Bonnnaroo Packing List: Everything You Need

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It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks!  We didn’t even know until 13 days ago that it was even possible for us to go to Bonnaroo this year.  In those 13 days, we have probably changed our mind on going about 10 different times.  Not because we didn’t want to, but because we were trying to determine if it was logically even possible.  Kaleb didn’t really need to take off 4 days from work and I would also have to put off some things for those 4 days.  It also so happens that my mom is having knee surgery the day before Bonnaroo starts.  Plus, add in that we weren’t even planning to go so we had not financially or otherwise, prepared for Bonnaroo AT ALL.

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However, I knew this was something we would regret not doing if we didn’t go.  Kaleb has worked security at Bonnaroo many times (but never attended just as a guest) and I’ve never been.  So, Kaleb knows exactly what to expect (maybe more so than the normal person since security) and I know…nothing.

For 13 days, I’ve read every guide, packing list and forum possible and agonized (just ask Kaleb how annoying I’ve been!) over our packing list.  I wanted our first (and possibly only) Bonnaroo to be perfect.

For our campsite, we ultimately decided to do a little truck camping.  We just so happen to have a truck with a camper top and I thought ‘well, why not just throw a mattress in the bed?’  We have a tent, a very nice one actually, but if it rains the whole time, I really didn’t want to deal with mud and water all in our tent.  So, we found a free mattress on Craigslist, cut it to fit over the wheel well and…TA DA!  Then, we have a 10×10 canopy tent (with walls) which will be our living area.  One side will go just over the tailgate area so that “our bed” will open up into the canopy tent.  Then we have a silver tarp to put over the top of the camper so as to keep it from feeling like an oven in there (read that tip somewhere).

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Can’t wait to fill y’all in on how all of my obsessive planning goes!  In the meantime, here is the ultimate Bonnaroo packing list:

Bonnaroo Packing List


  • Truck with Camper Top
  • Mattress (full size, cut to fit)
  • Canopy Tent (10×10 with detachable walls)
  • Tarps (5)
  • Bungee Cords (lots!)
  • Rope/Cord/Zip Ties/Duct Tape
  • Table (folding table to set all of our supplies on in the tent)
  • Camp Chairs (2)
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Solar String Lights
  • Battery Operated Fans (2)
  • Citronella Candles (2)
  • Lighter
  • Shower Caps (to put shoes in if it is muddy)
  • Tie Dye Sheet (for decorating)
  • Hammock


  • Cooler for Food
  • Cooler for Drinks
  • Water Cooler
  • Large tub for Dry Food
  • Trash Bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Re-fillable Water Bottles (2)
  • Camelbak
  • Cereal
  • Bagels + Cream Cheese
  • Bread
  • Lunch Meat & Cheese
  • PB+J
  • Fruit
  • Chips
  • Pop Tarts
  • Milk
  • OJ
  • LOADS OF WATER (2 – 40 packs)
  • Vodka (plastic bottles only)
  • Mixers (Fruit Punch, Coke, OJ)
  • Ice
  • Koozies


  • Toilet Paper (4 rolls – just in case they run out!)
  • Baby Wipes (3 big containers – remember no showers, unless you want to pay $7 each shower)
  • Deodorant (2)
  • Gold Bond Powder (giant thing)
  • Insect Repellent (2)
  • Hand Sanitizer (1 big, 2 small)
  • Sunscreen (2)
  • Hair Ties (lots!)
  • Bandanas (2 each)
  • Headbands (lots!)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Aleve
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Earplugs
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Aloe Vera
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Chalk


  • Sweatshirt
  • Rain Jacket
  • Floppy Hat
  • Baseball Caps
  • Bathing Suit
  • Underwear (lots!)
  • Bras
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sundresses
  • Pajamas
  • All clothes went in one plastic tub (nothing gets wet if it rains)


  • Flashlights (3)
  • Glowsticks (16)
  • Backpack + Raincover (for carrying drinks, snacks, camera around)
  • Deck of Cards
  • Bubbles
  • Towels
  • Books
  • Batteries
  • Ponchos


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  • Wristbands
  • ID
  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Printed Map/List of Shows
  • Bonnaroo App on Phone

What would you add, take away or change?  How does the list look?  

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  1. Elle Salazar

    June 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Great post Ashley! This have been a very informative post and I’m excited to see photos of you from the festival. I’ll put the factors you’ve posted in consideration when I get to go to big festivals but for now, i’ll stick local shows for now.

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  4. Kara

    April 22, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Wow!I believe you covered EVERYTHING!You can ALWAYS expect a good rainstorm & a lot of humid heat that time of year in TN!Don’t forget any prescription meds you have to take,i.e. insulin w/ labels! I’m sure ur name is required.I always encourage you carry a list of medical problems,meds,doctors,in case of emergencies cause I’m an RN.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      May 1, 2017 at 10:54 AM

      Thanks for these additional tips – I’ll be sure to add them!

  5. Michael

    February 22, 2018 at 8:42 PM

    Thanks for sharing. Yep – prep is everything when it comes to camping! Took me years to perfect our checklist and put that on my site to help other fellow campers. Actually, I think the right preparation is key to stress-free camping. 🙂

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