music festivals

From Coachella in California to Ultra in Miami, music festivals are everywhere today. It’s no wonder, with more than 32 million people attending music festivals every single year. The magic in music festivals is the unique opportunity to see several of your favorite artists all in one place. However, this is no easy feat. Spending several hours – or even multiple days – on the festival grounds is tough work. Now that festival season is upon us, here are a few tips to help you have an incredible, worry-free weekend.

The outdoor essentials

Numerous music festivals are hosted outdoors, and many also allow on-site camping. If you’re camping, it’s important to take into account the climate of your festival destination. Some locations have a mild temperature during the day and night, while others offer blistering hot days and cool nights. Pack enough necessary layers to keep you comfortable at night. If you’re a festival diva, invest in some compression organizer bags. These bags are made to hold several clothing items while compressing the block into a slim, easy-to-pack cube. Keep a separate bag for each day to access your curated outfits even easier.


Sunscreen, hats and other forms of shade are also essential to avoid harsh sun rays. If you’re in a climate that’s prone to rain, packing a pair of rainboots will come in handy for any unexpected showers. Speaking of showers, it’s always good to keep baby wipes on hand if the festival does not provide showering accommodations. In addition, earplugs are a must. Not only will they protect your ears during the sets, but they’re imperative for getting a good night’s rest if you happen to camp beside noisy neighbors.

Get creative with it

If you love DIY projects, consider making a festival totem. Essentially, these are handmade signs usually held up by tall poles. Totems come in handy if you’re hitting a festival in a large group and need a way to find your friends in a crowd.  As for totem etiquette, the sillier, the better. Your festival totem can be absolutely anything, so make sure to have some fun with it!

If you’re into making festy gear, try your hand at kandi. Festival kandi are bracelets, necklaces, and more people wear as jewelry around the festival. Most kandi is made from plastic pony or letter beads, but the creative opportunities don’t stop there. To add to the fun, people exchange kandi at festivals and raves with a specialized handshake. At the end of the festival, you’ll go home with dozens of new kandi bracelets to remember the weekend by and even a new friend or two.

Another great tip is to change your lock screen background to a screenshot of the music schedule. This makes it way easier to look up when and where your favorite acts play without having to hassle with the festival website or lack of cell service.

The fine details

After you’ve considered the weather and creative opportunities, there are still a few no-brainers to add to your packing list. First, bring a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack. Staying hydrated is an absolute must, as music festivals can easily become exhausting. Investing in either of these items will also reduce post-festival waste.

Perhaps one of the most important factors in music festivals is a good pair of shoes. It’s likely you’ll be walking several miles over the course of the weekend. Bring a sturdy pair of shoes, like combat boots or Converse sneakers. Your feet will thank you. Last but not least, remember to have fun! Unexpected moments are likely, but don’t let them get in the way of a good time.