Camping at a Pagan festival is different from camping at state park or other public venues. There are some basic rules to follow so everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
First and foremost is that showing skin is not giving consent. Most Pagan festivals are clothing optional. Even if the one you attend is not, some attendees might dress in ways that show more skin than you’d normally see in more mundane settings. By no means should this be construed to indicate they want sexual attention nor is it an invitation for physical contact. Staring or making comments about their appearance are also not appropriate. A lot of Pagans have relaxed attitudes about the human body and are comfortable in their own skin or at least not offended by the bodies of others. It is a way to attune to nature for some; a way to better feel the surrounding energies for others. Whatever the reasons, it is not appropriate to assume sexual advances are welcome.
Ask before you touch anyone or anything you aren’t familiar with. This goes for another person’s body, their jewelry or their personal items. Some people set up altars in their camp, and they also may have other interesting things on display. There may be moments that you want to hug a person or pick up a child. Or, you may see intriguing items for sale by a vendor. Please keep in mind, if it isn’t yours or your body, ask before you touch.
CAMPING CHECKLIST – (Items you might want to bring along) (Lifted from C.M.A. then modified)
- Tarp (to put under tent) (Trust me, it helps as a moisture and cold barrier as well as keeps pointy sticks and rocks from making for an uncomfortable tent floor. Some rugs might be nice too.
- Tent, tent stakes, extra tent stakes
- Air Mattress & air pump
- Cook Stove
- Camp chairs (Please bring your own. Don’t steal someone else’s.)
- Coolers & ice
- Large umbrellas, coverings, golf umbrellas, etc.
- Ant killer, bug spray, citronella candles (cinnamon makes an effective barrier against ants. Spiders hate peppermint oil and diatomaceous earth is also useful against many types of bugs.)
- Duct tape
- Hammer/Rubber mallet
Soap – bath, face, etc.
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Hair care products
Tissue paper and backup toilet paper
Deodorant Perfumes/Oils (nothing floral, or you attract insects)
Sunblock/sunscreen Qtips, cotton balls, etc.
Mirror, makeup, and other such things
Allergy Meds, baking soda, meat tenderizer Vitamins & herbs & meds (especially any allergy meds)
Sheets, blankets & comforters
Sleeping Bags or air beds
Jewelry, glitter & other shineys
Sarongs, dance clothes, costumes, etc.
Sweaters & Coats
Mundanewear – pants, shirts, dresses, etc.
Socks (bring extra)
Sandals, Boots & Shower Shoes
Hats, bandanas & other head coverage
Thermal undies (for those cold nights)
Hand Sanitizer, soap, dish soap
Wash cloths/sponges and drying towels
Knives & Cutting Board
Food – canned, precooked, raw, etc.
Pots, skillets, etc.
Spatulas, ladles, etc.
Plates, bowls, spoons, forks, knives
Water (both distilled & drinking)
Other beverages – coffee, tea, alcohol, juice
Chocolate, snacks, sandwich stuff, fruits
Altar & other ritual supplies
Smokers – cigarettes, lighters and butt cans
Purses, pouches, etc.
Extra Contacts & Glasses
Business Cards, Notepads & Pens
Games, musical instruments, books
Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, wallet, purses
Mobile phones and charger
Children’s toys and games
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