Preparation

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What to bring


Your Ticket



YOUR TICKET WITH YOUR NAME ON IT (and a barcode). This year we require you to produce a form of government picture ID that matches your face and the name on the ticket (eg. drivers license, passport, national ID card). We recommend you bring a printed copy of your ticket as we know that works and it never runs out of batteries or signal. If you do decide to use your phone/tablet please be sure to have it downloaded BEFORE you get to gate. There's virtually no cellphone signal there and you'll have to drive back to town till you do get signal. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate! We have sold out and if you arrive at gate with no ticket you'll be politely asked to go back to Sariñena until you do have one.


Bus Ticket



A print-out of your NOWHERE BUS TICKET. Confirmation if you are using this service – the page with the barcode. You can book your tickets here


What When Where Events Guide



You will be able to download and print out a PDF in advance of Nowhere, from here (there won't be a printed guide, but you can also check the whiteboard at NoInfo.)

A valid European Health Insurance Card



And/or a printout of your travel medical insurance details (Important – If you do not have this and have a need for medical care you will pay out of pocket).


Food and Water



There is no water at Nowhere. Water is essential for staying hydrated and not getting sunstroke or other ailments! We recommend you drink only bottled water (the rivers around the site are not safe to drink from) 6–8 litres of water per person per day for drinking, food preparation and showering Enough food for your entire group for the duration of your stay. Dried, tinned and other non-perishable food is recommended. Fresh fruit and vegetables will not keep long; only bring enough for the first three days. Snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, etc. are nice and also make good gifts A good supply of your favorite sports/recovery drink or electrolytes/re hydration sachets from the chemist Small water bottle to carry with you or a Camel pack. Bring your own cup, bowl, cutlery, towel & washing gear: disposable cups, plates and cutlery are one of the biggest sources of trash at festivals. Make sure you always have an easy-to-carry cup with you to use anywhere, anytime. Eco-friendly soap and washing-up liquid


Clothing



Cool for the hot days (40ºC+, and can be hotter than Burning Man) and warm for the cold nights (occasionally freezing!) Wide-brim hat, sunglasses Wet weather gear – when it does rain, it gets very muddy! Dressing-up items Zip lock bags to keep your clean clothes dust free and make great MOOP Bags


Other Necessities



These items will make life much nicer – and safer:

  • Sunscreen – vital!
  • Torch – LED head-torches are great, as the batteries last well and your hands are left free
  • Mosquito repellent - There are bugs at Nowhere. BIG ONES! Bring bug repellent, especially for mosquitos and biting flies.
  • Hand sanitizer, one-ply only toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Rubbish bags & ziplock bags (for collecting MOOP and to carry your trash with you)
  • Camping gear:
  • Tent and shade structure/awning
  • 12-inch tent stakes or rebar – it can get very windy, so your tent and any other structures you erect need to be secure
  • Sleeping bag – multi-season; it can sometimes get very cold at night
  • Sleeping mat – the ground is hard and will absorb your body heat
  • Camp shower
  • Cooler box (freezer bags also work well)
  • Rope/cables – to tie your stuff down
  • Any medications you may need – prescription and non-prescription. Note: If your medications need to be kept cool, make sure to make provisions for this. Please contact [malfare@goingnowhere.org] for any questions or concerns
  • Eye wash solution, extra contact lenses, your glasses! (Nowhere is very dusty!)
  • First aid kit
  • Plant sprayers/water guns to cool off when it gets really hot
  • Ear plugs & eye mask – not everyone wants to sleep when you do!
  • Things to gift – extra stuff from this list will do much better than trinkets: everybody forgets something!


Health Insurance Card for Europeans



If you are a European citizen, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free medical treatment in any EEA country and Switzerland. Make sure you have one that is valid (unexpired) or travel insurance before you leave or you will have to pay for medical care out of your own pocket. Contact your local health care authority for details, or apply for one online. (UK residents can phone 0044 191 218 1999 to ask the EHIC to fax a copy of your record to the hospital, you will need to quote your National Insurance number). Even with an EHIC (and especially if you are a non-European citizen), please make sure you have adequate medical and travel insurance, as the Nowhere crew will not be able to help you with emergency transport home or medical treatment other than first aid.


Leave No Trace



Preparation is key to leaving no trace. Use the tips below to prepare both a Leave No Trace and Clean-Up plan. Not only will you have less to clean up, you’ll know exactly what to do with your rubbish or recycling.

  • SMOKERS: buy or make a portable ashtray (a mint tin, for instance) to collect your cigarette butts and ashes
  • Gloves: pack work gloves to help you pick up the sharp bits, and a magnet rake to help pick up metal.


What not to bring



  • Glass bottles/jars if avoidable – if anything breaks you have to pick up every little sliver from the dust; better not to bring it in the first place
  • FEATHERS, GLITTER - such items are impossible to recover and contaminate fragile desert ecosystems.
  • Excess packaging – remove outer layers of packaging before you get on-site, especially in the supermarket/shops. Remember everything you bring in, you must take out!
  • Explosives, aerial flares, rockets, firearms of any kind, including BB guns, air rifles or paint ball guns
  • Pets – only service dogs are allowed
  • AstroTurf, Styrofoam coolers, plastic bags, disposable drink cups
  • Living plants. They will die in the heat and make a mess. Use artificial ones instead
  • A bad attitude

*Leave at home: anything that can break up and blow away in the wind.


Shopping


Buying Locally



The local communities have been very supportive of Nowhere, so consider supporting local businesses by shopping for supplies in the nearby towns of Castejón de Monegros or Sariñena, en route to the site. Please remember to dress for civilization when you go into town!


Nearest Towns



Castejón de Monegros is the closest small town to the site, but is harder to reach due to poor road conditions. It has: A general store (basic food, water, etc.) A bakery A butcher A petrol station (that also sells ice)

Sariñena is slightly bigger than Castejón and has a wider choice of shops and other facilities. It has: Cash machines (ATMs) Larger supermarkets Ferreteria (hardware store) – Salamero (Av Huesca, 25. 22200 – phone number +34 974 26 50 35, opening hours 08:30 to 13:30 and 15:30 to 19:30.) Farmacia (pharmacy) The nearest health centre Two hotels A railway station (though this is about 3km away from the actual town)

Zaragoza is further away, and the regional commercial centre, it has: Cash & carry – Makro (cardholders only) Supermarkets – e.g. Carrefour DIY, wood yard – Leroy Merlin, Brico Depot, Aki General hardware supplies (‘ferreterias’) Car/van/power tools rental

For groceries, Fraga or Lleida are also worth a look if you’re heading in from Barcelona or from the north of Spain.


Opening Hours



Small shops open from approximately 9.30am to 1.30pm and then again from 5pm to 8pm. Shops are closed Saturday afternoon and Sundays, but supermarkets are open Saturday afternoon. Out of town supermarkets such as Carrefour are generally open 10am to 10pm six days a week. ALMOST NOTHING IS OPEN ON SUNDAYS. Consider this if you’re planning on getting supplies before arriving at Nowhere.


Gas



Most hardware shops or the plumbing department of big DIY shops like Leroy Merlin sell small camping gas containers. 6kg butane (butano) bottles can be purchased in Repsol, Campsa and Petronor service stations, including the one in Sariñena. You need to sign a contract to buy larger (12.5kg) bottles and pay a deposit on the bottle. Propane (propano) is not easy to buy. Some shops may insist that you have an empty gas bottle to exchange for the new one. Spanish gas bottles have a specific bayonet connector that is not compatible with other systems, so ensure that you have the correct connector on your gas appliance if you are buying gas in Spain. Some hardware stores sell converters to enable you to connect standard European camping gas appliances to Spanish gas bottles.