Music Festival Survival Guide


Festival season is upon us and if you’re new to the world of all-day music extravaganzas, a little planning will go a long way in terms of what you should bring along. You’ll be in it for the long haul all in the name of rocking out and spending quality time with your best buds. Get prepared with our festival checklist of essential items including a few tried and true life hacks that will make your experience just a little easier.


via Bows and Sequins

Festival Packing List:

  • Mini flashlight – Don’t get caught in a porta-potty after dark without one.
  • Hand sanitizer – Because porta-potties are gross
  • Tissues – Because porta-potties run out of TP way too fast
  • Baby wipes – For messes and spills
  • Portable cellphone charger
  • Earplugs
  • Water bottle – Pro Tip: Freeze it first and use it as an ice pack for quick relief from the heat.
  • Lip balm with SPF – Nothing worse than sunburn on your lips
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks – Food at festivals is expensive with very long lines. Pack a couple of energy bars to keep you fueled between jumbo hot dogs.
  • Plastic rain poncho – Because rain happens. Lightweight, easily folds into a tiny square.
  • Cheap sunglasses – Leave the designer shades at home. Things get rowdy.

via That Drop

Quick Festival Tips:

1. Carry a mini shoulder bag. All of the above items are small enough to cram into it, plus backpacks are invitations for theft since you don’t have eyes in the back of your head.

2. Make a custom staff or flag. If you’re going with a large group, avoid getting broken up in the crowd by letting your freak flag fly high for all to see.

3. Wear closed-toe shoes. You may be tempted to sport sandals but your toes WILL get stepped on. Better protect those piggies.

4. Use hair ties to secure maxi skirts during calls of nature. Wear them on your wrist (they’ll hardly stand out among your bangles and friendship bracelets) and use them to bundle up your maxi skirt so it doesn’t get in the way while in the confined space of a porta-potty. Genius, right?

5. Tie a lightweight scarf around your waist or bag strap. It will be perfect for sitting on in the grass instead of a bulky blanket or towel.


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One Comment

  1. Hi Braina!

    This is super helpful because I seem to never know what to pack or I end up forgetting stuff. Your list can definitely apply to and be adapted for dudes too. I recently came across a few different sites that sell “packs” for music festivals. Kind of a neat idea so you can get everything at once. Steezy Pack and ElectroPack seem good – especially for EDM shows. But one of the best ones I’ve seen is Just thought I’d drop a note with my discovery!