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Things you must know before going to EDC Las Vegas 2015

Well everyone, it’s finally here again. In just a few short days, thousands of people (myself included) will be heading to Sin City for the absolute mecha of music festivals – Electric Daisy Carnival.
For those who have never been, and even those that have, the key here is to PACE yourself. I highly recommend that you do not over do it the very first night! There’s 3 long day’s/nights of magic to behold, and trust me, you’ll want to get the absolute most out of it as possible. Below are some helpful tips I’ve sourced from around the web as well as personal experience, to help steer you in the right direction.

#1 Stay Hydrated – This can not be stressed enough. EDC is located in the desert, it’s going to be dry, and it’s going to be very, very hot. The good news, Camelbacks are allowed! They must be empty upon entering, but you can go fill them up and one of the many free water stations available throughout the venue. You can also purchase an EDC refillable water bottle from inside as well. Again, this should be a priority. It’s important we all stay safe out there and have a fantastic time! There are also various medical stations where you can go get everything from anti-nausea to ibuprofen – don’t be shy, medics are your friends.

#2 Dress Comfortably – Again, due to the high temperatures, you do not want to be the person wearing jeans or heavy clothing. Have fun with it! Dress up, dress little, whatever floats your boat – just make sure your body can breathe and it will only help you get to focus on all the wonderful things to see.

#3 Stay Connected – For anyone who’s been to a festival before, you know that even though you may have a signal, 9/10 times you can’t text or recieve calls from the sheer amount of people that are all so close to each other. Luckily, there is some super handy app’s that can help out with this. I highly recommend that you download Open Garden & FireChat. At the very least, FireChat. These two app’s work as a ‘mesh network’ and will allow you to stay connected despite the service difficulties. If you’re going with a group, these are lifesavers. They both available on the iOS App Store and Google Play. Furthermore, have a meet up point just in case someone gets lost. Somewhere noticeable and not high traffic. ‘Let’s all meet up at the entrance’ would not be a good idea. Find a booth or very easily visible display and make it your home base. Lastly, if possible, use the buddy system. Plain and simple – getting lost with a friend is a million times better than getting lost on your own.

Below is a list of what is allowed, and what is not allowed into the venue:

* ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • YES Small bags, single compartment backpacks, plush backpacks, & purses (maximum 12”x12”)
  • YES Official Insomniac water bottles—must be empty upon entry
  • YES CamelBaks with no more than two main compartments and one smaller compartment—must be empty upon entry
  • YES Cell phones
  • YES Fanny packs
  • YES Sunglasses & hats
  • YES Lighters and sealed packs of cigarettes
  • YES E-cigs or vapes that do not have refillable liquid chambers
  • YES Physician-prescribed medication that is not expired (must show physician’s prescription and consult with a safety officer upon entry)
  • YES Earplugs
  • YES Sealed lip balm & gloss
  • YES Powder makeup and sealed tampons
  • YES Glowsticks & glowing/illuminated costumes or jewelry
  • YES Sealed packs of gum
  • YES Hula hoops (including LED hoops)
  • YES LED poi
  • YES Inflatables (must be deflated upon entry)
  • YES Flags/banners or handmade signs (no corporate/company branded and no hard flagpoles)
  • YES Festival totems or decorated pool noodles (see Totem Guidelines above)
  • YES Non-professional flash/still cameras, handheld video devices under 6” (Sony Action Cam, GoPro, etc.), and GoPro extendable poles

* PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • NO Illegal substances
  • NO Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • NO Pets
  • NO Massagers
  • NO Laser pointers and air horns
  • NO LED gloves or LED microlights used for light shows
  • NO Pacifiers, dust masks or gas masks
  • NO Eye drops (available inside festival at the general store)
  • NO Over-the-counter medication (available inside festival at general store or from a first aid station)
  • NO Liquid makeup or unsealed tampons (upon entry)
  • NO Glass, cans, cups or coolers
  • NO Markers, pens or spray paint
  • NO Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • NO Stickers, flyers
  • NO Balls or Frisbees
  • NO Tents, large umbrellas, chairs or blankets
  • NO Bota bags
  • NO Large purses, bags or backpack (over 12″×12″)
  • NO Stuffed animals or dolls
  • NO Open packs of cigarettes (upon entry)
  • NO Outside food or beverages (including alcohol and candy)
  • NO Weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • NO Professional photo, video, or audio recording equipment (no detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms or commercial-use rigs)

And finally, the most important rule of them all – HAVE FUN! It gets better every single year, and this won’t be an exception. This is truly an experience of a lifetime, and one you will likely remember for the rest of your life. Stay safe and have a blast out there. Can’t wait to see everyone under the electric sky!



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