Packing List Tips for Lightning in a Bottle
Everyone prepares for a festival in their own way. Some people have very strategic plans on how they attack and concur their festival missions and some people are more minimal and just go with the flow. Depending on what festival I am going to, there are usually specific items that I know I’ll need to bring. Lightning in a Bottle is coming up on Memorial Day weekend and it is longer than just two or three days. The last weekend in May will be one for the books with the stacked lineup LiB has in store for its attendees. Not only is the music something to look forward to but Lightning in a Bottle always has next-level speakers, yoga teachers, and workshop leaders. It’s also in a location that gets pretty hot and dusty so with all of these factors in mind I have put together a little list of things that might be a good idea to have during your Lightning in a Bottle experience.
- A bandanna and/or a dust mask
Lightning in a Bottle is dusty. The festival is located at Lake San Antonio in Bradley, CA and because of the drought, the dust gets kicked up easily. This will help if you’re sensitive to dust or just don’t want black boogers to be a thing. Although sometimes that just can’t be helped.
- Multiple pairs of socks
There is lots of walking to be done at LiB. If you’re camped on the far perimeters of the festival you will be walking at great lengths throughout the day. However, no matter where you are camped, walking is a necessity to get to any stages, yoga domes, workshop and lecture gatherings, vendors, or other activities.
- A parasol, hand-held fan, something to keep you cool
As dry, drought-ridden lake beds tend to be, the weather at LiB generally is hot and dry. A strategy to keep yourself cool is key as you don’t want to overheat and lose all of your energy. Whether it is a parasol, wet bandanna, fan, or something else similar, you will definitely want a way to keep your body temperature down during the day.
- A good pair of walking shoes
As mentioned before, lots of walking is to be done at this festival. Flip flops are not the best idea as your feet will get pretty dirty and will have no support throughout the day. It is best to invest in some good boots or other walking shoes to comfortably get you from place to place.
- Vitamins, 5HTP, Airborne or Emergen-C
Festival colds and crashes are common. If you take a daily vitamin be sure to bring it with you to the festival. You can also purchase an immune system booster from your local health food store or vitamin shop; start taking them at least a month before the festival so your immune system has the time it needs to rev itself up. Cold fighters like Airborne or something similar are good to bring with you as they dissolve in your water and are basically effortless.
- Tissues or a handkerchief
Black boogers. We have all been there. Clear these weird little things from your nose with some tissues or a handkerchief. With lots of dust floating in the air you’re bound to sneeze once or twice throughout your day. Keep your nasal passages clear so you can comfortably breathe while you’re dancing non-stop.
- Eye drops
If dust is a thing that irritates you then bring eye drops. Definitely bring them if you have sensitive eyes or wear contacts. It’s nice to give your eyes the refreshment they might need while you’re dancing through the dust under the hot sun all day. Plus, they always feel super good if you use them right before bed time.
Walking so much, especially in those flip flops that I suggested you not wear all day, can easily lead to blisters. Blisters can make your days uncomfortable if you don’t have the right shoes or socks, but what’s even worse is if you don’t have band-aids to cover them and keep cuts protected. So just bring them. They take up virtually no space in your purse, utility belt, or backpack.
Start scribbling a list of your own and get ready for Lightning in a Bottle on Memorial Day weekend. This festival is a favorite west coast festival for many and the festival sold out for the first time ever in 2015. This year it is projected to do the same and you definitely don’t want to be left behind while your other friends will be dancing to festival favorites like Chet Faker, Grimes, Cashmere Cat, Lee Burridge, Lane 8, and oh so many more. Tickets are available now so be sure to purchase yours while they are available. Lightning in a Bottle is one of the most popular transformational festivals on the west coast and it doesn’t disappoint. Round up the posse and get ready to spend your holiday weekend at Lake San Antonio in Bradley, California.