Ah Coachella.. the kickoff to festival season.
If you are like me then summer is filled with festivals, flowing clothes, patio drinks, smoothies and music. My two favourite festivals are Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas and Shambhala in Salmo BC.
Since I am always the one forgetting things and making lists I have put together the Ultimate Festival Survival Guide! Whether you are camping at your festival or shuttling to and from your hotel there are items here for everyone to consider packing!
FOR FOOD: The biggest mistake I make when going to festivals is I pack to much food. Or maybe unnecessary food. I know what you’re thinking “But it’s better to be over prepared then under?” And you are correct when it comes to supplies but as far as food goes- stick to the basics.
You don’t need to over pack on food because lets face it, you will probably be drinking the entire time and most festivals have plenty of food vendors to choose from. Especially when you’re hungover and need that greasy food to satisfy yourself with. When you pack less complex foods and stick to the basics it cuts down on packing for your festival and saves you room in your car and luggage. I recommend packing one medium to large cooler and then buying the rest of your food from vendors. Really, who wants to cook when they are day drunk and tired from the sun anyways?
Here is my healthy camper must haves
Food and Snacks:
-Fresh Fruit like bananas, berries or other less messy fruits
-Trail Mix or Nut Mix
-Chips (preferably the healthier kind like beet or parsnip!)
-Water Bottles / Jugs
-Whole Wheat Bread/Bagels or Buns- they keep you fuller longer!
-Veggies -veggie trays are a great fast option
-Avocado aka Guacamole
-Yogurt and Granola (makes for a quick breakfast)
-Alcohol & Mix
-Instant Coffee. get iced if you can’t heat up water
-Vitamin Water.. you’re going to need it
-Hard Boiled Eggs pre made. It’s not as gross as it sounds
-Greek or Vegetable Salad. They won’t get soggy on you.
- Freeze water bottles before you leave that way they can act as ice and keep you goodies cold
- If you don’t want to be bloated from all the alcohol then stick to hard liquor mixed with water and mio. It is my go to all the time lifesaver. Vodka Water Crans are a good alternative
- Mix drinks in a Sippy Cup with a straw! You can walk, dance and fall while your glorious liquor stays safe! How much does it suck to have to stop walking and take a sip every time? Or when you don’t stop walking and it dribbles down your cheeks? And you can put it between your legs while going in the dreaded outhouse.
- Bring Mio or Crystal Light. You always end up running out of mix so instead find a watering station and put some Mio in it instead of buying pop.
- Quick foods are the best foods. Learn to combine. Chips and hummus. Yogurt and granola. Bananas and nuts. Hard Boiled Eggs and Berries. Peanut Butter and Bagels. Vegetables and Dip.
TO CARRY AROUND: Your bag shouldn’t be overflowing with items because that will just be a nuisance for you. If you’re going on a quick journey then the less stuff you’ll need but if you are leaving your camp or hotel for a long period of time then these few items should be in your bag!
In Your Purse / Backpack:
-Fruit aka Bananas apples or oranges
-Money/ Debit Card
Camping: All festivals are different and I know you might not necessarily be camping but here is a list of things that will help the campers out and maybe the none campers because who knows if you will be attending a camping festival in the future! Could I say camper anymore..
-Tarp incase it rains
-Lawn Chairs / Camping Chairs
-Table – preferably a small one
-First Aid Kit / it will come in handy!
-Sleeping Bag and Pillow
-Chargers- phone, camera, ect.
-Blowup mattress and air pump
-Rug for outside and inside tent. Nothings worse than dirty tent floor.
- Do not park by outhouses! Set up camp somewhere else even if you have to walk! No one wants to be camping in the heat by the dreaded poo tanks.
- Get to camp early and get a sweet spot. Preferably in trees if you can! You’ll have shelter from the blistering sun and it will keep your tent cool. Nothing is worse than being hungover at a festival and being woken up at 7 in the morning because you are being baked alive in your tent.
- Get a landmark for your camp. Balloons, posters, whatever. It’ll help your friends find you and keep you from wandering into someone else’s camp by accident.
- If you don’t have an air mattress I have a sneaky idea for you.. buy a cot mattress. They are cheap and perfect. I’m lucky because I’m only 5’4 but theses things fit everywhere and are comfy. I hate blowing up a mattress just to have it deflate on me during the night. And then there’s the blowing it up part. I’m lazy and just want to throw something on the ground and call it good. Double stack on blankets to make your bed even comfier!
- If you don’t know how to set up a tent suck it up and ask for help. It will go twice as fast and you can get in your festival mood quicker
Toileries / Miscellaneous Necessities:
-Pepto or Tums
-Face Wash/ Face Lotion
-Heavy and Light Jackets
-Warm Comfy Sweater
-Tooth Brush & Paste
-Shampoo & Conditioner
-Sippy Cups! So you can drink and walk without spilling
-Birth Control/ Condoms.. there I said it..
-Key Chain Light
- Embrace the fanny pack. I have been using these since I was 14. Keeps your stuff safe and they don’t get in the way of dancing. Enough said. Hook your key chain flashlight to your Fanny Pack so when its dark and you’re drunk you can find everything you need.
- Bring your sippy cup for alcohol and water bottle for water. Take both with you at all times because you know you’re going to run into someone you know and they’re going to make you a drink.
- I will be making a “What to pack/ wear” post soon but incase I don’t write it in time pack your stuff in a suitcase not a duffle bag. Its okay to get a huge suitcase because if your like me I always feel better about leaving camp when I know my stuff is locked away. Ya people will go “Wow got enough stuff?” But with a suitcase you can just throw a lock on it and head out worry free. Your friends will probably be grateful and ask to put some things in their as well. Suitcases aren’t restricted to clothes.
- Dry shampoos your best friend. If you start to get really smelly and greasy though head to the showers as early as possible or as late as possible. If you can bathe in a lake go for it just make sure you use eco friendly products.
- Use tinted moisturizer if you are camping. It’s easy to put on and to take off. You can apply it multiple times though out the day without washing your face before hand.
- Less is more in the makeup department. Put on tinted moisturizer, fill in your brows and contour with bronzer. Done. Light and easy to get off at night and you’ll have a festival glow.
What’s something you always forget to pack? And what’s your favourite festival?!
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