Prep And Packing For Your Next Festival Weekend

January 23, 2023

If you are going to a festival, you must make sure you are fully prepared by packing all the items you will need while you are away. Getting ready for a festival weekend can be a lot of work, but we are here to help! This article will provide a breakdown of what to bring, from a tent, sleeping bag and festival seats to comfortable clothes and shoes.

How To Plan And Prepare For The Festival Weekend

A festival is perfect for letting loose and having some much-needed fun! But before you arrive at the festival, you need to do a surprising amount of planning and preparation. Here are some useful tips on how to plan and prep for an unforgettable festival weekend:

  • Start preparing early

The earlier you start planning and packing for your trip, the less stressful it will be. One of the first things you need to do is make a list of everything you need to bring so you do not forget anything important.

  • Travel light

You do not want to be weighed down by a heavy backpack or suitcase. Pack only the essentials and bring extras only if you have sufficient space.

  • Be prepared for weather changes

The weather can be unpredictable, so pack accordingly. Bring layers that you can easily take on and off as needed.

What To Pack For A Festival

  • Festival ticket

You will not be able to get in without your tickets!

  • A comfortable tent

You will be spending a lot of time at the campsite, so make sure your tent is comfortable! Bring extra blankets and pillows for added cosiness. If you have room, you could also bring an inflatable mattress.

  • Chairs

Do not forget to pack chairs for lounging around the campsite or sitting in during performances. Portable chairs are great because they’re easy to transport and set up. Some festival seats even double as walking sticks, giving you some much-needed relief from being on your feet all day!

  • Cool bag

A must-have for storing food and drinks if you want to limit how much you spend at food stalls. Be sure to pack enough ice packs to keep things cold throughout the weekend!

  • Torches

Torches come in handy when navigating your way around the campsite at night. Bring extra batteries, just in case.

  • First aid kit

Pack bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers and other essential first aid kit items in case anyone gets hurt during the weekend. 

  • Suncream, hats, and sunglasses

Because no one wants to be the person with sunburn halfway through the weekend!

  • Comfortable shoes

You will be doing a lot of walking over the weekend, so make sure your footwear is up for the challenge. Wellies are an absolute must-have for festivals, as fields quickly become extremely muddy.

  • Water and snacks

Make sure to bring enough snacks and water to last you throughout the day — there is nothing worse than being dehydrated and hangry in the middle of a crowded summer festival!

  • Backpack/crossbody bag

Bring a bag to allow you to keep your hands free — this will come in handy when you want to dance or take photos.

  • Phone charger

There is nothing worse than having your phone die when you want to take pictures and videos of your festival adventures! Just make sure to bring a charged power bank with you so you can charge your device wherever you are.

  • Cash 

While most places will accept cards, it’s always good to have cash on hand in case of any problems.

  • ID

This one should be obvious, but do not forget your ID! You will not be able to get into the festival and buy alcoholic drinks without it.

Tips For Surviving Your Festival Experience

  • Get there early

Showing up to a festival as early as possible is vital to surviving the crowds and having a good time. Arriving early also means you will have first pick of the campsites, meaning you may end up being much closer to the action!

  • Bring everything you need

From suncream and comfortable shoes to your ID and cash, make sure you bring everything you need for a hassle-free festival experience. If it is your first festival, you might be surprised at just how much stuff you will need to take with you!

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Staying hydrated is essential when spending long days in the sun. Bring along plenty of water and drinks with electrolytes to keep yourself feeling good all weekend long because dehydration will quickly ruin the fun.

  • Take breaks

If you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, take a break from the action and relax in your tent or find a quiet spot away from the crowds where you can have a quick breather. Taking time to rest and relax will help you survive and enjoy the rest of your festival experience.

Final Thoughts

Festival weekends can be fun, but there is quite a lot of preparation and packing involved. So take the time to plan ahead and think carefully about what items are essential, and will make sure that you have an enjoyable festival experience. We hope this article has given you a few helpful tips for preparing for your next festival weekend!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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