Tent? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Ticket? Double check! Ok so you have the basics down but there’s a few essentials that will make your NYE festival experience all the more memorable.
A Soft Pillow
Sleeping on the ground is hard going so why not add a few touches to make it easier? A warm sleeping bag is a must, perhaps a sleeping mat and we can’t imagine getting through those nights without a feathery soft pillow. Keep your sleeping bag and pillow clean (plus a layer warmer) with a colourful sheet set.
Portable Phone Charger
Phone batteries just ain’t what they used to be. It seems they don’t get through one whole day let alone 3 without needing a charging boost. Bring along a portable battery for your phone so you start every morning ready to snap, post and video the whole event.
Yes, you can sit/sleep/eat on the ground, but do you really want to? Think ahead and bring some outdoor lounging chairs instead.
We all go in with the best intentions and come home a dirty mess days later. Be realistic with yourself; it’s doubtful you’ll get a good shower from the portable bathrooms. Make sure to pack wet wipes or baby wipes so you can freshen up at least a little bit. If you do wish to try the shower setup we suggest scouting it out when everyone else is headed to bed as opposed to lining up in the morning rush.
A Beach Towel
It’s never a bad plan to have a spare towel around. These large, round towels by Beach Bella are 100% cotton and easily fit two people - perfect as an impromptu picnic blanket. Grab dinner and a show on your towel in front of the main stage and avoid grass chafing on the legs.
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Festival fields have two basic modes: wet and muddy or dry and dusty. Either way you’ll want a solid pair of shoes to traipse around in. While sneakers will do the job they won’t keep your feet too clean, or protect from stomping around in the mosh pit.
With more uses than MacGyver would know how to list, hair elastics are a secret weapon you’ll want to have on hand. A few things they’re good for:
- Keeping cords together and untangled
- Holding together open food packets
- Holding sleeves or pant legs in place when you’ve rolled them up
- Holding money, cards and tickets together if a wallet won’t fit your pocket
Same as hair elastics - you won’t know what you need bandaids for until you’re using them! Of course there’s the odd cut or scrape but also nametags for if anyone’s eating too much of your food.
So there it is - the 8 things that will help you not just survive a festival but thrive and enjoy! Not headed to a festival? Check out these alternative NYE plans.