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Get Okeechobee Ready: Packing List

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We are down to one week!

There are just 7 measly days before the start of the highly anticipated Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival.  While that can exciting, it can also be very alarming with how much there is to do before you leave. That's why we love to make things easy here at RPM- life is  stressful enough, our escape from reality shouldn't be stressful too.  Below are the latest updates to the festival and a complete packing list to get you festival ready!

Also, if you haven't already, check out our preview article.

 

Struggling to purchase a ticket, but still want to go?

Okeechobee is now offering a payment plan to potential attendees that may be financially strapped.  The payment plan allows you to continue making payments after you attend the festival and set up is super easy! All you have to do is go to the tickets page and select the ticket you want to purchase. On the purchase page, instead of entering card information, choose "Affirm" as your payment option. You will be redirected to Affirm's website, where you will set up your payment plan schedule. 

Do not be alarmed- we looked into this. Affirm does what is referenced as a "soft" credit check and verifies the information you provide to them. It does not affect your credit score. 

 

Second PoWow! Announced!

Okeechobee has now added an additional PoWoW! event. The newest PoWoW! lineup is featured above, starring Mumford & Sons with Special Guests Tom Morello, The Avett Brothers, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The PoWoW! will take place during Mumford & Son's headlining show on the Be stage, Sunday March 6, from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM. 

 

Camping

Camping festivals can be stressful to prepare for, because you simply do not know what you may need, and it’s extremely difficult to prepare for that, especially when you are a long way from home, camping in the wilderness, and unable to access civilization unless something serious comes up. 

If you've never camped at a festival before, here's a quick rundown: 

  • Every 4-day & 3-day pass allows you to park your vehicle next to your tent.
  • Campsites are assigned as you enter the venue. So if you want to camp with friends, make sure you arrive together.
  • For Okeechobee, campsites are 20 x 22, which typically can fit 2 tents and 1 average sized car.
  • Showers are available for $7.00 per shower in the General Admission camping grounds. Bring cash.
  • Showers are free in the VIP campsites. 
  • Restroom trailers will only be available in VIP camping. General admission will be offered only Port-o-lets. 
  • Campfires are not allowed, but you may bring a grill or camp stove to cook.
  • Drinking water will be available in all campgrounds. 

Wildlife at Okeechobee

Located in the heart of Florida, concern has been raised from patrons about the possibility of wildlife encounters while attending the festival. Being at a camping festival in general, especially a wooded one, there will always be that possibility considering it is their natural habitat. However, 9 times out of 10, if you respect their home, they will respect yours. 

Keep your food safe and secure, bring bug repellent (with deet) and be smart about your surroundings. Okeechobee does have preventative measures in place to keep roaming critters out, and there will be medical help available should you find yourself in a unlikely, but possible, encounter with wildlife. 

 

Packing List

Last, but not least, here is a general list of what you should bring to camp and what to not bring, as listed on Okeechobee's website. 

To Bring:

  • Tent and Camping Gear (Tarp, Flashlight, Lantern, Solar Charger )
  • Table / Chairs
  • Blanket / Sleeping Bag / Pillows
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Lotion, Hand Sanitizer, Deodorant)
  • Vitamins / Aspirin / Ibuprofen / Prescription Medicine 
  • Chapstick
  • Trash Bags
  • Water or Refillable Water Container
  • Cash for Food Vendors
  • Non Alcoholic Beverages (no glass containers)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (if you are +21, no glass containers)
  • Cell Phone / Cell Phone Charger / Extra Battery Packs
  • Sunscreen & Insect Repellent 
  • Yoga Mat or Towel or Blanket for Yoga/ Taking into Festival
  • Camera / Gopro
  • Wet Wipes / Make-up Cleansing Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats (for the sun)
  • Bandannas (for dust)
  • Backpack / CamelBak / Fanny Pack
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit / Band-aids 
  • Hammock
  • Speakers for Music
  • Cooler/ Ice
  • Cups / Straws
  • Rain Jacket / Poncho
  • Clothes: pack for daytime and nighttime. Nights will be chilly despite the warm temperatures during the day. 
  • Fun festival stuff: Body jewelry, face paint, flash tattoos, playing cards, hula hoops, glow sticks, light gloves, frisbee, etc.

Tip: Here’s a rule of thumb- if you are debating whether you need to bring something, you probably don’t. That’s right, if you’re debating over whether you should bring something, it’s typically best to leave it behind because if you actually needed it, there would be no debate. [ Speaking from experience, I have found myself numerous times in a situation where I’m debating over bringing something, bring it, and then get home and unpack and I didn’t even touch the item I just had to have there.]

What NOT to Bring:

  • Drones / Aircraft
  • Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
  • Kegs
  • No more than: 2 cases of beer (no glass), 2 boxes of wine, and 1.75 L of liquor (per car)
  • Fireworks / Explosives / Road Flairs
  • Glass of Any Kind
  • Guns (toy or real) / Knives / Weapons of Any Kind
  • Pets / Animals
  • Scooters / Skateboards
  • Professional Zoom Camera Lenses
  • Professional Video Equipment

 

And again, check out our Okeechobee playlist!