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The final getaway packing record: EDM All Day's information to Costa Rica's Envision Festival

Envision Festival 2019 is just some quick weeks away, and because the competition gears up for it’s ninth version—anticipated to be its largest thus far—competition goers must be finalizing the logistics of creating it to Uvita, Costa Rica, for what’s broadly thought-about to be some of the distinctive, and refreshing competition experiences on the planet. This 12 months guarantees a stellar slate of programming throughout the four-day occasion, working from February 28 – March four. GRiZ, Tycho, Lee Burridge, CloZee, The Floozies, and Trevor Hall prime this 12 months’s musical billing, whereas the remainder of the competition is weaved collectively by numerous workshops, yoga lessons, nature excursions, and efficiency artwork items. But above any of the programming or the unwavering sense of neighborhood that the competition has curated over the past decade, the competition’s location might function the centerpiece of the complete expertise. Envision is hosted at Rancho la Merced, returning in 2019 for a fifth 12 months on the venue. Rancho la Merced perches competition goers proper the place Costa Rica’s breathtakingly stunning forest terrain meets the nice and cozy tropical waters of Playa Hermosisima—a setting unequalled by most different competition experiences (actual ones, no less than).

Though what a tropical paradise like Uvita affords to competition goers is clear on the floor, packing for the journey, touring to the competition safely and effectively, after which maximizing one’s time at Envision Festival requires lots of vitality and focus, and for a lot of, the journey is simply as a lot part of the expertise because the vacation spot winds up being. So for many who are prepping for his or her first Envision Festival, and even for seasoned execs making their returns to Rancho la Merced for this 12 months’s occasion, EDM All Day put collectively an inventory of packing necessities for this 12 months’s Envision Festival.

A Bird’s Eye View

Packing for Uvita begins nicely earlier than the suitcase is even damaged out. Once attendees attain Envision Festival, the sheer quantity of programming and the quite a few experiences that await will be overwhelming if not thoughtfully thought-about beforehand. Plan out your competition expertise, however go away room for changes. Planning out every day, from touring logistics to competition actions, ought to function extra of an overview than the rest. There’s a obligatory fluidity that attending any competition requires in fact, particularly in a spot as particular as Rancho la Merced. Simply put—issues are going to pop up. Moments of journey ready to unfold are sewn into the competition’s material, so permitting oneself to be versatile is necessary, however organizing a plan of assault every day may help make sense of all that Enivision as to supply from a programming perspective. Look on the competition from a fowl’s eye view earlier than packing for Costa Rica. Look at what every day on the occasion has to supply, the Envision website does an exceptional job of providing scheduling info to attendees that cowl the various array of workshops and motion periods. Does the day begin with yoga or a hike? When is the optimum time to move to the seaside? With talks, and efficiency artwork, meals, music, and a lot extra to contemplate, we advocate taking no less than a methodical skim of every day’s choices and making a psychological be aware of factors A, B, and C, and what will get you from each to the following. If one thing pursuits you even just a little, go test it out.

The ultimate getaway packing list: EDM All Day's guide to Costa Rica's Envision Festival

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Water Bottle

Your greatest good friend in your journey to Envision Festival—we’re eradicating dehydration in 2019. Bring a great, dependable reusable water bottle with you for 2 main causes. While the occasion’s lush rain forest and solar drenched seaside venue are the proper setting for crisp, chilly tequila, March is usually the onset of Costa Rica’s dry season, and conserving oneself hydrated all through the day is essential. Since Envision Festival affords quite a few watering stations throughout the competition grounds, the chance to refill ought to by no means be handed up. The second motive a research, reusable water receptacle is critical is essentially associated to the Envision ethos. One of the competition’s eight pillars is Eco Building—the tenet that attendees and organizers are dedicated to practices of sustainability and minimal influence, if any in any respect the place attainable. So convey a great water bottle, or Camelbak if that’s the way you roll, and ensure your folks drink sufficient water. A hydrated competition weekend is a contented competition weekend.

The ultimate getaway packing list: EDM All Day's guide to Costa Rica's Envision Festival

Gotta Get The Gear

Here’s the problem: packing for the seaside, the jungle, a music competition, and a yoga retreat abruptly.

An extremely easy resolution: pack mild, pack for consolation, and be intentional.

Envision Festival, and, extra broadly Costa Rica, supply such a tremendous multitude of issues to do, however from Tycho’s dawn set to a spontaneous trek via the jungle with fellow revelers, one factor is essential—consolation. Closed toed footwear for traversing via the jungle are advisable, however flip flops for the seaside are vital. Plan out packing area accordingly. Seasoned Envision attendees additionally advocate headlamps, small locks for private gadgets, and durable sandals as extra easy lifesavers that first timers sometimes overlook. Also, regardless of it being the early a part of Costa Rica’s dry season, take into account rain-proofing forward of time; in spite of everything, you’re in jungle. Pack Ziplock luggage or a small dry bag, convey a lightweight waterproof coat, or perhaps a plastic poncho, however bear in mind—pack in, pack out.

The ultimate getaway packing list: EDM All Day's guide to Costa Rica's Envision Festival

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Leave Extra Space

Envision Festival affords the attendee the prospect to essentially steep themselves in Costa Rican tradition, simply take it from the competition’s founders, who’ve enveloped themselves within the Envision lifestyle. While competition goers are at Rancho la Merced, the chance to work together with locals, curators, distributors, and artists are frequent. Sure, a competition t-shirt or a lineup poster is cool, nonetheless when packing for Uvita, take into account leaving just a little additional area within the baggage to convey a small piece of Costa Rica dwelling with you.


Experienced Envision attendees would advise first-time competition goers to convey extra cash than they suppose they’ll want. ATM’s are few and much between, and having money will come in useful—simply plan forward and have greater than you would possibly want. First timers might also look the chance to buy native keepsakes and meals, so having the correct amount of money available is essential.

An Open Mind

Back to the concept of taking a look at each piece of musical and cultural programming individually in order to not be overwhelmed by the collective mountain of it, first time attendees ought to goal to attempt to distill the Envision expertise down as such: it’s a possibility to attempt new issues. Rancho la Merced affords the boundless journey of sprawling rainforest to hike via and beautiful seashores to wade in, the competition expertise is maybe some of the numerous billings of the 12 months up to now, and Envision’s cultural appeals are a few of the most sustainable and progressive choices throughout the worldwide occasions circuit. Opening oneself as much as new alternatives is crucial to the complete Envision expertise, from cleansing seashores and planting bushes in Costa Rica, to deliberately making time for moments of meditative silence with a bunch of fellow competition goers. Make time to take a look at this 12 months’s talks and workshops, masking every thing from coastal regeneration to the medicinal advantages of mushrooms. Definitely head to Tycho’s dawn DJ set, but additionally make time to take a look at the regional Latin expertise that’s gracing Envision’s levels with an utilized emphasis this 12 months. An open thoughts is essential to maximizing days and nights at Envision Festival—there’s no telling the place one might find yourself and what one would possibly be taught alongside the way in which.

The ultimate getaway packing list: EDM All Day's guide to Costa Rica's Envision Festival

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