What else should I know?
- While not unique to Pennsic, there are some health and safety issues you should keep in mind.
- Fires, torches, and candles are common lighting sources at Pennsic, so be careful with flowing clothing or veils around these sources of flame.
- Do not attempt to have any kind of flame in your tent. People have been seriously injured or even killed by making this mistake.
- Avoid sleeping in a hot tent during the day, as this can lead to dehydration.
- Don't forget to wear sunscreen and/or a hat or veil.
- The drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. Use your common sense – if someone won't tell you what's in a drink or you can't identify it, don't drink it. Don't drink so much that you get sick or can't find your camp.
- Though certainly not as bad as that of a typical city of 10,000+ people, there has been some theft at Pennsic. Obviously, don't leave valuables unsecured in your camp. If you'll be camping with a large enough group, you can try to arrange to always have someone in camp, keeping an eye on things. If this is impractical, at least get to know your neighbors so both you and they will be able to recognize anyone poking about who doesn't belong.
Other good advice on camping safety, health, and hygiene is in Bart the Bewildered's Pennsic War Checklist and Guide.
Be sure you read and understand all of the Pennsic Site Rules listed in the Pennsic War Event Guide book. If you have any questions about any of the rules, be sure you obtain answers before leaving for Pennsic, so you don't have any unhappy surprises once you arrive.
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