Music festival season is just around the corner, and this means it’s time to bust out the glitter and air out those festival clothes. However, there are a few essentials you should pack to make your trip hassle free and optimize your fun. Here are just a few of the things you should bring to take your festival stay from good to great.
1. Hydro Flask
Whether you are a veteran or a newcomer, you must already know that they key to a good time at a music festival is hydration. Beat heat exhaustion with a Hydro Flask, which features the latest in vacuum insulated water bottle technology. Keep your cold beverages cold and your warm beverages warm with this essential item.
Whether you like Powerade, coconut water, or a powder mixture, electrolytes are your friend. Electrolytes make sure you retain water long enough to hydrate your body to its fullest.
3. Ear Plugs
Chances are you will be listening to music all day and all night, even when you don’t like the artist or you are trying sneak in some time for a little shut-eye. Do yourself a favor and invest in some ear plugs that you can take in and out when you need a little relaxation time. Your brain will need a little break every once and a while, and you’ll appreciate the restful sleep.
If you are camping at the festival, make sure you bring a sturdy tent. Unfortunately, not all festivals have a predictable weather pattern, so make sure you get a tent that is water repellent and wind resistant. There are now thousands of tents you can buy, so make sure you purchase one that fits the desired number of people comfortably.
It can’t be emphasized enough—good shoes are essential to staying on your feet all day and all night during a music festival. It may be tempting, but those flimsy gladiator sandals will be no match for hours of dancing, jumping, and walking. Think of it like a workout; would you go to the gym in flip flops or heels? Make sure you bring a pair of quality walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots that will keep your feet happy.
6. Sunscreen and Self-Tanner
When summer breaches the horizon, many turn to tanning oils and tanning beds to gain a bronzed sun-kissed look. If you want to stay forever young, however, avoid these options at all cost. Harmful UV rays will create lasting sun damage that can contribute to premature aging, wrinkles, dryness, and even cancer. Avoid the hassle and save yourself time by covering up with protective sunscreen. Keep your skin baby soft with a self-tanner that gives you all the glow and none of the damage.
7. Solar Charger
Make the sun your friend and keep your smartphone or device charged and ready to go with a solar charger. It may be difficult to find an outlet, but with a solar charger you are saving valuable energy and keeping your smartphone alive at the same time.
Drones are the latest in cool technology, so why not get in on the action? Find a variety of drones, large or small, that can keep the party going. Some drones even feature a GoPro camera mount or built in camera that can take your recording to the next level. If you love creating a cinematic experience, record your festival days with a drone.
9. First Aid Kit
When it comes to packing gear, you need to remember the practical necessities. First aid kits are key to a good time. If you plan on partying hard, make sure you get a kit to keep you and your friends safe. Every first aid kit should at least include band-aids, cotton swabs, gauze, disinfectant, a cold pack, and Tylenol.
10. FujiFilm Instax Mini Camera
Capture candid moments forever with a FujiFilm Instax Mini Camera. Nothing says vintage-cool better than the high-contrast, softly focused, and immutable nature of instant film. Create a collage when you get home on a wall or album to keep for years to come.
Festival season is in full swing, so pack your bags with these items to make the most of your festival stay.