If you're planning to go to an electronic dance music (EDM) festival this summer, then you need to plan ahead. There are a few things you should bring that will make the experience more enjoyable. It's also important to understand what you can't bring, so this article will get those items out of the way first. You don't want to show up to the gate and be forced to dump your stuff into one of the large trashcans that are for contraband material:

What You Can't Bring

  • Laser Pointers
  • Alcohol
  • Glass Bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Spiked Bracelets
  • Open Cigarette Packs *
  • Open Packs of Tampons *

* You can bring in sealed packs of cigarettes and tampons. The reason unsealed packs are not allowed is that this is a method of smuggling in illegal drugs. Festival organizers will make you throw open packages into trash bins before you enter the festival.

Now here is what you should bring. Let the fun begin!

What You Should Bring

Sunscreen And Sunglasses

You're going to be out in the sun all day, so it's important to bring sunscreen. Vendors will often sell sunscreen at the festival, but it can be expensive and might not be the type you like.

Small Backpack or Purse

You should check the particular event you are going to attend. Different EDM festivals have different requirements on the size of bags. You definitely don't want to show up and have to choose between throwing your bag out or leaving the event.

Reusable Water Bottle

Lots of festivals have water stations. It's cheaper than buying bottled water.

Fanny Pack

Fanny packs aren't normally considered cool, but if you go to an EDM festival you will see lots of them. They are an easy way to carry around stuff and not have to wear a backpack.


Even though you're going for the music, it might be a bit too loud. A particular DJ's set might not be to your liking and you might want to quiet it down a bit. Earplugs are a must!

Glow Sticks and Light-Up Costumes

Don't forget to dress for the event. One of the best things about EDM music festivals is all of the cool costumes. Glow sticks and light-up costumes are two things that you will definitely see at a big rave. If you always wanted to dress up in neon and wear glow sticks, then this is your chance. You can find all sorts of wearable glow-stick designs online; everything from neon bracelets and necklaces, to neon bikinis and shorts.