Your Essential Shopping Guide for the Above & Beyond Weekender @ the Gorge

For those who are camping at the Above & Beyond Weekender at the Gorge, we’ve compiled a must-have packing list for you! From the most experienced campers to the GLAMpers, we’ve tried to include items for everyone.

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Hydration Essentials

It’s going to be hot at the Gorge! It’s the middle of summer, and there’s not much shade at the amphitheater. So staying hydrated should be a top priority. But nothing’s worse than needing to get water in the middle of an awesome set. So make sure to get yourself hydration pack to quench your thirst! And check out the Electrolyte supplements to keep you hydrated too!

Sojourner Rave Hydration Pack Backpack – 2L Water Bladder –
I recommend the Sojourner Hydration pack because they have really cool designs and multiple sizes of packs. The bigger ones include pockets to store other items.

HAISSKY Running Waist Belt with Water Bottle Holder –
If you don’t want to carry a backpack, you can also get a fanny pack that has a water bottle holder. The HAISSKY brand is the one that we personally use and it’s great when you don’t want something hanging on your body.

Hi Lyte Electrolyte Replacement Tablets for Rapid Rehydration –
Hi-Lyte is an all-natural, performance electrolyte supplement that provides the perfect balance of fast-acting electrolytes for rapid rehydration and recovery. It’s not going to replace the need for water, but you won’t get dehyrdated as easily.

Self Cooling

Again, because it’s going to be hot at the Gorge, you’ll want to keep your whole body cool. So make sure to bring yourself a hand fan, an electric fan, or a misting fan to keep you, and the others around you (all about PLUR), extra cool!

Gay Rave and Circuit Almanac Nerdy Panda Fan –
THE Best cooling option will, of course, be the Gay Rave and Circuit Almanac Nerdy Panda fan!!! Not biased or anything!! Support our site by purchasing one of our adorable fans!

Gazeled Battery Operated Clip on Fan –
I will personally be sporting this battery powered clip-on fan. It’s actually the size of a football so it gives pretty good wind power. PLUS, you have the option of plugging it into an USB port/portable battery to make it last longer.


While at a music festival, or any type of public event, your sure to be surrounded by some of the most amazing PLUR people in the world! Unfortunately there are also people that prey on that, and take advantage of amazing events. There will always be pick-pocketers, so its best to use some form of anti-theft device on your phone, or even bring a “burner” phone. Fanny packs are great for storing you I.D., credit card, cash and gum. It’s a good idea to keep your ID/Cards separate from you phone, as phones tend to be the biggest target. 

BLACKRAPID Wander Bundle – Smartphone Safety Tether System –
Here’s a simple cell phone leash that works with most cell phones with a case. The loop fits through the opening for the charging port of the case and then you can have it tethered to your wrist, your belt loop, or your backpack.

Unlocked Apple iPhone 5C –
Get an unlocked iPhone (or Android Phone) to use as a “burner” phone to take into the festivals. So even if it’s stolen, you will still have your real phone.


Its always a good idea to keep your eyes protected from the sun’s rays. Here are a few ideas for some cool shades. They are also great for hiding some of those crazy faces you might make while having too much fun! Want to enhance the visuals? Grab a pair with refraction lenses 

Vintage Mirrored Sunglasses One Piece Colored Glasses –
Be the coolest kid in the crowd! These mirrored glasses are SICK!

Kaleidoscope Rave Rainbow Crystal Lenses Steampunk Goggles –
Give yourself a light show with these fun refraction glasses! When the lasers are going and the beats are just right, it’s an out of this world experience when you have these on.

PINFOX Shutter EL Wire Neon Rave Glasses –
You’re sure to be the life of the party with these EL Wire neon glasses on. These are battery operated so you may need to bring extra batteries with you if you want them to last several nights.


Make sure to stock up on these essentials for any outdoor event. Whether it’s protection for your skin or sanitizing hand wipes, you’ll want to add these items to your packing list for sure!

Coppertone SPORT Continuous Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 –
Don’t end up being a lobster! The sun will be strong and there won’t be much shade. So make sure you apply sunscreen at least 15 min prior to first exposure and then reapply every hour or so.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm –
Chapped lips are the worst! It’s going to be pretty dry in the area – and when you’re dancing a lot you’re bound to be dehydrated. So moisten those lips with a good lip balm like Burt’s Bees.

Night Light Glow in the Dark CONDOMS –
Put on your protection!! And to make sure it’s on right, get the Glow In the Dark ones! 😛

Camping Gear

This will be my first camping experience for a festival so I want to be REALLY prepared for everything. I’ve compiled a good list of camping gear and camping essentials for those in an RV or in a tent. Let me know if the comments what else you would add to this list!

8 Seats Portable Folding Bench for Camping –
Have a party at your camp site by bringing this 8 seater!! It folds up into a small little cube for portability. But once open, you’re going to be able to entertain all your friends!

Queen Size Sleeping Bag for 2 –
Why sleep along in your own sleeping bag, when you can share one with your rave bae?? This comfy double sleeping bag is lightweight but durable. Cuddle up with someone at the end of the night.

Large Outdoor Camping Blanket –
It’s going to be cold in the middle of the night, so don’t get caught without something to bundle up with. This blanket rolls up so you can pack it up easily instead of those bulky blankets that take up too much space.

QuikFlip Hoodie –
The QuikFlip Hoodie converts from a super comfortable hoodie into a drawstring bag in a matter of seconds! I personally have one of these and I take it to almost every party that I go to. It’s SO convenient especially when you’re going to have fluctuating temperatures!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Metal Fish Lures –
For anyone who wants to go fishing down in the creek…. 😛

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