With festival season officially in full swing, it’s time to start putting together your survival kit for hitting up this summer’s best shows. For this reason we wanted to develop a list of essentials all guys need when traveling to the biggest festival hot spots!
First things first, you are going to need something to carry these essentials and what better way than with a bold coloured Fjallraven Kanken backpack. Their lightweight design makes it easy to carry a ton of items without hurting your back. Also, they’re perfect for jumping around while your favourite musicians play their best songs.
Partying in the dirt with the summer’s sun beating on you all day can make your skin a little greasy. Bringing some cleansing wipes will not only keep you looking and smelling fresh, but will make sure you don’t have a huge zit on your face for day 2.
There is nothing worse than being out in the sun all day without protection and coming home beat red. Save your skin this year with a small bottle of sunscreen that will protect your skin all weekend long!
We have all been there; you open your knapsack and one of your toiletries has exploded all over your stuff. Protect your stuff this year and pack anything that can spill in a toiletry bag. You will be glad you did!
When it’s time to eat at the local venders around a festival, it seems that napkins are worth their weight in gold. Save yourself from joining the hundreds hunting for cleanliness and bring some hand sanitizer to clean yourself up after chowing down on some street meat.
First Aid Kit
You can never really predict what is going to happen at a festival. For that reason a first aid kit is always handy for those unexpected bumps and bruises you’re going to get along the way. It’s also a great place to keep some “protection” just in case you get lucky.
Bringing a hat is great for protecting your eyes from constant sunlight and an effective way to prevent sunstroke. In addition, it’s also a great way to show your national pride when partying in another country.
Reusable water bottle
Sooner or later you are going to get dehydrated and you’re not going to want to spend $5 for a bottle of water. Bring a reusable water bottle to the venue and refill whenever there is a chance. This will help you save money for more important things like the after party!
A sports watch
There is nothing worse than missing one of your favourite artists perform because you lost track of time. Bring a durable timepiece that will keep on ticking through any condition. My personal preference is this bold red version from Lacoste; fashion and functionality, the best of both worlds.
Sunglasses are pretty self explanatory. They protect your eyes from the sun and allow you to look cool while doing it.
Bringing a good pair of shoes is crucial to a successful festival experience. I personally like bringing my lace loafers from Swims as they are light, so your feet won’t sweat, and machine washable if they get a little dirty. You’ll also look stylish as an added perk.
Denim shorts are easy to wear, will keep you cool, and durable just in case your night goes longer than expected.
Although they are called “summer festivals”, summer weather is not always promised. Bring an emergency poncho to keep yourself and your stuff dry while enjoying your favourite tunes.
Printed button up shirt
Festival fashion is all about standing out and letting out your “joie de vivre”. So what better way to do that (while maintaining some dignity) than by wearing a printed button up! You will not only look stylish, but people will think you are an avid festivalgoer, which is never a bad thing!
Gum or mints
If security allows you to bring little white tablets into the festival than you are in luck! Your breath will smell spectacular all day! That’s what you thought I meant right?
If you are allowed to bring snacks into the venue, do it! There is nothing better than dinner and a show!
I find that whenever I am at a festival, it’s not often I have any reception on my phone. The primary use for my handheld device is for taking pictures of my favourite bands and taking the numbers down of my newfound friends. But if you are one of those people who like to record a whole set list on your phone, you might need some extra juice by the end of the day.
I hope this helps for all of you festival goers out there!