If you’re a Bonnaroo first-timer, get ready for the best musical festival of your life. While planning can be a little frustrating and overwhelming, the experience of a lifetime is totally worth it once you get there. Don’t be afraid to get to know new people…you are going to meet hundreds of people with the same musical interests as you, so don’t be afraid to have a good time and meet some new friends.
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What to Expect
One of the first things that you’ll experience at Bonnaroo is the traffic. You can expect to take a few hours to get into the campsite because of the crowds so make sure you have enough gas in your tank. The earlier in the week you get there, the better.
Chances are, unless you’re a magical human being who doesn’t need to sleep, you will not be able to be at the stage for every single performance… it’s important to pick and choose what times you’d like to rest and when you’d like to stay awake. Some of the best performances happen very late at night, so get some rest in the morning while you can and be sure to invest in a good pair of earplugs to block out the noise.
What to Bring
Bonnaroo is essentially one big camping trip with some awesome music, so it’s important to pack everything you would on a regular camping trip, including a tent, sleeping bags, a flashlight, rain gear, toiletries, clothing, and any other camping necessities you think you might use. Make sure to bring stakes to hold down your tent, as there have been more than a few occasions where some poor souls have had their tent nearly wiped away in a storm.
While food is available at Bonnaroo, you can save money and avoid long lines by bringing your own non-perishable food such as granola bars. Be sure to pack an ice chest with lots of water bottles (it is HOT in Tennessee).
You’ll also want to bring sunscreen, as many of the performances are open with no shade, as well as a beach blanket to sit on and relax during the festival. Bring some cash, but done overdo it… you shouldn’t need more than $150 for the trip.
While it’s important to be prepared for the elements when camping out at Bonnaroo, you shouldn’t stress out too much beforehand. After all, Bonnaroo should be a stress-free environment where you can enjoy some great music, meet new people, and have an awesome time with friends.
Jillian Johnson is a professional content marketing writer and blogger with a particular interest in writing about travel and entertainment. To read more writing by Jillian, follow her @MissWritey.