What to Expect.
The following is general information for conference attendees including what to bring. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Map of the university grounds to come!
The SOS rego and information desk opens at 10am on Thursday 7th of July and will be open from 8.30am to 6pm every other day of the conference. Attendees are welcome to stay the night of the 11th of July.
Food at SOS 2015
Previous conferences have featured a Vegan kitchen for most of the participants, and a 'First Peoples Kitchen’ which prepared meat-based meals for Aboriginal delegates. Last year meat was included in the menu for any participants who made the choice to eat meat, we will continue this practice at SoS this year so that we can cater for participants from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and/or who have differing dietary needs. Meat will be available as an extra selection to complement our vegan based menu. We will ask meat eaters to provide an optional donation to cover the added cost of catering meat. If you would like to eat meat please bring some cash as a small donation to cover the added costs of catering meat.
We all want to have an awesome time at SOS so there are some housekeeping rules to go over to keep everyone happy. Participants are encouraged to use safe, positive and constructive behaviour at all times. For more information on expected behaviour, please see our Safer Spaces policy and Participants' Agreement for involvement at SOS.
Participants will be camping. Camping will be reasonably tight so be prepared to make the most of space.
Childcare will be available during SoS. We will ask whether you require childcare when you buy your ticket and provide care accordingly.
What to bring to SoS – the essentials!
- Sleeping bag and pillow. Being warm at night is very important so that you can enjoy the conference, be prepared for 0-5 degrees celcius overnight temperatures. This means cold! Bring an extra few blankets or a snuggle buddy to keep you warm at night!
- Tent AND tent pegs! Or if you don't have a tent, let us know when you register and we'll find you a spot. If you have a spare tent, please let us know when you register and bring one along!
- Warm clothes. Think layers for the evenings. We will probably end up with a couple of sunny days and a couple of rainy, windy cold days! T-shirts, jumpers, jacket, long-sleeved tops, comfy pants, shorts, socks, thermals etc.
- Beanies, scarf, gloves
- Wet weather gear. Expect some rain. Also doubles up as an extra layer if it's cold.
- Torch/Bikelight (for negotiating your way around the camp at night to your cozy warm destination! Falling over other peoples swags isn’t fun for anyone, don’t forget to make sure the batteries are full).
- Plate, bowl, mug, water bottle and cutlery – Knife, fork and spoon (very important cos you’ll need these to eat with and they are NOT being provided by SoS crew).
- Container for packed lunch – If you go on an excursion or actions day you will need something to carry your lunch in!
- Sleeping mat/bedroll This is ESSENTIAL to keep you warm and insulated from the cold ground. Cardboard will be available to provide an extra layer to put under your sleeping mat.
- Your current first aid certificate - if have one and you think you might sign up for first aid duty (Workpalce level 2/Apply first aid/Senior First Aid or higher).
Other things you are HIGHLY encouraged to bring to SoS:
- Hot water bottle
- Good comfy walking shoes, preferably at least semi waterproof as it may get wet etc
- Spirit of adventure
- Hat and sunscreen
- Pillow case/equivalent so if you forget your pillow you can stuff it with clothes
- Sense of fun
- Spare batteries (always a good idea just in case)
- An open mind
- Plastic bags for wet clothes and waterproofing
- Toiletries – don’t forget the toothpaste
- Lots of thank yous to the SoS Organising Collective for putting it all together
- Small backpack or cloth bag to carry stuff around in
- Pens (take a couple 'cos one always dies, lotsa scrawling to be done!!)
- Art supplies!
- Spare change/extra money for on field trips, the bar, donations, coffee, incidentals and emergencies
- Songs to sing + musical instruments
- Water bottle
- All your friends
- Camera (make sure it has batteries and a memory card/film)
- Travel journal/rant book/everything book – call it what you like, somewhere to write down contacts, ideas, quotes, etc.
- Mobile Phone and charger if you need to be contactable and can’t bear the thought of escaping the REAL world for a week
- Musical instruments, toys and other fun creative stuff
- Funky, wacky creative stuff for the art space!!!
- Bicycle, skateboard or roller blades if it takes your fancy.
- Helmets if its convenient and you have any spare.
- Stuff for workshops if you’re contributing one
- Anything else fun, exciting, yummy, mystical, or comforting
- Hot water bottle