The WayHome Survival Guide

Organized by Republic Live and Bonnaroo co-founder/AC Entertainment president, WayHome is recreating some of the Bonnaroo magic right here on Canadian soil. The GTA has been host to a multitude of music festivals this summer, but having the camping experience integrated with the shows takes festival-going to a whole new level.

Given the similarities between WayHome and Bonnaroo, we’ll see similar outfits. Think flower crowns, crochet tops, suede and fringed anything, plus the grunge from camping. Packing for something like this is an art – you don’t want too much but you need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Follow our top 10 tips below and you’ll be ready to fest with the best.


Outfit inspiration: Minimal and cool

Outfits for a music festival are super easy to pull together since they rely on comfort. Loose summer dresses and skirts, shorts and tanks. A trend we’re loving right now is the breezy off-the-shoulder peasant blouse (find one here at Anthropologie). It pairs perfectly with denim shorts or a maxi skirt.



Proper footwear is a must for being on your feet all day (I had an unfortunate experience at Bonnaroo where my feet blew up like Kim Kardashian’s pregnant feet). You can’t go wrong with the always popular Hunter Boots for classic music festival style. If the weather is cooperating, a stylish alternative would be suede booties or your worked-in high-top Converse.

Hunter Boots

Face and body wipes

Even if you splurged and spent the $24.99 for a shower pass, you will without a doubt be covered in sweat, dirt, and booze at the end of the day. Taking a wipe to your body a few times throughout the day will work wonders and your face will appreciate a quick wipe before you hit your sleeping bag.



Don’t even attempt to have a perfect blowout when you’re camping. You can always throw your hair in a sleek high pony or side braid or a quick spritz of a sea salt spray (try this from LUSH) will make you look so natural and carefree and won’t need any touching up throughout the day.



A must! Nothing will ruin your fun more than having a lobster face. Put it on as soon as you wake up and make room for it in your bag in case you can feel the burn in the afternoon.

Rain coat

Just in case, a light rain coat could save you from crawling into a tent soaking wet at the end of the night. Not fun. Make sure it’s thin so it’s not too warm. This one from Zara is loose fitted and has cropped kimono sleeves.


Backpack or cross-body

You need a bag that fully closes with a zipper or latch to avoid pickpocketers or (more likely) losing its contents when jumping up and down dancing. Both a backpack and cross-body bag leave you comfortable and your hands free to hold two drinks, which is so necessary. Keep your bag small and only able to hold the necessities for the day. The Mini Push Lock from The Cambridge Satchel Company is perfect.

The Cambridge Satchel Company


The perfect transition piece to take your outfit from day to night and stays true to the boho vibe. We are loving this neutral fringe number from Aritzia.


Porta-Potty essentials

Unfortunately, portable toilets will be your only option. The best advice is to get in and get out as quickly as possible. Make sure you have a flashlight to easily make your way there in the middle of the night. Hand sanitizer is also essential – no explanation needed.

Eye mask

The sun doesn’t care that you stayed up until 2:00am to see Girl Talk and at 6:00am it will be your wake-up call. An eye mask will help shield the rays and may allow you to get one or two extra hours of beauty sleep. Plus, this one from Catbird is just so cute.


Happy festing from the NU team!

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