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You Will Need
- Right clothes
- Tent and tarp
- Tent stakes
- Rain boots
- Pocket poncho
- Sealable plastic bags
- Baby wipes
- Water-filled milk jugs (optional)
- Trash bags (optional)
- Duct tape (optional)
Bring cash and water
Bring more cash than you think you'll need. ATM lines are long, fees are high, and food and beverages are expensive. The same goes for water: it's important to stay hydrated and water station lines can be brutal.
Wear comfortable, closed, waterproof walking shoes. Consider wearing cargo pants so you have plenty of pocket space; stuff a spare T-shirt into one. Use carabiners to secure your keys and a water bottle.
Bring a tent and a tarp
Besides bringing a tent to sleep in, take along a tarp for eating under and escaping the sun. Invest in heavy-duty stakes; the ones that come with the tent and tarp may be too flimsy to penetrate the ground. Mark it with an unusual flag and bring a flashlight so you can easily find it, day or night.
Be prepared for any weather
Bring plenty of sunscreen even if it's not sunny, plus a hat; a sunburned scalp and ears are no fun. Wear tall rain boots if the forecast is gloomy, and pack a pocket poncho just in case. If it does rain, stash your cell phone in a sealable plastic bag.
Supply your own wipes
Have tissues on hand when you use the portable toilets. Use baby wipes as a shower stand-in.
Take earplugs along in case the music is uncomfortably loud, you can't stand one of the bands, or you just need a little peace and quiet. Throat lozenges are a good idea, too, after days of yelling over music.