My sweetheart and I have been to all kinds of camping festivals (typically with music playing into wee hours of the night) We have camped in the thick of things as well as on the outskirts.
I choose walk-in camping for us this year at BM. I knew we would really appreciate a low noise level (and sleep was going to be much sought after since we DROVE from VA and would be recovering a bit from that kind of journey) We parked our car at the line & walked our things only about 50 feet into the walk-in area... it was just far enough to not be bothered by people driving by and yet close enough we could still see art cars & cool bikes zoom up and down the last main street.
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Noise - the sound was beautiful. You could still hear the city, but like Mr. Googles said it was a nice ambient noise. I can say I have NEVER slept so well at a festival.
Dust - hardly any dust (really I know hard to believe) The only real dust we had come our way was when the winds changed direction and we had that tiny white out for just a bit. Since the wind is always coming from behind us and no one is driving in that direction, dust is minimal.
Breeze under the shade - The beautiful cool mostly non-dusty breeze that was a constant dance by the entrance of our monkey hut (ours was turned into a Bunny Hut) was PERFECT in the heat of the day. (if you properly face your hut opening North it was not only great for always having shade no matter where the sun was at, but kept the wind coming from behind it *our tent was blocking the rear side of the structure*
No theft- I know when we have camped where a lot of people were walking by, we have had theft out of our coolers (which now we keep inside our tent) but out there if there was someone walking by most likely they camped out in the middle of no mans land with you. So it was a lot like being in the out skirts of any default city. I felt way safer and more secure being out there with our stuff and not having to be super cautious about hiding everything (not that I left things out to tempt anyone, but if I went to the bathroom I didn't feel the need to make sure every little thing was put away)
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Bathrooms - Oh my if you had to pee in a hurry you best just use your jug (definitely get a jug and don't be to proud to use it) Out there a ride on a bike to the bathroom is quite the mission and (having to prepare, meaning make sure to take goggles, bandanna, water *and of course bathroom stuff*) was by far the most difficult part if you had to pee really bad. AND you MUST always prepare, b/c if you were caught in a white out that far from camp you would NEVER EVER make it back to your camp site. Its best to have water with you just in case you need to take it really slow or stay where you are. ALSO be prepared to have a bucket & triple bag a #2 at your camp in case of emergency. I told my sweetheart this and he was like we won't need that (we are in our 30's and good health). Well I came prepared with this and LOW and behold my sweetheart got one hell of a fever & was so sick (he would have never made it to the pottys) and well we did what we had to do in that situation. LIKE I said don't be to proud when nature calls and ur not feeling enough energy to make a bike ride to the bathroom you got to be prepared for all kinds of situations)
Neighbors - I actually found our neighbors to be quite friendly and 2 of them we met we shared our shade with so they came over all the time. YOU do need to reach out and introduce yourself to your neighbors, but once you do I found all the ones I met to be VERY friendly, helpful and just down right nice. (Since we are all camped in the same area, we know why we are there *most likely b/c we just want a quite place to sleep, low dust and traffic*) Don't be afraid to ride your bike about and go meet your neighbors.
NEED a BIKE - yes if you are doing walk-in camping you are going to need a bike, no doubt about it. Not only for that ride to the potty if you do need to (pay your doos) but for meeting neighbors, going into the city in a timely manner and of course getting ice.
Overall, I LOVED it. I don't think I will want to camp in the city after having such a great experience out there in isolation.
Smile, who cares if you don't have all your teeth.