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Things We’re Glad We Took + Things We Wish We Had Taken to Bonnaroo

Things We're Glad We Took + Things We Wish We Had Taken to Bonnaroo

#ReadytoRoo #Bonnaroo #asoutherngypsy #festivals #tennessee

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I think I drove Kaleb insane between the two weeks of when I found out we were going to Bonnaroo and actually getting there.  I obsessed and analyzed our packing list (good thing for us I did!) and then I boasted about how awesome I did once we got there.  I’ve already spilled on our best tips + tricks to help you survive Bonnaroo and now I’m going to let you in on the things we’re glad we took + things we wish we had taken to Bonnaroo.

Things We’re Glad We Took

    • Fans – I bought two small (only $5!) battery operated fans for us to have in our truck bed at night.  These things were one of the best decisions I made!
    • Solar Lights – Not necessary but we loved having them.  They really made out campsite ambiance, if you will while also giving off some much needed light at night.  Also, made it a bit easier to see our tent from further away and I’d imagine would deter thieves just a tad more than having zero light.
    • Citronella Candles – no one likes mosquitos but they LOVE me.  Also, another form of light at night and they just smell good!
    • Canopy Tent – don’t go to Bonnaroo without one!  They keep the blistering sun off your tent or truck bed.  They block rain from ruining your campsite.  And, they give you an extra touch of privacy – just get the kind with detachable walls or hang tarps/tapestries on  the sides.  Also, I’d imagine deter thieves more than having nothing covering your belongings.
    • Tie-Dye Sheet – I tie-dyed a queen size sheet and used it as one of our walls on our canopy tent.  It really set a certain mood and we loved having it!
    • Baby Wipes – I couldn’t have done 5 days with no shower without them.  Enough said.

Our camp setup. I’d say for a Bonnaroo first timer, I did things just about perfectly. sleeping in the bed of the truck was a brilliant idea! #Bonnaroo #ReadytoRoo #camping #festivals #tennessee #asoutherngypsy

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Things We We Wish We Had Taken

  • Kiddie Pool – nope, not joking.  We thought about this once there and actually saw one campsite with one.  Would be an amazing way to spend those extremely hot afternoon hours.  Plus a good way to get some dirt and grime off of you.
  • Boxed Fan – while our little fans were amazing, a big boxed fan would have been even better!
  • Dry Ice – Our ice lasted a good while in our coolers but we did have to replenish on Saturday.  Dry Ice would have kept longer.
  • ENO Hammock – I didn’t take it because I thought there wouldn’t be anywhere to hang it up but there are actually several places to do so – it just won’t be right at your campsite.
  • More campsite activities – games, etc.
  • More fun things like ‘Buddy the Elf’ below!  One of my favorite things was to walk around and see how the ridiculous camp decor!

I found Buddy the Elf at Bonnaroo! #asoutherngypsy #Bonnaroo #ReadytoRoo #festivals #tennessee

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Have you ever been to Bonnaroo?  Any packing tips?  Plans on going in the future? Things We're Glad We Took + Things We Wish We Had Taken to Bonnaroo

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Ashley Hubbard

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,

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  1. RamblinLove

    Bonaroo is on the list for next year – thanks for the list πŸ™‚

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      I’d love to meet up! I can’t not go now that I’ve been once πŸ™‚

  2. Interesting how little things can make a big difference in certain settings. Mosquito repellent would be high on my list (they love me too).

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