Kevin Brost

The Comprehensive Packing Checklist for Paradiso Festival

With the weather warming up and the rain starting to dissipate, every day we are one day closer to the most anticipated dance music festival in the Pacific Northwest: Paradiso! With the big weekend on the horizon, it is never too early to start planning for this June weekend at the Gorge.

Having a complete checklist and planning with a group of people can be stressful, so we are here to help make your raving and camping experience as smooth as possible. DMNW has gathered its collective experience and made a complete checklist of everything you may need from camping gear, to clothing, to festival needs. Lets start with the:

Festival Must-Haves

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In addition to the super obvious things like your ticket and ID, we’ve highlighted a few items that can make or break your in-festival experience:

Waterbottle! Staying hydrated is critical, and Paradiso can get hot hot hot. Make sure to have a water bottle of sorts, be it a CamelBak or something you can fold up and shove in your pocket or bag.

Sunscreen. In the words of Baz Luhrmann: “Wear suncreen!” Don’t just put it on once at the beginning of the day, bring it with you. It will wear/ sweat off throughout the day, and you’ll probably run into some people who didn’t have this handy guide to remind them to pack it.

  • Water bottle/CamelBak
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses/ Hat
  • Ear plugs (check out our recommended festival earplugs)
  • Backpack
  • Cash
  • Portable charger
  • Phone
  • Light Jacket
  • Camera/ Go Pro
  • Totem/ flags

Next you’ll probably want to collect your:

Camping Gear

You want to set up a comfy temporary pad in the Gorge campsite so you can get plenty of rest. For some of these items it might be smart to collaborate with your group. (So you don’t end up with five grills) Some of our glamping must-haves are:

Flashlight/ headlamp. The campsite can be pretty dark at night, and navigating the grounds can be treacherous… Not to mention using a porta-potty in the dark. A personal light source is your friend.

Camping chair. A surprisingly desirable luxury. The Gorge campsite ground can be both hot and wet, and nothing’s better than kicking back and resting your legs before/after the hours of dancing.

  • Flashlight/ headlamp
  • Chairs
  • Tent
  • Tent stakes
  • Blanket
  • Sleeping bag/mat
  • Pillow
  • Tarp
  • Table
  • Cooler
  • Grill/ cooker
  • Lighter and matches
  • Battery charger/ portable charger
  • Portable speaker
  • Aux cable
  • Ipod
  • Batteries
  • Campsite landmark/flags
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