Bonnaroo: What To Bring

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You could show up to Bonnaroo with just your wristband and your dance moves, but you’ll quickly become that person at the campsite constantly saying, “can I borrow that?”, which can get old for your friends and neighbors. We created the Bonnaroo: What To Bring – The Ultimate Packing List so you can avoid being that person.

WARNING: that person may end up being your new best friend if you pack all of this stuff.

Keep in mind, you can buy pretty much anything at Bonnaroo’s general stores or vendors, including beer, disposable cameras, and hygiene products, but your experience will be better if you’re prepared.

If you need to get your head around the Bonnaroo experience before you start packing, make sure to check out our Bonnaroo Guide.

Bonnaroo Packing List 2015


The Must-Haves

Make sure you at least have this stuff before you head to Manchester. If you’re seeking a minimalist approach to Bonnaroo, this is for you. You may be uncomfortable, but you’ll probably survive.

  • Wristband 
  • Cash
  • Sunscreen
  • Full Tank of Gasoline
  • A Good Attitude
Camping & Sleeping

When you arrive, get your campsite set up before anything else, so it’s done and you can enjoy yourself. You may spend a lot more time at the campsite than you expect, so be prepared for several hours of just chilling and sitting. If you can’t sleep after the sun rises at 5:30am, you have a long day ahead of you. Get comfy.

Campsite Necessities

  • Water for drinking and washing (2-gallon recyclable jugs work well)
  • Food (ideally nothing you have to cook)
  • Sleeping Tent
  • Shade Tent (14+ hours of TN sunshine is a long time without shade)
  • Tarps (for under/over your tent to block moisture or rain)
  • Camping Chairs
  • Flash Lights / Lanterns / Headlamps
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping Bag, Air Mattress, Sheets, and Blankets
  • Cooler
  • Ice (you can buy more ice inside Bonnaroo)
  • Bug Spray

Campsite Recommendations

  • Rope, Bungee Cords, Zip Ties (very handy)
  • Knife or Scissors
  • Table
  • Radio (it’s quiet, and your iPhone won’t last long)
  • Lighter or Matches
  • Forks, Spoons, Plates, Bowls, Cups
  • Plastic Zip-Lock Bags
  • Trash Bags
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Alcohol, Beer, Mixers (no glass – they check your vehicle for it)
  • Tapestries or Sheets (to hang and block sun, but allow airflow)
  • Rubber Mallet (to nail stakes)
  • Ear Plugs (you may end up near the late night karaoke lounge)
  • Eye Mask (for sleeping during daylight hours)
  • Lock (for your tent)
  • Campsite Marker (balloons, signs, etc – avoid getting lost at 3am)

Obviously, pack your normal summer attire, but consider adding these extras. According to, the average temperatures in Manchester are highs near 84 degrees and lows near 63 degrees. Rainfall averages around 5 inches during the month of June, so there’s a pretty good chance of rain, too.

  • Swimsuit
  • Raincoat 
  • Rain Boots
  • Hat
  • Sweatshirt / Long-Sleeved T-Shirt
  • Jeans
  • Socks and Comfortable Shoes (you will likely walk many miles per day – avoid blisters!)
  • Running Shoes (if you’re  a runner — yes, people run at Roo.)
Hygiene & First Aid
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper (you’ll need this because it runs out quickly)
  • Paper Towels 
  • Wet Wipes
  • Tissues (better than toilet paper to remove the dust from your nose)
  • Facial Wipes
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Shampoo, Soap, Shower Supplies ($7 for a shower)
  • Baby Powder / Gold Bond
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Band-Aids & First Aid Kit
  • Aloe and Lotion for Sunburns 
  • Over-The-Counter Medications for: Heartburn, Nausea, Headaches
The Good-To-Haves
  • Backpack 
  • Bandana (Great for sweat and dust. The dust is intense!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Umbrella (also good for blocking the sun)
  • Blanket (to sit on at Centeroo)
  • Pen and Paper (to leave notes for your campsite friends)
  • Battery-Operated Fan
  • Camp Shower
  • Solar Charger, Extra Batteries, Battery Back-up for Cellphones
  • Cellphone Car and Wall Charger (there are charging stations)
  • Camelbak
The Fun-To-Haves
  • Frisbee
  • Hacky Sack
  • Hula Hoop 
  • Glowing Accessories 
  • Costumes, Hats, SpiritHood
  • Guitar / Instrument (who needs the radio anyway?)
  • Yoga Mat (if you plan to do any yoga)
Food Ideas

There are a lot of food vendors, so it’s best to let them handle heating things up (but you can bring a camping grill if you want).

  • Granola Bars 
  • Trail Mix
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches 
  • Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts)
  • Cereal 
What to Leave at Home
  • Glass
  • Weapons
  • Illegal Stuff
  • Bikes and Motorized Vehicles
  • Pets (your dog will hate the heat anyway)
Have Ideas? More Questions?

Let us know if we left something off! Leave a comment below with your best tips!

Learn more about the Bonnaroo experience in our Bonnaroo Guide.

Have fun. We’ll see ya there!

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