With spring in full force, fashion, music, and nature lovers are eager to make the necessary preparations to join the masses at some of the largest social events of the summer – outdoor festivals. In order to make the most of your time, pack smart and arrive prepared.
There’s nothing worse than lugging a huge amount of gear on your back before and after the festival. This means that rather than taking all the supplies you could potentially need over the weekend, you’ll have to prioritize. A few tins of canned food can last you a long time while you’re camping, as can things like dried noodles. This will mean that you have to take a camping stove, but there are many options that are affordable, lightweight, and easy to carry.
Take a few reusable bottles with you for the weekend. Depending where you’re staying, there are usually taps where you can fill them up for free. Remember that bottled water from festivals can end up being extortionately expensive, so it’s better to come prepared, rather than shell out a fortune when you get there.
When it comes to clothing, it’s a far better idea to bring a few lightweight items of clothing than to prepare for every eventuality.
Men, if you want to ensure you’re looking stylish while dancing the sunny afternoons away, choose lightweight options like these Fred Perry shirts or American Apparel tanks. They are stylish, won’t take up to much room, and are perfect festival wear.
Left to right: Fred Perry short sleeved check shirt and American Apparel Big tank.
Women, think lightweight cotton dresses, comfortable shorts, and funky fedoras.
It’s important to remember that you’re likely to be out in the sun for long periods of time, so don’t forget to bring a hat and a pair of shades. Depending on the weather, you may need to bring two pairs of footwear. If it’s looking like it may be a washout, bring a pair of rain boots. If the forecast is looking dry, go for a comfortable, breathable pair of slip-on shoes.
Avoid that horrible stifling feeling when you wake up in a hot tent by bringing a tent with ventilation. If you’re purchasing a tent specifically for the occasion, don’t go for something overly expensive. It’s likely that a fair bit of wear and tear will occur, and affordable tents can be found in store or online.