MLUSA 2015: Camping Checklist

Just a few more days until MLUSA 2015 and things couldn’t look better! In addition to the amazing setup that organizers have put together, the weather is looking insanely awesome:

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With the expectation that Mother Nature will cooperate, the only variables left to be addressed are on you. As a festival lover and Strategist by profession, I’ve been curating my festival essentials list for a while now.  Here, I’ve shared what I’ve found to be the crucial elements needed for a camping festival – you can download a PDF of the below checklist here, too:

Get ready for blue skies and sunshine at North America's best festival! Check off your camping gear below to ensure it's the best weekend of your year! | Photo Credit: Pearcy Proper
Get ready for blue skies and sunshine at North America’s best festival! Check off your camping gear below to ensure it’s the best weekend of your year! | Photo Credit: Pearcy Proper

Festival Essentials – Don’t leave home without these

  • Parking Pass – All on-site Mysteryland parking requires the pass to be printed and placed in your vehicle’s front window!
  • Tickets – Of course you’ll need these, unless yours are at will call
  • Valid Photo ID
  • Concert Schedule – Last week we brought you a handy, printable PDF schedule for you to download or print out and markup. Mysteryland will be providing them on-site as well

In and Around Your Camp – Whether you’re camping on-site or off, be sure you’ve got these with you

  • Tent(s)
  • Tent Lock – a luggage lock works in a pinch, too
  • Fold-up camping chairs
  • Foldable table
  • Sleeping pad / sleeping bag – thick yoga mats can also get the job done
  • Battery powered speakers – Keep your fellow campers in mind with your volume levels. Pro tip: bluetooth will kill batteries much quicker than an AUX cable input will. Snag one before if you can to be sure you last through Sunday night!
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Cooler(s)

Food / Accessories

  • Beers – Mysteryland on-site rules: no glass, and limit a 6 pack per person
  • Liquor – limit: 1L per camper, must be transferred to a plastic bottle. No glass.
  • Other Liquids – limit: 3L per camper. No glass.
  • Ice
  • Pre-cooked / non-perishable food – No cooking / grills is allowed at ML on-site camping
  • Fruit / snacks
  • Trash bags – keep your plot clean and be sure to recycle!
  • Plates, bowls, cups – recycle!
  • Forks, Spoons, Knives – recycle!

Personal Items

  • Extra roll of toilet paper – just incase the facilities management can’t keep everything stocked 😉
  • Bug spray
  • Sun Block
  • Chapstick / lip balm
  • Spare contacts/solution – If you need
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Soap / shampoo
  • Towel – pro tip: get a quick-dry ‘shammy’ that divers/swimmers use for ultra portable dryness on demand
  • Deodorant – fellow dancers will thank you 😉
  • Ear plugs – can be a lifesaver if you’re crashing early and your campground isn’t
  • Baby wipes – surprisingly useful for a variety of moments
  • Duct tape
  • Portable phone charger – charging stations are around the festival, but it’s always good to know you’re all powered up and in communication

Fun Items

  • Frisbee
  • Cards
  • Flag or tapestry for tent
  • Glow sticks
  • Hula hoops
  • Star chart
  • Hackie sack

Inside the Festival

  • Camel Back / Water bottle: These must be empty at entry, but you can fill them for free around the grounds
  • Camera / GoPro: Note, no professional (removable lens) cameras allowed in
  • Friend finder – flag or inflatable pool toys are always simple
  • Schedule / stage map
  • Rendezvous / Meeting times written down – no one likes losing a friend or being the lost friend

Clothing and Footwear

  • Moisture-wicking shirt / undies – Keep cool while you work up a sweat dancing
  • Long sleeve t-shirt – keep the sun / bugs off
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana(s)
  • Sleepwear – Bethel’s temps are going to drop to around 40ºF at night, have something warm to slip into for a good night’s rest
  • Thick socks / gloves heat escapes through your hands, feet and head. Keep warm at night with thick, wool socks.
  • Closed shoes – if you’ve ever walked a festival in flip-flops, you know why I list this – it’s the worst. Get a pair of footwear that stay on while you’re dancing and walking.
  • Shower flip-flops / shoes – for the communal showers

For full Mysteryland camping rules, check out:

See you all there and be sure to share your photos all weekend with #MLUSA and #FestPopUSA !

Written by FestPop Staff Writer

Fitz Maro

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