of fun and worth attending.

Both times I have gone, I have gotten sick (I am allergic to certain types
of redwood pines and more specifically the type of mold that grows on their
needles),  but still had a blast.
I will be going back again this year, armed with lots of allergy stuff!

I have never had a problem with my hair molding and I have hair that is very
porous and fine and takes 4-6 hours to dry after washing.  Also, there is
electricity for hair-dryers in the shower trailers.  Some of the shower
trailers are better and newer than others, you should take a tour of them
all, pick one you like and decide if it is worth walking the distance from
your camp.
A note about showers - there are many people using the same showers with
small water-heaters through out the day.  Be prepared for cold showers -
even if you get up at 6 or 7 am.

Rubber Tubs are a must for all your clothing!  Keeps them dry in the
downpours and keeps the humidity out too!  Easy to stack in the back of a
truck or trailer!  Best type of SCA luggage for your money!

SHOVEL!  You must bring a SHOVEL.  Many of the camping areas (Bryn-Gwlad and
surrounding areas specifically) require trenching.  If you trench properly,
your tent will not run the risk of flood.  But- be aware of who is down hill
from you and join the trenches if possible.  Don't aim your runoff into
someone else's tent!  Also, when you leave, fill in your trenches so the
ground stays level for next year!  And aim your tent door downhill!

Toilet Paper or wet wipes - this is handy to carry with you as no matter how
hard the toilet patrol tries (and they do work very hard!) there is always a
lack of paper when you need it most (Murphy's law??).  Especially near the
end of the war.

Clothes for warm weather as well as cold weather.  Last year, the evenings,
mornings and nights were frigid cold, but on Wednesday afternoon, the sky
was clear and the sun was out.  I found myself wearing a light tunic for
most of the afternoon and was still a little on the warm side.  The first
year I went, it only rained twice and was in the 80s most days.

Sunscreen - my first year, people got sunburned.

Tent heater - speaks for itself

Rubber boots - last year, the stores in the area sold out of these very
quickly after the first night.  If it rains hard, there will be lots of mud.

Good comfortable shoes - you will be walking a lot on dirt roads and gravel.
Back and forth, to and from camp.  lots of walking.  A wagon is a good idea
if you have to carry heavy stuff to and from the list fields.

Flashlight or easy to light lantern... While there are many portajohns
through out the camp sites, no one wants to be taken out by a tent rope on
the way to one at midnight.  The tents get crowded in and the area becomes
very maze-like.

Money for shopping and something to carry your purchases in.... shopping at
Gulf-war is like finding an SCA oriented mall!  Also, don't miss Midnight
Madness shopping night!  Lots of great deals!

If that is not enough - there is always the Walmart in Picciune!

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