Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

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!



ultimate festival survival guide


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
-Peanut Butter
-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:


-Lip Chap
-Granola Bars
-Fruit aka Bananas apples or oranges
-Money/ Debit Card
-Toilet Paper


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..


Outside gear:


-Tarp incase it rains
-Lawn Chairs / Camping Chairs
-Table – preferably a small one
-Lanterns /Flashlights
-First Aid Kit / it will come in handy!
-Sleeping Bag and Pillow
-Chargers- phone, camera, ect.
-Blowup mattress and air pump
-Duck tape
-String lights!
-Garbage Bags
-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 Wipes
-Face Wash/ Face Lotion
-Portable Speakers
-Dry Shampoo
-Heavy and Light Jackets
-Warm Comfy Sweater
-Tooth Brush & Paste
-Hair Brush
-Bug Spray
-Paper Plates
-Disposable Cutlery
-Shampoo & Conditioner
-Toilet Paper
-Sippy Cups! So you can drink and walk without spilling
-Birth Control/ Condoms.. there I said it..
-Hand Sanitizer
-Fanny Pack
-Key Chain Light
-Tinted moisturizer
-Body Paint!!
-Ear Plugs
-Eye mask



  • 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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  • Reply
    April 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I used to use crystal light as a mixer back in college but didn’t think to use it at a festival. I’ll certainly have to try that out! Also one suitcase is way better than carrying a few duffle bags for sure.


    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      It’s so easy and handy! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so about the suitcase! My boyfriend always makes fun of me for bringing it

  • Reply
    April 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I agree with Chalsie, this guide rocks! 🙂
    Sadly, I have never been to a proper festival, but that doesn’t mean I want to try it out one day, and your tips are going to make me a pro in no time ;). It all looks like so much fun!!! And man oh man, I love those pics of that little tent and you peeking out at the snow, so idyllic!
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      April 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Yay I’m glad you guys like it!
      Aw you should definitely check one out it’s like everyone comes together to make a little village to listen to music 😛 Thanks I was trying to win a competition for a festival so we took photos in the snow haha. I didn’t win 😛

  • Reply
    April 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Such great tips, definitely want to head to some festivals this summer!


    • Reply
      April 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you 😀 Same here! Who doesn’t love dressing Boho and dancing :p

  • Reply
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    April 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Such a great post! Loving the beautiful pictures!

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    • Reply
      April 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Aw thank you! Glad you liked it :]

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    Céline Sonnenberg
    April 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    These tips are so good and I can´t wait for festival season! Must be great to go to international ones as well : )
    Céline blogging on http://smultronstaellen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply
      April 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Yay thanks! Me neither it’s the best time of year next to Christmas :p It’s pretty cool hopefully next year I can experience Tomorrowland if I can get tickets :] Hopefully you go international one day!

  • Reply
    April 10, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Fantastic tips! This is probably the most comprehensive and helpful festival survival guide I’ve ever read.

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

    • Reply
      April 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Chalsie! I really hope I covered most of it 😀


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