The festival season is in full swing. If you’re planning your first festival this year, take a look at our checklist of essential items you should pack in your festival survival kid.
Festival Survival Kit: Clothes And Spares
If you’re staying at the festival, you’re going need clothes. Don’t pack too much; you’ll only have to carry it all. Just take enough for the days you’re there and a few extras. Extras are important. The weather is unpredictable, and you might get wet. You will be glad of a few dry items to change into. There’s nothing worse than sitting around in wet clothes.
As a rule of thumb, take the following. There may be a few variations, depending on the length of your stay.
- Dresses – Maxi dresses are ideal as they are light and easy to move around in. You can throw them on in the morning and then forget about them. You don’t need to worry about coordinating items, and they are light to pack. Labels like Minkpink provide cool festival attire. And remember, it’s all about having fun. Festivals provide a great opportunity to be a little flamboyant, so make the most of it.
- Shorts And Tops – Shorts and tops are ideal for during the day, especially if it’s hot and sunny. A couple of pairs of shorts and a couple of tops should be fine.
- Bras And Pants – Take a few in case it rains, and you get wet.
- Sun Hat – When you’re having fun and enjoying yourself you don’t always notice if you’re getting sunburned. So take a hat to cover your head and face. It will shade you from the worst of the heat, and it will add to your festival get-up.
- Rain Poncho – When you’re camping in the middle of nowhere it’s difficult to get dry if it rains. So take a rain poncho or raincoat. There are plenty of options that can be folded until you need to use them. Don’t take an umbrella!
- Wellies – It gets muddy. Take a sturdy pair of wellies. You will probably be wearing them for most of the time so make sure you wear them in first. You don’t want to be hobbling around with blisters.
- Hoodie Or Sweater – Believe it or not, it can get cold in the evenings. So take a hoodie or sweater to keep you warm. You’ll appreciate that extra little bit of comfort.
- Flip Flops – These are ideal for popping on first thing in the morning.
- Comfy Shoes – As well as your wellies, take a pair of comfortable shoes. You’ll need something for traveling home in that isn’t caked in mud.
- Sunnies – Take a big pair of sunnies to protect your eyes from the sun.
- Pajamas – Take pajamas, lounge pants or something comfortable to sleep in.
- Fancy Dress – Feather boas, headdresses, face paints, etc. Anything goes. Be bold, creative, and flamboyant.
- Makeup – Take only the essentials and remember to pack a mirror.
Festival Survival Kit: Toiletries
Take your usual toiletries in small bottles. Some festivals have a no glass policy, so make sure you transfer everything into plastic containers. Even perfume bottles are not allowed.
Also, take toilet paper and wet wipes. You may not have the option to shower properly and so dry shampoo will be your friend. And it goes without saying, you will need plenty of bug repellant and sunscreen.
If you’re camping you’re going to need the usual items:
- Tent – Having a place to sleep or sit out a rainstorm is important.
- Sleeping Bag and/or Roll – You’ll want bedding, some nights can get cool.
- Flag – This may seem funny, but in a sea of tents at a festival you’ll want one so you can recognize your tent in the dark
- Cooler – For water and cold drinks on a hot day.
- Flashlight – You need to get to and from the bathroom or your friends’ tents at night.
- Chairs – You will need something to sit on between gigs, and the ground can soon get uncomfortable.
- Water Bottle – Don’t let yourself get dehydrated!
It’s also a good idea to pack a few first aid items such as plasters, aftersun and painkillers.
Festival Survival Kit: Extras
These are the ad hoc items that will make your stay a bit more comfortable.
- Ear Plugs – It’s difficult to sleep in a tent at the best of times. When you’re in the middle of a festival ground, it’s even more difficult. Ear plugs will help you block out some of the sounds when you’re trying to get to sleep.
- Sleeping Masks – Sleeping masks are also a good idea if you don’t want to wake up with the sun.
- Spare Batteries and/or Chargers – If you’re taking your phone and camera, remember to take spare batteries. Solar powered charging devices are ideal for cell phones.
- Cash – Bring cash as there are often queues for ATMs and you will be charged for using them. Make sure you keep it on your person at all times.
- Guitar – If you’re musical bring a guitar for the evenings. It always goes down well.
And lastly, whatever you do, don’t forget your festival pass! That would seriously hinder the fun. 🙂
Have you attended a festival?