Having been to about seven major festivals in the last three Summers, in a range of different countries and settings and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. My first festival was Ultra Europe in Croatia in 2014 and the last I attended was Electric Daisy Carnival in London last year (which has since been cancelled). I’m heading to my first one of the year next week so my mind is in overdrive on what to pack! If you’re new to the festival scene then these are a few small tips that might help you out 😋
1.Don’t Bring A Big Bag
A backpack might seem like a good idea at the time but for what? You can’t bring drink in, or food usually – and what else could be so important you have to cart along? Girls should opt for a small cross bag/bum bag and boys should invest in clothes with secure pockets, a bum bag or avail of their female friends bags!
2. Always Bring An Empty Bottle
This applies more for festivals in the sun, but there is nothing worse than needing water and not being able to have any. I always bring some form of bottle with me to fill up and carry around. Even when it isn’t warm, it’s good to drink water and take a break from the 6 non stop hours of drinking!
3. Don’t Wear A Dress, And Definitely Don’t Wear White!
I think that functionality should win over fashion a thousand times over when it comes to festival gear. Wearing a comfortable pair of shorts will trump a dress for me every time, and if you’re partial to getting on someones shoulders (like I am!) then dresses just don’t make sense. What also doesn’t make sense is wearing white! Be it drink gets spilled, there is mud, you sit on the grass (or anything for that matter), fake tan, rain.. There is just no scenario in which wearing white comes out as a good idea! I wore white shorts ONCE to a festival in Chicago and destroyed the shorts forever from sitting on the dusty ground.
4. Don’t Forget To Eat
I will admitt I have done this on more than one ocassion. If you’re drinking all day you end up quenching your hungry with all the liquid, and then by the time you might get hungry you are smack bang in the middle of a crowd during your favourite artist and you couldn’t leave even if you wanted to. My advice would be to eat just before you know you are going to be at the main stage (or whichever stage you know will tickle your fancy enough that you won’t want to leave).
5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
There are so many things that can go wrong at a festival. I’ve had issues with tickets, money, stage times clashing, friends not wanting to see the person you are going to see, feeling sick, feeling tired.. you name it! But at the end of the day you are there to enjoy yourself and the event is only so long. So go with the flow and don’t get bogged down by the little things that go wrong.
These are all tips I will try and remember for my next festival – Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Spain! (I’ve been to Electric Picnic (X2), Sea Sessions, Barn Dance, EDC UK, Lollapalooza, Mysteryland & Ultra Europe ☺)
Do you like going to festivals? and if so, have you any tips?