Going to an outdoor camping festival like Coachella or Bonnaroo can be daunting, especially if it's your first time. However with a little planning and preparation, you can arrive with your worries laid to rest and your feet ready to dance on the greatest dance floor of all: Mother Earth. No club in the world can compare to connecting feet-first with the earth as music washes over you and thousands of other happy, dancing human beings.
The following packing list is comprehensive, which means this is all the stuff that you might need, though you probably won't need it all. While you never want to skimp on necessities like warm clothing and alcohol, bring only those things that you will really use.
► ID + backup ID
► Keys + backup car key kept in different place***
► Cash - more than you think you will need
► Credit card/Debit card for shopping or emergencies
► Proof of health insurance
► Tickets or printed email confirmation
► Map or directions to venue!
► Insect repellent
► Sunglasses + backup pair
► Prescription meds
► Chapstick - for lips and for tent zipper lube
► Watch - even if you never wear one, in case your phone dies
► Flask filled with cognac, vodka or rum... mmmm
► Sun hat
► Deodorant - please!
► First aid kit w/Ibuprofen, Imodium A-D, Bandaids for blisters, allergy meds, etc.
► Tissues & Toilet Paper - don't ever count on a Port-O-Potty to have toilet paper!
► Baby Wipes - lots. Package individually in Ziploc bags for trips to paperless/sinkless Port-O-Pottys
► Glasses + Contacts + Extra contacts + Solution
► Business cards
► Flyers for your next party
► Toothbrush & toothpaste
► Grocery bags + large and small Ziploc bags
► Beach towel for sunning
► Ear plugs
► Small container (like prescription bottle) for cigarette butts if you smoke
► Head lamp or flashlight
► Cup - large (for cocktails)
► Water bottle
► Frisbee - can play with it and use it as your plate
► Fork & spoon or just SPORK IT
► Pocket knife
► Socks & underwear + several extra pairs extras
► Hat + wool socks + gloves + warm jacket
► Flip flops or sandals
► Comfortable closed-toe shoes - 2 pair if you are clumsy and tend to fall into mud
► Clothes - layers are always best.
► Costumes - Festivals are the perfect excuse to wear all that really weird shit in your closet.
► Rain gear [check the weather!]
► Hammer/Mallet for tent stakes
► Air mattress + pump or foam pad
► Warm sleeping bag
► Pillow + extra blanket(s) for tent - if you have extra room
► Tarp(s) - for shade and/or to put under your tent for less moisture wicking
► Shade structure/gazebo for shade & creating camp space
► Ground blankets - that you don't mind ruining
► Duct tape & superglue
► Camp chairs, pillows, old rugs etc. for sitting
► Camp table
► Camp stove + pots/pans/cooking utensils if cooking
► Solar camp shower if you are ritzy + biodegradable soap
► Colorful wall hangings, bright sarongs, wind socks etc to hang - camp decor, get creative!
► Paper clamps to hang stuff
► Flag or camp marker
► Lantern or other night time light source
► Large black garbage bags for trash & recycling
► Paper towels
► Ice chests + ice
► Plastic bin(s) to hold all of this
► Eco-friendly dish soap
► Water for cooking, cleaning up and splash baths
► Pot for boiling water
► Beer - more than you will think you need
► Water - stash an extra gallon or so in your car for the ride home
► Mixers - extra for plain drinking
► Gatorade - it's got ELECTROLYTES!
► Orange juice + sparkling wine for mimosa o'clock
► Emergen-see and multivitamins - STAY HEALTHY SO YOU CAN PARTY MORE!
► Granola Bars or Trail Mix
► Starbucks Espresso One Shots - one for each morning
► Candy, chocolate & gum
► Group foods are fun! Think pita chips + hummus & cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives, etc.
► Instant foods are good too: garlic rice noodles or cinnamon oatmeal
► If you are doing heavy cooking, you will need many more cooking and meal supplies than are listed.
► Day bag for carrying all this around
► Hoola Hoops
► Twirling stuff
► Mullet wig
► Water wings
► LED toys
► Parasols for the sun
► Journal + pen + Sharpee marker
► Fingerpaints, markers or crayons + note pads
► Drum, guitar or zither
► Face paint
► Makeup remover sheets
► Face soap + Frisbee + Water = morning face wash
► Small personal towel
► Tweezers/Nail clippers
► Hair brush + clips/rubber bands
► Smell good stuff - water mixed with a few drops of coconut / peppermint oil in a sprayer works well
► Sarongs - can be hung as decor, worn several ways and also used as ground cloth
► Tampons etc.
► Bikini - NEVER travel without a swimsuit!