Pemberton 2016: Packing List

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Campgrounds open at 2:00 pm on July 13th for Pemberton. Get there early to get first pick of the land. Each campsite is 10′ x 12′ and fits 4 people. With limited space, make sure your tent will be able to fit and don’t spread yourself out like you own the place. If you can fit a sunshade or EZ-up along with your tent, bring them and hang your tapestries around!


  • Tent – Unless you LOVE sleeping under the stars amongst the bugs, bring a tent.
  • Chairs – Bring some beach or foldable chairs to hang out at the camp before the festivities start.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Air Mattress – This is optional, but a nice addition if you want a comfy slumber.north-south-camp-949x1024
  • Wagon – You have to haul all your stuff from your car, and this makes it WAY easier! Trust me. Try getting an all terrain, foldable wagon like this one.
  • Backpack/Duffle Bag – Instead of a suitcase, pack your clothes and things in a backpack or duffle. Your hands will be free to carry all your other stuff.
  • Sweater – It will get cold at night, and sweaters are the comfiest piece of clothing. Bring one you can wear for all 5 days.
  • Blankets – another measure of warmth and comfort
  • Pillows – If you are anything like me, you don’t like resting your head on hard ground, up to you.
  • Towels – There are many opportunities to get wet, so be sure you can dry off. Showers are $5.
  • Bug spray – I HATE BUGS. Please stay away from me and my tent. Thank you.
  • Swiss army knife – You never know when you will have to open a bottle of wine, beer, or bag of chips.
  • Trash bags – Pack in, pack out. Mother Nature doesn’t want your trash.
  • Extra toilet paper – There are way more people than port-a-potties.
  • A lantern and/or flashlights (with batteries) – The sun will go down and from previous experience, there’s no lights, especially in port-a-potties. If possible, avoid those at night.
  • A flag or balloon – To identify your campsite.
  • Tapestries – To give your campsite more character. They are also useful for shading your area and sitting on instead of the ground.
  • Water/Ice – water, Water, WATER. This should be obvious. Ice can be purchased in the Campground General Store.
  • Cooler – To store your ice and water.. and food and alcohol and everything.
  • Alcohol – Fun juice! Obviously optional but keep in mind, no glass is allowed.
  • Lighter – Even if you don’t smoke, lighters come in handy.
  • Food – I recommend bringing food that you don’t need to cook and is easy to prepare and munch on. Chips, peanut butter, granola bars, etc.
  • Plates, forks, knives, spoons, cups – Bring whatever is necessary for the food you are bringing. Make sure it is all disposable, so you don’t have to wash your dishes.
  • Speaker – The party never stops.
  • Tent locks – Lock anything of any value or importance in your car! If you choose to ignore this advice, bring a tent lock.
  • Mirror – Just a small handheld one to put your makeup on!


  • Sunscreen – Prevent skin cancer! Yay!
  • Medications – Bring whatever medication you take regularly and any allergy or pain medications you deem necessary.
  • Travel shampoo/conditioner – If you want to shower!
  • Solar shower – If you don’t want to pay for showers!
  • Dry shampoo – If you don’t want to shower!
  • Hand Sanitizer – No one knows where those hands have been.
  • Deodorant – You and your friends will thank you.
  • Face wipes/Baby wipes – Again for you non-showering folks which includes me honestly…
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste – This should be a given.
  • Feminine Products – I’m sorry if this is your weekend.
  • First Aid Kit – For all the bumps and bruises!
  • Q-tips 
  • Lotion
  • Hair brush, Hairspray, Clips, Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, etc. – During 5 days of camping, your hair will never be nappier. Also, braids are life.
  • ID and money – You need to show your ID to get in and to get dranks, and you need money to purchase said drinks.
  • Wristband – Don’t be that friend.
  • Charger/Portable Charger – If you are staying in a hotel, bring a regular charger. If you are camping, BRING A PORTABLE CHARGER! Your phone will die, and if you are anything like me, your phone doubles as your camera. (This is why I have no pictures from Lightning in a Bottle btw)
  • Clothes – This is your time to shine!
  • Bathing suit – There is a water slide and a river!
  • Bandanas – These have so many uses. Holding your hair up, blocking dust from getting into your nose and mouth, cooling off, etc.
  • Hats – Not necessary, but breaks up the beating sun.
  • Sunglasses
  • Belts – If your outfits require one.
  • Bras/Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes – I recommend bringing a pair of closed toe shoes, sandals, and flip flops. (for walking around the camp, showers, and potties)
  • Jewelry – Accessorize!
  • Face Paint/Glitter – I LOVE GLITTER! These make for great Instagram pictures too. *wink*
  • Fanny Pack – No one wants to be dancing with a strap around their chest or clunky phones in their pockets. Also, these help avoid pick pocketers. Unfortunately, they are out there, so keep an eye on your stuff at all times.
  • Camelbacks – One of the most important items on this list! Similar to the fanny pack, no one wants to be carrying a water bottle that you drink in 2.5 seconds and have to leave the stage to fill up.


  • Playing Cards – When you are waiting for the fest to start, play some Kings Cup or poker or whatever.
  • Camera – This festival does not allow GoPros or professional grade cameras into festival grounds. Go ahead and bring them for the camp site though!
  • Ear Plugs/Eye Mask – For the sensitive sleepers.


  • Glass
  • Weapons
  • Animals
  • Fireworks
  • Drones
  • Campfires
  • Grills

If you don’t see something on this list you deem essential to festival camping, comment below!



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