Whether you’re an avid music festival-goer or you’re preparing to experience your first festival, there are quite a few items you’ll need in order to get through the weekend. Here is a list of 10 necessities you’ll want to ensure you pack up with you before you depart.
1. Canopy: You definitely do not want to be stuck baking in the sun all day while relaxing at your campsite. Coordinate with your group of friends and make sure you’ve got enough canopies to accommodate your campsite.
2. Lawn chairs: Nobody wants to be stuck sitting in the grass while at camp, so make sure you have enough chairs to get you by.
3. Foldup table(s): Super clutch and a must-have.
4. Coolers: Make sure you have enough space to house all your beer while saving a little room for some perishable food items.
5. Tapestries: Perfect for hanging from your canopy to get a little extra shade during the day. Tapestries are also great as a field blanket while inside the festival grounds; super light and easy to fold up and place in your bag.
6. Garbage bags/plastic utensils/solo cups/paper towels/paper plates/etc.: Most festivals will give you a large plastic trash bag, but it’s important to have extra. Make sure you depart the festival grounds exactly as you entered them. Whatever you pack in, pack out and clean up after yourself.
7. Tent/sleeping bag/pillow/tarps: The obvious essentials if you’re camping at the festival.
8. Portable speaker: Keep the party alive while at camp. The Nixon Blaster is perfect for festivals – it’s durable and water-, sand-, and dirt-resistant.
9. Headlamps/flashlights/lanterns: Keep your campsite lit up at night and make sure you can find your way around the festival grounds once dark hits.
10. Battery powered fans: It’s summer and it’s going to be hot – make sure you beat that heat.
Music festivals really bring about a true sense of community, so don’t stress if you forget something. Everyone attending is there for the same reasons that you are and they’ve got your back, so just relax and have fun. I recently attended Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan and I’d like to end this post with a quote directly from Electric Forest HQ…:
“Make an elaborate and detailed plan. Spend a lot of time on this plan. Upon arrival at the festival, throw away your plan. Go towards what you don’t know, not what you do know.”
… And if you’re intimidated on how to get through that crowd at a show, take notes from this guy.