If you are getting ready for your first overnight Amtgard event, this guide will have you as prepared as the veterans. In an attempt to be thorough, I've really gone overboard – You can probably get along without quite so much preparation and equipment as I've listed here. However, many of these things are absolutely essential, and many will make your first event far more comfortable and enjoyable. If you are going to your first event in the company or more experienced Amtgardians, many of these items can be borrowed, some may not be necessary depending on circumstances. Use this as a guide, but ask around and see what the people in your group suggest. Most of all, get involved in the activities at your first event, and have a great time!
Before you pack or prepare for the event, it's important to find out what kind of site the event will be held at. The most common types of sites are tent camping with running water and tent camping without running water, or primitive camping. There may be sites with access to cabins, heated or unheated. A site with running water may have water faucets, flush toilets or showers, or any combination of these. A primitive site will most likely have outhouses or port-a-potties, but you will want to bring extra water for drinking.
Information to check in advanceThere is some information you will need to get before the event. Try to obtain the following before you get on site, some of this information may be provided at the gate.
Identification / Cash
Keep all cash and valuables locked in a car or carefully hidden, and don't bring valuables that you don't need for the event. If you are driving, you might bring an extra set of car keys, I've seen more people at events lock their keys in the car than I can count. If it's a long drive, you might want a cell phone for safety.
You will be very thankful for the extra socks.
If you plan to eat on site, bring food of your choice, the following are prepared foods that are great for snacks or with meals
If you want to cook on site, you may need the following:
Getting along and having a good time
It helps to know what's going on at an event. If you are fairly new to Amtgard, you may want to find out more about the social structure of the game.
To make finding a campsite and setting up easy, camp with friends. If you don't know anyone, find an empty campsite, or ask permission to camp with another group.
If drinking is permitted, don't overdo it. Use your common sense. Getting too drunk among people you don't know well is not safe, and is not a way to win their respect.
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