11 Essential Things You Should Bring To A Music Festival

Has it been a crazy summer or what?  Festival season is here and there is no better way to enjoy the summer than spending all day in a field with your closest friends, listening to your favourite bands/artist getting lit AF.

what to bring to a music festivalIn this day and age, if you didn’t go to a festival in the summer, it’s pretty safe to assume you didn’t really enjoy and embrace the summer fully… 

You might’ve turned to this article because it might be your first time going or maybe you didn’t really pack well last time. 

Well no worries, we got you! 

We’ve created a list of 11 items you should bring when your heading to a music festival! Some are more obvious, while others might surprise you.  Let’s get started! 

#1 – Sunblock

This is very important!  Being outside all day, you will obviously get sun exposure and trust me, having a sunburn in the middle of a festival is no fun.

sunburn from music festival

So, yeah, sunscreen is a definite must!  I recommend the Aveeno Protect Plus Hydration, as not only does it prevent sunburns but it also hydrates your skin!  It’s a personal fav of mine.

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion

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#2 – BackPack / Fanny Pack

So, having something to put your stuff in is really nice. If you find yourself at a music festival that has camping, it would be very smart to bring a backpack and a fanny pack. You don’t always need to lug all your stuff around in a purse, which, by the way, can get snatched or misplaced. A fanny pack is a great way to keep your money and personal items very secure, and it is attached to your body.  Much like a backpack.

music festival fanny pack

I recommend the Camelbak M.U.L.E NV 3-Liter Hydration Backpacks.  Not only can you store you stuff in it but it can hold up to 3L of water. 

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#3 – A Portable Phone Charger

How can anyone know you attended a music festival if you have a dead phone? Pics or it didn’t happen!  Besides that, if you lose track of your friends and your phone is dead, and you’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people…that’s not good!  

Bringing a portable charger is literally a life saver in more ways than one.  Portable chargers are often very small and can fit in your fanny pack. 

I use this one by Zhicity, which is light and handy and works like a charm.

Portable Charger, Zhicity 5000mAh Power Bank Phone Charger Lightweight External Battery Pack with Dual Input

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#4 – Drug Test Kit

This might save your life or your friend’s life, especially if one of you happens to be very irresponsible.  To be honest, of course some people are *trying* to be irresponsible, or take drugs.  But what I’m talking about is when you don’t intentionally try to take anything.    

acid trip at music festival

You never know what you get these days and we highly recommend getting a drug test kit for yourself. You might not plan to use it, but at some festivals, you or maybe a friend might come face to face with a decision, and it’s always better to play it safe.

I recommend getting one for all drugs, such as this 5-pack by Identify.  It tests for the following drugs:

THC – Marijuana 50 ng/mL
COC – Cocaine 300 ng/mL
OXY – Oxycodone 100 ng/mL
MDMA – Ecstasy 500 ng/mL
BUP – Buprenorphine 10 ng/mL 
MOP – Opiates / Morphine 300 ng/mL (Six times lower than many other brands)
AMP – Amphetamines 1000 ng/mL
BAR – Barbiturates 300 ng/mL
BZO – Benzodiazepines 300 ng/mL
MET – Methamphetamines 1000 ng/mL
MTD – Methadone 300 ng/mL
PCP – Phencyclidine 25 ng/mL

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#5 – First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit with you is smart thing to bring.  With all the things going on, you might hurt yourself for whatever reason.  One time I took a run at a mudslide and smashed my knee on a rock.  Luckily, I had one of these kits handy and I got myself fixed up fairly quickly, rather than waiting in line for an hour with a gashed knee.  Avoid going to the first aid station with the other billion people who’ve also hurt themselves, that’s what I say. Save your time and get a first aid kit – if not…hey, just be careful.

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#6 – Hat & Sunglasses 

girl wearing hat sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses and a hat will seriously save you from the feisty summer sun. Who wants to feel the sun on top of your head or even worse – in your eyes. It’s very important to keep yourself protected and you’ll be doing just that with sunglasses and a hat – not only protected but you might actually look stylish too.  You’ll be thankful you brought these!  Here’s a hat / glasses combo that I dig.. it’s for guys though.

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#7 – Ear Plugs 

Oh man.  After spending all day in the heat and being so close to large speakers, it might be a good idea to protect your ears.  Have you ever heard of tinnitus?  Seriously, save ears and your brain the pain and just have a pair handy.  Also, if you are camping, trust us, it gets quite loud and hard to sleep if you didn’t bring enough alcohol to put you to sleep.  

My recommendation here is a brand called Deftget.  They are noise cancelling and great for sleeping.  I must say this again, you don’t want to just jam kleenex in your ears – it’s not the same!

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#8 – Wet Wipes & Hand Sanitizer

Often, you’ll go into a porta-potty and noticed that there is no toilet paper or even worse, no soap.  Like, seriously, sanitation products are a must for any music festival.

porta potty problems

Bringing wet wipes will literally save your life because you never know what you’ll be eating and what you’ll be touching. It’s better to be clean and safe than having to walk around all sticky and dirty all day.  Plus, there’s diseases to look out for because everyone is doing everything and touching everything!  Know what I’m saying?  Wet wipes I think are a must.  Here’s a great brand…

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#9 – Proper Footwear

You will seriously need something with support and something equally as comfortable. 
Supporting your feet properly will actually give you more energy to dance, plus you’ll probably walking around A LOT.  

best shoes for a music festival

If you go for sandals, remember your feet are more exposed to stuff like mud and broken glass, but also remember that if you bring your best shoes, they might get destroyed.  Really tough call here, because you also want to be comfortable during your festival adventures.  Oh, and let’s not forget about style!  

To be honest, I’ve been known to wear these – Dolce Vita Ankle Booties!  I’d rather look cool than be super practical.

Dolce Vita Women's Iona Ankle Bootie

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#10 – Rain Gear 

Trust me, bringing rain gear is a smart idea.  Remember that just because a hurricane hits your music festival, with torrential rains, the show must go on.  Of course, you’ll just be soaked and trying not to catch a cold for the next 6 hours.  Getting some pre-packed raincoats just in case is a good call.  Even light rain for 30 minutes will make you wet and uncomfortable.  Eechh!  

Here are some that are disposable and cheap, and you can just stick ’em in your bag.

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#11 – Binoculars

The last thing I’ll mention is binoculars.  I like to have a good pair of binoculars just in there’s something happening far away and I want to get a good look at it.  Sometimes at a music festival you’ll be able to hear something better than you can see it, and you will appreciate having some binoculars then.  Also, there are times where the band is just too far away and I want to take a good look at say my favorite member.  It’s like having a license to spy on people.  It’s great – I love it!

Here’s a pair that were designed for concerts by Skygenius.  They are small and perfect for concerts.

skygenius small bincoculars for concerts

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Conclusion

I hope this list helps make your music festival season the best one yet.  It took me a while to figure out what stuff was needed, but after getting drugged, breaking bones, and catching the odd disease, I feel like I can now impart my wisdom on to others. Keep safe this summer and remember to always wear your sunscreen, if nothing else!  Cheers! 

christina hacket guest music blogger

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