• Oft-Overlooked Camping Items

    Camping at Fuji Rock is an experience not to be missed.  Here are some items that will help you make the most of it.

    So you’ve decided to rough it and come prepared to battle the elements from the safety of a tent, eh? It can be the best way to have the most memorable festival experience, but it is important to think strategically if you want to make the most of your days and nights.  And bringing just a headlamp and some sunscreen may not be enough. Here are some items and strategies to keep you comfortable and content no matter what Mother Nature might throw at you.


    Air Mattress

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but do not disregard this detail, especially if you are planning to stay the whole weekend. The ground can be unforgiving, and a simple yoga mat might get you through a night, but it will offer little comfort on your second or third.  Invest in something inflatable, and if you do make sure before the festival that it is free of holes!


    Portable Phone Charger

    An item that most people keep with them on a daily basis, but plan ahead on this one. While battery powered versions from a combini might work in a pinch, they certainly won’t keep their juice for long. Bring at least one plug-in version, and find time to charge. You might even be able to sneak a charge around Naeba Prince. Highest recommendations go to a charger that you can plug in and use while it powers up.


    Hand Sanitizer

    Things get messy, and you don’t want to get sick. Sometimes a wash simply isn’t enough. Bring something to keep away the germs, and you might want to bring some wet wipes too while you are at it. Better still, nab some cooling Gatsby sheets to keep yourself clean and feeling fresh when the temperature starts to rise.


    Ziplock Bags

    If there is one thing you can count on at Fuji Rock beyond a lot of great music and fun is a spot or more of rain. The last thing you want when this happens is a wet wallet, cellphone, pack of cigarettes, basically anything that can be ruined or go pulpy in a bit of water. Keeping a Ziplock bag or two (or more) on hand just in case can keep you from losing something quite important.


    Camping Chair

    Sometimes it is nice to sit down somewhere other than the ground. ‘Nuff said.


    Something Eye-Catching

    Trying to make it back to your generic looking tent in the middle of the night after having a bit too much fun? Not interested in making apologies to tents you accidentally try to enter before you realize they aren’t at all yours? You might want to consider putting something on or around your tent to make it stand out from the rest. Not only will it make your camping area look extra festival-y, it could potentially save you some wandering and some embarrassment.


    First-Aid Kit

    Fuji Rock is safe, and of course if something happens there are plenty of people on hand to help you in case of injury. But you never know when you might get a splinter, a scrape or a little cut. Bringing a simple first-aid kit might save you from having to ask for medical assistance for a hangnail.


    Is this a full list of items to keep in mind? Absolutely not. But could these little tips help out some brave Fuji Rockers in the face of mild inconvenience? Sure might!


    PS – Hammer those tent pegs in tight.