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“Be First In Line” Campout

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Crowd WaitingYou’ve seen them…they’re lined up outside in long lines waiting for the new iPhone, or Xbox or even concert tickers.  They show up days in advance so they can be first in line.  The last time I saw that I said to myself, “what nuts!” they’re in lawn chairs and sleeping bags.  If you gonna do this, do it right, with comfort!  So, for all you fans that want to be first in line, here’s some Camping Guy tips on how to make it enjoyable.

You need something that you can immediately fold up and stow away so that if you’re asked to leave the line or if it suddenly begins to move, you’re not left in the cold dragging your belongings.  :-( A small pop-up tent is the easy answer. They’re easy to fold and unfold and they’re very light. So if the line moves, your shelter can, too

A pop-up tent is convenient and light but the sidewalk is very hard!  So get a camping pad or camping mattress, as they’re called, to keep your body comfortable, away from the cold ground and cramp free.  Also, take a sleeping bag, pillow, and comfortable chair so you can sleep a little….sit a little, and not get totally bored.

Since you do have to be mobile while at a “first in line” campout, instead of blankets, layer yourself with as many articles of clothing as you need for the temperature. For really cold weather campouts, try a poncho style coat that you can put lots of layers underneath and that will keep the rain off you.  Don’t have a poncho?  Use a green garbage bag and make a poncho.

Keep yourself going with hot tea, plenty of water and hot chocolate during your campout. Try to avoid too much caffeine, however, as it will dehydrate you, putting your health in jeopardy during your fun, crowded event. Also be sure to keep your electrolytes up with Gatorade or some other sports drinks or juices.

Be sure to eat something that will keep you going as well. Since you’re staying over night or longer, you’ll likely need to take a couple of meals in a cooler on wheels with you. Leftovers on ice with a side of salad is a great meal for your campout. You might also be able to take a small single burner stove  for coffee, soup, hot chocolate, etc.  If you use a single burner camping stove you can also cook “in the can” food, such as beans and spaghetti, and not have any cleanup!

Don’t forget to take books, magazines, video games, iPod, - anything to keep you occupied.  It could be a long cold wait, but if you use my tips you will be one of few people in line that is warm, dry and comfortable.

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  1. rv parks campgrounds said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    I think you have some great tips here. If you’re going to “camp” out for something, do it right, be prepared and most of all be comfortable. You nailed it in this post. I find the best tip to be wait it out. You will get that Playstation or Xbox eventually. Don’t be a victim to the hype. And if you can’t resist, follow all the above tips. Great stuff.

  2. Dick Weiss said,

    February 10, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    What a great idea. Pick up a reasonably priced solo tent and a pad and you are set. I can see getting those front row center seats now to say nothing of combining getting concert tickets with a little camping. Cool.

  3. Dick Weiss said,

    February 17, 2009 @ 7:54 am

    Pop up tents are the greatest. I have been having trouble finding a good supplier of them for my tent store but I have one of my own from Black Pine and it works great. It can’t take more than 2 minutes to assemble and I can back back with it.

    Your other tips are right on the mark. Keep this great info coming.


  4. Randy McCauley said,

    February 18, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    Yes, finding the proper tent to best fit your needs is a good point, especially when you are coming in late at night to set up, what a job! with the limited selection of quality pop up tents there is 1 line that exceeds your expectations such as the Black Pine Sports Turbo Tent. If you are serious about purchasing a pop up tent, take a look at selection and you will be pleasantly surprised.

  5. Camping København said,

    February 26, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    nice points, thanks for sharing!

  6. Rita said,

    April 21, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    A good shortcut for (and I think better than) traditional Smores. Use Le Petit Ecolier cookies (already have the chocolate on the!) and sandwich 2 with a nice toasty melted marshmallow in between! Delicious treat, and less messy than traditional smores.

  7. Lisa said,

    November 30, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    The BEST cooking tool I use is one of these:

    The setup is SO EASY, and they come with a bag that you can just put everything into for cleanup later. And just like it says…the food doesn’t get lost in the campfire. I leave it set up the whole time we’re camping so anyone can use it at any time, and it swings away from the fire when not in use so you don’t have to put it all away when you’re done using it. Great for the older kids who are always hungry…they can throw a hotdog or burger on for themselves at any time.

    Friends have loved them when we’ve camped together, so I’m getting them as Christmas gifts this year. And…I saw a group of bikers camping out, and they even had one of the smaller ones cuz they were convenient enough to put on the bike!

  8. Scott Claflin said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    I’ve never gotten the whole, wait in line overnight thing either. There is nothing that I’ve ever wanted to have so bad that I’ve that. But I’ve got to agree, if you’re gonna do it, make yourself comfortable.

  9. Jim Kemper said,

    June 8, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    Do any of your subscribers know the Sequoia/Kings Canyon of CA well enough to help me, my wife, my son and his wife find a campsite which could be available upon our arrival there? We are thinking of a trailhead with only a short hike to a backpack campsite. We are equipped to rough it and are not sure of our arrival time from San Francisco.

  10. campnow said,

    September 21, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    Your blog is great. having a little humor and very good tips is a super find. I read your whole page and realy enjoyed it.

  11. qwerty said,

    December 7, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    Theses are some good tips but what would you do at a campsite?

  12. Bob Ortt said,

    December 23, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    During Black Friday in 2007 my son camped out over night at an Electronics store and waited in line in the hope that he’d be first in line and be able to buy a new 42″ HDTV. It was winter time and very cold. He ended up pitching his tent in the parking lot of the store and right beside his station wagon. He used his station wagon to help stay warm but spent most of the night i the tent. HE ended up getting his TV.

  13. Camping Split said,

    February 27, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Hi, thanks for sharing this useful info. I wish I knew this while waiting for my iphone :)

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