Ultimate Festival Essentials Checklist

You’ve probably landed here at my Ultimate Festival Essentials Checklist because you’re all pumped up for your festival, you’ve got your ticket, and you’re ready to dance, drink, sing and have fun with your friends – but now you have to pack.

Ideally you should only bring the things you need and leave luxuries behind. But when you’re at a festival, being over-prepared is better than forgetting something important.

So here’s my Ultimate Festival Essentials Checklist to make packing easy, letting you stress less and focus on having a great festival experience!

WHAT TO BRING

ABSOLUTE MUST

  • Ticket
  • ID
  • Emergency contact list
  • Health details/Medical aid info
  • Medication
  • Money – cards and cash in case
  • Cellphone
  • Cellphone car charger/portable charger
  • Batteries

CAMPING GEAR

  • Tent – unless you have joined a camp onsite
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat/airbed/stretcher
  • Pillow
  • Blanket – for the cold nights
  • Torch or lantern
  • Roll of black bags – for dirty clothes and rubbish
  • Folding chair

CLOTHING

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Spare clothes
  • Spare underwear
  • More than one pair of shoes
  • Wellies – in case it’s muddy
  • Hoodie/jersey/jacket – for the cold nights
  • Bandana dust mask

FOOD + DRINK

  • Reusable water bottle
  • 5 litre bottle of water (or more) per person per day – remember you need to stay hydrated, need to brush your teeth, cook and clean, and have enough to clean your hands properly, etc.
  • Snacks – like protein bars, fruit, biltong, nuts, crackers/cookies, rusks and cheese
  • Main meals – although food can usually be bought there, it’s a good idea to take food like frozen stews, tinned foods, cereal, long life milk, bread/rolls and cold meats
  • Camping stove/braai/BBQ
  • Bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups – not glasses
  • Travel mug
  • Alcohol
  • Bottle opener
  • Tin opener

TOILETRIES

  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet rolls
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel towel – microfibre towels are the best, they fold up really small and dry quickly
  • First aid kit – so you have the basics in case of emergency, i.e. plasters, antibacterial ointment, etc.
  • Insect repellant
  • Painkillers
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Face wash
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair brush

EXTRAS

  • Small sling shoulder bag – to carry all important stuff like cellphone, cash and hand sanitiser
  • Umbrella/rain coat – in case it rains
  • Frisbee
  • Flag – to mark your campsite
  • Generator
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Duct tape – in case of strong winds, etc.
  • Accessories
  • Make up – keep it minimal
  • Ear plugs – it may be noisy 24/7
  • Moisturiser/body cream
  • Contraceptives

WHAT NOT TO BRING

  • High heels
  • Animals
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms
  • Hair straightener
  • Glass bottles
  • The kitchen sink

FESTIVAL TIPS:

  • Go with a group – you can split costs and responsibilities
  • Practice setting up your tent before you go
  • There is unlikely to be electricity available where you’re camping
  • You’ll be walking a lot so wear comfortable shoes
  • It’s likely to be hot during the day and cold at night – so accommodate for this
  • If you’re a clean freak like me, you can never take enough hand sanitiser
  • Most of the time you’ll be away from your tent, enjoying the bands play, so make your camp as simple as possible
  • Be safe – always tell your friends where you’re going if you are venturing somewhere on your own
  • Leave no trace behind – clean up when you leave
  • Be open minded, make new friends and enjoy it!

 

Content by: Peaches
Source header image by: Aranxa Esteve

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