• Comfy walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Something warm (the weather can get cool and breezy in the late afternoon)
  • 37 pieces of flair



  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable shopping bag to carry any purchases or schwag
  • Business cards (for all the awesome folks you will meet!)
  • Your list of must-see makers and presentations (plan this beforehand using the schedule or the app)
  • Toilet paper/paper towel tubes and cereal boxes for ScrapKins
  • Clothing to modify at Swap-O-Rama-Rama
  • Special eclipse-viewing glasses or pinhole projector (if you plan to be here on Sunday, during the eclipse)

What else?

Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.

  • Colin peart

    Exposed film is not safe for viewing the eclipse. If you like your eyes, there are many DIY and commercial options, but exposed film is not one of them. Editors: i recommend you remove that one drom the list.

    • Laura Cochrane

      Thank you Colin! I removed the bit about exposed film and added a link to build a pinhole projector.

  • Greg Miller

    Hey, on the water thing – the small text on the ticket said they wouldn’t let any ‘bottles’ in. Are they letting water in? Because I’d love to bring my water bottle, but not if it’ll get confiscated or get me turned away.

  • aldarsalarby

    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  • Alexis Augustine

    Hi Lauren, I recently just won tickets to the Maker Faire and I was wanted to ask if I could use your photo on my blog about the Maker Faire? If I could is their a specific place you would like it to link back too? Here at your Post? I was writing about how my Family and I were planning out our Day at Maker Faire. Hope all is Well

  • willCode4Beer

    Wait. You say bring water yet, on the tickets it says no food or bottles are allowed.

    Which is it?

  • mpechner

    No food or snacks. So, lots of cash. A bottle of water and lunch will be $9-$20.

  • knightofni

    And don’t count on downloading the Maker Faire app on site – while I saw several added cell towers added around the grounds, *texts* were taking ten minutes to get through most of the time.