Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Tisket a Tasket; What goes in my Basket

One of the first things you'll learn, whether it's for a day event or a camping event, is there will be things you will regularly need.  This is a list of things I keep in my basket, aside from my mundane wallet, keys, and cell phone, to keep me comfortable in all the modern ways I've grown accustomed to:

  • Painkillers
  • Antacid
  • Glucose Tablets (handy if you know anyone diabetic or hypoglycemic)
  • Small sewing Kit
  • Safety pins
  • Extra ribbon for emergency lacing.
  • Kleenex or handkerchief
  • Hard candy or mints. Breath freshener.
  • Lip balm or gloss
  • Sunscreen (a Jaquelinne MUST-have)
  • Lotion
  • Small snack 
  • Mug or Goblet and Water
  • Fan
  • Wet Ones
  • Umbrella/Parasol depending on weather predictions
  • Small garbage bag.
  • Hair pins and elastic bands
  • Comb and/or hairbrush
  • Event Schedule
  • Small tokens/trinkets to give away to people caught doing something awesome.
  • Notebook with Pens/Pencils
  • Small hand-work project (embroidery, lucet, etc.)
  • Time piece if you don't also have a cell phone (kept on silent!)

You may find this to be an awful lot to haul around (I know I do).  It can be divided into two parts - the things you can leave at "base camp" (typically only a short walk away - be it a grouping of your chairs/tables or a tent on site), and those things you want on your person, always.  Every item here has come in very handy to multiple people in the past.  That's the key - don't hog the haul!  Share your lacing ribbons and safety pins.  It makes everyone have a better time.

If you serve on a retinue, you will find this basket a ready-made retinue basket without any effort, save finding out if your Royal has any allergies/medications/preferred beverages you should be aware of.

What do you keep in your basket?