Bay Area Self Storage Q&A: Chris Wondolowski

What item doesn't Wondo have room for, but can't live without? His camping equipment

This year, the San Jose Earthquakes have partnered with Bay Area Self Storage to ask players one question: What item don't they have room for, but can't live without?

SJEarthquakes.com sat down with forward Chris Wondolowski to talk about his item of choice: His camping equipment.


SJEarthquakes.com: What’s your favorite place to camp?
Chris Wondolowski: I’d have to say Yosemite.

SJEQ: How often do you go camping?
CW: Not often enough, probably around twice a year.

SJEQ: Favorite camping activity?
CW: It’s hard to choose just one, so I’ll say fishing and, of course, making S’mores.

SJEQ: Are you a good swimmer? Or are you more of a hiker while camping?
CW: I definitely prefer hiking.

SJEQ: Which teammates would you invite camping with you, and why?
CW: I’d take Sam Cronin and Steven Lenhart. They would be able to help me survive and keep it interesting if we got stuck out there.

SJEQ: Have you ever had a camping mishap or disaster?
CW: I’ve never had anything too bad. Once, I almost started a fire, but it ended up being fine in the end.

SJEQ: Do you bring your cell phone or other electronics?
CW: No chance. You can’t camp with those, and it’s nice to have some time to disconnect.

SJEQ: Top-five camping essentials and why?
CW: First, you definitely need a sleeping bag. Next, I’d say a lighter because I just recently forgot one and found out that I can’t start a fire without it. I would also recommend bringing a fishing pole, comfortable shoes for hiking and a sweatshirt.

SJEQ: Do you have a preferred camping gear brand?
CW: Tough to say, but Any Mountain is always good.  

SJEQ: How good are your survival skills? Are you as good as Bear Grylls? (Man vs. Wild)
CW: No chance, but I would love to try it one time. My wife won’t let me do it; she wouldn’t have that for one second. I am nowhere near his ability, but I love watching his show. If he ever needs a sidekick like that one episode with Will Ferrell, I might be game.

SJEQ: Do you have any advice on making the perfect s’more?
CW: Don’t roast the marshmallows too much, and if you want it gooey, don’t catch it on fire for too long. Just a quick little fire and blow it out; I like them nice and chewy, not the burned taste.