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What to Pack for a Music Festival

What to Pack for a Music Festival

There is no better summer plan for music lovers than going to a music festival. Music festivals mean fun for days, and the planning can almost be as fun as the festival itself: You explore the surrounding area, discover the new bands you're going to hear, set up playlists...

Most music festivals have a camping site, and it can be quite a challenge if you're not prepared for it. Don't worry: in this OneHowTo article we'll tell you what to pack for a music festival so that you can enjoy it to the full.

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What shoes should I pack for a music festival?

When you wonder what to pack for a music festival, the first thing that comes to mind are shoes: they're the most important element. Pack a pair of comfortable tennis or canvas shoes (think Chuck Taylors). You're going to spend a lot of time on your feet and in big crowds, and dress shoes or sandals will get dirty and won't protect your feet if you get stepped on.

You should also pack a pair of flip-flops, which will be good to walk around the camping site and especially the shower area. Don't go to communal showers barefoot!

What clothes should I pack for a music festival?

Pack comfortable, light clothing - the least space it takes up in your bag, the better. Pack shorts and light t-shirts or tank tops. This is the best chance to show off your favorite band merchandise that you can't wear to the office, especially if they're part of the festival line-up!

Don't forget to pack a light sweater and a pair of jeans or leggings, though. You don't want to get cold at a late night concert! Also, make sure you have socks to spare in case it rains and your feet get soaked; as long as your feet are dry, bad weather can't stop you from having a great time.

Music festival essentials

  • Bottled water: a camping bottle or canteen is always better than a plastic bottle, since it keeps the water cold for longer. You can also pack isotonic water or other sports drinks, as you'll be spending a lot of energy.
  • Insect repellent and/or afterbite: You will probably become a mosquito's favorite dish at some point. Don't let insect bites ruin your festival experience!
  • Sunscreen: The more the better. You'll be under the sun for long hours, and you must avoid sunburn and other skin problems. Make sure you know the best SPF for you. And don't forget your sunglasses!
  • Raincoat: Ignore the weatherperson and always pack something to protect you from the rain, even if it's just an old plastic thing.
  • Flashlight: It is very useful to pack a small flashlight in case you have to move around the camping site in the middle of the night.
  • Cellphone: The oldest cellphone you own with a sturdy battery. Don't bring the latest model if you think you might lose it or if it drains the charge.
  • Entertainment: A pack of cards can be a lifesaver for long trips and dead hours before the concerts start. You can make friends by inviting your tent neighbors to a game. A small notebook and a pen might sound unnecessary, but you can take note of new bands to check out or your new friends' names and phone numbers. Also, you can make an album with all the souvenirs you gather!
  • Towel: As Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans know, you should always carry a towel with you. It can be used as a blanket!

What toiletries should I pack for a music festival?

Besides a toothbrush, toothpaste, gel and deodorant, you should also pack a basic first-aid kit: band-aids, some bandages, peroxide, etc. It will be useful for any mishap. You should also carry some aspirin or similar medicine.

Glitter, flower crowns and temporary tattoos are very popular in pop and indie festivals. If that's your thing, you can have lots of fun dressing up! Plus, if you have some to spare it's a good way to make friends. Here are some more tips on what beauty products to take to a music festival.

Now you know what to pack for a music festival, get on with it and don't leave it for the last minute!

Remember to adapt our tips to the festival location: check the weather forecast and the site, to see if it will get muddy, Glastonbury style. Here is some advice if it's a beach festival, and if it's on the mountains you could take a look at this.

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