Packing FAQ

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Hello Shambhalovlies!

Britz here. I’ve been attending Shambhala and other festivals since 2003 – over the years I’ve learned a lot about festival camping comfortably. I originally made this list in 2007 to help other members of our Forum pack for Shambhala. I’ve updated it, broken it down into sections, and thrown in some check boxes for your packing ease!

Personalize it any way you want – add some things, omit others.

Some of the things listed in the Camp Stuff section are intended for planned coordination with other camp mates. Just hit “print” (don’t worry, it prints with a white background) and you’ll have your packing list ready to go!

Anything with a * means optional/if applicable.

Happy packing!


To Get In:

☐ Your Ticket!
☐ 2 pieces Gov’t issued ID (at least one piece photo ID)


☐ Tent
☐ All your tent poles (seriously – double check before packing!)
☐ Tent pegs and mallet
☐ Tarp
☐ Extra tarp and poles (or other shade structure)
☐ Rope


☐ Sleeping Bags / Bedding
☐ Pillow
☐ Air Mattress / Foamie
☐Extra Blanket(s)

Camp Stuff:

☐ Cooler
☐ Camp Chairs
☐ Lantern (preferably battery or solar powered)
☐ Tape (electrical, duct, whatever – you’ll probably need it for something)
☐ First Aid Kit (at the very least, bandages + sterile wipes)
☐ Large water containers (4L jugs, 5 gal water cooler style jugs with pump, etc)
☐ A wagon or dolly (to transport water refills back to camp)*
☐ Garbage bags, recycling bags and gloves (Respect the River, Respect the Land)
☐ Dishtowels/Rags
☐ Camp stove (Some restrictions apply. SEE: Festival FAQ)*
☐ Portable camp table*
☐ Dishes, cutlery, pots, pans*
☐ Can opener*
☐ Wash/rinse bins and biodegradable dishsoap (for camp dishes)*
☐ Solar Shower (if you don’t want to wait in the shower line)*
☐ Sewing kit (for mending costumes!)*
☐ Safety Pins (always handy)*
☐ Permanent Markers*
☐ Personal Touches for Your Camp (flags, banners, signs, solar lights, etc)*


☐ Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
☐ Earplugs (super important! protect your hearing!)*
☐ Deodorant
☐ Body lotion
☐ Towel
☐ Shampoo and Conditioner (Please DO NOT use these products in the river! Respect the River, Respect the Land)
☐ Face wash/cleanser(Please DO NOT use in the river!)
☐ Soap (Please DO NOT use in the river!)
☐ Hand sanitizer
☐ Sunscreen
☐ Insect repellent
☐ Baby wipes
☐ Toilet paper
☐ Tweezers
☐ Lip balm
☐ Smokers: Small container for cigarette butts
☐ Vision impaired: Extra contacts, solution and contact case (and/or glasses)*
☐ Condoms (if you forget these, you can pick some up free at ANKORS+OPTions)*
☐ Any medications you normally take*
☐ Tylenol/Aspirin*
☐ Multi-vitamins, melatonin, Emergen-C, etc*
☐ Ladies: tampons/pads (even if you won’t need ’em, one of your girls might)*


NOTE: Prepare for all types of weather – No, really! – I’m talking to you, people from out East who think it’s warm at night in the summer. It’s not in the mountains. The days can be hot, the nights are often cool and damp. You’ll want to be nice and warm at night, and cool during the day. Plan for both extremes.

☐ Sunglasses
☐ Socks (more than you think you need!)
☐ 2-3 pairs of footwear, at least 1 waterproof (more than just sandals!)
☐ Rain coat
☐ Warm coat (the temperature can be in the single digits at night!)
☐ Warm clothes
☐ Undergarments
☐ Bathing suit (or just your birthday suit, your call)
☐ Festival belt/fannypack type thingm(super handy if you don’t have pockets)*


☐ Valuables(anything expensive or sentimental – if you can’t live without it, don’t bring it)
☐ Anything on the Banned Items Page

Other Stuff:

☐ Flashlight (w/ new batteries – or a crank LED flashlight!)
☐ Extra batteries
☐ Portable music player full of good music + mixes for the road trip
☐ Reusable coffee mug (cut down on waste, bring your own mug! Or find the Shambhala version at the Beatique!)*
☐ Reusable water bottle (Shambhala version available in at the Beatqiue)*
☐ Backpack w/ water bladder, like a CamelPak(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any festival)*
☐ Snacks for between meals
☐ Groceries (if you’re planning to cook some of your meals)
☐ Alarm clock*
☐ Umbrella or parasol*
☐ Toys or props (hoops, poi, flags, etc – No fire toys/fuel)
☐ Body/face paints or other makeup*
☐ Musical instruments*
☐ LED Glowsticks (ditch the disposables! Also recommended: el-wire looks great in camp decor or costumes)*
☐ Bicycle (or other pedal-powered, non-motorized transportation)*
☐ Notebook or sketchbook*
☐ Bandanna*
☐ Dust mask for people with serious dust sensitivities (check out the options on the MEC website – I use the “Techno” mask, it’s awesome.)*
☐ Spray bottle (for misting yourself + camp mates on hot days!)*

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