When packing up to attend your favorite festival, make sure you have these essentials to guarantee that nothing interferes with your good times:
Get a good bag. Make sure you have the smallest possible bag for the items that you need. Choose a bag that’s lightweight, but supportive for your back. If you opt for a Camelback (a great option for hydration) or a rolling bag for back relief, make sure these options are allowed at your festival of choice.
Save money and stay hydrated by packing an empty water container. Most festivals do not allow outside water, but there may be a place to fill bottles once you get inside. Just be sure to avoid glass containers.
Make sure you’re covered with a hat or scarf (which can also be used for cooling down by coating in water and tying around your neck) and lots of sunscreen! Apply sunscreen before you leave your house, but bring more for reapplications. You may also want to consider a lip balm with SPF for extra protection. And don’t forget your sunglasses!
A pack of baby wipes can be used for anything from cleaning up after a meal, wiping of festival dust or in the port-a-potty. Pack some tissues as well. These are both essential festival survival items!
Festivals are not the place to break in a new pair of shoes, but just in case a blister situation happens, be sure to have a few Band-Aids on hand. A friction stick can also do double duty for shoes that rub or chaffing concerns. Don’t let anything keep you from dancing your heart out!
You don’t want to bring your whole medicine cabinet, but at least make sure you have any prescription meds you may need as well as headache medication and something for upset stomach—just in case the festival food doesn’t agree with you!
Protect your hearing with earplugs. Somewhere down the line, you will be glad you did!
If you have a little more space in your bag, consider adding some of these additional items:
Healthy snacks are great if you’re trying to avoid temptation or are just overloaded on festival food and need some fruit, nuts or a protein bar to finish out your day. Be sure your festival permits outside food. If not, pack a cooler of healthy post-fest snacks and beverages for the car. Your future self will thank you!
A lightweight throw or sarong can be used as a place to sit, extra sun coverage or if the weather turns, you can use it to bundle up or dry off from a passing rain. An umbrella or parasol can also come in handy for protection from the elements (if permitted).
Don’t worry about overdoing it on festival foods, bring food storage bags or containers to take your favorites home for later. There’s no shame is pacing yourself or conserving food.
You or someone else will definitely need a portable phone charger at some point. No room in your bag? Take a tip from 1999 and designate a meet-up spot for the end of the day just in case your phone dies, gets lost or cell signals are overloaded.
If you know you will need them (or think there’s even the slightest chance you will!) pack sanitary supplies. And if you don’t need them, a girlfriend or fellow female festival goer might!
Always check ahead of time to see what is permitted at your festival of choice. Also, make sure you know where to find a medical tent or emergency personnel in case of anything from a headache to heatstroke.