How to Pack for Okeechobee Fest

How to Pack for Okeechobee Fest |

As of this morning I am making my way over to Sunshine Grove in beautiful Okeechobee, FL for the first ever Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, and I'm so pumped. I've seen a few of the bands before, but I'm looking forward to seeing many bands for the first time. I'm also pretty darn excited for a weekend of group yoga and spiritual growth, swimming, camping, and generally living it up in the untouched Florida wilderness.

This morning I threw my bags and tents and coolers and whatnot into the car and headed out, but I spent all last night packing. As with any music festival, there's an art to packing, and here's what you need to bring.


  • Tent, obviously. You need a place to sleep.
  • Tarp. Put it under your tent to prevent groundwater or possible rain from getting in your tent.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Chairs/table. They'll give you a place to eat, prepare food, play games, etc.
  • Toilet paper. You will have a significantly better weekend if you bring your own TP. You can even use it to barter with people who weren't as smart as you.
  • Plates/utensils/paper towels
  • Food. There will be plenty of vendors, but you'll save a lot of money if you bring your own food.
  • Grill/coolers


  • Pack for the weather. For Okeechobee that means shorts and tanks for the day and pants and sweaters at night. Layers are key.
  • Definitely bring a hat. You might not notice how much the sun affects you until it's too late and you're passed out next to the mushroom art installation. 
  • Shower sandals. You do not want to use festival showers with bare feet.
  • Bathing suit. There's a beach at Okeechobee fest, and you don't want to be stuck on the shore.


  • Deodorant. Please dear God don't forget this. You will sweat.
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Shower supplies. The showers themselves won't be worth much if you don't have stuff to shower with.
  • Baby wipes, for that one day when showering just takes too much effort. I won't judge you if you don't judge me.


  • Snacks. Vendor food can be expensive, and you don't want to go all the way back to your tent for a quick bite. Granola bars and trail mix are great for boosting your energy.
  • Water bottle. There are water stations where you can fill it up, so be sure to have something with you. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things to remember at a festival.
  • Blanket. You're definitely going to want to sit at some point, and an old blanket offers the perfect spot.
  • External phone charger, for obvious reasons.


  • Sunscreen. This is so important. Please protect your skin. It will thank you.
  • Hand sanitizer. Again, protect yourself.
  • Flashlight
  • Bug spray
  • ID/wallet
  • Yoga mat. You'll want it for Yogachobee. You can also use it as a sleeping pad.
  • Bandana. Keep your face clean. Dry your hands. Bind a sprained ankle. Spruce up an outfit. So many options.
  • Concert schedule. You don't want to miss your favorite band.