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…
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:
THINGS YOU CAN’T BRING TO EDC
NO Illegal Substances, Drugs, or Drug Paraphernalia
This is obvious. That means no pipes, needles, etc
Unless your pet is another person, don’t bring it.
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.
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.)
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.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS TO BRING TO EDC
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.
Because only cool people where sunglasses at night.
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.
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.
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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