What to pack for Oppikoppi

2007-08-06 11:58
No need to shop in advance, unless you have good taste in wine. You’ll pass a bottle store or 300 on the way. Whiskey, sherry, anything that keeps you warm is a good idea. Beer is best bought at the bar, where it belongs.

If you want to make a fire. Because you are not allowed to burn the thorn trees, the benches, the stage, the cowpats or the dassies, no matter how trashed you may be.

Snack food for the dassies
What is this? That’ll depend what kind of dassie you are. But anything that has to be heated, refrigerated, cooked or un-trampled is out.

Cash for Oppikoppi T-Shirts and dassies
T-Shirts are R150 each. And bonus: they’re clean! Best souvenir and also makes a great gift for anyone you left behind. Dassies? Well they make great camping pillows.

Warm stuff
Beanies, gloves with no fingers, fleecy, socks, stockings (get over it boys, they work) and a sleeping bag. A blow up mattress keeps you off the ground until BANG. One dooring and it’s history.

A nurse’s outfit, restraints, and condoms
When times are drunken, inhibitions are few. This can lead to injury, sex, or interesting combinations of the two.

Sleeping in your car or under a tree near the bar is overrated.

A sun hat and sun cream
Oppikoppi festival is a place of harsh and sometimes unpleasant extremes. And if you don’t want the red face to stay once the alcohol wears off, remember sun protection.

Paracetemol and liver tablets
Cause you’re not going to get drunk. Again. But just in case your friend needs them.

Don’t bring:
Guns, dogs, babies, vegetables, salads, butter, old SA flags, or issues.

- Jean Barker

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