Shambhala 2020 will be here before we know it. As the best festival in North America nears, we wanted to share our top few tips and tricks to make sure everyone has a truly unforgettable and safe experience on the farm! Id say our biggest tip from last year that proved to come in the most handy was packing rain gear and clothing because boy did it rain!
1. Drink Water, Stay Hydrated
Hydration is key. The days will be long and hot, please drink your water. There will be well marked water stations and medical stands throughout the festival and camping grounds, make sure you and your group are familiarized with these locations. We want everyone to have the best time ever and that is hard to do if we aren’t taking proper care of our bodies. Drink water!
2. Eat Well, Stay Fueled
Piggy-backing off of the hydration tip, eating healthy foods like fruits and veggies will keep us out on the dance floor longer and feeling like a million bucks. You will be active all weekend, feed the machine!
3. Pack for cold/hot/rain/sun
Sham is known to get hot but also get pretty cold at night, pack for both! As of now, it is looking like day time highs in the upper 70s and the night hours dipping into the low 60s. If you have a VIP set up, please ensure your specific package includes bedding as all packages do not.
Festival Hack; Hand fans are life savers for day time heat!
4. No Alcohol
Yes, you heard it here, Shambhala is a completely DRY festival. There is no alcohol on allowed on the premises and this includes all camping areas. Your car will be thoroughly searched upon entrance and any alcohol will be confiscated. We know no beer sounds a little off but just trust us on this one, Shambhala knows what they are doing!
5. Face Shields, Bandana, Fishing Mask
Like ear plugs, face protection is always a festival necessity. With thousands of people walking around all weekend, dust in the air is inevitable, so pack an extra bandana and your nostrils and lungs will thank you later.
Festival Hack; on really hot days, you can soak your bandana in some water for some quick self cooling!
Shambhala gets hot and cold so prepping for both is going to be best case here. The sun can be very strong and there is nothing worse than a quick day 1 sunburn that becomes your new Shambhala +1. Also, there are some sunscreen options that may not be the best for the Salmo River so please try and be cautious! Sharing is caring, if you see one of your fellow Sham-goers looking a little beat up from the sun, offer them some sunscreen.
8. Ear Plugs
We cannot stress this one enough and of course it is personal preference but we highly suggest wearing ear plugs at Shambhala and typically when attending most types of live music. As avid music goers, ear plugs are a must MusicFests365 and we always have extras if you see us around. Shambhala boasts state of the art production especially with sound; it is going to be loud. There are some high-quality ear plugs out there very reasonably priced. Give amazon a quick look!
9. Be Kind. Look Out For Your Friends And Shambhala Family
Be open, dance, let free, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Shambhala is more than a festival, it is a community. Be kind to one another and if you see anyone looking like they might need some help then help them out! Explore on your own, say hi to strangers, there is so much to see on the farm. Come with an open mind and some sweet dance moves and you are good to go.
10. LEAVE IT BETTER
Starting things off on an environmental note with leave it BETTER. The Shambhala forest and farm is an absolutely gorgeous spread of land hidden in Salmo River Valley British Columbia region of Canada and everyone takes keeping it clean extremely serious! We ask Shambha-family members to not only leave their areas the way they found it, but to leave it BETTER!
Below is the official PLAN YOUR JOURNEY link from Shambhala. This will include everything from Getting There, Shuttles and Transportation, Guides and Maps, What to Pack, Arrival & Entry, Parking, Camping, Getting Home, and the Shambhala official FAQ section.
Shambhala Music Festival
July 24th – 27th
Salmo River Ranch British Columbia