Festival season is approaching. That means unpredictable weather, awesome music and memories that will last forever.
But while buying all the clothes and gear you are going to need can get you excited, when it comes to packing for the weekend, it’s easy to miss a few essentials.
The items you pack will depend on the festival you are going to. You won’t have anywhere to keep all your valuables apart from your pockets or deep down in your luggage bag. It’s also worth noting that if you plan on packing heavy, you’re the one that’s going to have to carry it around.
So, with this in mind, it’s important you only pack what you need.
ID and festival tickets aside, here are five things to pack for your concert season.
Let’s start with the most important: how you are going to pay for stuff while you’re there.
Most music festivals do have credit card readers so unless you bring cash, you won’t be able to buy drinks or food.
Don’t take your whole wallet and purse either. You don’t need any loyalty cards or other forms of payment. Bring your ID and cash only.
Pack a bum bag that you can keep strapped to you at all times to keep your cash (it also works great for holding your phone between selfies and posting on Insta).
Alternatively for you ladies, you can buy special bras that have pockets sewn in specifically for cash. Travel Bra have a wide range that are great for this. Using these mean that not even the cleverest pickpocketer can steal your money and ruin your time.
Weatherproof Clothes And Accessories
When it comes to music festivals, you must be prepared for anything. Come rain or shine, the music isn’t going to stop so if you only bring vest tops, shorts and your favorite pair of Converse, you’re not going to have the best time when the heavens open.
Always pack weatherproof items such as umbrella and boots. When the ground gets muddy, you need to be able to actually walk around and not lose your shoes in what used to be a grassy field.
Umbrellas are a great idea but only if you pack one small enough that can fit inside a small pouch or your pocket, like the ones over at Crown Coast – let’s face it, you aren’t going to want to carry a massive golf umbrella around with you everywhere.
When it comes to packing clothes, keep your dry and clean well away from your wet and dirty. It may be worth bringing extra sealable bags to separate them.
It’s important to keep fluids up during festivals. While you dance the day and night away, it’s easy to become dehydrated and not drink enough water. You want to have a good time listening to live music, not spend it passed out in a hospital.
For this reason, it’s essential to pack a water bottle for the concert season.
A water bottle is great for keeping your drinks cool and safe from spillages – you don’t want to leave halfway through your favorite band’s set because someone bumped into you and you lost your drink!
Get a water bottle that is strong, reusable and will last. My personal all time favorite is the Kool8 stainless steel water bottle.
If you plan on using it for water, fill it up at the water fountains. This will prevent you from having to go back and forth to the fountain when you need a drink. Plus, it will save you money as you won’t need to be buying water from the stalls. Kool8 was also recently named one of the best water bottles of 2019.
It’s tricky to maintain great hygiene at a festival but there are few ways you can keep yourself clean. You may not be as clean as a whistle but by packing a few vital toiletries, you certainly do your best.
Firstly, pack a deodorant. Regardless if it’s warm or cold weather, you’re going to need it.
Next, pack yourself a toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure these are kept inside a plastic bag when not in use to avoid getting covered in mud.
Dry shampoo is also a winner. Clean hair goes a long way to feeling clean, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. On that note, a hairbrush would be great to pack too!
Lightweight towels are something that all festival pros pack. Something like a gym or swimming towel is perfect for drying yourself off after partying in the rain or coming out of the shower.
Finally, bring some anti-bac gel for your hands. While most of the toilets will have some, it’s always good to bring your own.
Once the music has stopped and it’s time to rest for the night and doing it all over again the following day, you need to get a good night’s rest. While sleeping in the mud does sound very tempting, having your own tent and sleeping bag make just take the win here.
Your tent needs to be big enough to fit you and all your belongings. If not, you’re running the risk of having everything else stolen – not recommended! Consider packing a two-person tent to ensure there’s enough room.
Some tents also come with a porch where you can keep your dirty clothes, including your wellies so they don’t fill the tent with the smell of damp and bring the muck inside.
In terms of a sleeping bag, pack one that can attach to the outside of your bag. Because it’s a bulky item, you would just be wasting valuable packing space.
Also, since it’s unlikely your field will be perfectly flat, you may wish to level the plane and sleep on something flat. While an inflatable mattress would be perfect, they are heavy to carry so try a roll mat as a light-weight alternative.
And there you have it, the five things to pack for your concert season this summer. Packing these items will ensure you have the best possible time at your chosen festival this summer. Forget worrying about what have or don’t have and just enjoy the unique experience.
This post is contributed by Marina Turea from Digital Authority Partners