First you have to put down palettes, otherwise your tent will flood. Cover the palettes with layers of cardboard to make the sleeping surface a little smoother. Pitch your tent on top of the palettes and cardboard and use sandbags to weigh down the stakes. Make sure you have a tarp on top that completely protects your tent from the rain. Final recommended touches: build a walkway from the sidewalk to the door of your tent using leftover palettes so that you can avoid tracking mud in. Use a plastic bin to hold shoes outside the tent- you don’t want your living space to smell or be dirty.
Lots of Layers
Sample night-time attire for one tenter: two pairs of socks, sweatpants (with leggings underneath), fitted long sleeve shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, light sweatshirt, thick jacket, gloves, and a scarf to cover neck and face.
Google Docs and GroupMe will become your best friends. Your schedule will live on Google Docs in a spreadsheet filled with various colored blocks, complex formulas, and tallies of hours spent in the tent. Your group will get bumped if you don’t have a good schedule. GroupMe is essential for locating tent members if they’re late for their shift or in K-Ville but not in the tent and to tell everyone about tent checks or grace. These are essential aides for tenting.
You’ll need a sleeping pad to lay on the bottom of the tent, otherwise you’ll feel the palettes underneath you. You have to have at least one thick sleeping bag (though two is nicer). Blanket and pillow are the final sleeping essentials if you hope to get any sleep at all.
Headlamp, blue and white body paint, battery-powered lights, portable phone charger, headphones or earplugs, umbrella, your Duke ID, snacks (that won’t get crumbs everywhere), homework (class doesn’t stop just because you aren’t sleeping in your bed), and a refillable water bottle.