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Aug 30, 2018, 10:43 AM
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NEAT Fair Camper's Checklist

Hi everyone,

Traditionally Mike K. (CarreraGTSCS) posts this to give all the new folks at NEAT Fair a head's up on how best to prepare for a few days in the valley. Since Mike is tied up I thought I'd repost this info for him - feel free to add to this



I post this checklist every year. There are more than a few first time overnighters/campers asking questions about how to prepare and what to bring so I thought that I'd post it again.

Here's a reasonable checklist:

[ ] Waterproof shoes or boots.
[ ] Socks-- Twice as many as you think you'll need.
[ ] Very warm coat for the nights. We've had temps in the 20's.
[ ] Long Johns or sweats so you can layer clothes. Cold nights.
[ ] Sweater or jacket. The mornings and evenings can be pretty chilly.
[ ] Rain gear like a raincoat or poncho and maybe rainpants too.
[ ] Gloves.
[ ] Warm hat.
[ ] Brimmed hat or ball cap.
[] Sunscreen.
[ ] Shorts and t-shirt weight shirts. Can get pretty hot during the day.
[ ] Flashlights for getting around at night. There's very little ambient light so it is DARK.
[ ] If you're tent camping a ground tarpaulin and rain fly are nice to have. It gets really, really damp at night. An air mattress or cot will get you off the ground.
[ ] Sleeping bag of no more than a 30 rating. A 0 or better will serve you well if the temp goes low. We've had some warmish nights there and we've had some really really cold nights there over the years. Warm is easy. Cold is not if you aren't prepared.
[ ] Easy-Up type canopy will keep either the sun or rain off of you and your models. Not essential but nice to have.
[ ] Folding chairs. You'll eventually get tired of standing.
[ ] Sandals or water shoes or Crocs. If you plan on showering (bring lots of quarters if you want hot water) in Arnie's state of the art blockhouse DO NOT GO BAREFOOT. Nuff said. Instead of a shower you can use baby wipes. You can get them in big tubs. They are a effective means of bathing. We use them in the hospital. They work.
[ ] Food and drink.

NEW INFO: Leave your shyness at home and make sure to join in the fun. By fun I mean the festivities in the BCSF and JCSF tents. BCSF is the Bergen County Silent Flyers and JCSF is the Jersey Coast Sport Flyers and both have "party tents". During the day the BCSF Tent has vendor/manufacturer demos and seminars on construction techniques, materials, technology, new products, etc with some pretty cool vendor giveaways. BCSF also hosts the Dawn Patrol each morning in the Park Flyer area. JCSF is famous, or should I say infamous, for their nightly fun, notably the Night Vapor races and obstacle course. Adam beat me and Gerry last year. Not this time!! Don't stand outside and watch and wish you were there. Come on in and join the fun.

See you all there,
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Aug 30, 2018, 02:40 PM
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Make sure your "pop ups" are well anchored. The winds can get to 50 m.p.h. at times. 2 good methods are screw in stakes and ratchet straps or 5 gal buckets and lids filled with water. Of course taking the canopy off the frame helps.
Aug 30, 2018, 04:38 PM
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I'm a firm believer in taking the top down every nught!
Aug 30, 2018, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Petefoss
I'm a firm believer in taking the top down every nught!
Don't need to take it down, just release the corners and top them inside the frame!
Sep 07, 2018, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for posting this Rob!!

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