This isn’t a must-have list, it’s more of a “here’s some things I’m glad I had, or wish I had brought” list:
– Tupperware: So many leftovers, so few containers. Also, on this measly budget, who wants to pay for sandwich bags? (And any form of Tupperware is more environmentally friendly than disposable bags. Just sayin.)
– Fork, Spoon, and Knife: While you are supplied silverware and dishes as a team, it’s nice to have your own set when the team’s forks mysteriously disappear. (Also, this can relieve you of a huge load of environmental guilt if you avoid using plastic.)
– Neck Pillow (and/or Tiny Pillow): If you can live without a big pillow, you’ll save a lot of precious space in the van. Thanks to my lovely Mother, I have an Eagle Creek inflatable neck pillow and a small microfiber pillow. If I’m smart about it, I can fit both in my sleeping bag.
– Basic Sheet Set: While a sleeping bag is provided, this was the first thing most people bought when we arrived in Vinton. Between the heat and old mattresses, sheets are a luxury.
– Small Sleeping Bag: Definitely something you can do without, the sleeping bags provided do a wonderful job. However, I am insanely jealous of my teammate who brought a tiny little sleeping bag and doesn’t have to lug around the giant green one. And again, more space in the van!!!
– Auxiliary Cord: Depending on the van, an Aux Cord can be a lifesaver. You’ll be the favorite teammate if you provide the ability to play IPod music in the van, and give everyone a break from the radio.
– HDMI Cord: Watching movies on tiny little laptops is just no fun. Again, because the favorite teammate, and corps member, if you have an HDMI cord to share.
– Pocket Knife: This is something that everybody thought of, but me. And I am constantly borrowing my teammates pocket knife. Just make sure the blade isn’t too long, don’t want to conflict with policy.
I’m sure there’s more for the list, but this is just what’s on my mind so far. I’ll update if I think of anything else. 🙂