Early Birds: Beha Mad, Garfield Daley, Simroy Crossdale (Pacha) and Kurk Hyde are among the many Cup Match campers out early to lay claim to coveted camp ground at Spanish Point. People pitched their tents as early as Saturday. *Photo by Helen Jardine
Early Birds: Beha Mad, Garfield Daley, Simroy Crossdale (Pacha) and Kurk Hyde are among the many Cup Match campers out early to lay claim to coveted camp ground at Spanish Point. People pitched their tents as early as Saturday. *Photo by Helen Jardine
Whether you're "roughing it" in a teeny tent for two, or going all-out in a house-tent complete with generator, there are a few camping basics that you need to know before you put down your stakes.

Here are 10 dos and don'ts of Cup Match camping to make life a little more comfortable while you are "at one" with nature.

Do:

• Make sure you bring plenty of water with you

• Bring portable battery powered fans

• Check your tent for holes before you go

• Bring sheets to sleep under (a surprising amount of campers seem to think that camping equals roasting the night away in sleeping bags)

• Make sure you are camped in a designated camping area

• Bring sun block, after-sun, and lots of towels

• Bring a flashlight

• Spray insect repellent outside around the edges of the tent

• Bring travel-size shampoo bottles for easy transport

• Ladies: if you must wear make-up, make sure you bring waterproof, sweatproof varieties.

Don't:

• Camp next to a main road

• Camp too close to the ocean in case the tide rises and you are swept away!

• Bring valuables with you (if you do, don't leave them in your tent unattended)

• Cook your food too close to the tent

• Forget to bring toilet paper

• Leave food inside your tent - it attracts bugs

• Expect that there will be a spot for your tent if you get there on Thursday...all the good spots will already be taken.

• Camp too close to other campers

• Cook inside your tent with an open flame

• Camp near any stagnant bodies of water, you will find yourself covered in mosquito bites.