Wondering what to pack in your festival bag? We’ve got you covered. The number of items you bring will depend on how long you’re going for, but to keep it simple we’ll pretend you’re packing for 2 to 5 days. So here are a few staple ingredients to have in your bag that will take your experience from drab to fab.
Wet Wipes: Even if you’re ‘glamping’, having plenty of baby and face wipes is a must to make getting ready for bed and waking up in the morning a whole lot easier. Bring one pack of each minimum because you’re going to need them.
Festival Bag: I don’t mean the actual bag you’re packing, I mean the bag that follows you around while you dance the day away. The go-to would be a fanny pack, but I’d recommend anything secure, with zippers, that’s light enough to frolic around without belongings falling out.
A personal favourite is Beara Beara backpacks. This year at Noisily Festival I was tackled in the mud and landed flat on my back, only my Beara Beara took the hit for me and lived to tell the story (after a quick clean up). These bags will literally have your back and look stylish while doing it.
Glitter: What’s a festival without glitter? A sad festival. Take this a step further by packing some face gems and temp tattoos to create a masterpiece. Spray glitter is great for hair and if bubbles just happen to fall into your suitcase, then that’s a plus too.
Dry Shampoo: Wash your hair the night before, or the morning you leave, to maximise the amount of time you have to wear your hair down before the sweat kicks in. Here’s a little hair schedule to help:
- Day 1: hair down because your goldilocks are fresh
- Day 2 & 3: dry shampoo with a headpiece or flower crown, try half-up-half-down
- Day 4 & 5: Hair up with pins, scrunchies and whatever you can fit up there
Outfits: When it comes to your festival fashion think rotation and layers. Bring outfits that are comfortable but adaptable, ones that you can throw something over if you get chilly. Start with a playsuit or a two piece set, and bring leggings, tights, a warm jacket and sweater, because no one ever looked cute shivering.
Think one colour fits all and bring one pair of boots and one pair of flats or flip flops. The great thing about festivals is there aren’t really any rules, so anything goes when it comes to your wardrobe.
Headpieces & Accessories: As covered above, think one headpiece for a day when your hair is down and one for when your hair is up. It’s a bit much to bring a whole bag of accessories when your house is a tent. So bring one, maybe two, rings and necklaces that match with any outfit. Another reason temp tattoos are great is because once you use them you don’t have to worry about losing or repacking them.
Sunglasses: Everyone needs a solid pair of sunnies and even more so at a festival. Bring one, maybe two, but only if you have a safe case to keep them in place. Of course, it depends on what fits your face, but for me, it’s the bigger, the brighter, the better.
Raincoat: Umbrellas are great, but they’re heavier, take up more space and are known to cramp a dance party. While I fully support dancing in the rain instead of waiting for the storm to pass, a rain coat will keep you from getting things like, you know, pneumonia.
Portable Phone Charger: For instance, the WakaWaka is a solar powered flashlight and phone charger (compatible with Androids and iPhones). Unlike most portable chargers, once it runs out of juice you can leave it in the sun to get another round of charge for your phone. Even better, for every WakaWaka you buy, one is sent to someone living through a humanitarian crisis.
Large Ziplock Bags: These things will keep your food fresh, your clothes dry and your toiletries organised. You’d be surprised how useful ziplocks can be, whether you’re marinating food to throw on the grill or mashing up guacamole to make a snack, these are a life saviour when it comes to packing your bag.
Last but not least, don’t forget to pack some granola bars and a positive attitude, two things that are sure to keep your blood sugar up if you’re feeling down.
Hopefully, this packing list helps you stay fresh to death during your festival experience. And if there’s anything you’re not sure about packing, just ask yourself, ‘What Would Tink Do’?
SF Team X