Camping out at a multi-day festival is not a walk in the park, while you may think you can rough it out, you will be much more comfortable with the following music festival necessities.
Weather can become very extreme very quickly, and you’re exposed to the elements non stop. Do yourself a favor and be prepared.
Outdoor Gear & Accessories Checklist: Music Festival Survival
- REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBAK
- PROTECTION FROM THE SUN
- HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT
- RAIN GEAR AND WATERPROOF BAGS
- PORTABLE ELECTRONICS
- DIGITAL WATCH W/ INDIGLO
- HANDHELD OR BATTERY POWERED FANS
- LIGHTWEIGHT CLOTHING
- MICROFIBER TOWELS
- BACK UP / EXTRAS
- Often times your campsite may be far from the music. In order to avoid walking back and forth to your campsite multiple times a day, you’ll probably want some kind of bag to carry some of your necessary belongings including:
- Phone/Camera + Waterproof case
- Portable Charger + Cord
- Reusable Water Bottle / Flask
- Headlamp / Flashlight
- Festival Schedule
RESUABLE WATER BOTTLE
- Staying hydrated is probably the single most important thing you can do for your well-being at a festival. You can go a long time without eating food, but you need water!
- Buying bottled water is expensive and wasteful, do yourself a huge favor and be sure to always have a water bottle or camelbak at all times.
PROTECTION FROM THE SUN
- At an outdoor festival often times there’s little protection from the the sun which is beating down on your face and skin directly for hours on end. There are several ways you can minimize your sun and heat exposure:
- Hat / Visor
- Polarized Sunnies + Croakies
- Sarong, Bandana
- Natural Sunblock
- Chapstick + SPF
- SPF/Omni-tech Clothing
- Handheld / Portable Fan
HEADLAMP / LIGHT
- It’s crucial to have one of these at a festival.
- Whether looking for something in your tent, roaming through treacherous campsites in the dark, or venturing into the dreaded portapotties, you can’t depend on your dilated pupils for sight.
- I prefer a headlamp because you can just wear it around your neck or head and you can have your hands free to do things when you do need it.
- Always put it in the same spot in your bag or tent so you can find it easily when it gets dark.
RAIN / WATERPROOF GEAR
- You never know when you’re going to be caught in a sudden downpour. If you want to avoid getting completely soaked, or ruining your electronics, I recommend you always bring:
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof phone/ camera case
- Waterproof Bags
- These are extremely useful if you need to charge your electronics such as a GoPro or smartphone to take pictures or videos, or if you have cell phone service and want to meet up with your friends.
- Another useful gadget is this multi- connector USB cord. The one I had was kind of cheap and a few hook ups broke, but it was still very useful. I’ve found that the multi-cord isn’t compatible with all of my gadgets and some plugs, it may be better as a back-up.
LIGHTWEIGHT CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
- Festivals last all day for multiple days. During this time you’ll be doing a lot of walking, dancing, and sweating in a variety of conditions.
- Be sure to wear clothes and materials that are lightweight and comfortable such as polyester and omni-cool.
- Besides overall comfort, these will dry much more quickly and hold way less odor than their heavy, cotton counterparts.
- The same goes for microfiber travel towels which take up a lot less space in your luggage.
CAMERA + ACCESSORIES
- I personally like to take lots of pictures and videos at festivals. Go-Pros make it so that you can enjoy whatever you’re doing without having to fumble around with a camera.
- There are multiple mounts, straps, and automatic settings that you can utilize and take great quality pics and flicks without having to push a button.
- The battery life doesn’t last long however, so I definitely recommend purchasing extra batteries, and having those charged up before you leave for the event. Remember to turn it off when you’re not filming!
- The following accessories are very useful:
- LED Screen
- Waterproof case
- Extra SD cards
- Extra batteries
- Straps and Mounts
- You need to know the time to ensure that you don’t miss out on your favorite show, or meeting up with your friends.
- They are so RIGHT
HANDHELD / PORTABLE FAN
BACK UP GEAR (JUST IN CASE)
- Spare Keys
- Form of ID
- Debit Card or Cash
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Jumper Cables
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