I don’t know about you, but the week before a LARP event is always a stressful time for me. I’m usually up to my eyeballs in fabric and frantically sewing until 2am, no matter how many times I promise myself I will start everything a week earlier.

Behold my guide to the most common pitfalls you are likely to encounter during ‘Cram Week:’

Monday – check the weather:

olaf summer
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It’s going to be sunny and amazing and the best larping weather ever! Yay!

Think about packing. Think really hard about making a list:

can't do it
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Hey, I thought about it super super hard, okay?

Get distracted by crafting:

rarity calm sewing
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This project isn’t done, but it’s okay, I’ve got all week!

It’s Wednesday! Let’s make sure the weather hasn’t changed- oh no…

winter nooooo
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WHY HAVE YOU BETRAYED ME, LARP GODS? WHYYYYYYYY?

It’s okay, I just need to pack my all-weather boots – WHY IS THERE NO ROOM FOR MY BOOTS

smaug rage
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And of course when you start repacking, you find that critical crafting project that was supposed to be done last week:

you have got to be kidding
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CRAFT! FOR! YOUR! LIFE!

rarity stressed sewing
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And you know you need sleep, but there are just so many things to finish…

tiana splat
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 The next day at work:

rapunzel omg
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I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELS ABOUT THESE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, OKAY?

But you’re so excited, you forgot to pack some critical item! Oh no!

mal um
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…I probably should have actually made that list.

Easy fix, I’ll just run into Target. In my costume. No big deal.

swag
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Everything is PERFECTLY NORMAL. Nothing to see here. Nope.

Phew! Now the fun begins!

thrilling heroics
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What are your tips for making the week before LARP as smooth as possible? I recommend using a tool like Workflowy to make sure you don’t forget anything important!

Bored this weekend? Find a LARP near you at LARPing.org’s fantastic LARP List.

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