First year for Camp EDC Vegas! In 2018 they announced that they will be building a camp for EDC Vegas. You are probably coming here from my post Pregnant at EDC and this time we are going to talk about choosing to camp while pregnant. Is it worth camping at Camp EDC instead of going to a hotel while pregnant for EDC?
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Personally I would say yes, but only if you are okay with camping. There are 3 options that you can choose from which I will go into detail about in a bit.
Choosing to go to EDC Vegas while pregnant is a decision you should make on your own. It is very possible to still go and not as uncommon as you would expect. Do check with your doctor to make sure you are well enough to handle walking a lot.
Of course I have an article on being Pregnant at EDC that tells you what you should know about going. There is tips in there that will help you if you do choose to go. In this article I will go into detail about being pregnant and camping at EDC Vegas. Including the reason I chose to go my first year pregnant to camp at EDC in 2018.
Let’s dive right in!
Three options to choose from when camping at Camp EDC Vegas.
- The Moon Glow Tents
- The Desert Rose Tents
- RV Camping
Each of these options I think are great for pregnant women who want to camp. There is an ADA form you will want to fill out to let them know ahead of time that you are pregnant and any accommodations you will need. The form will ask for the confirmation number that will be given to you after you purchase your option. This way they can tie your account to the accommodations you need. There will be a date where you can start registering your spot. For 2018 it was May 8th.
There are pros and cons to every option, but to me choosing the camp it is much better than a hotel.
Moon Glow Tents
These are the Shiftpod2 tents that can hold up to 4 people. Each tent has an adjustable air conditioner. It is put on top of artificial grass and is already set up for you. There are two doors and string lights on the ceiling. 4 USB outlets come in each tent that way you can charge your phones and cameras. Showers and porta-potties are around the campsite for access.
Desert Rose Tents
More expensive than the Moon Glow tents and a lot less of them available. Same as the Moon Glow, they come with the USB outlets, same tent, still on artificial grass. But these have a few differences from the others. Desert Rose can only occupy 2 people because it has either 2 twin air mattresses or a queen air mattress. Furnished with the bedding as well for all of the tents. Pillows, pillow cases, duvet, and the flat sheets. Almost like staying in a hotel.
Exclusive access to VIP camp showers and air conditioned bathrooms. You can only get this with the Desert Rose tents.
If you are going pregnant though, make sure to fill out the ADA camp form. That way if you do choose any of the other options you can let them know that you would like access to the air conditioned bathrooms. You do not want to be pregnant and over heat in a porta-potty. The sooner you do this the better. Everything is on a first come first serve basis.
Thing about the Desert Rose tents that make it even more sought after is that it is the closest of the 3 options to the campers-only entrance into EDC. Basically, it is right in the front section before the walkway to the gates. It is also the closest to the Mesa. The Mesa is the center for all the activities and amenities that the camp has.
Last option is the RV’s
With this you can bring your own RV and park it there for cheaper than the other options. There are power options available that will cost you more and they have to ordered in advance.
RV’s are allowed up to 8 people though. A lot cheaper if you have an RV and friends that are going to EDC as well.
They do give you access to the showers and porta-potties as well. Only thing is that you will need an RV and to drive to EDC which may cost a pretty penny in gas depending on how far you are.
EDC is a journey though so taking a road trip is totally worth it.
What all campers get
Whichever option you choose you will have access to all the fun activities, the festival, and a form of bathrooms and showers. They all get a parking spot for a vehicle and can buy an extra spot for another vehicle if they have room available.
Best advantage is that you are directly next to EDC and you do not have to drive anywhere. A lot easier on the feet I would say. And you get to go through the campers-only entrance to EDC.
That means no waiting in the extremely long lines at the front gate with everyone else. The only traffic you have is campers just like yourself.
Re-entry is permitted to only campers. Choosing a hotel does not grant you re-entry at any time.
If you are pregnant you will get tired. Have sore or swelling feet probably. Aching muscles are the norm. And you really want to relax for a bit to recover. That is where re-entry comes in handy.
Enjoy the festival. Meet new people. Be surrounded in music. Grab something to eat. Drink that water all day. Then head back to camp and relax in your tent or RV for a couple hours. Once you feel rested enough you could go to yoga. Or get right back in on the action.
Do not push yourself too far. Don’t be afraid to take those breaks because you need them. Growing a tiny human inside of your belly is not an easy task. If something feels like a bit too much then go recover. You can take a nap if you need to. If you need more water go get it. Feeling hungry, then eat. Our bodies are not giving us false signals, if it needs something then listen and listen to it well.
If you are going with friends or perhaps your significant other understand that they want to enjoy everything too. My boyfriend and I decided on a plan that would let both of us enjoy EDC together without putting too much strain on me.
After we would be going from stage to stage to see our favorite DJ’s, I would get tired. Once I hit that point of about to be way too tired, he would take me back to the tent. I would rest and relax. He would go back to a few stages to be in the very front. We would plan a time for him to come back and he would make sure to be back. Then again we both went together to enjoy more of the festival.
Doing this made it so it didn’t harm either of our experiences and we still got to have fun.
Always make sure everyone is safe first. Do not be left alone or leave someone alone that you are worried about. Get a medical staff member if you are concerned or doubting someone’s health.
If you are going to be left alone at the tent do a couple of things first.
- Use the bathrooms! You never know if you are going to need to go at some point before they come back. I feel it is safer to go with someone else than to go alone to a bathroom while pregnant. Air on the side of caution.
- Have food or get food for the time you are at the tent. Again you have no clue when you will be hungry. Have snacks with you so you don’t have to go alone to a food truck or vendor.
- Check in or pop into the medical tent. I always like to do this just to check on my health before being alone. This way I know if I am overheated or dehydrated. On my break I would make sure to drink plenty of water and try to cool down. The better you can recover during your resting time the more you can do when you go back to the fun.
- Refill the water bottles or water packs. Always make sure you have water. This is Las Vegas and it gets hot. Easily you can become dehydrated.
To the Mesa!
The mesa is the center of the campground. Where all the action is. Activities, shops, vendors, food trucks, more charging stations, water refill stations, etc. There are so many things that you will be guaranteed to find something for you. They even have an oasis pool and more events going on.
While being pregnant I would suggest not doing a few of the activities, but that is still your own call to make. I prefered to stay away from the go-kart racing, rave aerobatics, hula-hoop classes, and the field day games. The reason being some are contact sports at the field games and the rest I didn’t want anything hitting my baby belly.
The activities at the Mesa
- Daily parties at the Oasis pool
- Go-kart racing
- Guest speakers and stand up comedy
- Art cars and installations
- Kandi making
- Airbrush artists
- Rave aerobatics
- Hula-hoop classes
- Sound baths
- Guided meditation
- Wellness workshops
- Live model art
- Field day games
The Mesa Amenities
- Shaded hangout space with artificial grass
- Food trucks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
- Beverage stands alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Ice for purchase
- General store, festival essentials, snacks, and refreshments
- Various vendor village stalls
- Misting stations
- Insomniac shop with new merchandise
- Information booth and lost and found
- 24-hour free filtered water refills
- 24-hour medical center
- Free charging stations
- 24-hour security
Why I decided to camp instead of a hotel
With all the amenities that are at Camp EDC I was really considering it. I made a pro’s and con’s list about going camping instead of a hotel.
I knew that I had some pretty bad experiences with hotels before and some for camping in general. Difference is that Camp does not have casinos. Boy do those casinos smells at all times. Either it reeks of different alcohol scents to form a new one. Or it was filled with cigar and cigarette smoke. Sometimes there was so much smoke blown in my face that I couldn’t see where I was going.
Don’t forget those obnoxious prices of hotel food. Room service is expensive and the food courts are full of food that makes my stomach turn. With Camp EDC you can bring your own food in a cooler and a small grill to cook. Plus, it is far away from that casino smell.
Then there are the beds. Too hard. Too soft. Way too many blankets. A mountain of pillows. And yet it never comforts me. I love that I can bring my own things to Camp EDC and not feel weird. It doesn’t really make sense to bring a blanket to a hotel that has tons of blankets. But to me having the comforts of home while being away for 4 days is needed. Definitely nowadays because during pregnancy well rested sleep seems hard to come by. I will do whatever I can to make it easier for me to sleep.
You can even bring your own air mattress. Or an inflatable sofa that pulls out into a bed. The one below is actually the one I am taking to Camp EDC while being pregnant.
By the way, the camp shop does allow you to pre-order some furnishing for your tents. After you get checked in all you need to do is bring your ID and receipt to the camp store and pick it up. They are limited with stock so make sure to order early. They have amazing blankets, banners, PJ’s if you would like, tables, chairs, air mattresses, coolers, shoot they even have a beer pong table.
So the biggest reasons I made the choice of Camp EDC over a hotel is for the re-entry, extra events, amenities, activities, and being able to bring my own stuff for comfort.
Camp EDC is basically an extension of EDC Vegas.
This article was getting pretty long so I had to split it up a bit. If you want to read more, I wrote some great articles for you guys so feel free to check them out!