Words of Advice from LIB Vets - Lightning In A Bottle 2020

Words of Advice from LIB Vets

February 28th, 2020

LIB is not your ordinary festival, and if you’re a first-timer this year, you probably have some questions! Who better to ask than our LIB veterans themselves! They know the ins and outs better than we do, and they have graciously shared their own tips, tricks, and words of advice that will set you on your way to having your best LIB ever! Read on to see what they have to say, so you can get the most out of your 2020 LIB experience.


  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your neighbors at your camp. You never know who you might meet, and they can have a huge impact and influence on your experience.
  • With an open heart and zero expectations, your transformational festival experience will go exactly as it should. You’ll leave with no “what if” this or “I should have” that. There are always going to be people around you who are seasoned festival veterans, full of knowledge and wisdom. Let them bestow that info upon you; ask questions, take their advice, follow their lead. They know secrets that will enlighten and heighten your fest experience.
  • Some of the best times I have had at festivals is when I choose to leave my group and go off by myself for the day. Not only is it nice because you get to do EXACTLY what YOU want and when you want to do it, but it almost forces you to meet new friends. LIB and most festivals are full of some of the most welcoming people on this planet, you just have to let go and allow yourself to meet them.
  • No matter what, it’s going to change your life. The good vibes will take over and you will feel like everyone is on the same level. Don’t overthink it, just be you, and enjoy the ride!
  • Don’t try to do everything or stay with your group at all times. Everybody has their own pace for how they want to go about the day, so don’t try to keep up with everyone around you and instead go at your own pace or else you’ll get exhausted. Do what you want to do and make sure to rest and eat while you’re at it.


  • Pre-made frozen foods, like soups or pasta, double as an ice pack and make for easy meals. Bring foods that create minimal waste and aren’t individually wrapped
  • Bring enough trash bags to hold recycling, landfill, and compost, and start sorting/separating as you go instead of waiting until the end to clean and pack your waste. Arrive with enough space in your car to leave with your bag of trash.
  • Bring a bandana, scarf, ventilator, or dust mask to protect yourself from the dust.
  • Wear comfy shoes ~ hiking boots or something with good ankle support.
  • Freeze jugs of water as your ice source. Save money and use the water. Very minimal waste.
  • Unpacking food into tupperware at your house reduces the trash you bring in, which helps us leave it better. Planning out your meals will make meal time less chaotic.
  • Make your lock screen a photo of someone’s contact so that if the phone gets lost, whoever finds it knows who to call.


  • Put lights on your tent or on a pole outside of your tent to help find it at night.
  • Spring clamps help for hanging things on EZ-ups without wasting zipties or putting holes in the things you’re hanging.
  • Line the inside/outside of your tent with emergency thermal blankets to help block the light and heat from the sun. Packing tape helps hold them together to shape them to the tent. Hold them down tight or pack with another material to minimize the crunchy noise they make.
  • Bring vitamins and protein powder to easily get nutrients throughout the weekend.
  • Look out for future you ~ set up your tent and have everything ready for bed so when you get back from your day and you’re exhausted, you don’t have to worry about anything.
  • Throwing a tarp over your tent before you go to sleep will help a lot with the heat when the morning sun comes in.
  • Day one, learn landmarks to use to find your camp because once it’s dark, it is very easy to get turned around.


  • Dry ice at the bottom of the cooler, more water than you’ll need for the time you are there, hand sanitizer, coconut oil, high fidelity ear plugs, sunscreen, a heart filled with love, wagon, Polaroid camera, double the socks you think you will need, Yerba mate/coffee/tea, an insatiable appetite for adventure, yoga mat, a big inflatable raft (for you and the lifelong friends you are about to meet), soup, goggles, TP, literally the softest pillow in the world, and radical vibrations. Catch ya on the d floor.
  • Water canteen or camelback. They provide all the water. Cash for food if you aren’t cooking. Cash for showers if you want to clean up. Whatever helps keep you cool during the day and warm at night. The LIB site covers a lot in the FAQ section too. Bring beer in cans so it’s easy to crunch and saves room in your trash bags. Bring trash bags to bring your trash back with you and leave no trace. Open mind, fun attitude, and you’ll do great.
  • Best plans are no plans at all.
  • Get there as EARLY as possible (3 hour wait time is normal), especially if you and your friends are setting up a big camp.  Make sure you stay hydrated, check out ALL THE THINGS, and make sure you fill up your gas tank BEFORE you are close to the festival!!! Cause you’re going to have the long wait to get in, and the long wait to get out. <3
  • Listen to your body to avoid burnout by the last day of the festival. Take it easy, rest, eat real food, drink plenty of water, don’t overdo it. It’s a marathon not a sprint.

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