In this post, you’ll find the ultimate packing for festival checklist plus cool infographics, which will help you to comprehend and remember this post easier.
It’s summer! And you probably know what it means: the festival time has officially started. I should’ve probably released this blog post a bit earlier, let’s say, around May, but I was waiting for Alfa Future People to pass, so I would write a more detailed post about festivals.
First of all, you need to learn more about the geolocation of the festival, where you would like to go. It’s possible to divide the festivals into the 2 categories:
festivals in the North and Southern festivals
Let’s start with the festivals in the North, e.g. in the Northern Europe or better in the UK. I would definitely recommend you to find a hotel/ hostel/ apartment/ capsule or whatever there is, otherwise the cold nights probably gonna be a nightmare for you. There are pretty high chances, that it’s gonna rain during your fabulous Northern festival and you’ll end up being soaked, dirty and simply freezing! The shower facilities on camp probably won’t resemble a bathroom in Ritz Carlton, so you’ll end up freezing even more and then sweating in your sleeping bag.
When I went to the Reading Festival in England (which usually takes place around the end of August), I stayed there for just one day and God knows, how I didn’t get sick! The weather was changing pretty radically every 30 minutes: from ice-cold showers to the sizzling sunshine (I’m a bit exaggerating, but everybody knows about the weather in England). If I stayed in the camping for all the 3 days of the Festival, I would’ve probably died.
The situation at the festivals in Finland, Russia or Sweden is usually better apart from the fact, that the weather changes could be drastic. You might start packing when the weather forecast promises sunny weather and 24 degrees, but when you actually arrive at the place you’ll find out that the forecast was changed to 15 degrees and drizzle.
Festival checklist for a Northern Country
- Old sneakers (or better huge skater shoes, they will survive the festival for sure)
- Wellingtons (rubber boots). Even if rain is not forecasted, the field might already look like a big dirty mess.
- Raincoat! Forget about umbrellas, which could only block the view for the other visitors of the festival standing behind you.
- Waterproof phone case (you might want to record the performances of your favorite artists even if it rains)
- External power bank for the phone, because who knows, when will you be able to charge your precious smartphone
- Inflatable sofa/bed/sleeping bed like lamzac. Standing all day long is just very tiring and this thing will help you take a nap/relax (of course, if it doesn’t rain at the moment)
- Onesie hoodie – they are warm and soft and pretty cool to run around during the cold night, however, if you plan to get closer to the stage, you’ll boil in your onesie. So be careful with them.
- Warm socks – because your feet will get cold eventually! and you’ll be in the need for warm and cozy socks
- Insect-repellent, in case there are plenty of mosquitos hungry for human blood
- Multiple-layer clothes. As I said before, the weather in the North tends to change a lot, so you’ll only be happy to wear a top, blouse, hoodie, leggings, and skirt for girls (because you can easily get rid of some parts and same easily get them back on depending on the weather)
- Waterproof backpack. Don’t even thing you can walk around with a clutch or tiny bag, even if you stayed camping not far away. Yep, that means you’ve got to dance with the backpack on but where else would you out all that stuff you need for the festival?
- Dry shampoo (because in the end, you might end up not wanting to take that cold shower)
- Ear plugs (in case you want to sleep at night)
- Painkillers (it’s possible to get a headache from loud music)
- Wet wipes or kitchen towels in order to clean your super muddy shoes.
So well, visiting a festival in a Northern country is a mess… but it’s still worth all the pain & struggles. Afterward, you could call yourself an extreme person.
Festivals in the South: festival checklist
Well, going to a festival in the South looks like a totally different activity: weather forecasts are much more stable, you don’t need think and heavy sleeping bags, wellingtons, layers of clothes and so on. You can just enjoy the life at the festival, however, there are other dangers, like, for example, severe sunburns! Also, hangovers are much worse in the hot weather! And finally, you can simply get a sun stroke, so be careful there too.
Festival checklist for the Southern Festivals
- Insect repellent – in case there are some insects at night
- Sunscreen Lotion with the SPF of the level 50 (you gonna be the whole day in the sun, come on)
- Some sort of hat or cap to avoid sunstroke
- Blouses with long sleeves (In case you’ll manage to get burned or just want to avoid the sun)
- Inflatable sofa or bed is always an amazing option to take a break and lay down, however, in the south you could do it on the grass as well
- Old sneakers, because the surface (field) will be quite dusty because of crowds walking on it. And in case there was grass before, believe me, there will be a desert after the first day of the festival
- Ear plugs for sleeping at night
- Sunglasses (preferably made of plastic, you don’t want them to fall down, break and shutter, making the place dangerous for people wearing sandals and flip-flops)
- Many band aids – in case you’re wearing sandals and other summer shoes, there’s a high possibility that you’ll get blisters at some point!
- Painkillers, because loud music might cause a headache
- Lip-balm (your lips will be dry if it’s very hot outside and you don’t drink enough)
- Wet-wipes – to clean your hands etc before eating, for example. Or to clean your extra-dusty shoes
- Dry shampoo – everybody sweats from heat, you probably aren’t an exception, but do you want to look good & with fresh hair, don’t you?
That’s pretty much it! In case you’ll realize that you’re out of clothes, you can always buy something at the merchandise store (like T-shirt, cap or hoodie)
Good luck, my fellow festival-goers!
P.S.: The Festival Checklist infographics as promised:
P.p.s.: check my review of the AFP Festival 🙂
Hopefully, this festival checklist will be your best friend when packing for your next festival!