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Article Summary

  • We list all the things you can and cannot bring to Life Is Beautiful according to the festival themselves
  • Most of the items you can’t bring are obvious, but it’s still good to skim the list to make sure you are all good when you try to get into Life Is Beautiful

Knowing what to bring with you to Life Is Beautiful can make all the difference. Having certain things can really enhance the experience. On the other end of the spectrum is you don’t want to bring something not allowed. You will either have to toss it or run back to your hotel or house to return it. This article goes over everything you can and cannot bring to Life Is Beautiful.

Things You Can Bring to Life Is Beautiful

The following is the list of items permitted into Life Is Beautiful. This list comes directly from the Life Is Beautiful Information website, which can be reached at

  • Blankets (Clean and bed-bug free.)
  • Baby strollers (We love the little ones.)
  • Small bags, single-compartment backpacks, plush backpacks and purses—regular-size/unframed backpacks (Now is the time to break out that Hello Kitty backpack you haven’t worn since 3rd grade.)
  • Portable phone chargers
  • Soft-sided coolers no larger than a 12-pack size (But don’t think of filling it with beer.)
  • Two factory-sealed water bottles up to 1 liter each (Stay hydrated.)
  • Empty Camelbak or other empty plastic containers, i.e. Nalgene bottle (Indulge in all that free water in the middle of the desert.)
  • Binoculars (To watch the action on stage, not to be a creep.)
  • Personal cameras with a detachable lens 2 inches or shorter

Things You Can’t Bring to Life Is Beautiful

The list of prohibited items at Life Is Beautiful also comes from the official website and is subject to change. You should check the official website just in case something changes, but most of these are fairly obvious. Anyways, here is what you can’t bring in with you to Life Is Beautiful.

  • Unsealed water bottles (We caught on a long time ago that vodka and water are both clear.)
  • Weapons of ANY kind
  • Drones / remote flying device
  • Illegal substances and/or paraphernalia (This is a family-friendly event, so get high on your time.)
  • Large or framed backpacks, purses or bags (You aren’t moving in, just staying awhile.)
  • Professional video/audio recording equipment (Try Snapchat instead.)
  • Professional still camera equipment with a detachable lens longer than 2 inches, tripods, big zooms, or commercial-use rigs
  • Selfie sticks, GoPro attachments, Monopods
  • Aerosol containers, except sunscreen (There’s no place for Aqua Net at this festival.)
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds (Bike valet will be provided.)
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, scooters, wagons, carts or any other personal motorized vehicles
  • Lawn furniture, chairs, tents (Inflatable pink flamingos will be considered.)
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Musical instruments (While we appreciate that you played the French horn in 7th grade, the only music we want to hear is from the performers onstage.)
  • Picnic baskets, large or hard-sided coolers (We wouldn’t want to insult our food vendors.)
  • Pets/animals; dogs that are individually trained to assist a person with a disability are allowed on the grounds of the event (We love Fido, Sparky, Boots and Whiskers, but we think they will be much happier at home in their air-conditioned pet condo.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Glass or can containers of any kind
  • Markers, sharpies, paint pens or spray paint
  • Promotional items, samples, giveaways, flyers or stickers
  • Sharp objects, large chains, spiked jewelry
  • No illegal vending is permitted; no unauthorized or unlicensed vendors allowed
  • Hula hoops and umbrellas
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Water guns, water balloons, any other kind of water projectile
  • Large totems; must be smaller than 6 feet, and no thicker than 1/2 inch. Must be made of light material: swim noodles, foam-type material, cardboard tubes, fabric, string, yarn, light plastic, balloons and/or blow-up items. Totems made of wood, metal and/or PVC material will NOT be allowed. This includes flagpoles and heavy sticks.

What should I bring with me to Life Is Beautiful?

If you are interested in all the things we think you should take with you to Life Is Beautiful you should check out our full article on it at I will offer a few quick thoughts on the allowed list, and what you should bring.

Blankets – These are nice if you don’t mind sitting a bit from the stage and want to chill out. You spend a lot of time on your feet at Life Is Beautiful so having a blanket is nice. It gives you a place to sit down and enjoy a show, and offers a refreshing break from standing. Just know you won’t be able to set up your blanket directly in front of the stage – that’s bad etiquette. Setup your blank back a bit from the stage and you can relax and enjoy the show from a distance.

Camelbak – I am a big proponent of bringing a Camelbak with you to Life Is Beautiful. It basically cuts down on your trips to go get water and allows you to have more time at the stages watching performances. It also gives you a better chance of staying hydrated as you will always have water on you. Lastly, you will use this for more than just Life Is Beautiful. If you go to any other music festivals, hiking, or other outdoor activities you will use it; it’s worth it.

Totems – I know some of you may be thinking ‘what the hell is a totem’? It’s basically a tall stick that is used so you can find your group at Life Is Beautiful. The crowds can be pretty intense at Life Is Beautiful, a totem is made to be a signal to your group so they can find it. Typically people do something unique with their totem to make it unique and easily spotted. If you have a big group (I’d say 6+ people) this is generally a good idea. The downside is someone has to carry it all day, but it does help you gather your Life Is Beautiful squad easily. Just make sure you follow Life Is Beautiful’s rules on totems: it can’t be taller than 6’ or wider than ½”. See the list for things you cannot bring for all the details and rules on totems (basically they don’t want anything that could be too big to block views or be used as a weapon).

Backpacks – Obviously you can survive without bringing a backpack to Life Is Beautiful but I recommend you do it. If you have a locker you can just throw it in there when you don’t need it, but if you don’t have a locker I really recommend it. It’s nice to have somewhere to stash your sunglasses at night so you don’t lose them, carry a hoodie for nighttime when it cools down, and/or a place to store water bottles or contraband. It’s not a big deal to carry this around all day at Life Is Beautiful, so I recommend bringing one. Be sure to follow the size restrictions.

Coolers – Keep in mind that Las Vegas is hotter than hell in September. You will be sweating and your ice cold water you purchased will turn lukewarm in about 20 minutes. If you don’t mind carrying it with you a cooler could be a nice option to keep things refreshingly cool. Obviously there is the tradeoff that it’s one more thing to carry, so decide for yourself if it’s worth it. I personally like having one.

Alcohol / Illegal Substances – Obviously you cannot bring these in with you, but almost everyone does. Sneaking this stuff into festivals is fairly easy, just use a little bit of creativity and think of where they won’t be searching you when you go through the gates at Life Is Beautiful.


There you have it, everything you can and cannot bring with you to Life Is Beautiful. Admittedly, a lot of these are obvious, but some aren’t so it is good to know what isn’t allowed before you go. Don’t be the guy who makes your group run back to the hotel because you brought something you can’t part with to Life Is Beautiful.

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