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Festival First-Timer? Here's Your Survival Kit - A Complete List of Festival & Camping Essentials

Updated: Jun 26, 2023


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Hey there, festival first-timer! We know it can be daunting to embark on your maiden voyage into the wild and wonderful world of festivals. But fear not, we're here to help you navigate these uncharted waters like a seasoned sailor! Here is a complete list of festival & camping essentials that will make sure you don't end up being a virgin sacrifice to the festival gods:

  1. A Pouch or a Small Backpack: For all your important things and smartphone to keep close.

  2. Reusable Water Bottle: Trust us, staying hydrated is key to avoiding dehydration-induced delirium and becoming a sacrifice to the festival gods. Pro-tip: use one that can be attached to your super-stylish belt.

  3. Sunscreen: Don't let your festival experience turn into a sunburnt sacrifice to the sun god. Lather up with sunscreen, and you'll be golden!

  4. Hat or Bandana: Keep your head cool and your look hot with a trendy hat or bandana. Bonus points if it shields your eyes from the sun and adds some flair to your outfit.

  5. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun's rays, and look like a rock star while doing it. Just don't let them become a sacrifice to the mosh pit gods.

  6. Portable Charger: Your phone is your lifeline to the outside world, so don't let it die on you. Bring a portable charger and stay connected, or risk being a communication-less sacrifice to the festival gods.

  7. Earplugs: The music is loud, but you don't have to be. Protect your precious eardrums and avoid becoming a sacrifice to the sound gods.

  8. Wet Wipes and Tissues: You never know when you'll need to blow your nose or wipe away a tear (either from the music or the sensory overload), so bring tissues or risk being a snot-nosed sacrifice to the festival gods. Pro Tip: Wet Wipes to stay fresh and avoid being a stinky sacrifice to the hygiene devils.

  9. Towel: Bring a small towel to dry off or wipe down after a swim or shower.

  10. Comfortable Shoes: You'll be doing a lot of walking, dancing, and standing, so make sure your feet are comfortable and happy. Otherwise, you may end up being a blistered sacrifice to the foot gods.

  11. Light Jacket or Poncho: The temperature can drop at night, and you don't want to be shivering and sacrificing yourself to the cold gods. Bring a light jacket to keep warm. A Poncho helps you stay dry during unexpected rain showers.

  12. Cash: If the festival does not support cashless payment, you don't want to be stuck without a way to pay for food, drinks, or festival swag. Bring cash and avoid being a broke sacrifice to the festival gods.

  13. Snacks: Festival food can be expensive, so bring some healthy snacks to keep your energy up and avoid becoming a hungry sacrifice to the festival gods.

  14. Positive Attitude: Your attitude can make or break your festival experience. Stay positive, open-minded, and ready to embrace the chaos and the magic. Don't be a sacrifice to the negativity gods!

The Full Monty of Festival Camping

  1. A Good Backpack or a Handcart: You don't want to be caught with your pants down (or worse, with no pants at all) without a reliable backpack to hold all your festival necessities. Or even better, use a handcart to relax your back.

  2. Tent, Sun Sail, or Pavilion: Home Sweet Festival Home - Turn your camping spot into a cozy haven with a sturdy tent, a stylish sun sail, or a spacious pavilion. These festival abodes these festival abodes will be your sanctuary amidst the chaos.

  3. Picnic Blanket, Chairs, and More: Festival adventures are not just about dancing; they're about lounging and connecting with fellow festival-goers. Bring along a picnic blanket for sprawling in style, foldable (or, inflatable?) chairs for maximum comfort, and other seating options that'll have you sitting pretty. Or maybe you add a small pool to cool off your dance-tired feet from the heat?

  4. Light anybody? A Battery-Powered Lamp: Shed some light on the festival darkness and let your surroundings "amp" up with an illuminating gadget.

  5. Personalize Your Camping Spot with a Flag or Pennant Chain! Don't let your tent fade into the background! Stand out amidst the sea of canvas with a splash of personality. Attach a funky flag, a vibrant pennant chain or something else recognizable to your humble abode, showcasing your unique festival spirit. Not only will it help you spot your tent in a crowd, but it'll also make your camping spot an instant conversation starter. There is no limit to your creativity! - Pro-tip: use LEDs to find your tent at night.

  6. Emergency Fix-Your-Camp-Set - Leatherman, rope, duct tape: Wind, rain and weather can turn your camping experience into an adventure. With this mighty tools in your arsenal, you'll be the Miss MacGyver of the campground, fixing everything from tents to wayward fashion emergencies. And the holy grail of quick fixes, duct tape will come to your rescue in countless sticky situations, ensuring your festival experience remains intact.

Rise, Shine, & Wake Up Refreshed

  1. Mattress & Pump (Electric!) or Fieldbed: When the music winds down and it's time to recharge, don't settle for anything less than the lap of comfort. Inflate an indulgent air mattress with an electric pump for a luxurious slumber or opt for a trusty field bed that'll cradle you in comfort. Rest easy, knowing you're treating yourself to a dreamy festival experience that'll have you waking up refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to shake off any lingering festival fatigue.

  2. Sleeping Bag, Pillow, and Blanket (yes, it can get cold at night): Snuggle up, snooze, and let your dreams groove to the rhythm of the festival beat.

  3. Earplugs, pyjama: Even festival warriors need their beauty sleep, so bring your comfiest pyjamas to ensure you're well-rested and ready to rock the next day. And earplugs (again), because some don't want the music to stop all night – after all, beauty sleep is a sound investment in festival fabulousness!

  4. Towel, flipflops, cosmetic bag: Don't let your festival beauty routine suffer in the chaos, because looking fabulous is a non-negotiable requirement for surviving the festival fashion game – after all, you want to be the reigning beauty queen, not a makeup mishap sacrifice to the cosmetic deities.

  5. Emergency Fix-Your-Self-Set - Plaster, headache tablets, desinfection, wound dressing: When blisters or unexpected dance floor mishaps strike, a trusty plaster or bandage will have you patched up and ready to rock again in no time. And when the music is pounding a little too hard and your head feels like a bass drum, headachte tablets will become your lifesavers.


Cooking Up a Festival Feast... or Try at Least

  1. Gas Cartrige (if allowed, make sure it's a screw cap): Keep the flame of your culinary adventures alive with a gas can that fuels your cooking device. Don't let your gastronomic dreams fizzle out!

  2. Cooking Device: Unleash your inner chef with a portable cooking device that turns your campsite into a gourmet kitchen. Make sure you won't burn your fingers and get ready to serve up some festival feast!

  3. Water Bag/Canister: Stay hydrated and quench your culinary creativity with a water bag (for coffee / tea) that keeps your ingredients fresh and your thirst at bay.

  4. Coffee/Tea Can: Brew up a storm of caffeinated or herbal goodness with a coffee/tea can that kicks your mornings into high gear.

  5. Firelighter: Ignite the flames of flavor with a firelighter that sparks the magic of your cooking adventures. Get ready to be the culinary maestro of the festival!

  6. Camping Dishes: Dine in style with dishes that bring a touch of elegance to your festival feasts. Who says you can't have a fancy dining experience amidst the wild festivities?

  7. Cutlery (Knife!): Slice, dice, and conquer the culinary realm with a trusty knife that makes you the festival's very own food ninja. Prepare to chop your way to gourmet greatness!

  8. Dishwashing Liquid, Sponge & Towel: Cleanliness is next to festiv-alrightness, so don't forget to bring dishwashing essentials that keeps your culinary tools squeaky clean. Because even your plates deserve some TLC!

  9. Paper towels: Don't forget to pack the essential paper towels to handle any messy situations. Because when it comes to spills and mishaps, paper towels are the festival-goer's trusty sidekick, ready to clean up any culinary chaos and keep your food adventures in check.

  10. Garbage bags: These sturdy saviors are here to contain all your food-related waste and keep your festival area tidy. From banana peels to empty chip bags, these garbage bags will make sure you're not sacrificing cleanliness in the name of convenience.


Snack Attack: Nibble, Munch, and Crunch Your Way through the Festival

  1. Toast or Bread: Start your mornings with a crunchy dose of festival fuel that's toastally delicious. It's the bread and butter of your festival breakfast extravaganza!

  2. Spread (better avoid sweet because of bees): Smear some savory goodness on your toast and avoid sweet spreads to keep the buzzing bees at bay. After all, you're here to rock, not be the bees' breakfast buffet! Pro-tip: Take some that do not require cooling and won't melt away, like peanut butter.

  3. Cereal: Crunch your way to festival bliss with a bowl of cereal that adds a splash of morning magic to your breakfast routine. It's like a party in a bowl!

  4. Coffee, Tea, Milk, Sugar: Whether you're a milky maestro, a sugar connoisseur, a coffee enthusiast, or a tea devotee, don't forget to pack your favorite morning elixirs. Because the key to a successful festival morning is sipping with style!

  5. Fruits: Of course, we can't forget about the fruity delights that nature has to offer (coming along with its nature-born packaging, and saving you lots of rubbish). Make sure to include a selection of juicy and refreshing fruits to kick-start your vitamin levels right in the morning.

  6. Snacky Time: Embrace the festival snacking game with an epic lineup of mouthwatering treats that will tantalize your taste buds and keep you fueled for the music-filled journey ahead. For the rock and rollers, this would be a crunchy assortment of chips, savory salamis, and delectable cheeses, and for the yogis an array of nature's gems: juicy fruits and satisfying nuts - or a bit of both?

  7. Canned Food or Ramen: When the hunger strikes and you're craving something warm and satisfying, make sure to pack some cans of hearty goodness. From chili con carne to soul-warming soups, these canned delights will be your go-to solution for a quick and delicious meal that will warm you up from the inside out. And for those seeking an instant dose of comfort, don't forget to throw in some easy-to-prepare ramen noodles that will have you slurping away in no time. Just remember, while it's tempting to go for the extra spice, it's best to avoid the fiery flavors if you don't want to spend your festival days glued to the nearest restroom.

  8. The Coolest Cooler Bag Full of Drinks (of your choice): Keep your festival vibes chill with a cooler bag that's as cool as a cucumber. It's the ultimate accessory for those refreshing sips between sets!

Beyond the Basics (in no particular Order)

  1. Additional Pair of Shoes: Step into festival fashion versatility with a spare pair of kicks—because having options for dancing the night away is a sole-saving strategy.

  2. Raincape: Shield yourself from unexpected downpours and become a stylish rain warrior—a fashion statement that's both practical and puddle-proof.

  3. Mosquito Spray: Summer is a season filled with sunshine, warmth, and... mosquitoes. Keep those pesky bloodsuckers at bay and say goodbye to itchy bites.

  4. Condoms: Stay safe, be responsible, and embrace the spirit of festival fun without any worries—a stylish armor of protection that's all about love, baby!

  5. Aroma Sticks: Ignite your senses and infuse your festival experience with delightful scents that will "wick" you away to a fragrant paradise.

  6. Hammock (if there are trees on the camp-site): Take a break from the festival chaos and swing into relaxation mode with a hammock, because even festival-goers deserve a bit of "tree"-t time. No sacrifices to discomfort or sore muscles, just pure lounging bliss!

  7. Card Game: Shuffle up some fun and bring the spirit of friendly competition to your festival downtime with a deck of cards. Whether you're bluffing your way through a game of poker or stacking up points in a lively round of Uno, this portable entertainment will ensure you're not sacrificing laughter and bonding moments with your festival crew.


Remember, dear festival-goer, the key to a legendary festival experience lies in preparation, positivity, and a dash of quirky humor. So, gather your essentials, channel your inner festival warrior, and go forth to conquer the festival realm! Don't be a sacrifice to unpreparedness—go forth and festival on!

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