Hello Festival Season!

Festival season is swiftly approaching with Coachella in the next few weeks to kick it off. In the past few years the concept of music festivals has grown immensely. Numerous clothing stores now advertise  specific styles and items at the end of March geared towards finding your best festival look.

Last summer I was fortunate enough to attend Bonnaroo, which is one of the best U.S summer festivals. It’s a four day music and arts festival on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee. I remember searching numerous Bonnaroo tags on Tumblr struggling to figure out the necessities to pack.

Naturally, I overpacked but in the end I learned what items are a festival must-have. If you plan on attending a music festival this year, here are a few things you shouldn’t leave the house without!

  • Wet Wipes: Unless you’re VIP, be prepared to use vile porta potties with no toilet paper. You will thank yourself later. 
  • Sunscreen: This may seem obvious, but it’s very easy to forget with all the commotion. During the day be prepared for the sun to beat down on your skin with no mercy, so you’ll definitely want to be protected. 
  • Rain poncho: A festivals the weather is always unpredictable, so you will want to be prepared if mother nature decides to let it pour. Unless the area around the stage is flooded, all festival are rain or shine. 
  • Camelback: Water is without a doubt the most important. You will want to stay hydrated and have water easily accessible at any given moment. 
  • Hand sanitizer: Because who doesn’t enjoy 99.9% germ free hands. 
  • Portable phone charger: Although, wi-fi is sparse at festivals you’re phone will surely die fast with all the pictures, videos, and social media posts. If you’re VIP, most festivals typically have a charging station for you to use. 
  • Picnic blanket: If you and your group get tired and want to chill, bringing a blanket to sit on is a good idea. In addition, some performances are more enjoyable away from the crowd sitting on a picnic blanket.
  • Body mist: Naturally, most people don’t smell too great after a hot day in the sun, so during late night shows in the crowd everyone will thank you. 
  • Sunglasses: For protection and style obviously. 
  • Cash: It’s easier for most vendors if you just use cash, plus you can manage your spending more carefully instead of just swiping. 
Here are some popular U.S. music festivals for 2015 (In order by date):
If you plan on going to a festival this year, I hope my list helps you get a head start this festival season.

Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow! 

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