Bonnaroo Or Bust: Your Packing List Made Easy

You're not exactly strapped for time just yet, but with two weeks left to pack for the season's next insane music fest — yes, Bonnaroo! — we don't recommend you lollygag around much longer. While the excitement is building for headliners such as Radiohead, The Beach Boys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (among many others in the lineup), we're here to gently remind you of a few important things you should be bringing along for your adventure.
Sure, Bonnaroo may not present the same sartorial challenge as, say, the desert heat of Coachella, but it does comes along with 700 acres of Tennessee camp ground. Whether your idea of "roughing it" means a hotel room with only one shower or a shower you'll share with about 80,000 fellow Bonnaroo buddies (the latter is more likely), come prepared with a few items to make the four-day tune fest go as smoothly as possible. Remember to keep it simple: While you should never have to sacrifice your sense of personal style, these ten items will help you find a friendly balance between your cute summer duds and the great outdoors.
Ahead, your Tennessee-ready packing list. Don't leave for Bonnaroo without it.
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Sneaky Prints — We don't need a paper-towel commercial to tell us that spills happen. And, because you're packing light, it's practically inevitable that your outfit will fall victim during this trip. Invest in a few patterned pieces that are pretty (of course), but also good for hiding that errant drop of barbecue sauce.

ASOS Skater Dress In Ditsy Floral, $38.27, available at ASOS.
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Quick Cleanups — Not to sound a little icky, but your usual, thorough cleansing routine may have to wait a few days while you enjoy the Bonnaroo tunage. Don't sweat (if it's possible); just invest in wipes that will help keep you feeling so fresh and so clean, even if you're not.

Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes, $12, available at Ulta.
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Safety Goggles — Because things get "lost" or sometimes break in the midst of a festival weekend, an inexpensive pair of frames is your safest bet for sun protection and protecting your bank account from any major loss.

Monki Karen Sunglasses, $12.75, available at Monki.
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A One-Piece Wonder — Swimsuits are not only easy to pack and keep wrinkle-free, but they also double as an awesome top under any shorts, pants, or skirts you might have packed. Trust, no one will know it's actually intended for the pool.

Suno Bandeau one-piece, $195, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Tough Steppers — Campgrounds are not exactly heel-friendly. Select footwear that will be able to kick up some dirt, if necessary, without leaving you covered in mud.

Allsaints Vintage Lace Up Boot, $295, available at Allsaints.
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If you hadn’t caught the hint by now, leaving for Bonnaroo without at least two pairs of cute shorts in your sack is simply not sensible. We’re looking at these neon boyfriend bloomers by Gap as a great first-day option — comfy, chic, and oh-so-easy for your friends to find in the crowd.

Gap Neon Boyfriend Roll-Up Shorts, $39.95, available at Gap. Advertisement
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A Fresh 'Do Without The Suds — Again, we can't guarantee your Bonnaroo weekend will include daily showers, but fresh tresses are still totally possible. Don't leave home without a dry shampoo that will breathe a little life back into your non-lathered locks.

Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo, $19, available at Dry

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The Thin, Oversized Scarf — A seemingly never-ending scarf is a great way to add an accent to your outfit by day. And by night, you can wrap it around your shoulders, while you lay under those Tennessee stars.

Free People Border Americana Scarf, $64, available at Free People.
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Backpack It Up — Avoid the piling up of totes on satchels on crossbody bags. Choose a cute backpack to easily carry everything you need, including an extra outfit or two.

Topshop Ikat Backpack, $64, available at Topshop.
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SPF In A Swipe — Your makeup should work a little harder — so you don't have to. This product provides SPF protection in a clean, light powdery formula that will cut down the time greasiness that are normally involved with an application of sunscreen.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, $28, available at Sephora.
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An Easy Repeater — A classic item, like a pair of cut-off denim shorts, is a must-pack item that will be versatile enough to wear with just about any top or shoe — meaning you can create more outfits without over-stuffing your bag.

Rag & Bone Mila Short, $155, available at Otte.

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