Each camping pass entitles the bearer to a space approximately 450 square feet in size (that includes your vehicle). For Main Camping, this will be in a field with absolutely no trees. West Woods camping is mostly in a forest, but there are a few clearings. Riverside camping is on a big flat plain next to a stream. VIP and RV reserved are in well-tailored purposed campgrounds with tree cover.
|This is the interior of our SoulPad tent at last year's Wakarusa.
It's 16 feet in diameter, holds three queen sized air mattresses
and looks kinda like a teepee on the outside.
Pop-up sunshade or tarp to stretch from top of vehicle to tent
Tent stakes and poles
A mallet to drive in the stakes
Rope... it comes in handy
Sleeping linens or sleeping bag
Air mattress or cot
Light (for main camping, the closer you are to a festival entrance, the less likely you'll need a flashlight)
Chairs (if you don't have one, you can sit on a cooler or the floor or in your vehicle)
A cooler (if you want things cold)
A small, portable stove (if you want things hot)
Small propane cylinders (if you bring the stove)
A rug (to keep from dragging the campgrounds and mud into your tent)
A tarp (in case your tent leaks)
|The famed Jerry Roll, an oversized egg roll, stuffed with
Without sustenance, a five day music festival becomes torture. You may decide to eat with the vendors -- and if so, consider budgeting $6-10 for each meal you'll take on the grounds. There are a few free food activities, such as Chompdown! on Friday morning and a crawfish boil Thursday afternoon in RV camping. Otherwise, you'll need to bring your food.
DO NOT BRING GLASS BOTTLES. This is a property rule, not just "the man" being a jerk. No glass bottles, no glass jars, no glass anything.
Ice is available on-site. Unless you are in RV camping, electricity is not.
A local farmers market will be part of Waka this time. I'm excited to see what will be offered.
Prepackaged items such as granola bars, ready-to-eat meals, jerky, dried fruit
Water (consider refillable bottles; Arkansas water is clean and sweet and there are plenty of faucets available)
Bread and other baked goods
Oh heck, just look at this list on reddit
|I would be lost at Wakarusa without my basket.
TOILET PAPER. In theory, there should always be some in the porta-potties, but that's not always the case.
Wet-Naps or similar pre-moistened personal cleaning wipes
Waterproof pancho. They're cheap. Get them at the dollar store. Keep one in your pocket. It's Wakarusa. It will rain. (Panchos > umbrellas, which are a pain in the butt to carry and keep up with)
First Aid kit. REALLY.
Extra clothes. Pack more than you need. If wet socks bother you, pack a dozen pairs.
A carryall. My carryall for festival is a wicker picnic basket. Yes, I'm the girl with the basket. That basket contains my water and small snacks, V8 juice, festival schedule and whatever I purchase while on festival grounds. Your carryall may be a backpack, hip pack, over-the-shoulder bag, whatever.
Purses aren't that great of an idea.
For tribes (groups camping together)
Totems are common throughout the festival, and a member of your party can carry one so the others can find you on the grounds. That being said, totems in the concert venues can be a pain in the butt for other festivalgoers. Show proper courtesy. Don't block someone else's view.