Music Festival Packing: 10 Essentials For A Perfect Weekend

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As summer approaches, so does the excitement of attending your favourite music festivals. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or preparing for your first immersive experience, packing the right accessories is crucial to ensure you have a memorable and stress-free weekend. 

So, here are 10 practical but essential items you should be packing for every music festival weekend. 

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1. Comfortable Footwear

When it comes to attending music festivals, comfort is key. Opt for durable, closed-toe shoes or sandals that provide ample support for long hours of standing, dancing, and exploring. 

Your feet will thank you!

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2. Weather-Appropriate Attire

Mother Nature can be unpredictable, especially in our neck of the woods. That’s why packing clothing for all sorts of weather conditions is key to every music festival weekend.

Pack lightweight and breathable fabrics for sunny days, a hoodie or jacket for cooler nights, and a rain poncho or waterproof jacket for unexpected showers. Even if the weather predictions are sunny and bright all weekend long, plan for the worst – that way your festival experience won’t be ruined by unexpected weather. 

And remember … layering is the key to adapting to changing temperatures.

3. Hydration Essentials

Staying hydrated is crucial during a music festival weekend, especially when dancing and singing along to your favorite bands. 

Some festivals provide water stations, making it convenient to refill a bottle and reduce plastic waste. At these venues a refillable water bottle is key. But just in case there aren’t water stations or lines are long, bring some backup water. 

PRO TIP: To reduce waste, opt for a jug of water you can use to top up your refillable bottle instead of individual bottles. Double-check with the festival before heading out to find out whether the jugs/bottles of water have to be sealed to avoid any issues when you get there.   

4. Sun Protection

Spending long hours under the sun can take a toll on your skin and overall well-being. 

Don’t forget to pack essential sun protection items like sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a bandana or scarf to shield your face and neck from harmful UV rays.

5. Portable Charger and Power Bank

In the age of smartphones and social media, a dead battery can be a festival-goer’s worst nightmare. 

To capture those incredible moments and stay connected with friends, pack a portable charger or power bank. This way, you can recharge your devices on the go and never miss a beat.

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6. First-Aid Kit

Accidents happen, and it’s better to be prepared. 

Pack a small first-aid kit containing essentials such as band-aids, pain relievers, antiseptic wipes, blister cushions, and any personal medications you may need. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

7. Cash and ID

While many festivals accept digital payments, it’s still wise to carry some cash for emergencies and small vendors that may not have card readers.

Additionally, ensure you have your identification card, as most festivals require age verification for entry or purchasing alcoholic beverages.

8. Snacks and Energy Boosters

Music festivals can be energy-consuming, so be sure to pack some nutritious snacks and energy bars to keep you fueled throughout the day. 

Granola bars, trail mix, and dried fruits are great options to help maintain your energy levels and keep hunger at bay.

9. Fanny Pack or Small Backpack

Keeping your essentials on you will reduce the number of trips you have to make to your campsite. Opt for a fanny pack or small backpack that allows you to keep your belongings close at hand. 

These hands-free options provide easy access to your valuables, such as your phone, wallet,, and festival essentials.

10. Portable Seating

Between performances and exploring the festival grounds, you might appreciate having a portable seating option. 

Consider bringing a compact, lightweight camping chair or a comfortable blanket to relax and enjoy the music without worrying about finding a spot to sit. If you opt for a lawn chair, double-check with the festival to make sure they are allowed in the festival arena before you bring it with you to the show.

Some of these may seem like obvious choices but you’d be surprised to find out just how many of these essentials concertgoers forget when packing for music festivals. And many of these can be the difference between a great weekend and feeling under the weather all weekend long. 

So, as you pack up your duffle for your next music festival adventure, remember that proper planning and packing are essential for an unforgettable weekend.

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