You bought your tickets, are you ready to party? Now discover the perfect equipment for a festival: what to take with you, what to leave at home.
Summer is finally here, and it is the time when all the music and festival shows resound in the cities.
All over the world, thousands of music festivals bring together travellers, music lovers and all those who enjoy celebrating. But before you pitch your tent too, you need to know what to pack!
Here is a special checklist for festival equipment! Whether you’re going to rave to Tomorrowland or pitch your tent in Rock Werchter, you’ll be ready!
What to take… a sleeping bag
Okay, it may seem obvious, but many people forget this essential element of the festival-goer’s perfect kit and only take one tent with them. Although the tent is also essential, it is in your sleeping bag that you will slip into at nightfall (or early morning) to regain your strength.
What NOT to take… perishable food and junk food
It may be tempting to bring food to the festival campsite, but don’t forget that your provisions will most of the time remain in full sunlight. So don’t take any perishable goods, you’d have to throw them away for sure. Forget also everything that is “junk food”, it is not what you will need after a night spent sleeping on the floor of a tent.
Instead, bring nuts, fruit, bread and cereal bars.
What to bring… sunscreen!
It’s happened to all of us. Attend an unforgettable concert, surrounded by your best friends, in a superb atmosphere, all this with a glass or two, totally forgetting the sun that is biting your neck. Until it’s too late.
Yes, you have been told a thousand times already, but you are told again: put on sunscreen! Beyond the obvious impact on health, no one wants to be like that guy who walks around with a face as red as a crayfish.
What NOT to take with you… glass
If you bring alcohol, buy plastic bottles. If you bring beers, buy cans. Beyond the fact that glass is often more expensive than the rest, it is often prohibited in most festivals, because of the danger of debris in a space where people walk around quietly, sometimes barefoot!
What to take with you… a plaid
In addition to adding a touch of originality (and shade) to your camp, a plaid, or a colorful blanket, is an essential, all-in-one item to put in your backpack. A little nap under a tree? Your plaid is a bed. It’s a little chilly all of a sudden? Your plaid turns into a shawl. And when it comes to settling in a place without grass, your plaid becomes a comfortable cushion. And it’s lightweight, and it doesn’t take up much space.
What NOT to take with you…. too special clothes
And by “special”, we mean anything that could be uncomfortable, embarrassing or offensive. There is only one rule about what to bring to a festival: if you are afraid of losing or damaging it, don’t take it. Leave your tight jeans and banana suit at home. Take light clothing with you, which can be easily removed. You’ll be happy when you tear them up on the dance floor.
There are also advantages and disadvantages to carrying a sweater. Yes, you might like to snuggle in at night, but a little less drag it all day long, while you dance in the middle of the crowd. The secret? The diapers! Wear light clothing when it is hot and add an extra layer when it gets cold.
What to take with you… wipes and toilet paper
Although showers are not usually optional, wipes will be a great help when it comes to cleaning up before you slip into your sleeping bag for the night. Same for the morning, before starting the day.
The toilets are theoretically equipped with toilet paper, at least until the end of the day, with a little luck. Don’t take any risks and put a roller in your backpack. Nothing is more disappointing than to realize, once installed, that there is no paper left!
What NOT to take with you… a camera
Festivals are good places to take beautiful pictures, and it can be tempting to take beautiful pictures of musicians and your friends. But unless you are accredited, most festivals will not let you in with a SLR or any other equivalent professional equipment.
However, be prepared to take a break in front of all the official photographers who are constantly on the move during the festival!
What NOT to take with you… precious objects
Those earrings you love so much? This family jewel left by your grandmother? Your new iPad? Leave all this at home. The earrings fall off, the rings fall off and the iPads break. It’s not worth it and it would break your grandmother’s heart.
What to take with you… a tarpaulin for your tent
Don’t neglect his interest! Your tent will be your best friend when you are tired and need to rest, but it is difficult to sleep if it is wet. Even a light drizzle can be enough to wet your stuff. At the same time, make sure that your tent is full before leaving your home.
What to take with you… flip-flops
If you dance in sneakers all day long, you’ll be happy to have a pair of comfortable flip-flops to put on when you get back to the campsite. Let your feet breathe! Flip-flops are also practical when it comes to coming and going in your tent, as they are easy to put on and take off.
What NOT to take with you… an umbrella
Let’s face it, you’re going to an outdoor music festival. If it rains, you’ll get wet. An umbrella will have three disadvantages (at least): it will prevent you from dancing, it will embarrass people behind you, and worse, it will hurt someone. Forget your umbrella, take a k-way instead.
What to take with you… earplugs
Those speakers you’re leaning against? They are designed to reach the ears of 50,000 people. Bring earplugs! You will be pleased with this later, when you have retained all your hearing abilities! You can find them in the festival’s shops, and they are sometimes even distributed free of charge. As a bonus, they will help you to rest in the tent, even if your neighbours have not decided to sleep.
What NOT to leave behind… water packs
Most festivals today have adopted an eco-responsible philosophy. In other words, the field must be as clean at the end as it was at the beginning of the festival. Plastic is bad for the environment, and only a few bottles are actually recycled. Forget your water pack and instead fill your bottle or gourd at one of the many filling points available on site. If you still decide to bring water packs, be sure to return them to a recycling point.
What to take with you… garbage bags
Use garbage bags throughout the festival to avoid having to do a big cleaning when you leave (when you will be in zombie mode as well). Also bring a few smaller bags to protect your belongings, such as your phone, if it starts raining.
What to take with you… a nomadic charger
You probably won’t be stuck to your smartphone, but it’s still good to know that you can use it to take a few pictures or meet your buddies on the spot if necessary. You can of course recharge it, but the plugs, or charging stations, are most of the time taken by assault. A mobile charger, even second-hand, is a good solution, just make sure you charge it before you leave!
What NOT to take with you… a plan that is too precise
That’s understandable. You have paid a lot to see your favorite artists. But the biggest mistake I made at my first festival was to evolve with strong ideas about where I should go, and when I should go. The reality is that plans are made to be changed, and often for the better. You will often be surprised to find things you didn’t even suspect.
Simply determine 5 concerts that you want to see absolutely but no more, at the risk of being disappointed. Stay open-minded and on the lookout for all the fortuitous moments that make festivals so magical.