Dirtybird Campout Checklist

Written By: Scott Bernhardt

Packing all your camping gear for a festival can be a stressful part of an otherwise epic weekend. Even when you think you have everything, there's always that moment when you realize that you forgot something essential like the pump for your air mattress.  In honor of heading out to Dirtybird Campout this coming weekend in Silverado, California, we decided to put together a camping essentials checklist to help guide you through this arduous process. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it bare essentials guide -- it's meant to give you peace of mind when packing so that you can get to festival and enjoy the experience with a little bit less stress.

  • Tent - make sure it has poles
  • Shade structure - also check for stakes (these can often take flight if there is a significant breeze)
  • Chairs - any kind will do, and bring an extra for new friends if you have room 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Clothes - your choice here, but make sure you have a few sets of everything
  • Rain gear - you never know..
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes - aka the camper's shower
  • Earplugs
  • Bandana - for dust
  • Food - including sauces and spices
  • Refillable water bottle - easy to carry around and into the festival
  • Sandals - for showers or casual wear around the camp
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Pillows
  • Trash bags
  • Ziplock bags or foil
  • Cooler - ice will most likely be available for purchase in the campground, so freeze a couple jugs of water for the trip there. They will keep it cold and you can drink them when they melt
  • Multi tool - with a knife, can opener, corkscrew
  • Bug spray 
  • Folding table
  • Day pack - when you leave the campgrounds and head into the festival, you may want to bring permissible items.
  • Flashlight or headlamp or lantern - with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Small speakers - for turning up before and after the festival 
  • Duct tape
  • Condoms - you never know..
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch - save your phone battery and use your watch to check on set times
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Dolly or wagon - for transport if you're not car camping
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Cooking / Eating utensils 
  • Lighter/matches
  • Blow up bed or pad
  • Air pump


  • Eyeshades
  • Fun festival clothes & LED items
  • Rugs and tapestries to hangup in your 
  • Goggles
  • Battery/solar powered fan
  • Totems - for finding camp or staying with your group inside the festival
  • Solar charger
  • Zip ties and scissors
  • Frisbee/football etc

Let us know what else you bring when you go festival camping, and we can't wait to see all of you at the Dirtybird Campout October 7-9th.

Tickets and more information available here