What to bring

This packing list from www.dragonbear.com is reprinted with the kind permission of Caryl de Trecesson (Carol Hanson). It is offered here as an aid for Pennsic travellers, and is not an official pronouncement from the Pennsic War staff.

Tent

  • tent
  • ropes, poles, stakes
  • sledgehammer or mallet
  • shovel
  • extra rope
  • extra stakes
  • extra grommets
  • floor cloth and plastic tarp
  • dining/sun shade
  • poles, ropes, stakes for it
  • light colored flags for ropes
  • rugs
  • broom & dustpan

Campsite

  • duct tape
  • trunk
  • transport/storage boxes
  • plastic tub (becomes tub/shower)
  • camp chairs
  • folding table
  • sleeping bag, blankets
  • cot or mattress
  • air mattress & pump
  • pillow
  • cloths to cover boxes
  • porta-potty & sanitizer
  • trash containers and bags
  • poles for lanterns/banners
  • banner

Light/Heat/Cooking

  • fire extinguisher
  • fire buckets
  • lantern & fuel
  • torches & fuel & funnel
  • tongs for fire
  • fuel for fire: wood or briquets
  • large matches
  • firestarter
  • camp stove & fuel
  • flashlights

Feast Gear

  • basket
  • tablecloth
  • napkins
  • plates, bowls, goblets
  • utensils
  • corkscrew
  • candles, candlesticks
  • matches
  • extra trashbags

Kitchen

  • cooler
  • waterbottle/waterjug
  • paper towels
  • utility towels—for dishes, wiping up
  • bleach
  • cutting board
  • cutting knives
  • dish soap
  • washbasin
  • scrubber sponge/steel wool
  • Dutch oven
  • pots, pans, skillet, griddle
  • measuring spoons/cups
  • bowls for mixing, serving
  • plates for serving
  • covers for food
  • tripod, grill, spit, oven
  • camp stove & fuel
  • corkscrew
  • bottle opener
  • can opener
  • spices, herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • sugar, honey
  • tea, coffee
  • oil
  • aluminum foil
  • potholders
  • large spoons, forks, tongs
  • skewers
  • quart and gallon ziplock bags

Grooming

  • packaged wipes
  • biodegradable soap
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • toothbrush and paste
  • mouthwash
  • solar shower bag
  • towels & washcloths
  • toilet paper
  • hairbrush, comb
  • makeup
  • shaving gear
  • mirror
  • feminine hygiene products
  • nailbrush & clippers
  • contacts and solution
  • glasses
  • hair ties
  • emergency sewing kit
  • scissors
  • safety pins
  • lip balm
  • deodorant
  • bug spray
  • sunblock, sunburn lotion
  • hand lotion

Clothing

  • dirty clothes bag
  • rain poncho or tunic
  • shoes (several pairs)
  • boots
  • belts, extra laces or ties
  • tunics, gowns
  • over-tunics, robes
  • underwear, chemises
  • jewelry
  • cloak
  • headpieces, hats, veils
  • extra socks
  • extra clothes in waterproof container
  • swimsuit

Fighting Gear

  • armor bag
  • extra cup & supporter
  • armor
  • boots
  • shield
  • gambeson
  • weapons
  • armor repair kit
  • more duct tape
  • authorization card
  • archery equipment
  • extra bowstring

Personal Use

  • earplugs
  • pouch, belt knife
  • wallet with ID
  • phone card
  • money, bank card
  • spare keys
  • pen and paper
  • flashlight
  • favor
  • fan
  • staff/walking stick
  • sunglasses
  • prescription medication
  • copies of prescriptions (incl. eyeglass)
  • allergy/hay fever medications
  • intestinal medications
  • ibuprofen
  • first aid kit
  • site pre-registration
  • proof of membership
  • maps/directions
  • hotel reservations
  • plane tickets

Extras

  • address book
  • clock
  • radio
  • cell phone
  • walkie-talkies
  • spare batteries
  • books
  • games, toys
  • tape player, dance tapes
  • calligraphy supplies
  • heraldry supplies
  • instrument and music
  • needlework, craft supplies
  • camera and lots of film, or alternatively, a charged up digital camera!