How to fly to a festival with camping gear

Camping festivals are the best festivals. But it’s always been daunting to think of going to a camping festival in another state. How will I get all of my camping stuff there? Do I drive? Do I fly?

We finally faced our fears and decided to attend Electric Forest this year. We knew we had to camp, that would be half the experience. We immediately crossed out the possibility of driving all the way there (30 plus hours in a car one way, no thanks) and decided to book flights. A lot of stress and anxiety went into figuring out how to fly with our camping gear, so hopefully with this post we can save you from some of that.

Number one, be prepared to check in bags. We flew Southwest because they let you check up to 2 bags for free, and you have a free carry-on too. We needed as much space as possible to fit all of our stuff.

Secondly, I would highly recommend investing in a backpacking pack. Having that longer body allows you to fit bigger items like a tent, that otherwise wouldn’t fit in a normal suitcase.

I will warn you that you are going to have to compromise, there’s just no way to fit all of your normal luxuries when you are flying. For example, we love having a big rug and pillows for our camp space, and there’s just no way of doing that. We knew we weren’t going to have our cooking gear, so we were going to have to buy more meals in the festival. Figure out what your essentials are, and what things you can live without.

We ended up purchasing some new camping items that would be easier to compress and pack up. As much as I love sleeping on a big air mattress, that just wasn’t feasible for flying. We found a great inflatable sleeping pad on Amazon that packs up nicely into a small bag. It’s easy to inflate and inflates decently high so you definitely are off the ground. It’s comfy and affordable! We also bought portable folding chairs that also pack up into a small bag. I cannot recommend these chairs enough! They’re durable, comfortable, and perfect for festivals.

For  luggage, we each had a backpacking pack, a suitcase, and a backpack as our carry on. In the backpacking pack, I fit the tent for my friend and me, the foldable chair, my sleeping pad, a towel, a tapestry, a fur coat, and a few smaller items in the pockets (led lights, fun things like that). My friend fit my blanket and our tarps in one of her bags since she didn’t have to make room for the tent. My suitcase had all my clothes (we were forced to pack light and not bring a million options like we usually do), a pair of boots, and toiletries. My backpack had another pair of boots and more smaller items like sunglasses, a fan, etc. We also carried on our parasols onto the plane in their little bags. PSA: you can bring a parasol on a plane as long as it doesn’t have a pointy end! We also wore a big coat on the plane that we wanted for nights at the festival, so we could save room packing. You could also do this with boots if you didn’t have enough space. Since we didn’t have room to pack a pillow, we brought those little neck pillows on the plane and just used those as our pillows for the festival.

We did have to buy shade and a cooler when we got there, since we couldn’t figure out a way to fly with those things. We also stopped to get sandwich stuff and drinks for the weekend!

Although we originally were going to take the shuttles, we ended up renting a car for the weekend, which made everything so easy, and I’d absolutely recommend that! We had a lot of luggage for a shuttle anyway.

Another alternative if you don’t want to try to fly with all of your gear is shipping some of it out beforehand! If you don’t have any friends in the area to ship it to, I’d recommend flying out a day earlier, and shipping to the hotel you stay at. Hotels will receive packages for you and hold them until you arrive (although you should check with your hotel before you try to do this!)

All in all, our camp turned out looking pretty good for having to fly with everything! See for yourself-

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Good luck!

How to survive Snowglobe

With New Years Eve quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about plans and where you’re going to spend it!

Hands down my favorite way to spend New Years has been at Snowglobe (I’m looking at you 2015 and 2016). It’s such a unique festival, being a winter festival in South Lake Tahoe! Most festivals are in the summer with warm weather, and I love how different this one is from all of that. Dancing outside in the snow surrounded by trees with fireworks going off is an amazing experience that everyone should have.

The biggest struggle of Snowglobe is figuring out how to dress for a cold weather festival so that a) you’ll survive through the night and b) you can still have fun with your outfits!

Each year I went to Snowglobe, I had friends complain about how cold it was and how they wouldn’t go back because of that. Now I’m the biggest baby when it comes to cold weather, and I’ve never had a problem at Snowglobe. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! You have to bring the right kind of layers.

You need to start with a good base layer made of wicking fabrics. A wicking layer draws sweat and moisture away from your body, making it easier for it to evaporate. This is crucial so that sweat doesn’t freeze to your body! Since you’re probably going to be dancing at Snowglobe (you better be!), you’ll want this layer. This layer needs to be snug on your body to make sure it actually picks up moisture. For my base layer I usually choose something made out of polyester that’s like a spandex/athletic shirt. I really like this long sleeve from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VK9T4C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This article was great  in terms of figuring out what kinds of fabric wick moisture and what the pros and cons of each were: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html

Your mid layer is your insulating layer and provides warmth. It should be looser than your base layer so that it leaves insulating air between layers. A fleece works great for this and is pretty lightweight!

Lastly, you need a shell or outer layer. This is usually a ski or snow jacket that protects you from wind and water. This year for the first time I’m going to try a fur on one of the days, so stay tuned on how that works out for me.

This site does a good job of summing up the different layers if you want more resources:

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html

Other essentials you want to bring include a scarf, beanie, gloves, and wool socks! I would also absolutely recommend bringing snow boots or at least waterproof shoes. There’s a waterproof spray you can buy and spray on your boots! I tried that one year and it worked just fine, but I’d still highly suggest snow boots over everything!  If your feet get cold or wet, you are seriously done for. Bring extra socks in case yours get wet!

A lot of people swear by handwarmers also, so if you get cold easily, think about scooping up some of these! Bonus tip, you can put some in your boots if your toes get cold!

So basically, I will be wearing a long-sleeve, a fleece jacket, and either a fur or snow jacket up top. For bottoms I will be wearing leggings that wick moisture, fleece-lined leggings over that, and then a fun bright pair of leggings over that! You could also just wear snow pants if you’re really worried about being cold (I did that both years I went and it worked great!). Then I have gloves, beanies/headbands, and scarves to choose from! I’ll also be rocking some LED jewelry for extra fun.

It’s better to have too many layers than not enough! Remember that you can always take layers off if you’re too warm. But trust me, when the sun goes down, you’ll be so grateful to have all of them.

Lastly, don’t forget lots of glitter 🙂

Here’s some of my crew from Snowglobe 2016 featuring my bright red snowsuit I scored at a thrift store for $3 (which I absolutely will be wearing again this year!) Stay warm and have fun friends 🙂 Remember to follow us on Instagram @festivalbabes2 if you want to see our Snowglobe adventures!

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Lightning in a Bottle Packing List

Hello lovelies! After 2 years at LIB and countless other camping festivals, we’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list of everything you need to be comfortable and prepared while camping! It’s broken down into general camp, personal, and fun items! Don’t forget your wristband and car camping passes!

General Camp Items

  • Rug/Comforters for lounge area
  • Pillows for lounge area
  • Camp lights
  • Table
  • Folding Chairs
  • E-Z up
  • Flag for camp and flag base
  • Tapestries/Clips
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper towels/toilet paper
  • Bigger water container/jug for camp
  • Toilet paper/Paper towels
  • Coolers
  • Breakfast and lunch food
    • We like to do eggs/bacon/fruit for breakfast and then make sandwiches for lunch, it’s been the easiest for us! We always do dinner in the fest since there’s usually so many great vendors!
  • Smoothies/Coffee/Yerba Matte
  • Plates and cups
  • Pots/Utensils for cooking
  • Sponge and dish soap
  • Portable stove
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Snacks/Fruit
    • We do cut up watermelon, grapes, and/or blueberries for fruit!
  • Alcohol
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Jugs for water

Personal Items

  • Sleeping bag & pillows
  • Tent & tarp for under tent
  • Stakes & hammer
  • Air mattress & pump
  • Extra batteries for air mattress pump
  • Daytime & nighttime clothes
  • Sweatshirt/Jackets (layer up!)
  • Bandana/Face mask for dust
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Floatie
  • Shoes/Socks
    • Inserts for shoes
  • Flip flops for camp
  • Toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Neti pot/ Saline solution nasal rinse
  • EmergenC/melatonin/other supplements
  • Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • Sunscreen/Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Wristband
  • Portable charger and cord
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Chapstick
  • Hair ties/bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo
  • Mirror

Fun Stuff!

  • Eco-friendly Glitter
  • Body paint/Brushes
  • Glowsticks
  • Temp tats/Scissors
  • Face Jewels
  • Onesie
  • Flow toys
  • LED lights