Last year, I was glad I brought:
- Bedding (pillow and sleeping bag)
- Shoes (comfortable walking shoes, flip flops for the shower)
- Sun protection (sunscreen and hat)
- General toiletries
- Notebook and pencil
- Warm weather clothes for the day, plus a jacket for night
This year, because I learned my lesson last summer, I will also remember to bring:
- Ear plugs (as there will be a snorer in every cabin)
- Serious bug spray (because it’s the woods)
- Protein bars (kosher, to comply with campsite rules)
- Chocolate (for s’mores; chocolate supplies were low by the time I got to the fire pit Saturday night last year)
- Refillable water bottle
When early registration started for camp, I didn’t yet know that I was pregnant. I might not have signed up if I’d realized. And even after I found out, there is the scary-but-statistically-probable reality that being 1 month pregnant in December did not necessarily mean I’d still be pregnant by the end of May.
By the time my doctor was 100% confident that this pregnancy was going to stick, the deadline for cancelling my camp registration had passed me by, and I decided I didn’t care. I am going anyway, regardless of physical challenges, because who knows if I’ll be able to go next year?
Also, if our camp director Tara can run the whole shindig while undergoing a stem cell trial for her heart, I sure can handle playing while tiring easily, needing a lot of snacks, and occasionally getting kicked in the ribs.
So, as I’ll be entering the third trimester of my pregnancy while at camp, I’ll also need:
- Giant, ridiculous, but TOTALLY NECESSARY HOW ELSE ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO SLEEP ON YOUR SIDE WITHOUT WITCHCRAFT pregnancy pillow
- To arrive early enough to claim a bottom bunk
- To take it easy during the more physically challenging workshops
- To be as gracious as possible to people while still firmly defending my personal space. Improvisers are the best people in the world, but I still don’t want my torso touched by people I just met. Or by anyone, actually. Everybody stop touching my torso.
I’m so excited to get out of town and into the woods for a weekend with lots of other improvisers. Say hi, y’all!