Festival Season is almost here! The anticipation is over after purchasing tickets months ago, but now there is the task of preparing for the actual event. Depending on whether or not you are camping at the festival, it’s still a good idea to make a checklist of things you want to bring (and what you should keep at home). Before you bring any of this to the gate, make sure to look over the festival’s rules of what’s allowed inside.
Water! If you can bring water or water bottles to be filled up at the festival, the more the merrier. An empty Camelbak or giant water bottles are always a good idea.
Tickets or wristbands- This seems like an obvious thing, but most festivals can’t reprint or reissue wristbands if they are lost or stolen.
Maps- Take a picture or a screenshot of the festival grounds and a paper copy of where you’re headed.
Apps for the festival- Most festivals now have an app for you to download before the festival to plan out your weekend. You can figure out what shows you want to see, look at what food is available, and where restrooms are located all in one place.
Chargers- Bring a spare or cheap phone charger to the festival. Sometimes you can luck out and find a charging station to get some extra juice. Pro tip: put your phone in airplane mode when you’re snapping photos. It can sometimes save some battery in the long run!
Sunblock- Don’t get burned at a festival! It’s a good idea to bring sunblock so you can reapply throughout the day as well.
Change of clothes- Just in case.
Hat and/or sunglasses- You’re going to be outside, so come prepared!
Shoes- Preferably sneakers that you don’t care about. Most festivals are either dusty, muddy, rainy or just generally dirty from thousands of people walking around.
Blanket- Are you planning on standing the entire time? Probably not. Bring a blanket to create a sitting spot for you and your friends so you can take up as much or as little room as you’d like.
Windbreaker- Depending on the festival, you might expect some rain or unpleasant weather. Windbreakers are easily folded into a small size too, so just keep it in your backpack.
Cash and cards- If you aren’t able to bring in food, bring cash and cards for vendors. It’s a good idea to budget for food and drinks for about $50-$100 per day.
A good attitude- Anticipate a lot of waiting while you’re at a music festival. There will be lines for everything, including getting in the gate, waiting for an act to start, waiting to get food, and lines for the bathrooms. No complaining- you’re there to have a good time!