Festival season is back again for another year and we’re only half way in. 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 in my opinion. It’s a 4 day music and arts festival on a huge farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
It was my first camping festival and I remember reading numerous threads online struggling to figure out the necessities to pack. Naturally, I over packed but after it was all over I learned what items are a must for day and camping music festivals.
If you plan on attending a festival this year, here are a few items that are music festival essentials:
Unless you’re going VIP, be prepared to use potentially nasty porta-potties with no toilet paper. Having your own wipes will keep you prepared for whatever situation you find yourself in. Trust me, you will thank yourself later!
This may seem obvious, but it’s very easy to forget with all the action that happens when you’re attending a music festival. For the summer festivals, be prepared for the sun to beat down on your skin with no mercy. Keep yourself protected, so you don’t regret it later.
At festivals the weather is always unpredictable, so you will want to be prepared if mother nature decides to let it pour. Unless there’s lightening and the area around the stages are flooded, most festivals are rain or shine.
Water is without a doubt one of the most important things when attending festivals, because it’s so easy to get dehydrated when you’re out in the sun and especially if you’re drinking too. You will want to stay hydrated and have water easily accessible for any given moment.
Hand sanitizer is another must so you can quickly disinfect your hands after using the bathroom and before you eat.
Portable phone charger
Although, the phone signal at music festivals is shit, your phone will most likely still die fast with all the pictures and videos you’ll be taking. Most festivals now have charging stations for you to use, but it doesn’t hurt to have your own.
Towel or Blanket
If you and your group get tired and want to chill, having a blanket to lay on the ground is always a plus. Also, some performances are more enjoyable away from the crowd sitting on a picnic blanket, especially if it’s on a hill.
Naturally, most people don’t smell too great after a hot day in the sun, so it doesn’t hurt to freshen up so everyone’s not trying to avoid you in the crowds.
Sunglasses are crucial for your eye protection and can totally make your festival outfit.
Although at some festivals attendees can now link their cards to their wristbands for easy purchases, it’s easier for most vendors if you use cash. In addition, using cash makes it easier for you to manage your spending instead of recklessly swiping.
- Okeechobee (March 1-4, 2018) OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
- In Bloom (March 24-25) HOUSTON, TEXAS
- Ultra (March 29-31, 2019) MIAMI, FLORIDA
- Coachella (Weekend 1: April 12-14, 2019, Weekend 2: April 19-21, 2019) INDIO, CALIFORNIA
- Euphoria (May 11-13) CARSON CREEK RANCH, TEXAS
- Jazzfest (April 27-May 6) NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
- Stagecoach (April 26-28, 2019) INDIO, CALIFORNIA
- Beale Street (May 4-6) MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
- Shaky Knees (May 4-6) ATLANTA, GEORGIA
- Hangout (May 17-19, 2019) GULF SHORES, ALABAMA
- Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (May 17-19, 2019) LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
- Lightning In A Bottle (May 24-27) BRADLEY, CALIFORNIA
- Summer Camp (May 24-27) CHILLICOTHE, ILLINOIS
- Boston Calling (May 26-27) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
- Sasquash! (May 25-28) QUINCY, WASHINGTON
- Movement (May 26-28) DETROIT, MICHIGAN
- BottleRock Napa Valley (May 25-27) NAPA, CALIFORNIA
- The Governer’s Ball (June 1-3) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
- Bonnaroo (June 13-16, 2019) MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE
- CMA (June 6-9) NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
- Spring Awakening (June 8-10) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
- Firefly (June 17-19) DOVER, DELAWARE
- High Sierra (July 5-8) QUINCY, CALIFORNIA
- The Peach (July 19-22) SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA
- Summerfest (June 27-July 12, July 3-July 8) MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
- Electric Forest (June 21-July 1) ROTHBURY, MICHIGAN
- Essence (July 5-8) NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
- Forecastle (July 13-15) LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
- Pitchfork (July 20-22) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
- Northern Nights (July 20-22) CROSS LAKE, MINNESOTA
- Country Crossings (July 26-29) CENTRAL POINT, OREGON
- Panorama (July 27-29) NEW YORK, NEW YORK
- Newport Folk (July 27-29) NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
- Vans Warped Tour (July 21-August 8) UNITED STATES
- Lollapalooza (August 2-August 5) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
- Hard Summer (August 4-5) POMONA, CALIFORNIA
- Outside Land (August 10-12) SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
- Lockn’ (August 23-26) ARRINGTON, VIRGINIA
- Burning Man (August 26-September 3) BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA
- Electric Zoo (August 31-September 2) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
- Bumbershoot (August 31-September 2) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
- North Coast (August 31-September 2) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
- Made In America (September 1-2) PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
- Austin City Limits (Weekend 1: October 5-7, Weekend 2: October 12-14) AUSTIN, TEXAS
- iHeart Radio (September 21-22) LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
- Tomorrowworld (September 28-30) CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, GEORGIA
What music festivals are you going to this year? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!