What to bring

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Things to bring

Work in progress

Camping equipment

  • tent (You may want to bring a hammer to get those pegs into the ground)
  • stable tent pegs (v-profile ones are best)
  • sleeping bag
  • mattress and sleeping pad, maybe a cushion
  • drinking bottle

Drink more water - drinking not enough (water! not mate, not beer!) is the most common DoS-Attack at camps.

  • rescue blanket: One of those silvery blankets you find in first aid kits. They are very good at reflecting sunlight away from your computer monitor, so you'll be able to hack during the day. Most tents let in a *lot* of light and rescue blankets are one of the cheaper ways to fix that.
  • blanket to sit on and place your laptop on. You might not want to sit on a dew-covered ground in the morning.
  • cosy sun chair for hanging out
  • chairs and tables

Other equipment

  • your ticket (A print-out is more resistant to failure. ;))
  • default meal utensils (like knife, fork, spoon, spork!, plate, mug)
  • penknife (preferably one of those Swiss-made multi-tool thingies)
  • rope
  • many trash bags for trash and water-safe storage.
  • (FL, LED) lamps powered by 230V mains, or a lantern. Do NOT bring wax torches! See FAQ
  • flashlight or headlamp
  • FM radio receiver e.g. from your kitchen. (There is going to be a camp radio station!)
  • GSM and/or DECT phones, particularly when you want to volunteer as an Angel
  • RFID card to play one of the games (if you don't have one there is a limited supply onsite)
  • fire extinguisher if you own one, or a bucket (to fill with water), or a fire blanket
  • ashtray, if you smoke
  • if you arrive for buildup or stay for teardown, it could be a good idea to bring a game that does not require power and/or network, especially if you travel with children or hackers who get bored fast.
  • balls, frisbees, javelin, toy aircraft and other stuff suited to physical activity outdoors
  • And please take home ALL the stuff you brought!

Clothing and toiletries

  • toilet paper and stay low on the baby wipes
  • any allergy medication and NEEDED drugs. This is in the middle of nature.
    • If you require electrical medical equipment, do not expect power in the night. Bring a UPS too.
  • health insurance card (Krankenversichertenkarte/European Health Insurance Card for other EU residents)
  • ear plugs, it can get loud out here.
  • insect repellent
  • sun blocker (SPF 30 is recommended. If you haven't left your dungeon since the last camp, use SPF over-9000.)
  • toothbrush, toothpaste and soap
  • shampoo and shower gel
  • personal care (razor, lotion, deodorant, etc.)
  • shower shoes (flip-flops, sandals, slippers, Badeschuhe)
  • Do *not* forget your towel! Be a hoopy frood who really knows where their towel is.
  • wet weather gear, or you could be trapped in your tent for a whole day
  • appropriate clothing: for warm and sunny, and for cold and rainy weather. It is better to have clothes you won't need than to need clothes you don't have. Although it is very warm during the day, it gets very cool in the evening. Sweaters/hoodies are recommended.
  • swimwear, not the kind in Borat :)
  • hat and sunglasses

For the badge

There will be an electronic badge. You will need:

  • a USB-C cable
  • laptop or USB-charger

You might also want to bring:

  • powerbank
  • Fun parts to add to your badge, who can make it fly?
  • extra LEDs (we use SK6812 RGBW leds) and your kit comes with 6 LEDs!
  • soldering iron and tools to retrofit the above items (or use hackcenter equipment)

Computer and infrastructure

  • your computer(s) - and basic tools you will need to repair it, including OS Install DVDs/USB-drives
  • smartphone, tablet
  • chargers / power supplies for your laptop, tablets, phones, etc.
  • power bank(s)
  • your own power cord (20m - 50m) and multiple plug sockets (ideally with built-in surge protector), as much as (or even more than) you need. Think of your neighbors and share electric power with them! The power outlets provided are 230V AC Schuko (Type F, CEE 7/4) [1].
  • long ethernet cable. the next datenklo could be up to 50 meters (160 ft) away
  • a bunch of network patch cables
  • as many ethernet switches as you might need for your equipment and to share to neighbours. Don't forget the power supply.
  • Equipment for 802.11a or 802.11n on 5 GHz, since 2.4GHz tends to get overcrowded. DO NOT bring your own APs. See Network
  • maybe a bunch of spare fans - heat and dust tend to kill CPU/power supply fans
  • a list of your trusted SSL keys (and check them beforehand!).
  • a configured ipfw, think about an IDS (just for fun)
  • gadgets with all kind of blinky, geeky features as conversation pieces
  • books. Also those you no longer need/want. Non-technical preferred. This is supposed to be your vacation, after all. Any ebook reader is a good choice too.
  • your GPS. This will be great fun to play with and lets you use up-to-date OSM maps of the camping area.
  • pinball machine(s)


A note of caution about electrical equipment at camps

READ THIS BEFORE CONNECTING EQUIPMENT PLEASE: https://wiki.mch2022.org/Facilities#Power

Things to leave at home

Must

  • Dogs and any other pets (Exception: service dogs). Camp is not a very dog-friendly area. The reasonable exception here is any pet that can be switched off and/or reprogrammed (Aibo, Furby, ...).
  • Your home directory and other data you don't want anyone else to see
  • Microwave oven. It *may* disrupt wireless networks. A typical tent is not the ideal position to defend yourself against an angry mob of hackers. Also see next point.
  • Very power hungry devices (like AirCon, electric grill or oven, electric water cooker, hairdryer, generally anything that creates lots of heat or cold). The power grid is always a problem on the camp. So please think twice if you really need all that luxury. Incandescent lamps have poor efficiency, consider bringing FL or LED lamps instead.
  • Barbeques that run on solid/liquid fuel. There is a "no open fire" rule in place, meaning that only gas-fueled barbeques are allowed.

Things to care about

  • There are cables and drainage in the ground so NEVER pierce or dig up ground deeper than 30cm (tent pegs, grounding/earthing nails, posts etc). If you absolutely need deep nails or pits, contact the event team on site. (NOTE: this is not final yet, please recheck.)
  • No open fire /charcoal-powered BBQ, outside the designated fire area.
  • rails, watch your step
  • Obey the airspace control rules for any flying object. See rules on drone flying!
  • If you get too drunk, we have permanent marker pens.
  • Drink more water. Dehydration is a common problem at this kind of event.
  • The camp is a community event. If someone ask for a few minutes of your time to help at some task, please help.
  • Follow the hacker code of ethics!

Things to check beforehand

  • If you have a new tent, build it at least once at home. When you arrive at the camp, it might be dark, raining or both. This makes putting up a tent a lot harder when you still have to read the manual!
  • The same goes for sleeping bags, camping beds and everything else you might need to set up basic camp.
  • If you're planning to participate in a village, contact the organizers of that village as early as possible. That makes planning resources a lot easier.
  • As a backup to your smartphone, consider printing out maps of the area and/or update your GPS. You wouldn't be the first hacker we lost on the way to the camping site.
  • If you're travelling by train, bus, hitchhiking or by plane, you might want to pack your equipment a week or so before setting out to travel, to see if you haven't overpacked. If you can't carry it, you might have to reduce your equipment or maybe find someone close by who can take some luggage -> Carpooling
  • Back up of your data (you did that already, right?).
  • Think about doing a clean re-install of your computer to limit the amount of data that could get published to Wikileaks "by accident".
  • Contact your friends you want to meet at the camp. Especially if you arrive early, you might schedule a meeting beforehand. All that fancy technological wireless stuff like WhatsApp, videocalls and so on might not work during the setup phase (no power) or even during the camp.