Shibori Retreat Checklist: What to Pack for Car Camping

Shibori Grove at Johnsons Beach weekend retreat
photo: Shibori Grove, June 2016, Johnson's Beach, Russian River, CA
Shibori Retreat Checklist: What to Pack for Car Camping
Summer’s upon us and the shibori retreats are almost here. I took the photo above to show you how beautiful your creations will look hanging to dry.
You’ll have the best time with a little preparation. Below is a list of camping and shibori items you might want to bring. I’ll also post a printable pdf soon. You might not need everything, but at least you can pick and choose from this extensive list. Please note Johnson’s has a No RV’s, trailers or pets policy. 
More information
I'm in the process of writing posts about:
  • Johnson’s Beach, what they supplies they provide campers, other amenities and a little about their history
  • Our itinerary for the Saturday and Sunday classes
  • Hat contest (!) and Saturday night potluck
  • Restaurants, grocery stores, cafes and other amenities in Guerneville
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please send me an email. Or post on the FB group.
For Your Campsite
  • Tent with poles 
  • Tarp
  • Tent stakes
  • Mattress pad
  • Pump for air mattress
  • Pillows
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Folding chairs
  • Mallet or hammer for tent stakes
  • Headlamps/Flash lights
  • Matches
  • Lantern
  • Table candle


During the day temps range from 65 to mid 80s and can drop to the 50s at night. Please pack everything from your lightest tank tops and a hat to warm layers for night.
  • Hot weather tops
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Bandana
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Flipflops
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Water sandals
  • Towel
  • Sweats
  • Shorts
  • Long pants for night


  • Ear plugs !! (these are important because there are a couple of crows who caw at 5am. They are loud)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Bandages
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mirror 
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Brush/comb/hair product
  • Soap
  • Eyeshades
  • Prescription medications
Guerneville has a nice selection of restaurants, grocery stores and cafes for your dining pleasure. I’ve put together a list of nice places that are all about a 3 min walk from Johnson’s.
Your campsite also comes with your own fire pit for cooking or relaxing by. In case you’re going to cook, below is a list of suggested items to bring. Johnson’s has firewood for sale as well as a fully functioning burger and beer shack. They feature other food choices such as veggie burgers, chicken burgers, milk shakes, etc. We’ll have an optional Saturday night potluck. It’s as easy as going to the grocery store and buying something pre-made, or making something yourself.
  • Food for meals, snacks,  (this is so individual, I’ll leave it up to your discretion)
  • Beer/wine/water/sodas/etc
  • Stove
  • Windscreen
  • Fuel
  • Fuel bottles with fuel funnel
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal
  • Frying pan
  • Cook pots
  • Portable coffee maker/espresso maker
  • Hot/cold vacuum bottle
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Recipes
  • Marshmallow roasting sticks
  • Food storage containers
  • Zip lock bags
  • Table cloth
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates/bowls/mixing bowls
  • Mugs/Cups
  • Utensils
  • Cutting knife
  • Scrubber
  • Dish towels (shibori these!)
Shibori Items
I’ll have a limited supply of dyeable pieces for sale but I encourage you to bring your own used or new items to work with. Used items should be at least washed throughly, or scoured with soda ash if you have time. Scouring and prep instructions can be found on my FAQ. Each campsite will have your own dedicated vat to work in all weekend. I’ll have a clothing line set up for all of us to hang our creations. Areas will be marked off clearly so there won’t be any confusion as we work. If you want to dye anything larger than a pillow case, please bring your own large size plastic bin. Indigo might stain the interior, but can be washed off. Below is a list of possible items to bring.
Shibori tools
I’ll provide basic supplies such as rubber bands, twine, 2 dowels and 1 4” pole per person. I’ll also have on hand: beads, sticks, some wood blocks, creative reference books. I’ll also provide some extra fabrics for practicing on. For any special projects, please bring your special tools. If you have questions about how to get certain effects, please feel free to email me prior to the trip so you have time to shop for these items. As well, I have a FB group. That’s a great place to post photos of what you’d like to work on and ask for solutions.
Everything below is optional for you to bring. 
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Camera (no video please)
  • Charger for camera/phone
  • Big plastic bin if you’re bringing items bigger than a pillow case
  • Dyeables in natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk, rayon, hemp (t shirts, fabric, dresses, kitchen towels, napkins, etc)
  • Hat for hat contest (more on this later)
  • Special shibori tools
  • Apron
  • Sketchbook
  • Notebook/ pen
For a more detailed list check out REI’s car camping list. 
In case you’re bringing kids, there’s also an extensive list from Northwest Trip Finder  

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