The Ultimate Packing Guide for Music Festivals

by | Jul 8, 2016 | Festivals and Parties

If you have been following our blog, you must have noticed that San and I are music festival junkies. After all, we met each other in a PsyTrance music festival! Anyway, now that we’re gearing to hit a few festivals in summer, I wanted to share our packing list with you, which will come in handy if you’re also doing what we love doing.

When it comes to packing, just remember – “less is more” and carry the bare minimum. Here’s an ultimate packing list for music festivals to help you get started:

The essential items to carry for a music festival

01 | Festival ticket and your Identity Card (of course!) – the entry tickets for most of the festivals sell out months in advance. Hence you most likely will carry an e-ticket with which you will need to show your identity card to get a festival wrist band to enter.

02 | A waist-bag to keep your money and essentials so that you don’t have to carry a backpack around. Always keep this waist pouch with you. Find one which looks good with your outfit and is comfortable to dance in. Here is what I usually carry.

My waist pouch for music festivals - Ultimate packing list for music festivals

My waist pouch for music festivals

03 | A tent, sleeping bag, pillow and mattress – assuming you’re camping at the festival. Even if there are rooms nearby, I’d recommend you camp at the festival to get the most out of it. We carry

04 | A flashlight is a must have for camping at music festivals. Carry a few spare batteries because you never know when you run out. You can carry a headlamp too!

05 | Sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm. No matter how the weather is, you WILL need your sunscreen if you’re staying out.

06 | Wet wipes – these are always useful.

07 | Basic toiletries – toothpaste, soap, shampoo and a deodorant.

08 | A towel. I carry a micro fiber quick drying towel which packs in a little ball.

09 | Condoms – you never know when you need them.

10 | Ear-plugs – overexposure to high decibels can cause long term damage to your ears. Even if the sound system is of the highest quality, you should carry a pair of ear plugs

11 | Water refill container – so that you can keep yourself hydrated and avoid the use of plastic glasses or bottles.

12 | A few trash bags to keep your campsite clean. You can also use them to put your dirty clothes so that they don’t mix with your clean clothes.

13 | Toilet paper – I don’t want to be stuck in a situation where I can’t find any!

14 | Menstrual Cup – this one is for the ladies. If you haven’t started using a menstrual cup already, you have got to get yourself one because seriously, this will change your life. Get one as soon as possible so that you’re fully prepared before you travel because it takes a while to understand how to use it. Once you get a hang of it, there is nothing else that feels as clean and is as stress-free to use as a menstrual cup. I recommend you compare menstrual cups online before you decide which one to get.

What clothes to carry for a music festival

01 | Some light clothing for you to dance in. I usually cut up my old clothes and make new ones. I never carry new clothes for a festival because I know I will dance in the mud for hours and mess up everything. If you’re heading to a festival that’s in a cold place, then don’t forget to carry a thick wind proof jacket. We love this packing guide for Ireland, which isn’t really for music festivals but will come in handy right before a winter music festival.

02 | A “Clever Travel Companion” basic black tank top or a tee shirt. I like this tank top from Clever Travel Companion because I can keep my essentials in a secret pocket.

Tank top with secret pocket - clever travel companion

Tank top with secret pocket – clever travel companion

02 | Fleece or jumper, long pants and socks – depending on the weather. Even in warm places, it does get cold at night so it helps to be prepared.

03 | Swimwear – most of the festivals have a swimming area.

04 | Fun Costumes to reveal your true identity! Are you a pirate? Or an elf? Perhaps Borat? Look at my LED Fairy outfit at the Experience Festival in Koh Tao.

My LED Fairy Wings at the Experience PsyTrance Festival

My LED Fairy Wings at the Experience PsyTrance Festival – Wings designed by Andrea Pixie and Photo by digital Thanka

05 | Flip-flops and / or shoes depending on the weather. Carry something which is easy to wiggle out of when you want to dance barefoot. I like carrying Ninja boots because they are super comfortable for dancing.

06 | Sunglasses.

07 | Hat – if you like dancing in the sun, you’re gonna need a hat.

08 | A sarong or a scarf, which you can wrap around your swimsuit and dance. Or if it gets hot, you can wet it and wrap around your head / body to cool down. I usually carry more than one sarong because these can be used as mats, bedsheets, pillows, a cute asymmetrical skirt and more. The possibilities are endless.

09 | A few sets of underwear.

Optional things to carry for a music festival

01 | Hammock – even though San and I always carry our hammocks, I’m putting it in the optional category for you. For me, hammocks are sometimes more comfortable than tents for a good sleep. If you don’t find a good spot to hang your hammock, you can always put it on the ground and use it as a mat.

San and I with our tent and hammock

San and I with our tent and hammock

02 | A mat which you can put on ground to sit.

03 | Fun things that you can play with – hula hoop / poi, etc. I usually carry a hula hoop.

04 | Alcohol – unless you don’t mind spending a lot at the festival bar.

05 | Insect repellent – I swear by my mosquito repellent patches but San never uses any of them.

06 | Tent covers or parasols to protect your camp from heat. We never carry them but its good to cover a sitting area outside your tent with a cover.

07 | A stove, cylinder, bowls, cutleries and cooking pan if you wish to cook your own food.

08 | Band-aids – you may hurt yourself while dancing. For bigger injuries, head to the first aid area. Every festival has one.

09 | A rain poncho, depending on the weather forecast. I have one that folds up in a small ball and I always carry it.

10 | A power bank to charge your gadgets. Although I’d recommend you stay disconnected from the outside world during the festival.

Things I’d never carry to a music festival

01 | Glass bottles – firstly, many festivals have banned these glass bottles because they are fire hazards. Secondly. its risky to carry them because they can break and cut your skin.

02 | A selfie stick – my apologies to those who can’t live without their selfie sticks. Your stick can poke and hurt people who dance around you. Almost all of the music festivals have amazing official photographers. Ask one of them to click your photo.

03 | Bad attitude – leave this at home. Spread good vibes and don’t forget to smile at everyone.

So, what do you think my packing list for music festivals? Is there anything that you carry and I missed it out? Let me know in the comments section. Oh and do share this list with your friends to help them pack for the music festivals.

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