1. Water & Easy to Carry Water Bottle
2. Baby Wipes & Makeup Remover Wipes
I mentioned before that festivals can be a hot experience, and that’s before dancing or flowing! You will want to wipe off before passing out from spending the whole night in the fire circle or dancing to a DJ. Wipies are also great for wiping feet off before entering your tent because, there is always mud at a festival. (Bring your rain boots if you don’t like getting your feet muddy). Baby wipes can be used for SO MANY things like keeping your props clean, your base camp clean, etc etc. As a mom, I use them outside of fests alllllll the time! (Bonus points for Biodegradable wipes!) Also, you could use them in the porta potties for a cleaner experience (If you are using a Diva Cup, you will need these) but you CANNOT put them in the porta potty. Tuck a plastic bag/water safe bag into your pack and live by the ‘you pack it in, you pack it out‘ rule.
If you are a fire artist, these should already be in your fire box, so make sure you have enough in supply before you head to the festival!
It is possible to bring a stand up shower that you can set up next to your tent. We brought one along with us to Playthink 2018 and ended up never using it because we spent 50% of our time playing in the creeks or getting hosed down with citronella water by the local fire department!
3. Sun Protection, of every type!
Sun glasses, Sprayable sunscreen for your scalp, face sunscreen, regular sunscreen, ALL OF THE SUNSCREEN! I am not over exaggerating. If you want to really enjoy your festival experience, it will help to not be absolutely fried your first day in. Don’t forget to re-apply your sunscreen often as well!
If you want to get extra with your sun protection, check out Bare Republic’s Neon Sunscreen sticks!
Make sure to buy Oxybenzone-Free Sunscreen. The chemical Oxybenzone, is the suspected culprit for our beautiful coral reefs being bleached. Even if you are going to a festival in the mountains, those chemicals will wash down a creek or river, and eventually into our oceans to wreak havoc. Plus, if it can bleach a coral reef, what could it be doing to your sensitive cells?
4. Dollar Bills
Dollar Dollar bills, Y’all! This is something I almost always forget because we don’t really use cash a lot these days. Most festivals are going to be in the middle of nowhere, without cell phone reception. This means that a lot of vendors will not be able to process your debit/credit cards. If you want that years festival shirt/hoodie, food truck goodies, or new props & clothes, BRING CASH.
5. A Timekeeper
Whether you have a watch, phone, or sundial, make sure you have something that can tell you what time it is (also it’s charger & battery pack if necessary). It is respectful to show up to workshops on time and in order to do this, you will rely on your timepiece. You do not want to lose track of the time and miss out on a class you were looking forward to, or show up late and disrupt the other students learning. Some instructors are not particular about this, some are. It is better to be make a good impression by being respectful & getting there on time. Also, if you miss out on your Fire Safety class, You will not be burning in the fire circle that night.
6. A Power Bank/Portable Charger
There will most likely not be anywhere for you to charge your phone up. Also, there will probably not be service either, but if you want to take photos and videos of your experience, be sure to pack a charged power bank. They vary in price and charges, pick one based off of how often you think you will use up your phones battery.
For ideas on great portable chargers, Check out PCMag’s list here!
There you go!! There are my 6 Must haves for a camping festival! If you have any recommendations or there is something I missed that you couldn’t live without, be sure to leave a comment!