We recently ran across an interesting post in Advertising Age, espousing the first-world trials and tribulations of what dainty frocks to pack for a trip to the Cannes Film Festival. While we're not anticipating any trips abroad (yet), we did start to think about our upcoming One Koast Entertainment retreat and sojourn to the Poconos - to Jam at the Dam.
This year, we’re again looking forward to THE social engagement of the year, brought to you by the very dashing and debonair Pirate Rob with his talented crew. The One Koast Entertainment family gathers annually from far and wide to play music, socialize, and celebrate the concept of “One Koast,” unifying not only the East Coast, but also thinking to the West and how it connects in one big coastline. For this reason we recommend, first and foremost, that you pack a flag – either city, state or state of mind - to hang on or near your tent. You’ll want to proudly represent and let other party-goers know where you’re from.
The gathering is held near Rob’s childhood home, deep in the beautiful and scenic mountains, far from the hustle and bustle of town. This will be our third year attending the party, and we’ve put together some (hopefully) helpful tips and packing suggestions to help you have a “mahvelous and stylish time, dahlink! “
Once you’ve packed your flag, it’s important to have your tickets and know that they are in a safe place. Don’t laugh – We’ve been known to pack the Mini, tight as a drum, and get halfway to our destination before realizing that the tickets are home on the kitchen counter next to our espresso maker… (Remember, Shawn?) Buy your tickets here > http://tickets.1koast.com/tickets/ If you choose to save your e-ticket PDF in your phone, be sure your phone is charged up!
The Location is: 88 Miller Lane, Weatherly, PA 18255.
Program your GPS now and print out or save a copy of the directions. From Annapolis via Rts 81 & 83 (some construction along the way; 3 hours, 25 minutes): https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Annapolis,+MD+21401/88+Miller+Ln,+Weatherly,+PAfirstname.lastname@example.org,-76.3464933,7z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7f12bf5498e79:0xfbbadb13cb33db1b!2m2!1d-76.4919706!2d38.979434!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c5ac06a7324d47:0xf33f8fcd0396ec51!2m2!1d-75.800021!2d40.953436 or via Rts 95 & 476 near Philly (some construction along the way, 3 hours, 32 minutes): https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Annapolis,+MD+21401/88+Miller+Ln,+Weatherly,+PAemail@example.com,-75.9615512,7z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m15!4m14!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7f12bf5498e79:0xfbbadb13cb33db1b!2m2!1d-76.4919706!2d38.979434!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c5ac06a7324d47:0xf33f8fcd0396ec51!2m2!1d-75.800021!2d40.953436!3e0!5i1
Important Note: Pack your gear and toiletries in reusable zip-lock bags whenever possible. Once your products are used, you can again pack recyclables into these same bags for the return trip home. (Also, if we do get rain, you'll want to put your electronica inside for use and safe keeping.)
Remember Campers: #LeaveNoTraceBehind!
* Cooler bags with straps - are a really good and practical idea.
* Bottle Opener, Wine Opener - of course!
* “Yogurt Bombs” and spoons – We pack these in mason or plastic canning jars, including frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, and a separate packet of dry granola for the ride up. It’s so much easier and better for you than a greasy roadside burger and fries. Also, pack plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, dipping sauces and healthy snacks – Yum! There will be food vendors at the event.
* Bamboo Chopsticks (several pairs) -“How Continental!” Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t everything taste better with chopsticks? Additionally, they’re convenient to pack. (Here’s a quick note to remember when bringing them home to wash – wrap a fat rubber band around a few pair and stick them in the dishwasher silverware holder - upside down. After a quick cycle, they’re all ready to use again! Shazam!)
* Box Wine – Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it! Pack your favorite. We favor Corbett Canyon Pinot Grigio at $12.99/3L. It’s light on the pocketbook, and we like to drop frozen berries and fruit wedges into our glass – so delectable! (Also, you can add club soda to stay hydrated. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint to the finish!)
* Your choice of adult beverages (preferably in plastic containers) - plus plastic reusable martini, beer or wine glasses. If you’re with girlfriends, why not coordinate?
* Starbucks Espresso (cans, 4 paks) - Instant coffee or drink powder for bottles of water, Juices, Teas – As mentioned previously, we find coffee and espresso to be indispensable. And besides, this is no time to have the caffeine DTs! In our mind, nothing beats a Starbucks Double-Shot Light (or six) in the morning.
* Plenty of fresh, potable water - It’s best to freeze whenever possible. One of our favorite old-school tricks is to take a bit of water out of each water bottle (so it doesn’t explode) and then stash them in the freezer before our trip. Additionally, we stick our car keys in the freezer so that we don’t forget to pack the water bottles in our cooler (We then leave a post-it note where the keys usually are. Don’t ask - did we mention our ADHD? : )
* External USB Battery/Chargers -While we won’t make any model suggestions here, we will strongly recommend Newegg.com. Be sure that you check the mAh level ("mAh stands for milli Ampere hour or milli Amp hour. It’s a measure of a battery's energy storage capacity. If you think of a battery as a small fuel storage tank, which in a sense it is, mAh a measure of how much "fuel" the battery holds.") Don’t skimp - this is one time that you really do get what you pay for. Leave the $3.99 special behind)
* Cables, plugs, jacks, et cetera
* Camera - Remember to transfer images from your phone or camera to your laptop to maximize memory before you go!
* Regarding laptops - for most folks, we recommend that you leave them at home for this weekend. And yes, you will be ok. The world will not end, we promise you!
* Cart (bag lady style, or beach cart) for tent & gear – you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Believe it!
* Camper’s Mylar Hypothermia Sheet – lightweight, inexpensive and can be used at night; also over or under tent, or as poncho if there’s rain
* Earplugs, for sleeping - Yes indeedy...
* Portable Sun Shower - optional, can be hung from a tree branch or in a latrine
* Lightweight beach towel - will dry quickly if draped over a tent or tree limb
* Tent, poles, and stakes plus a tarp
* Air mattress, light sheets, inflatable pillow(s) - yes, we’re spoiled ; )
* A summer sleeping bag – optional, sometimes it’s nice to share…
* Zip ties, duct tape and WD40 - Doesn’t every girl carry these?
* Small Flashlight, extra batteries - for late-night forays
* Frisbee, hula hoop, kazoo -Be sure to “Like” our friend, Skribe on Facebook!
* Clothes Pins, length of rope/clothesline
* Lightweight bathing suit/bikini – (but absolutely NO swimming in the pond!)
* Cotton tops & shorts (or knit skirt), including one full sleeve shirt
* At least one FreeState Workshop Hoodie - OK, Just checking to see if you’re paying attention, ladies… It also makes a great pillow for the sweetest of dreams!
* Two pairs of shoes - Sturdy hiking footwear with comfy padded socks plus a sexy second back-up pair, just in case
* Layered clothing - it’s typically cold/cooler at night and very hot/humid during the day with possibility of brief passing showers. Again, be prepared!
* Good, trusty, lightweight hat or visor for sun protection and to keep unruly hair at bay. Check!
* UV Sunglasses and eyewear, contact lenses & solution – you know best.
* Aveeno Dry Shampoo Spray – You’ll want to pick something that doesn’t make your hair sticky or attract wild furry animals with a crazy scent (unless you happen to know the aforementioned wild furry animal. Wise Eyes, we're talking about you, LOL)
* Suave Professional Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream - a great product for smoothing through your hair and elegantly tying it back
* Hairbrush, Comb, barrettes, hair ties, etc.
* Lots of Moist Towelettes and Makeup Wipes - These will be your best friends through this weekend, guaranteed. For a quick and refreshing pick-me-up, keep your wipes and towelettes in your cooler!
* Bug Spray/Repellant - while we’ve never had any problem with (or even seen any) ticks, we will be in a forested and natural environment. It’s smart to be proactive and protected. As with deodorants, etc., we favor all natural products.
* Sun Protection - SPF 30-50 recommended
* Your choice of Pain Reliever, Medications, Birth Control (not necessarily in that order)
* Hand Sanitizer -a little dab’ll do ya’
* Travel sized Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Mouthwash
* Unmentionable Toiletries - When “Aunt Flo” makes her mind up to come for a untimely visit, all we can say is, "be prepared." Go with the tried ‘n true ultra super-dooper products - and bring extras. It’s not fun but it’s more important to join the party than to be home sulking. C'est la vie.
* Antiseptic Triple Cream, Band-Aids or spray bandage plus a good trusty pair of tweezers
* Friction/Blister Block Products (although, now that you mention it, we might want to bring some of the "good friction" products, too!)
* If you’re going to polish your nails in advance, consider a long-lasting gel coat
* FYI, it's a good idea to test-drive cosmetics for a couple days before going away – to avoid allergic reactions and to determine whether they'll hold up. Also, this is a good way to find if you've forgotten anything. As a rule, less is more – this is a great time to pack waterproof mascara and make-up if you can use them.
And finally, we’re down to the nitty gritty, Potty Parity #101
(Boys, please avert your gaze here...)
* Camping Latrine (recommended); this one’s pretty cool for my DIY Chicas > http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Camping-Toilet (and toilet paper)
* Go Girl or http://www.amazon.com/P-Mate-Female-Disposable-Urine-Director/dp/B000R8YAH4
In closing, we will add that if any of this seems daunting, it shouldn't be. These are just options, recommendations and suggestions. (We're told that hotel rooms are also available locally.) The bottom line is that Jam at the Dam is a great event and we have mad crazy fun. But remember – above all, please arrive alive and pace yourselves, ladies. There’s plenty of fun to go around.
(Did we miss anything? Please let us know!)
Love, hugs and kisses - xox,
Your girlfriends at NAPTOWNMUSIC™