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How to get festival ready

Headed to a festival soon? Make sure you have everything you need with this list

Written by Megan Stonecipher and posted in life

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School and college is finally out, and now summer music festivals are underway!  Summer music festivals are a great way to see some of your favourite headliners, de-stress from the school year and hangout with friends.  If this is your first or even your twenty-second music festival, it’s always best to be prepared, so we put together a list of things to bring with you and things to do so you can be festival ready.  Check out some of the recommendations below.  

Things to bring

Basic necessities

  • Trash bags- great for storing muddy clothes, and for sitting on when you don’t want to get your clothes dirty.
  • Baby wipes- one of the inevitable aspects of festivals is that you will get dirty, so why not be prepared can carry around baby wipes so that you can get rid of the residue of dirt throughout the day.
  • Portable phone charger- the majority of us have been in the situation where you’re at a concert and one of your favourite songs comes on so you pull up snapchat to put it on your story and then all the sudden your phone dies.  This is easily preventable when you have a portable charger with you.
  • LOTS of water- with drinking alcohol comes drinking even more water, so be sure to bring lots of water with you.
  • Snacks- food at the festival is normally rather overpriced, so make sure to bring some non-perishable snacks with you.
  • Sunscreen- don’t risk the chance of dealing with painful sunburns and looking like a lobster after the festival has ended.
  • Small first aid kit- things happen (aka people trip, fall and cut themselves) so it’s always a good idea to be prepared, it will also save you from having to go to the first aid tent and missing out on any performances.
  • Waterproof sleeve or pouch- not only is this great to carry around your phone, ID, and money but if it starts raining you won’t have to worry about your phone getting water damage.
  • A good tent- if you are staying for the full weekend be sure to bring a sturdy tent, and one that is suitable for the amount of people that are staying in it.  Also make sure that it has a rain cover with it, because you never know when it’s going to rain.
  • Something unique to mark your tent- by putting a flag, sign or anything on your tent it will be much easier for you to recognise and find your tent instead of wandering around looking for it and accidentally going in the wrong tent.
  • Earplugs- yes, I know what you’re thinking “I’m definitely not bringing earplugs.” But earplugs are actually really helpful especially when you’re trying to go to sleep at night and the people in the tents around yours are still talking/playing music, or if you find yourself way too close to the speaker near the front of the stage.


  • An extra change of clothes- if it rains you will most likely be very wet and possibly covered in mud.  So it’s a good idea to bring extra clothes so that you don’t have to wear wet, muddy clothes all weekend.
  • Something warm- be sure to bring a jacket and other articles of warm clothing because the weather is unpredictable and once it starts getting dark out the temperature will start to drop as well.
  • Poncho- ponchos are a great because they not only keep you dry, but they are very lightweight so you can carry it around with you without it being a hassell, and if needed you can use it to sit on so your clothes won’t get dirty from sitting on the ground.


  • Dry shampoo
  • Extra hair ties
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant

Things to do

  • Plan out your outfits- this is by far one of the more fun things to do, check out A-Z of festival fashion for ideas on what to wear.
  • Make sure you have your ticket- no ticket, means no entry.
  • Make sure you have cash and your ID- make sure you have cash on hand before you get there that way you are able to buy food and drinks while you are there.
  • Look at the festival map and set times before you go- this way you can ensure that you won’t miss some of your favourite performers.
  • Map out directions before headed to the festival- make sure you know how you are getting to the festival and when you will be leaving for it as well.  
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Published June 29th, 2017
Last updated February 28th, 2018
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