Festy Guide 101: Ten Best Things to Bring to a Festival
A list of all the things you wish you had thought of.
1. Hang a Flag to Mark Your Spot
Bring a flag or tapestry to hang at your campsite. It’ll help your friends find you, and will help prevent you from getting lost when it’s dark out and you’re twisted.
2. Baby Wipes
Dirty feet, dirty fingernails, dirty face. These are essential. Also, always remember to wipe from front to back.
3. Scrambled Eggs in a Tupperware
If you’re bringing a grill or camping stove, this is the perfect way to have the comforts of a homemade breakfast. Crack your eggs inside the tupperware, snap the lid closed (yes, it must be an air-tight tupperware), and shake it around. Voila, ready-to-cook scrambled eggs.
4. Phone Charging Case / Portable Phone Charger
You know what’s better than having to toggle your phone back and forth from airplane mode all weekend? Not having to do that. Instagram your hearts out after purchasing an external charging device for your smart phone. While somewhat pricey, it will definitely come in handy over and over again. Or, scout Groupon and Living Social, as they often have discounts on stuff like this.
You only have a few short hours in between the time you go to bed, and the time the sun beats down on your tent and you wake up covered in a pool of your own sweat. Do you really want to spend that time listening annoying wooks screaming “wake up and raaaaageeee!”
6. Sunscreen Bottle Flask
Don’t want to pay the inflated booze prices inside the festival grounds? Try an ingenious flask disguised as a bottle of sunblock. This and other sneaky alcohol tricks found here.
7. Light Backpack / Fanny Pack / Money Belt
Girls: carrying your purse around at a show is friggin’ annoying. Guys: carrying wads of money and your cell phone around in your pockets is friggin’ annoying. Dance freely by investing in a small drawstring backpack or a money belt or a fanny pack. I swear, they’re cool nowadays.
8. Dry Shampoo
If you don’t feel like dealing with public showers, dry shampoo is a great way to prevent super greasy hair from feeling super disgusting. That, or a bandana.
Sure, they aren’t the most fashionable thing around, but ponchos will protect the shit out of you in torrential downpours. And there is nothing fun about being soaked to the bone at a music festival, especially when you run out of dry clothing. If the weather looks especially bad, pick up a pair of cheap rain boots from your local Wal-Mart. You’ll be glad you did.
No, you don’t need to pack a pharmacy. But a small pillbox filled with the essentials will help out you and your homies. Bring some Tylenol, Ibuprofen, vitamin c, melatonin (mmm), and maybe even zinc to curb sickness from excess raging.