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Bonnnaroo Packing List: Everything You Need

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Headed to one of the best festivals ever? Here’s the ultimate Bonnaroo packing list to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the festival!

Despite living in Tennessee for most of my life, Bonnaroo wasn’t something I got to attend until I was almost 30 years old! For a long time, I didn’t even think it was my scene, and then the timing just didn’t work out. But, finally, it happened! And, I found out I was going with less than two weeks to prepare. In those two weeks, I agonized over what to add to my Bonnaroo packing list more than I can possibly describe. 

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For 13 days, I read every forum, guide, and Bonnaroo packing list I can find on the internet because I wanted it to be perfect. I didn’t find one single list that I loved so I decided to put together this Bonnaroo packing list too, hopefully, make it easier for anyone that reads it and is attending Bonnaroo this year!

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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Here is my ultimate Bonnaroo packing list. Let me know in the comments if this helped you, what I missed, or whatever else! 

Bonnaroo Packing List: Everything You Need

Here is everything you need to make your Bonnaroo unforgettable and enjoyable.

Bonnaroo Packing List: Shelter

First thing first – you need to make sure you have adequate shelter. The sun can be very brutal in Tennessee in June.
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CANOPY TENT

I'd say a canopy tent is almost a must-have. You need shelter from the rain and the sun. The Tennessee sun in the middle of summer can be absolutely brutal. Trust me when I say, you don't want your tent to be your only shelter.

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Tent

Unless you're planning on sleeping a truck camper or a hammock, you'll want a tent of course!

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Sleeping Pad

Due to the heat, I don't know that I'd recommend a sleeping bag. I would instead take a sleeping pad, pillows, and lightweight blankets.

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Tarps

Tarps can come in hand for a lot of different uses. You can use them for underneath the tent to reduce condensation or water if it rains. You can use them over the top of the tent for the same reason. If you're using the truck camper method, putting the tarp over the truck camper (silver side up) will reduce the heat inside. I'd recommend taking several tarps to have on hand.

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Bungee Cords

Bungee cords are extremely useful for things you wouldn't even think of. Just take an entire container of bungee cords with you. I promise you'll use them.

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Zip Ties

Zip ties are useful for so many things. Better to just have them on hand as well.

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Duct Tape

Duct tape fixes everything right?

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Folding Table(s)

This is worth having to set up all your supplies, food, and anything else up inside your canopy tent. I would take at least one of these, but possibly two.

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Camp Chairs

You'll definitely want somewhere to sit at the end of a long day. This style of camp chairs are super comfortable!

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Solar Powered String Lights

You'll want to have lighting at your campsite because once it's dark, it's dark. Also, it'll help you locate your campsite amongst a sea of campsites late at night when you're stumbling pack from the bathroom. Just make sure to get solar-powered ones. I'd take several strands.

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Battery Operated Fans

Definitely worth having several battery-operated fans! These come in different colors too! Don't forget the batteries!

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Citronella Candles

If you're anything like me, mosquitos will ruin your life. Have several of these in your campsite to keep them away!

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Lighter

Don't forget the lighter for your citronella candles and...uh, other things!

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Tapestries

You'd be surprised how nice it is to have a homey feel even if you're only there for five days. Take the time to decorate your small campsite!

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Hammock (with stand)

You may find that it's worth it to have a hammock at your campsite. Just remember you only have a 10x10 space. However, perhaps you'd rather sleep in a hammock instead of a tent.

Bonnaroo Packing List – Food & Drinks

Some great food options for your Bonnaroo packing list include:
  • Cereal
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • PB & J
  • Fruit [Fresh & Dried]
  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Overnight Oats
  • Roasted Chickpeas
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Cooler [one for food and one for drinks]

You're going to want a cooler that can keep ice relatively frozen for a long time so I'd recommend a Yeti or something equivalent. I'd take coolers - one for food and one for food.

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Water Cooler

Instead of taking a bunch of bottled water which is terrible for the environment, take a water cooler (fill with filtered water before you leave) and then add ice to it to keep it cold.

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Reusable Dining Set

Don't take a bunch of paper plates, plastic utensils, and plastic cups. Take one set per person to help reduce waste.

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Collapsible Water Bucket & Vegan Camping Soap

In order to wash your dishes for multiple use, take this set!

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Klean Kanteen

Stay hydrated with a Klean Kanteen. Water stays super cold for a long time with these amazing bottles. You can fill up at your campsite or at the many refilling stations around Bonnaroo.

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Camelbak

Consider also taking a Camelbak for continuous hydration. Seriously, it would be difficult to drink too much water here.

Bonnaroo Packing List – Hygiene

I would definitely pack the following hygiene items for your Bonnaroo packing list. Here’s my zero-waste hygiene kit as well in case you’re trying to reduce your waste while at Bonnaroo. 

 

  • Toilet Paper [in case they run out!]
  • Baby Wipes [showers cost $7!]
  • Deodorant
  • Gold Bond Powder
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair Ties [you can never have too many!]
  • Bandanas
  • Headbands
  • First Aid Kit
  • Over the Counter Pain Medicine
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Earplugs
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Aloe Vera
  • Hairbrush

Bonnaroo Packing List – Clothing

  • Sweatshirt
  • Rainjacket
  • Floppy Hat
  • Baseball Hat
  • Bathing Suit
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sundresses
  • Chacos/Tevas

Bonnaroo Packing List – Miscellaneous

  • Deck of Cards
  • Books to Read
  • Phone & Charger
  • ID
  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Bonnaroo App on Phone
  • List of Shows & Bonnaroo Map
  • Wristband
  • This Ultimate Bonnaroo Guide
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Flashlights

Make sure to have a few flashlights with you.

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Batteries

Take batteries with you!

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Portable Battery Charger

You'll be draining your battery so take a portable charger!

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Solar Charger

Charging stations are hard to come by at Bonnaroo so a solar charger could be a real lifesaver!

PLANNING A TRIP?

Find accommodation, read accommodation reviews, and check flight prices. Book attractions, tickets, or guides in advance. Research using these guides or read my other Tennessee posts. See my packing list.

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

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Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.

6 Comments

  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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