Attending a music festival with friends is an incredible experience. For a day (or two or three), you can immerse yourself in music, dance to your heart’s content, spend time with people you love, and escape the realities (and responsibilities) of the modern world. But music festivals can also be overwhelming and tiring, too, which is why it’s important you arm yourself with these music festival essentials:
Refillable Water Bottle
Many music festivals, like Coachella in Indio, California, allow you to fill empty water bottles once you’re inside the festival grounds. Just make sure that your water bottle is plastic, as metal bottles are likely to be banned, as they could pose a risk to bands on stage.
Portable Phone Charger
Attending a music festival, perhaps somewhat counter intuitively, means you are likely to use your phone a lot. You will be texting friends and family, both those at the festival and those at home; constantly updating your social media pages, be it Facebook or Instagram; taking lots of selfies and photos; video recording your favorite bands; and seeing what other people are doing at the festival. Don’t let your phone go dead on you – pack a portable phone charger.
Rock concerts are incredibly loud affairs, and though you might find the volume invigorating for the first hour or two, by the end of your second day, you will be glad that you packed ear plugs in your bag. Believe us!
Plastic Ziploc Bag
Music festivals tend to be outside affairs, which means rain and mud are always a possibility. To protect your items, pack your essentials (such as your smartphone and wallet) in a waterproof Ziploc bag. If you end up with another Woodstock on your hands, you know that at least your valuables will be safe!
To immortalize the experience and capture your friends (and yourself) in photographs, take a selfie stick with you. Just make sure that they’re allowed first! You don’t want your selfie stick confiscated at the gate.
If you plan on bringing a bag into the festival, consider packing an emergency first-aid kit. You likely won’t have to worry about it doing any heavy lifting, but it doesn’t hurt to have Band-Aids, Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol (or Tums), and other assorted medications and bandages on hand.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
Sunglasses protect your eyes, help you see with greater clarity during the day, and (perhaps most importantly at a music festival) look cool. The odds are good that 99 out of 100 people will be wearing them! Needless to say, if you are attending a daytime music festival, you will definitely want to throw some stylish sunglasses in the bag. And don’t forget sunscreen either; it is essential to protect yourself from the sun.
Hand Sanitizer & Wet Wipes
Nobody enjoys using portable toilets, but the idea of having to use a portable toilet at a music festival is even less appealing. Bring hand sanitizer and Wet Wipes with you so that you can use the toilets with confidence. The Porta Potty may not have any toilet paper left, but you will!
We aren’t recommending that you bring a trash bag for stowing actual trash. In fact, trash bags have many different uses at a music festival! You can use a trash bag as a poncho if it rains, as something to sit down on if the ground is wet or dirty, or as something to separate your smelly (or wet) clothes from the rest of the items in your bag. They are incredibly handy.
Food at music festivals tends to be expensive, and at really large festivals, food can even run out. If the festival you’re attending allows it, bring in your own snacks. Non-perishable items like dried fruit, granola bars and protein bars, and trail mix are good options that will keep you satiated for hours at a time.
A Bag (Any Will Do!)
Obviously, if you’re going to be taking any of the items on this list into the festival with you, you’re going to want a bag. Backpacks are always a good idea, though a bag that goes across your chest may help you feel more comfortable and secure, as they are much trickier to pilfer from.
Deodorant, Dry Shampoo & Toothpaste
If you plan on camping, either the night before the festival begins or because you are attending a multi-day festival, you will definitely want deodorant, toothpaste, and shampoo. These little things can be the difference between feeling rested and refreshed, and feeling like stale day-old coffee. Pack travel size (or camping size) toiletries in your bag. Don’t be a zombie!
Don’t Let the Festival Beat You!
Music festivals can be daunting but they don’t have to be. Pack these music festival essentials in your bag and tackle your next festival with confidence! Have fun, enjoy the music, and dance with friends until the sun goes down.