- Magnesium supplements. Whenever I felt sore, had cramps from biking too much or it becoming cold, I could pop one of those (250mg) and it went away very quickly. Good sleeping too, and it kept me regular. I will ALWAYS bring those.
- Monkey Huts. Perfect sleeping, food kept shaded, easy to set up. We were the envy of the camp with our sleeping arrangements.
- Igloo Maxcold 7-day 165qt cooler. Kept shit cool all week despite moving shit around at times. Only needed to get ice twice or so because of other coolers we had.
- Inflatable air mattress. So nice having a twin-sized mattress instead of a single-person camping mat.
- LED necklaces
for lighting up bikes and other stuff. Those things were so nice and easy to use. Much better than LED sticks or other crap.
- Sports-type sunblock or spray-on type. Kroger brand SPF-50 sports sunblock worked great. So much easier to apply than that thick shit.
- Motorcycle transitional goggles
worked great. They did fog up at times, but usually did the job.
- Gloves. Kept me warm, helped my hands when working with shit, etc.
- Canon S95 worked just fine in all conditions without need to bag it or have some container, and did not break just like my old S90. I love Canon compact cameras.
- Coconut water. Never had it before, but it was great.
- Neosporin (or equivalent). Helped me with a deep cut on my finger. By the end of the week it was nearly healed. On another note, bring some nail clippers.
- Fresh fruit and melons. Awesomely refreshing and stayed good even until the end of the week.
- Shredded dry pork (meat floss
)! Damn tasty snack when watching burns!
- Bike problems: bike chain kept falling off gears; kickstand was complete shit and had to be zip-tied to the body. Will overall just use a different and better bike next time.
- Shoelaces. What a pain in the ass. Next time I'll bring some cord to hold them down, or try to rely more on velcro.
- Dry ice freezing our eggs. We need to remember to pack that dry ice so that the only thing it keeps cold is other ice.
- Strawberries got wet, then moldy. Never wash or get strawberries wet. Had to toss 4-5 trays of them
Not much effect:
- Keffiyeh. It worked, but I didn't much like having my whole head covered. It did help as a scarf or ear covering to keep me warm, but I found my hat and bandana were sufficient for the daytime.
- More ratchet straps. 4x was not enough and I shouldn't depend on others to bring theirs.
- Velcro bandana-respirator. Then I can use that for breathing; the other for keeping my neck warm/cool.
- More warm clothing for the night. Fortunately, a friend gave me a robe to use and it kept me toasty.
- Bring mini-tripod. Setting the camera on a rock or cord worked, but an little tripod would've been nice.
- Shorter rebar stakes. Pounding in 20" of 5/8" rebar takes forever and is probably unnecessary.
- More shade cloth for the sides of the carport to prevent the evening sun from roasting us. Maybe a second carport would work.
- Blanket and sheet instead of sleeping bag to sleep in.