You’ll forget some things, get jealous of those who didn’t, and swear to yourself that you won’t forget the next time.
Glitter, baby wipes, and duct tape don’t usually have much in common, but at a music festival these things become your best friends, especially if you’re camping.
Here’s the ultimate list of festival essentials, from necessary camping items to things that would make your mom proud of you.
Costume to dress up in
Whether you are alone or in a group, a fun costume makes the fun levels rise to the stars. Meeting people also becomes much easier.
Shine in all your glory like a true festival spirit, but make sure the glitter is environmentally friendly.
Cheerful colors are also the watchword, and masking morning fatigue might be a good idea if you like that sort of thing.
It’s going to be hot.
Bring one of those that lights up, to play with at night.
Good for when you’re in the audience. Maybe your favorite artist will notice you.
Old clothes, with soft colors
In case there is a colorful party.
This is a classic. Maybe not the first thing you think of, but any self-respecting festival-goer knows that baby wipes are a must.
You don’t need a shower for your hair to look (almost) clean.
You never know what’s going to fall apart at any moment.
Toilet paper roll
This one will definitely be missed, and the festival bathrooms will run out of it before the festival is over.
If you are going to a festival in the UK this one is essential, because the rain will give you no rest.
Guinness or red wine
Because these drinks are good (or maybe even better) when they are warm.
For headaches and the like.
Plastic bags/black bags
One of those things that will be needed more often than you think. And if you forget your poncho or waterproof jacket, a black bag with holes takes care of it.
Rain = wet clothes = the ability to hang them up to dry if the sun comes out again = happiness.
It saves space, is not difficult to inflate, and is a great help to sleep well. Of course, an inflatable mattress is also a good idea, but for that one you need an inflator pump.
Earplugs + blindfold
This one is for those who can’t sleep with noise and the morning sun pouring into their tent.
If you camp at the festival, you’ll end up buying a camping chair anyway. It’s much cheaper to bring it in advance and it will end up lasting longer before it breaks.
It’s hard to see in the dark.
Portable phone charger. Charged before you leave home.
Avoid sunlight charging ones, they are not very spinning.
Bandages for blisters on your feet
Safeguarding your feet is a good idea, but helping someone in the same situation (saving your weekend) will get you friends for life.
Small doses of orange magic, with Vitamin C, which goes directly to your vital organs.
Big hiking backpacks are better than a wheeled suitcase. And see if you can carry a smaller one for the audience/rec room.
What is needed
Don’t be a nerd and take it home.
Synthetics are lighter and probably more convenient.
Sleeping on the hard floor is no fun at all.
The most powerful weapon of festival attire.
Socks up to the knee in case you wear rubber boots, but it can be hot
The ideal companion to the most powerful weapon of festival attire.
Only crazy people think they can survive without sunscreen.
Better safe than sorry guys.
Additional hygiene items
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lenses + liquid (and glasses with their case).
Aviator, round or thick rimmed, any of them will do, as long as they look good.
Cap or straw hat, or both.
Clothing for all climates
Warm clothes, don’t let yourself be taken by surprise.
Cash or card
The more money you bring, the less you will have to wait in lines. But also take a card, because you will certainly need it. Leave the rest at home.
Unless the festival you are going to is cashless. In that case ignore the above and come armed with your wristband and a card to charge it.
Many festivals ask for an ID at the entrance, they should all ask for it when you buy drinks if you don’t look older than 25.
If you need to take something by prescription or in certain circumstances, for heaven’s sake don’t forget to carry it.