^^ Had both of those last year and they were incredible. Didn't use them constantly, but when we'd be sitting out in the sun in between shows, my group would just pass around the fan. So very worth it.
People who stand on the roads and spray these ^ are automatic marriage material IMO. Except the people who spray cid from them. I imagine some people would be like "OOH CHRISTMAS!" but it's not my thing. (Is that even a real thing? One of the medical guys told me that's what happened to the gal next to me when I was getting my knee booboo bandaged up.)
Those frog tog towels are so clutch. Bought some last year and I'm never going to another summer festival without one.
Whats the difference between that and a wet bandana? Serious question.
There were two differences from what I could tell. The Chilly Pad held in water a lot longer than a bandana would. Even if you ring it out, it stay moist to the touch for hours. Conversely, if you let it dry out all the way, it turns into leather. Anyway, I guess that because it retains that water instead of letting it evaporate like a bandana, it stay cooler for longer.
I would get mine wet when I'd fill my camelbak up for the first time in Centeroo and I wouldn't have to get it wet again. Keep it over my head when I got hot, and then when I cooled down just folded it back up and put it in the container.
Really, though, if you're soaking your bandana pretty regularly, there'd probably be little difference.
Hi - I've taken my 2 oldest sons to B'Roo several times. My husband and I buy up to VIP and the boys stay with the great unwashed. We meet up several times and hold onto their valuables and dole out food, goldbond and $$. Never had a problem. I've noticed a big difference in festivals that include loads of alcohol vs. those that have more organic substances. Way less violent and fewer medical emergencies. Best part is GA cannot enter VIP so we don't have to entertain the kids and their buddies at our site!
I read that entire post as if it was whoreshack saying it and then just got dizzy and fell over.
ourlee, I'm a Jets fan, too, we need to stick together. The best thing you can do is make sure the kids your bringing down there understand that the biggest threat is heat stroke and that they shouldn't be naive. Everyone hits the wall eventually where the heat, the crowd, the excitement, the dancing, whatever ends up being too much and they need to chill out for a minute. Tell all of them to look out for each other in that sense and to stay hydrated and they'll be fine.
And as you said, these guys are going as adults, so make sure they are aware that if they make an adult decision to take something and it doesn't feel right or whatever, that they cannot get in trouble for asking for help. The medical tents are there because they know people have bad reactions to stuff, whether it be the heat, the sun, bad party favors, and make sure everyone realizes if they're in trouble to get help. Every year I see people having bad experiences and the friends not knowing what to do. Just make sure they're informed and all clear on what to do for a few emergencies and besides that they should be fine.
Time for some tough love, ok strong advice, eh whatever.. some thoughts for you.
OP - in one of your earlier posts you said you were not going as a chaperone. Get over that right now! You are the parent in the group so YES, yes you are. YOU are bringing younger people in so yes you have a responsibility.
So that said having been there an done that X 6 X 3. In hind sight - Make sure you have a feel for the friends personalities before hand or get to know them on the way. Get a feel for - not literally - we leave that to whoreshack - the friends . Know who is going to influence the group good or bad and pound water water water into their minds and bodies.
As all have said, TN in June is quacking brutal! Again - Water water water.
Think Katbur mentioned - if you have an RV = AC, plan on drop in's. Our crew was all no way, we gonna tent like it should be.. Tent never came out. RV X 8 X 3.
MOST important subject in my mind when it comes to Roo and any companions young and old is the safety word. Peace frog.
Kidding - another thread -had to be there.
Not kidding. The safety phrase is " I met a (new) friend tonight". No judging, no lectures. This means i'm not too sure how i feel but not so good right now. Could be just lack of water or food. The medics are amazing! Making the decision for another is so tough... but do it if there is any question. And have a safety phrase - 'no questions asked' above all else. Hopefully you wont need it.
I consider myself an experienced festival attendee. Even before I ever stepped foot on the farm I was attending camping music festivals since 99 when I was 15. I've never went with my parents. Though not for a lack of trying. My father always says that the day John Lennon is on the farm he'll jump in the car with us. My mother just wants an RV. Anyways, I know what I'm doing when it comes to four days of fun. In all of the years I've never had any issue. There may have been one or two close calls in the early years. One actually involved jumping into a strangers tent and having said stranger give me a change of clothes so I could alter my look. The other was just a heat related Bonnaroo incident with my friend. But I digress. It's very easy to have a good time with out even using so much as a band aid. Just listen to these fine people here.
Secondly. I'm also a mother. To 4 sometimes wonderful children. The two older ones have been to countless festivals including Bonnaroo one year. My oldest is 10. The second is 9. So they are becoming more and more knowledgeable when it comes to keeping safe and happy while camping. By the time they are 15 I expect them to be experts. My two younger children have only gone to Bonnaroo because they didn't have a choice. In 09 I was in between 5-6 months and in 11 I was 8 months.
Ok. Enough about me. There is one thing that I have to say is bothering me a little that I don't think has been stressed enough. The kids you speak of. They are actually adults. So while you can set all of the ground rules you want and make up plans and get permission from the other parents, and so on, you have to remember they are adults and are able to make adult decisions. And have adult consequences. Please stress this to them so that they don't get there with the conflicting mindset of "I'm 18 at Roo WOOHOO" and also mommy and daddy are there to take care of me. Because I don't think the two can really co-exist.
Let them have fun. Know where their camp site is if they aren't with you so that you can drop by to say hi in the morning. keep in contact with texts. Lets face it you might need to direct your child in the right direction to some awesome music that he might otherwise have passed up. But don't worry about him for the most part.
All that being said. Lots of water. Plenty of sunscreen. And all that other stuff.
Also. I still call my parents when I'm away for more than a day. I like them. I enjoy their conversation and company. And they watch our kids when we don't take them with us.
Thanks, but in our house, 18 is really just a number. J has to listen to me until he pays his first bill. And trust me, he's not paying for college. He has a ton to lose, as do the other kids. All involved know ill leave them there if they F up. I appreciate your post and I'm getting a good vibe from other parents all is pretty chill on the farm. As an aside, my wife refused to carry our sons in the summer, you're a true warrior. Your Friend Rick
22 years old going to my fourth roo.. I have never had any problem with anyone in any way shape or form whilst on the farm. I went at 18 with 6 people packed in a van and was greeted ad welcomed by people of all kinds, even keeping relationships with the people who camped next to us ever since.
Let them camp with a car so they can lock stuff up and have access to ac in the car if its needed. The fact that you have an RV means they'll be spending time with you whether you want them there or not haha. They'll be grubbing for a shower and some comfortable AC and food. You spend 12-15 hours a day in centeroo alone so where you camp doesn't really matter.
Everyone takes in bonnaroo in there own way and everytime I go back im doing things and experiencing things for a first time. You have to let them live a little bit. One thing you should do however, is early on thursday find a spot in centeroo where you all know and can meet after shows. The fountain is usually good but can be packed at times, but you'll figure something out
My wife and I will be meeting at the miller lite tent. I'm getting so obsessed with planning that I've been watching youtube bladder comparison videos. "With plastic skeleton or without?" So hard to choose. Thx for sharing brother. YFR