Your Festival Season Essentials Guide

Your Festival Season Essentials Guide

Rock the Festival: From Essential Gear to Making The Most of the Festival Experience

The festival season is a period of pure joy! Just picture the lively rhythms, the gorgeous lights, and the complete happiness of being surrounded by thousands of like-minded individuals enthusiastic about music, art, food, and culture.

From the energizing atmosphere of Glastonbury and Reading to the mouth-watering aromas of food festivals, there is something incredibly empowering about immersing yourself in the festival experience.

But wait, before we get carried away with the festival vibes, let me introduce myself. I’m Alexandra, your festival aficionado and guide to rocking the festival scene. I’ve danced under the stars at Electric Picnic, feasted at Taste of London, and lost myself in the art installations at Burning Man. With a backpack full of festival memories and a heart that beats to the rhythm of the crowds, I’m here to share the ultimate guide to your festival essentials gear guide.

So, prepare to amp up your festival game, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned Glasto pro. Let’s dive into your festival essentials guide to make your festival experience unforgettable!

Festival Gear Essentials

Alright, rockstars, let’s talk gear! When heading to a festival, packing the right gear is like creating the ultimate festival survival kit. From tickets to tassels, let’s break down the essentials:

Festival Tickets and Documentation

First things first, don’t forget your golden ticket to the festival! Keep your tickets, ID, and any other necessary documentation in a safe but accessible place. Pro tip: Take a photo of your ticket and ID, just in case.

Festival Camping Gear

Camping is part of the adventure if you’re going to a multi-day festival. Here’s what you need:

  • Festival Tent: Look for a lightweight, easy-to-set-up tent for festivals. Make sure it’s weather-appropriate. I love the Coleman Octabgo Tent for our festivals – easy to set up quickly, built-in ground sheet and waterproof!
  • Sleeping Bag: Comfort is key! Choose a sleeping bag suitable for the expected temperatures.
  • Festival Trolley: These are lifesavers for transporting your gear from the car to the campsite. You can use a simple garden trolley, beach wagon or a two-wheeled cart as a festival wagon.

Festival Clothing and Footwear

Festival fashion is all about expressing yourself while staying comfy.

  • Outfits: Pack festival outfits that are weather-appropriate, comfortable, and make you feel fabulous. Remember to include face paints, makeup and glitter too!
  • Footwear: Comfortable shoes are a must. Think sneakers, boots, or wellies if it’s muddy.
  • Layers: Bring layers for the evening when it can get chilly.

Festival Accessories

Accessories can elevate your festival look and are also practical.

  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes and look cool doing it.
  • Hat: A hat can add flair to your outfit and shield you from the sun.
  • Fanny Pack (bumbag) or Backpack: Keep your essentials close and your hands free for dancing.

Festival Food and Drink

  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated! Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Snacks: Pack some easy snacks to keep your energy up – think of protein bars, energy gels, jerky etc.

Personal Care

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
  • Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer: Festivals can be messy, stay fresh…great as loo role, too, if you have to GO outdoors!

Festival Tech Gear

  • Phone: For capturing memories and staying connected.
  • Portable Charger: Keep your phone juiced up.

Fun Extras For Festival Goers

  • Glow Sticks or LED Lights: Light up the night.
  • Blanket: For sitting on or keeping warm.

Remember, while being prepared is important, you don’t want to overpack. Keep it light, practical, and stylish. With your festival gear sorted, you can rock the festival like a pro!

Festival Clothes – Rock the Look!

Alright, fashionistas, let’s talk threads! Festival fashion is an art form in itself. It’s where boho meets glam, where comfort meets chic, and where you get to express your wildest, most fabulous self. So, let’s dive into how to rock the festival look:

Festival Outfits: Mix Comfort with Style

When it comes to festival outfits, think of pieces that are easy to move in and make you feel like a rockstar.

  • Boho Dresses: Flowy boho dresses are perfect for a laid-back yet stylish look.
  • Denim Shorts and Crop Tops: A classic festival combo that never goes out of style.
  • Jumpsuits and Playsuits: Those who want to dance freely without worrying about their outfit.

Festival Footwear: Dance the Night Away

Your feet will carry you through the festival, so treat them right.

  • Boots: These funky boots can add an edge to your look and protect your feet.
  • Trainers: Comfortable and practical, trainers are a safe bet.
  • Sandals: If the weather is hot, sandals can be a stylish and airy option.

Festival Fashion Accessories: The Icing on the Cake

Accessories can take your festival outfit to the next level.

  • Sunglasses: Go bold with quirky frames or coloured lenses.
  • Headbands and Hats: Think flower crowns, bandanas, or wide-brimmed hats.
  • Jewellery: Layered necklaces, bangles, and statement earrings can add a boho vibe.
  • Bum Bags: Not only practical but also super trendy.

Festival Trolley: Your Fashionable Sidekick

Don’t forget about your festival trolley. Choose one that’s not just practical but also complements your style. Think of it as an extension of your festival persona, so get decorating – click here for a few ideas on decorating a festival trolley.

Final Touches

  • Temporary Tattoos and Glitter: Add some sparkle to your look with temporary tattoos and glitter.
  • Layering for the Weather: Bring a stylish jacket or a cosy jumper for weather changes.

Remember, festival fashion is all about expressing yourself. Don’t be afraid to mix and match; most importantly, wear what makes you feel good. Now go out there and slay the festival runway!

Staying Connected and Safe

Festivals are about having a blast, but staying connected and safe is essential. Here’s how you can ensure a worry-free festival experience:

Staying Connected

  • Set a Meeting Point: Before exploring, set a meeting point with your friends in case you get separated.
  • Use Messaging Apps: Use messaging apps that allow you to send messages without an internet connection, like FireChat.
  • Portable Charger: Bring a portable charger to ensure your phone doesn’t run out of battery.
  • Share Your Location: Share your live location with a friend or family member not at the festival for extra safety.

Safety First

  • Look After Your Belongings: Keep your belongings, especially valuables like your phone and wallet, secure in a zipped pocket or a bum bag.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dancing and being out in the sun can take a toll on your body. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Know the Emergency Exits: Familiarize yourself with the festival layout and know where the emergency exits are.
  • Don’t Accept Drinks from Strangers: It’s best to be cautious and only consume drinks you have purchased yourself.
  • Use the Buddy System: Stay with a friend, especially at night.
  • Listen to Your Body: If you’re feeling unwell or need help, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

Respectful Behavior

  • Be Respectful: Be mindful of the people around you. Respect personal space and be polite.
  • Clean Up After Yourself: Leave no trace. Pick up your litter and use recycling bins if available.

Remember, festivals are a space for fun and freedom, but looking out for yourself and others is important. Stay connected, stay safe, and rock on!

Making the Most of the Festival Experience

Festivals are a melting pot of music, culture, food, and people. They offer a unique experience that can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. To make the most of your festival experience, here are some tips to ensure an unforgettable time.

Explore Different Stages

Festivals often have multiple stages with different acts performed simultaneously. Don’t just stick to the main stage; explore the smaller ones too. You might discover a new band or genre that you end up loving. The smaller stages often have a more intimate atmosphere, which can be a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of the main stage.

Try New Foods

One of the great joys of festivals is the wide variety of food options available. There are many opportunities to try something new and exciting, from food trucks to stalls. Trying new foods can enhance your festival experience, and you may even discover a new favourite dish.

Engage with Other Festival-Goers

Festivals are social events; part of the experience is engaging with fellow festival-goers. Don’t be shy; strike up conversations with the people around you. You never know; you might make some lifelong friends. Also, engaging with others can often lead to tips on which acts to see and where the best food is.

Be Open to New Experiences

Festivals are all about new experiences. Be open and willing to try new things; whether it’s a music genre you’re unfamiliar with or a quirky festival activity. Being open to new experiences will enrich your time at the festival and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Pack Smart

According to NME, packing smart is essential. Bring comfortable shoes, as you’ll be on your feet a lot. Don’t forget a portable charger, as finding a power source can be challenging. Also, pack some basic medical supplies like plasters and painkillers, just in case.

Enjoy the Festival Vibes

Immerse yourself in the festival atmosphere. Enjoy the music, the food, and the company. Dance like nobody’s watching and sing at the top of your lungs. Festivals are a break from the everyday routine, so let loose and enjoy every moment.


Festivals are a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. By exploring different stages, trying new foods, engaging with other festival-goers, and being open to new experiences, you can make the most of your festival experience. Pack smart, and don’t forget to enjoy the festival vibes.

Now it’s your turn to rock the festival season with the right gear and attitude. Share your festival experiences and tips in the comments below. Let’s create a community of festival lovers!

Source: NME – 50 essential festival tips, tricks, and hacks

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About the author
Alexandra is a longtime party planner & event specialist who loves to host fun picnics, parties and events for friends & family.  She now uses her expertise to recommend the best products on the market for you to get out and enjoy life.

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