Also, like you said, the storage space is great especially for the small snacks that otherwise end up crushed in your pockets by evening time. Lastly, for the record, I had a Bass Pro Shops pack that odysseus recommended. It was $35 plus tax and worth every penny.
This. Our food/drink arsenal included Gatorade one-shots, some caffeinated powdered one-shot drink mixes, Pop-Tarts, Jelly Bellies (big bag om nom nom), cheese/cracker packs, the occasional smuggled-in beverage (at one point a twenty-ounce bottle of Grey Goose, which paid for the pack right there), and probably a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting.
Not that we didn't buy food/drink in Centeroo, but carrying in our own stuff definitely helped keep the cost down.
This was my first roo, and I brought a camelbak. I didn't need it all of the time, but after spending the entire day/night in centeroo on Saturday, I'd say it was essential to me. I kept one bottle filled in the side pocket, kept my hoodie stuffed in the bottom along with my sunscreen, camera, and other essentials. It was nice to not have to bother with going to the water stations very often to fill up. It also made for a great pillow for naps. And it was a a big help in smuggling my dslr and zoom lens into centeroo.
I didn't have the Camelbak brand, but it's an essential for me. I'm a bigger guy, so I lost a lot of water due to sweat. My pack saved me, especially when the sun was out.
I'm with you. I'm not a huge guy, about 200 pounds and reasonably fit for my age, but I sweat in the summer sun and this year was pretty hot. My High Sierra pack was essential for my comfort and convenience. It didn't help that I got stuck in BFE and the Columbus, OH police stole my Centeroo food/beer money on the way down, meaning I walked back to camp and did way more walking than I had hoped to.
I've had my knock off Camelbak since my second 'Roo in 2008 and couldn't do without it. I carried water bottles around in '07 but I can't fathom goin' back. Sure, by the end of the night my shoulders usually hurt from wearin' it most of the day; but I don't have to fill up that much, it's a great pillow fer naps, and holds most of what I wanna carry around in Centeroo (small snacks, sunscreen, camera, etc.). Hydro-packs fo lyfe.
My Camelbak was amazing this year, there is no way that I would have been able to go all day in Centeroo without it. I'd say if most of your must-see shows are during the day (like mine were), some type of hydration pack is a must. I was able to bring my sarong to sit on, my mister bottle, sunscreen, and porta pack, plus it served as a pillow so I could catch naps. At night, it wasn't really necessary, and after Thursday I would just take a trip back to camp to drop my pack off so that I wasn't having to lug a bunch of stuff around with me.
am I the only weirdo who doesn't like biting on that little thing every time I want a drink? I think it's kinda gross....
Nope! I hate that thing also.
Amen zen and dreamingtree. I bought one but didn't care for lugging it around. Plus no line getting into centeroo without the backpack search was nice. I took in one or two frozen bottles of water, occasionally splurged on fresh lemonade, and of course the Broo'ers tent. Small sunscreen in one pocket, small germ-x for the portos in the other pocket and life was good all weekend! But the weather was pretty nice this year.
I have a camelback water bottle and it has the same nib thing you bite on to get like three drops of water. I figured it would be like a straw but it is not. The whole process with that nib thing is extrememly tedious for me. It is extremely difficult for me to get a decent amount of water in a reasonable amount of time. If I welt like getting more than a half ounce of water at a time (which i always do) I needed to open up the bottle and drink from it like a glass.
I have a small (8"x6"x3" roughly) satchel which I carabiner clipped two 24 oz water bottles to for centeroo (they were never checked and i easily could have filled them both with vodka for a passed out kinda day) and drank at least two 32 oz water bottles at camp before noon to hydrate before the shows.
I am glad I decided not to get the camelback for bonnaroo. It must be great for a long distance bike ride or all day hikes.