If you read any of my other festival posts, you know I believe with all my heart Tomorrowland is the best festival around. Combine that with 4-days of camping in Dreamville, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. Now, I’m not saying it will be the best experience, but surely unforgettable.
So how do you ensure you will have a good experience? First, you need to know what to expect at Dreamville. Second, you need to be prepared for the roughness that comes with camping. Good thing mama didn’t raise no quitter making me more than ready to take on the camping roughness.
Here is what to expect at Dreamville and how to prepare for it.
What does a day at Dreamville look like?
A day in Dreamville begins with waking up to a morning newspaper highlighting last nights events! As you walk to the showers. intercoms throughout Dreamville are broadcasting Tomorrowland Radio. An exclusive festival radio station sharing live DJ sets and interviews. Head into the market for grocery shopping, hookah lounges, beauty salons, and even an H&M clothing store. Just to name a few.
Don’t bother taking your credit card out for Tomorrowland runs on its own currency. Instead head to the Dreamville ATM to exchange cash in for Tomorrowland coins. Dreamville also believes in morning exercise. Catch a yoga class to jumpstart your morning before heading into the festival.
Should You Bring Your Own Tent or Not?
Absolutely not! It’s a hassle and will most likely be flooded out by the rain.
I’m all about taking the easy road when it comes to camping. I opted in for the Dreamville Easy Tent. They set everything up for you and all you have to do is show up. Do yourself a favor and upgrade to the Spectacular Easy Tent. It will hands down be the best decision you will make. Why? By upgrading you will get a wooden plank floor for your tent to sit atop. You will understand what I mean in a minute. See the full package details here.
How Are the Showers?
My biggest con with Dreamville is that they close the showers too early. By the time you come back from the festival, the showers will be closed. Pack cleansing wipes, and ladies, keep the makeup to a minimum. Showers are purchased using Tomorrowland coins. For you early birds, they do offer a discounted rate if you shower between 6-8 am.
What Should You Bring?
Depending on luggage space, I highly recommend you bring the following:
- Rain coat or rain ponchos
- Rain boots
- Trash bags
- A few cases of water
- At least two body towels, but preferably one for each day
- Clothes line to dry your clothes and towels
- Cleansing wipes in case the showers are closed
- Toilet paper
- Mirror to do your hair and makeup in. The mirrors they do provide look like foggy fun house mirrors. Forget it!
- Bug spray
Most important survival tips?
Bring tiny wheels because you will be walking
If I would have known beforehand how far the walk from the shuttle to my tent was going to be, I would have invested in a rolling bag or wagon. Similar to something like this. Bring a bag that rolls to help you carry the heavy stuff (i.e. cases of water).
Get a locker to store valuables
Unless you want to walk around with your passport the entire time. I recommend renting a secured locker to keep valuables safe.
Prepare for it to rain AND pour
As a Vegas girl I hardly know what rain boots are let alone own an umbrella. I was in for a surprise when the mini tsunami broke out leaving me drenched. By the end of the weekend my rain boots consisted of two trash bags tied around my feet. Learn from my mistake.
Pack rain boots, ponchos, extra body towels, and forget about doing your hair!
Prevent your tent being flooded out and upgrade
Remember those wooden floors I mentioned earlier? It was a life saver. After the first rainfall, peoples tents were flooded. If you were around dirt, you had mud. Having your tent propped up on wooden planks makes all the difference.
Overall, What are the pros and cons of camping in Dreamville?
- You are steps away from the festival. No need to jump on a shuttle and battle with parking.
- You get an extra day at the festival. Dreamville has its own pre-party known to feature big name DJ’s such as Like Mike & Dimitri Vegas.
- You are literally living in a mini city filled with shopping, dining, parlor shops, super markets, and even a daily Tomorrowland newspaper.
- Make deeper connections with fellow festival goers.
- Showers close too early.
- Poorly prepared for the rain.
- Dreamville supermarket sells out of essentials FAST and way overpriced.
- Minimal shade spots to escape the sun.
Have you ever camped at a festival? How did you prepare for success? Share in the comment below!