What You Can and Can’t Bring to EDC


Believe it or not, the trash cans at the entrances to EDC are similar to the trash cans at the TSA inspection before you board a plane.

You know why?

They are full of new or like-new items that simply go to waste.  The entrance trash alone would be a gold mine for the homeless and something the Salvation Army would love to get their hands on.

Ravers simply don’t take the time to educate themselves on what they can or can’t bring with them into EDC.  Luckily, that’s why you’re here at How To EDC.

To keep EDC safe, law enforcement officers will be on site looking for anyone with alcohol possession, any barbiturates, drugs, or any other controlled substances. As a festival goer, you will be subject to a search by these officers under the laws of the State of Nevada or whatever state EDC is being held at.

If you are wondering if security is pretty strict at the doors about what goes in and what goes out…

They are.

It’s simply for our safety as event attendees.  So you can’t go into some “I am holier than thou” rant when you get your shit confiscated by someone that is simply doing his/her job.

We put together a list of everything that WILL and WILL NOT give you issues at the door below:


NO Illegal Substances, Drugs, or Drug Paraphernalia

This is obvious. That means no pipes, needles, etc

NO Pets

Unless your pet is another person, don’t bring it.

NO Massagers

My best rave experience involved a light show and a massage tool. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to relive that anytime soon.

NO Laser Pointers

Laser pointer to the eye, not cool!

NO LED Gloves or LED Microlights used for Light Shows

This is kinda unfortunate. Boo!

NO Pacifiers or Dust Masks

Sorry, but teeth grinding is in and Vicks VapoRub is out.

NO Eyedrops (available inside festival at the General Store)

It’s the bottle that the event is worried about.  However, don’t worry.  You can get them in the Speedway.

NO Glass, Cans, Cups or Coolers

Glass can break and for some reason people like to take off their shoes at the rave. EDC has their own vendors.  You can also bring an official empty insomniac bottle.  Beverages will be served on site.

NO Markers, Pens or Spray Paint

If you want to get someone’s number, your best bet is to use your phone.

NO Large Chains or Spiked Jewelry

Think Fluffies and Daisies. Know your scene.  It can also be used as weapons.

NO Stickers, Flyers, Banners or Posters

You can not cross promote your brand or event unless you are an official sponsor or vendor.

NO Balloons, Balls, Inflatable Balls or Frisbees

This kinda sucks.  However, EDC will have its own inflatable crowd toys.

NO Tents, Large Umbrellas, Chairs or Blankets

This is EDC, not Coachella.

NO Backpacks Over 12”x12”

This helps security go through your stuff faster. Big backpacks tend to have more pockets. More pockets means more places to hide stuff!

NO Bota Bags

These are awesome, but you could easily hide alcohol in them. Insomniac knows that.

Bota Bags at EDC 2013

Bota Bags are NOT allowed.

NO Large Purses or Bags (Anything Over 12” x 12”)

See reasoning above.

NO Stuffed Animals or Dolls (Including Plush Backpacks)

Stuffed animals and Dolls are for kids silly.

NO Open Packs of Cigarettes or Unsealed Tampons (Upon Entry)

So yea, please don’t bring your used tampons.

NO Outside Food or Beverages (Including Alcohol and Candy)

They have vendors inside and free water dispensers everywhere.

NO Weapons of any Kind (Includes Pocket Knives, Pepper Spray, Fireworks, etc.)

Self explanatory.

NO Professional Recording Equipment – Photo, Video, or Audio (No Detachable Lenses, Tripods, Big Zooms or Commercial Use Rigs)

Insomniac has full rights to the professional quality pictures and video that come out of this event.

NO Video Cameras

You can use your smartphone’s video capabilities.  But other than that, nothing else.


YES Small Bags, Single Compartment Backpacks and Purses (maximum 12” x 12”)

The security will tell you to go back to your car or toss your bag / purse in order to go in if they don’t meet this requirement.

YES Reusable Insomniac Aluminum Water Bottles (must be empty upon entry)

Expensive, but worth it.

YES Fanny Packs

It’s the only weekend of the year that fanny packs are actually cool to wear.

YES Non-Professional Flash/Still Cameras

If you have a smart phone with a high quality camera, just bring that instead.

YES Cell Phones

These are absolutely necessary to stay in touch with your friends. It’s almost guaranteed that you will be lost in the massive crowd of people.

YES Sunglasses

Because only cool people where sunglasses at night.

YES Hats

Self explanatory.

YES Lighters

It’s an outdoor event so smoking is definitely allowed.

YES Closed Packs of Cigarettes

Come prepared. Open cigarette packs will be discarded at the door.

YES Sealed/Wrapped Tampons

Because used tampons are gross.

YES Earplugs

You will go deaf with the sheer volume of the music and proximity to the speakers.

YES Sealed Chapstick and Lipgloss

That means it still needs to have that plastic wrap around it.

YES Glowsticks

Because light shows are awesome.

YES Glowing/Illuminated Costumes or Jewelry

Because there will be tons of black lights everywhere.

YES Sealed Packs of Gum

Such a simple request, but every year the trash cans at the door are always full of opened packs of gum.

YES Camel Backs (empty upon entry)

You can fill them up at the free water stations inside.

Are you ready for EDC 2013? We hope you bought your tickets and are ready for the experience of a lifetime!  Here’s the trailer from EDC 2012 Las Vegas to get you pumped up all over again.

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  • dave
    February 23, 2013 @ 1:10 PM

    can you camp at the site with a small rv


  • kathy
    March 3, 2013 @ 7:07 PM

    there’s no camping at the Vegas event, but there is at the Chicago one… it’s here



  • Kelsey A.
    April 12, 2013 @ 12:18 PM

    What about LED lights built into your clothes? Or is that the same as LED gloves?


  • admin
    April 12, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

    EL Wire is fine.


  • jose
    April 12, 2013 @ 4:18 PM

    Can i bring a gopro?


    • David
      April 20, 2013 @ 1:54 PM

      @Jose, Insomniac says “no recording devices are allowed at EDC”… however, I’ve seen a ton of GoPro videos on YouTube so I’m not certain how strict they will be on enforcing it…


  • Paul From San Jose, CA
    April 29, 2013 @ 3:54 AM

    I want to drive a cargo van conversion to EDC and use it to sleep throughout the three days. It would look like a cargo van from the outside and wouldn’t draw too much attention. What I really want to know is can I park near the speedway in a single place for all 3 days? If not, what is the parking policy?


  • michael
    May 1, 2013 @ 4:17 AM

    Can i bring a walkie talkie?


  • Marie
    May 1, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

    Can I bring my birth control pills?


  • Eric
    May 6, 2013 @ 8:03 AM

    Do all of these YES and NO rules apply to campers as well, specifically those with camping and an RV pass? I’m driving down from Canada and need to confirm this lol.


  • Dreu
    May 11, 2013 @ 6:40 PM

    Can I bring an external usb phone charger?


  • Ken
    May 16, 2013 @ 8:12 AM

    It honestly depends if you get a stickler or not. Every festival has these “rules” And inside you’ll find everything they say can not be had. More often then not security gives a half assed search and are mainly looking for pacifiers, open beverages, and drugs. The average hired security does not want to thoroughly search hundreds of thousands of kids.


  • Kelly
    May 17, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

    Is vaporizer pen / electronic cig allowed?


  • Robert
    May 17, 2013 @ 7:12 PM

    Is a vapor cig allowed?


  • Ann
    May 27, 2013 @ 12:44 PM

    Can you take in deodorant?!


  • justin
    June 3, 2013 @ 2:43 PM

    vapor cig like the ego by joyetech??


  • luey pinedo
    June 14, 2013 @ 5:05 PM

    Does anyone know if I could take a pole for my gopro???


    • David
      June 17, 2013 @ 1:02 PM

      Video recording devices are not permitted at Electric Daisy Carnival


  • Rae-Lynn
    June 15, 2013 @ 7:43 PM

    Did anyone get a reply on the vapor e-cig?? Are they allowed?


    • David
      June 17, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

      E-cigs are allowed, but make sure they are FULLY inspect-able. If they have compartments that have liquid that cannot be accessed, they won’t be allowed in.


  • nehesiah
    June 21, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

    are masks allowed?


  • Gracie
    September 25, 2013 @ 5:49 PM

    Can I take a light up hula hoop??? And also extra batteries???


  • Tyler
    October 20, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

    Going to EDC Orlando at Tinker, can we bring gloves even if they have lights in them just not using them for light shows? I dont understand why we cant bring gloves but we can bring glow sticks, hoops, orbits, or poi..?


  • brandon
    November 4, 2013 @ 10:41 PM

    Can we bring in any outside empty water container?


  • Sherlyn
    December 5, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

    “YES Non-Professional Flash/Still Cameras” so yes to go pro?


    • David
      January 30, 2014 @ 4:58 PM

      No video recording devices are allowed at EDC. Any video published on the web can be taken as Insomniac property… :(


  • Richard
    February 9, 2014 @ 6:52 PM

    Ok if you have a GoPro they ARE allowed: Straight from the boss http://thesceneisdead.com/2013/06/15/gopros-are-finally-approved-for-edc-las-vegas/
    My question is, can I bring a cellphone power stick to charge my phone?


  • Donna
    March 9, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

    Are LED poi allowed? Thanks.


  • Cyndi Breland
    May 20, 2014 @ 2:15 AM

    can we bring makeup too/


  • corey
    July 22, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

    Are you allowed to leave and come back in?


    • Michael Zarelli
      March 22, 2015 @ 3:03 PM

      Once you leave, you can’t go back in. The only exception is if you escorted by security/staff. (I ‘left’ to go to the medical tent for a friend and one of the staff escorted me back in).


  • andres
    August 3, 2014 @ 2:58 PM

    can we bring a mask?


  • Walter
    February 16, 2015 @ 2:50 PM

    What about a bottle of sunscreen?


  • Lauren Viada
    February 20, 2015 @ 9:28 PM

    What if my rave bra has some wooden spikes on it?


  • david
    April 4, 2015 @ 3:15 PM

    Can I bring a LED LIGHT UP MASK


  • Lisa
    April 28, 2015 @ 11:27 PM

    Can I bring my insulin and insulin needles??


    • Matt
      June 11, 2015 @ 6:11 PM

      Yes just make sure you have everything previously sealed, the first day one of the security guards at the gate merely glanced at it. Day 2 I was escorted over for a medical security officer to look through it. I also brought a doctor’s note


    • Jeff Hicks (DJ Fexy)
      June 22, 2015 @ 1:05 AM

      Yes, you can bring your insulin, novo pens, and medication. Make sure to bring them in the bottles or boxes they were prescribed in. Also, it is best to bring an original copy of your prescriptions that has your name that can be verified with picture ID. They asked me to leave my needles and medicines at the medical tent, but I had no problem accessing my medicines when I needed. I did not come with the proper boxes or containers the medication came in, but they were really cool at the NYC EDC in 2013. The head of the security staff told me that the security officers make minimum wage and therefore could not let me in, but he could and would be happy to. They do not discriminate because one has a medical condition or needs to take medicines during the show.


  • Alyssa
    May 14, 2015 @ 8:19 AM

    Can you bring deodorant?


  • Matthew Kirkpatrick
    May 17, 2015 @ 8:43 PM

    If we are driving an RV to Las Vegas, do we HAVE to have Premier Parking, or can we just park the RV in the regular parking?


  • Crls
    May 25, 2015 @ 9:51 PM

    Can I take my vape pen !?


  • Jenifer
    June 4, 2015 @ 2:56 PM

    Can you bring LED masks?


  • Kent
    June 8, 2015 @ 4:09 PM

    What about ecigs?


  • Chris
    June 15, 2015 @ 8:42 AM

    Can I bring my empty Hydro Flask in?


  • Ravan
    June 15, 2015 @ 9:50 PM

    Can I bring my Orbit?


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