The title of this blog post made me laugh, because it sounds like I went on some kind of voyage. Jokes aside, this was the first camping experience I’ve had. Crazy, right? I now believe everyone should see the Gorge at least once. Here’s my experience and tips as a first time “shedder.”
Of course, me being me, I prioritize the essentials to wash my face and be as clean as I can be when I’m not in the comfort of my home (insert Bilbo Baggins mindset). The three stores I’d recommend getting travel size body wash, lotions, cleansers, etc would be
If you just need lotions, sunscreens, mini toiletries etc, Walgreens and Target should cover you. If you have more specific needs or brands you’re looking for, Ulta may need to be a second stop. For hydrating mists or other products that are in larger containers, it saves space to pour them into small travel size spray bottles and containers.
You could skip a face cleanser and just go with a very travel friendly, easy solution: micellar water. I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Water for about 2 years, and I still love it. It’s often considered a step down from Bioderma (or essentially just less expensive), but if a product works then why change it? Micellar waters are a somewhat new thing on the market as an alternative to makeup wipes. I found it just as easy to pack the travel size Garnier Micellar water with a small bag of cotton rounds. It’s totally your preference, but micellar waters have less ingredients and preservatives than wipes do. It makes me uneasy that makeup wipes have ingredients to preserve their shelf life. That can’t be good for your complexion.
The idea of not having hot water is totally known to someone who has camped before, however, for me it was new. We spent two afternoons at Crescent Bar, which I would highly recommend to cool off from the constant heat and be a bit cleaner at the same time! The lake was beautiful and a good change of pace from the blazing heat. It wasn’t exactly a shower, but it was more fun and comfortable when compared to the mobile shower stations on the campground!
Pack very lightly in terms of clothes. I brought one sweatshirt, one tank top, two pairs of shorts, one skirt, and for the ladies: pack fun bralettes. They’re so small to pack and they can pass as a shirt at a festival. I get my lace ones at Urban Outfitters or Free People.
This was a country festival, so I really didn’t feel the need to bring accessories besides a hat. I packed one bead choker from Ettika, a lovely LA based boutique, and that was it. It matched all of my outfits and it added something a little extra. And the idea of losing sentimental jewelry worried me a bit, so I wouldn’t advise packing things that are very precious to you.
Pack some food. You don’t have to prepare completely in this category, but it will save you a lot of money. People spend twice the amount of their general admission ticket (or more) on food and drinks at the festival. Essentially everything is twice the cost it should be. Most food we saw was eleven dollars per person. If you bring enough food for the first two meals of the day and some snacks, you’ll save a ton. Food for thought!
A portable phone charger will come in handy. We had a car charger as an option as well, however, with four people all wanting to charge their phones at once, you could see how that would go. Put your phone in airplane mode when you don’t need it so it charges faster!
I didn’t do this, but I saw a lot of fanny packs at Watershed. In fact, I’ve never seen people rock them so well. Most were American flag printed, and if you think about it, they’re smarter than risking dropping your cards and cash from your jean shorts pockets. I’m not going to admit that I lost my ID and found it at the guest services station, but I’m not going to deny it either. Guys have deeper pockets in their pants for their cards, but ladies, I would consider a fanny pack or a small over-the-shoulder-purse to avoid the shame of losing your ID.
Pack water. I think many campers considered this the last priority behind the tents, speakers, and mixers. But do remember to pack plenty of water and some eletrolytes. We brought vitamin water and gatorade to get our electrolytes in between chugging water. It helps a lot.
The temperature at the gorge does drop at night, so bringing a pair of sweatpants or a good blanket is ideal. One of our “squad’s” members definitely did not prepare for this, poor guy. It’s all okay though, because we came back with the same group size as we left Seattle with. 🙂
Now onto the blogger obsessions I have with Central Washington (or Quincy):
There was a nearby market/store that we went to the second day for coffee (which was much needed). The place was vintage paradise. There were colorful chairs on the porch and a big sign with espresso, so we were saved! I also realized that BBQ flavored pumpkin seeds are underrated. Below are pictures of the cuteness.The to-go bag from this market had a sunflower print, perfect for sunflower lovers like myself.
The surrounding terrain in general is a very different kind of wildness. I think it makes for a great music venue. Here are a few snapshots:
For the most part, the major headliners at Watershed played later in the evening, and it’s always wise to get to the stage at least two acts ahead of your favorite singer to get closer in to the action. We just sat on the hill up higher the last night to avoid the mosh pit, but it’s good to remember that 30,000 people go to this event all at once! It’s much more intense than a smaller venue. I have some shin bruises to prove it.
From someone that has never camped before or been to an overnight festival, I was really stoked on this experience! It was great to be away from work commitments and with limited cell service. The venue was beautiful and the music was legendary. Not to mention that the people that go to Watershed, shedders, are super nice. Everyone is there to have a good time and our camp neighbors were all super friendly. And the last night ended with Luke Bryan, what’s not to love?
I hope you enjoyed this post about my tips and tricks to a solid weekend away at the Gorge. Once a shedder, always a shedder! Stay tuned for upcoming posts, it’s my goal to continue posting weekly.
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