Summer is the perfect time to visit a music festival. You can create unforgettable memories with some of your closest friends and see some of the best performances all in the space of one weekend. However, it’s really important that you pack smart, so you don’t get stuck in the mud (literally). Here are the top 10 things that you should take to festivals this summer.
1) A tent
This one’s pretty obvious, but if you’re planning on staying the full weekend at a festival, you’ll need somewhere to sleep. Tents are the best way to keep yourself safe and dry after the show is over, just make sure you remember where you’re located or you’ll be sleeping on the grass. Add a colourful flag to the tent so you don’t lose your spot amongst the tent city!
2) Your phone
Even though you might lose reception when you’re in the middle of nowhere, it’s important to bring your phone with you to the festival. Not only can you get in touch with your friends once you’ve lost them in the crowd, but you can also post some amazing pictures onto Instagram and live videos on Snapchat; show everyone what they’re missing out on!
3) A portable phone charger
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, but you don't want to be that one person who has to borrow other people’s phones to call their mates or grab a quick selfie. Portable chargers are a great way to keep your phone alive and kicking all weekend while you enjoy the festival. They’re easy to slip into your bag and it’ll save you from borrowing them from others.
4) Festival-worthy clothes (for Insta)
If you’re going to show everyone how amazing the festival was, you may as well dress for the occasion! Invest in some super cute clothes that can keep your hands free while you dance, like this vest by Fairy Floss Byron Bay, that allows you to attach your wallet, phone and keys to yourself so you dance handsfree. Check out some of the latest festival styles so you can steal the show!
Festivals are a great way to get a tan, but they’re also a great place to get sunburn. Avoid the lobster-inspired look with some sunscreen. Bring along enough to share with friends, so you can all enjoy the weekend in the brilliant sunshine without being in pain from burn on the way home.
6) A pillow case
When packing for the weekend away, don’t waste space by bringing a pillow along with you, instead opt for just the pillow case. A pillow case is super easy to pack into your bag, and you can create your own pillow by filling the case up with clothes. Perfect!
7) First aid kit
Even when you’re having the time of your life outdoors, sometimes you can make a misstep and accidentally hurt yourself. Even though festivals will already have first aid kits readily available, it’s important to pack one of your own just in case. Pack band-aids, insect repellent and anything else you might need just in case. You never know when an accident might happen!
8) Spare clothes
When it comes to clothes and festivals, sometimes it’s safer to overpack than underpack. Bringing spare clothes with you when you’re at the festival can be really important. If you’re about to face unpredictable weather conditions, you don’t want to be stuck wearing soaking wet or muddy clothes. Grab some basic t-shirts and shorts and stash them away, you never know if you or a friend need an outfit change.
9) A poncho
Speaking of unpredictable weather conditions, festivals are often presented by rain and mud. You don’t have to run back to your tent once the rain starts to fall or grab an umbrella that blocks other people’s vision; pack yourself a plastic poncho that you can throw over yourself! You can still enjoy the great music playing without getting your outfit soaking wet.
10) Heaps of food and drinks
Don’t be caught spending all of your money on overpriced festival food, pack ahead of time with heaps of snacks and drinks so you can keep your energy up throughout the day. Bring food ike packets of chips and lots of water. Packing snacks along with your other essentials is a great way to save some money over the weekend, so you can spend it on alcohol! Just don’t forget to drink responsibly and throw away your rubbish!