WayHome Music Festival!

This past weekend I crossed off something on my bucket list and attended a camping music festival called Wayhome up north in Oro Medonte.  Boy did it not disappoint!  This was the first year for this music festival in Canada, but was organized by a popular festival named Bonnaroo that happens in Manchester, Tennessee.  I really didn’t know what to expect prior to attending this adventure.  Packing for this 3 day weekend trip required some research online and asking some experienced festival campers to find out what to bring.  Luckily I also had some friends that went up the Thursday night to give me some tips: 1) bring sweaters b/c it got chilly at night  2) bring bug spray b/c there were a lot of bugs and 3) that the venue grounds were amazing!  Some things I found extremely useful to bring and others not so much, so I decided to compile a list below for future reference and also as advice for other new beginners!

All in all the festival was a blast!  In one weekend I was able to see so many different bands/singers/rappers/DJs and also get front row for Kendrick Lamar’s set (by far my favourite act of the festival).  The only complaint I would mention was the lack of shade and free water stations.  By the third day I actually started carrying around an umbrella just to shade myself! :D  None of my friends and I got shower passes, instead we brought baby wipes to clean ourselves with and on the last day I decided to wash my hair by just pouring a jug of water over my head.  We had heard from other people that the showers were surprisingly clean, as it’s not always the case at camping festivals.

Other highlights other than the musical acts were the different stations in the venue such as communal painting, free Reebok shoes, life sized beer pong, and a silent disco party.  I would definitely recommend taking at least one day to explore the venue, as there were a lot of free things to get, contests to enter and many places for great pictures.

For outfits I mostly went with high wasted skirts/shorts and bralette/bathing suit tops so that I didn’t get an awkward tan.  Boots were a key thing to bring as they kept my feet clean and lessened the pain of my toes being crushed when jumping around in the mosh pits.  I also brought my Dad’s vintage fanny pack which was super convenient to carry around.  All in all I had an amazing first experience attending a camping festival and would definitely do it again!! :)


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Oro Medonte, Ontario

Key Things to Bring

  • Tent to sleep in
  • Tent for shade
  • Folding Chairs
  • Air Mattress
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Mirror
  • Band Aids
  • Cooler
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tooth Brush/Paste
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Paper towels
  • Bug Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Advil
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Ties, trust me your hair will need it after day 1 if you don’t have a hat!
  • Sign so that your group can find your tent or you in the crowd!

Key Things to Wear

  • Bathing Suit Top
  • Bralette
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Boots
  • Flip Flops
  • Poncho
  • Sunglasses
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Sweater/cover up for night
  • Hat

Key Things to Eat

  • Fruits
  • Bread/Croissants
  • Granola Bars
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Alcohol
  • Ice packs, to keep your drinks cold on the drive up
  • We didn’t cook food, or else this list would be longer!!

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