If you know a little about the 17th century then you are probably aware of the rough conditions back then. Back then, they had very little to sleep on or in. Now days the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to research and re-creating the arts and skills of the pre-17th-century Europe. During the various events they organise they have authorized the use of some modern convenience.
Basically all you need today to survive a weekend is food, clothing and a shelter. Back then was no different but when you talk about an SCA camping event the camping gear you bring with you is the only thing responsible for you comfort. Many of the campers at those events prefer to bring jerky and sandwiches to re-create the reality back then while others want to experience the real thing. Some will include cooking equipment in their SCA camping gear to make sure they have proper meals.
Probably on of the most important part of your SCA camping gear would be your tent. The size will mostly depend on the number of people who will be sharing it. You must be aware though that tents sizes are calculated by number of people that can lay straight in it with all the equipment left outside. So a two person tent can only hold two with no place for the equipment. So if you want more comfort and you want your SCA camping gear in side with you should go for a larger tent.
The Money You Have Determine the Quality of Your SCA Camping gear.
When buying your SCA camping gear you need to keep in mind that there is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. If you buy cheap camping gear you will need to replace it every 2 to 3 years. If this is your first time in the woods, I would strongly suggest buying inexpensive equipment, you dont want to pay a lot of money for your equipment just in case you dont like the experience. If this is your first time you should look for places where they rent camping gear equipment as this may be the best way to go. This will minimize your investment until you are sure you really like the experience.
If you are thinking in participating in a SCA camping events I would advise you to try and check with others before you go out and buy all your SCA camping gear. Speaking with others who have lived this experienced will help you determine what the recommended list of SCA camping gear you will need. This will make sure you do not buy something you dont need.