This chick drives a stick
I'm starting this a little early but I want everyone to be aware of what they need to bring WAY in advance. And if things need to be added I can add it before it's too late. This is really a GREAT list to print out and check off as you are packing. You'd be amazed at the things you'd forget. Trust me...I've been there...
Things to bring for ToD
Clothes for however many days you'll be there. It'll be warm so bring shorts and tanks as well....nights may get a little chilly with the mountain air. So bring hoodies, and other warm items just in case for night times as well...
-hair styling products (hairspray, gel, flat iron, blow dryer, etc)
-special items (contacts, solution, facial wash/cream, etc)
Comfortable driving/walking shoes.
2-way Radios. We'll be using channel 6... Don't forget the chargers or extra batteries for the Radios. They are our main line of communication. Without them, it's very hard to inform people of what's going on. Cell phone service is not very good up in the mountains for most carriers, hence why we use 2-way radios! I know they can be annoying, but please, keep them on and on you at all time while we're out driving the dragon. We've had a few people who left them in cars, didn't have them, or what not and it was really hard to communicate and some people got left behind. We don't want that happening again.
GPS/road maps/tour guides. Don't forget the charger for the GPS either or at least extra batteries. Would hate for someone to get lost!!
Folding chairs of some kind. There will be lots of folks gathering and I don't think there will be enough seats to accommodate everyone. So plan accordingly.
Cell phone & charger and Bluetooth & charger. Let's keep talking hands free and driving safe Even though service isn't the best up there, it's still good to have a cell phone on you.
Computer (if you choose)
There is wifi at the Ridgetop, it's not always the best service, but it's there. And I'm sure it's at the other hotels as well.
Medications (Rx and over the counter). It is heavy pollen season right now, so make sure if you are allergic to that stuff, bring Benadryl or Mucinex or whatever so you don't suffer.
Umbrellas. It is still spring....It has rained at ToD before....
Cooler/snacks/water. I cannot stress this enough...It's a long trip. There aren't always gas stations around to stop at and even if there are.. I don't know if they can handle the volume of sales we would create, so please be prepared. We also don't stop for lunch on the Saturday drive on the Dragon, it's pretty much breakfast then drive. Please, please, PLEASE bring something with you to eat. Whether it's crackers, or a sandwich or something. We will stop and take pictures from time to time and that would be a perfect opportunity to grab a snack. We don't want anyone getting sick or "hangry" because they didn't get something to eat around lunch time.
Car wash products
Whatever you choose to bring. You may just want to touch your car up, or you may want a FULL detail. Whatever. If you bring it with you, you won't be without!
Spending cash/quarters. Car washes only take quarters...might be good to have. There is a car wash just down the road from the Ridgetop. It's actually a decent little car wash but they do close early if I remember correctly.
iPod/MP3. Some kind of music. I'm sure on your trip here you'll want it and maybe while cruising the dragon as well. Make sure to bring it's charger too!
-air pressure gauge
-fix a flat
-small tool kit (just in case)
-any spare parts specific to your engine or problems you've had recently.
It sounds silly, but during GtG's is when VW's decide to break down. And a lot of times, it's something that has been showing signs before you go there. So please, bring whatever you can, just in case. Because most of us have the knowledge to replace or fix something, but we can't do it without the parts. You may not need any of these items while on the trip. We have had lots of random repairs needed to be done. We drive VW's, it's bound to happen!
That's all I can think of at this moment. You may need different things depending on the length of your trip and what not.
For those that are camping, I guess it goes without saying. You'll need a tent, a blanket, pillow or sleeping bag of some sort. Don't forget your stakes to hold down your tent! Maybe an extension cord? I don't remember if there are hookups that you can borrow from, but just in case, it probably wouldn't hurt. Also, bring a flashlight or some sort of light so you can see in your tent at night! Other than that.....have fun!
***Gasser NB's, I have been informed that Saturday morning, you should start with a FULL tank of gas. Given the amount of driving and fuel economy, it would be wise to have as much as possible from the beginning. Like I said, there aren't always gas stations near by!! The Shell station is just down the hill from the Ridgetop, you can fill up before going to breakfast or just after. Either way.
***TDI's....depending on how far you have to drive to get there.....you may or may not need to fill up at all over the weekend. There is a Shell station at the bottom of the hill by the Ridge Top. Diesel is available there! But don't count on it everywhere, as I'm sure you all know how scarce Diesel can be....
PLEASE let someone know where you are and what you are doing when we stop for food/snacks/gifts after the Dragon. I don't want anyone missing out on anything or getting lost or left behind because we didn't know they were inside grabbing a snack or another gift or whatever. We want to stay as a group and have fun. Please, I can't stress this enough, it's important that someone knows where you are and what you're doing. It can get very confusing with such a large group! There is a LOT going on!
SNACKS! SNACKS! SNACKS! SNACKS!
I cannot stress this enough. Please bring snacks! Whether it a small snack, or a sack lunch, whichever, you WILL need it on Saturday. I promise you that!
Also, if you're interested in carrying on a new tradition, make sure to stock up on some $2 bills. There will probably be a few people there with the new beetle stamps, if you don't have your own. It seems silly, but it easily made the headlines in one year. A $2 bill is something you don't forget!!!
If you know of anything else to be added, let me know, I'll update the list as needed