Posts Tagged ‘burning man shower’

One more thing…

August 10, 2011

I’m bummed the shoes won’t work.

My calves are too big. They usually are. If these are left totally untied at the top, they’ll work,

but I paid too much for half-assery like that. So who wants to buy a pair of boots! $50, includes shipping! Size 9.

So now I have to find a pair of boots (or just take the Docs I got last year. I used to buy a new dress for Easter every year, now I get a new pair of boots for Burning Man every year…). I went with two different compression sacks from DepartmentofGoods (I also spent a lot of time looking around there at everything, it’s so cheap!). I’d been looking at REI, since that’s the one I have that amazed me so much. However, these are waaaaay cheaper, as much as ten bucks less – and, they come in smaller sizes. I just need to squash clothes, not a whole tent or fat sleeping bag. I’m looking forward to the cyclone bag, as it squashes things cylindrically. IE, it’ll take up even less room in the suitcase (I’m hoping) because it is long and thing, rather than round and fat. The other one is more traditional/like the first one I used.

Unfortunately, this means I have to stave off finishing packing. Which means I need to just go ahead and decide what to get in the mail…if anything. So far it’s really just my fan, for my tent. I could just get another one when we stop at WalMart. I really like it, I got it for ’09. Pretty much slept with it next to my face! Makes a nice quiet white noise and you can suspend it from the top of the tent or prop it up next to you. In…two years and three burns, I’ve not yet had to change the batteries, either.

Now, the decision of today is: should I buy a fancy towel? Mostly to save space. Well, all to save space. The reviews are stellar and address some of my concerns, like paying thirty bucks for a towel (the two I usually use are…I have no idea where I got them from, but I didn’t pay for them).

There’s no way on Earth I’d ever consider spending this kind of money on a towel for my home, but for camping it’s an absolute Godsend. I was skeptical as to how well it would work to really dry off after a shower, but was not disappointed. 

I really, truly need to leave this job (before I run out screaming or get fired) so purchases like that aren’t exactly high on my list of priorities. But…it’d be so convienent! Take up SO much less space! I don’t dig the whole chamois feel of those sorts of towels, but the space saving and quick drying would be great.

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Travel muggery…

July 31, 2010

Looking for the Vitalyte, I found this collapsible mug:

“Collapsible bellows design collapses to 1.7 high disc. Folding handle folds flat or extends to lock in two positions for eating and drinking or for scooping and measuring. Sure-sealing lid made of Infinity Clear Polypropylene screws into the rim of the mug to keep your meals in and the outdoors out.”

Pro: space saver

Con: Handle seems mildly useless, nothing to hook it onto something with

Pro: How can you not like a company with romance on their mind?

Pro: you can measure with it

PRO: I just found out there’s an REI store about two hours from my haus…mmmmmm….camping gadgets whoring…

Con: Don’t get this shower, it sucks

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

I used it once, it was OK. A pain in the butt if you can’t get it high enough (because you’re short and/or there aren’t any trees to hang it from. AKA: me), but still pretty handy for water storage, if nothing else. Except the second time, I filled it up, hung it, and woke up to a large wet spot and not much water left.

The nozzle, even when fully twisted shut, leaks and drips. Yes, it is compact and lightweight and easy to use, but, if a shower doesn’t hold water, you can’t use it!