With Coachella, Firefly, Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, and many other music festivals just months away, it’s important to bring the necessities with you! Here’s a list of our top 6 music festival necessities:
1. Music Festival Necessities #1: Sunscreen
You’re going to be outside for a majority of the day and the last thing you want is to look like a lobster when trying to enjoy your favorite artist! So slather on that sunscreen (at least SPF 30). Since most festivals have gotten incredibly strict on what you can and can’t bring on the festival grounds, ensure that you are checking the FAQs to make sure that you can bring in your sunscreen. Don’t forget, you’ll want to apply this throughout the day.
We don’t know about you, but our eyes are extremely sensitive when it’s sunny outside, so cover those up with your favorite pair of sunglasses! Our personal favorite are aviators. Plus if you’re wearing sunglasses you don’t have to worry about makeup! If you’re not into sunglasses or already wear glasses, a floppy hat can work just as well! Check out Target or Forever 21 for less than $10.
3. Lip Balm
Believe it or not, your lips can burn as easily as your skin, so don’t forget to bring your favorite lip balm! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Burt’s Bees: With different fragrances, tints and purposes, Burt’s Bees has a great variety of lip balms that even contain sunscreen for your lips.
- Jack Black: With more than 3,500 reviews on Sephora, this lip balm contains SPF 25, which will protect your lips even while you stand at the barricade waiting for The Killers to come on stage.
- Fusion Lip Balm: Alright alright, okay okay – this lip balm is clean of harmful ingredients and boasts excellent reviews from dozens of sources across the makeup and beauty industry. At just $9, this lip balm even has açai to gently soothe those lips.
4. Disposable Camera
One of our favorite music festival necessities is how you capture your day. If you want to capture memories from this day without worrying about your cell phone battery, disposable cameras are the way to go! They’re super inexpensive (you can get a pack of 2 for $9) and make your pictures come out awesome! So ditch the fancy DSLR for the day and take the old school approach. Plus, when you develop your photos, you’ll have a chance to order prints, which make great art for your walls, along with festival posters, wristbands or other memories.
Check out this video to see some great Disposable Camera tips.
You never know what could happen, so make sure to have at least $20-$40 on you. Whether you run out of water or realize you forgot something important, cash is always important to have. Also, a few merchandise booths only accept cash, so you wouldn’t wanna miss out on a vinyl or exclusive t-shirt. Now, you’ll find that music festivals also allow you to tie your credit card to your wristband, but you never want to rely on digital payments in case the system goes out, your credit card company sees fraudulent activity or somewhere doesn’t accept cash.
6. Small Backpack or Crossbody Bag
This part of our music festival necessities list is one is for the ladies out there. The last thing we’d want to do at music festival is worry about a huge purse dragging me down, so we recommend either a small crossbody bag or small backpack to keep everything you bring. Especially with 2 or 3 day festivals, you probably don’t plan on visiting your camp site/RV multiple times during the day, so making sure you have everything you need in a small bag is extremely important. You can find inexpensive bags at anywhere from Target to H&M to Forever 21 for under $20. For the men out there, you can find inexpensive drawstring bags at most sporting goods stores.
What are your favorite music festival necessities? Drop ’em in the comments below and find more festival news from Beyond The Stage here.