I really wanted to do a little Festival Essentials post, but having never been to one, I don't think it would be a particularly practical post. However, what I lack in festival knowledge, my sister, Rebekah, certainly doesn't. So without further ado, take it away, Rebekah!
Festival season is still upon us, with Electric Picnic looming for many Irish people.. Unfortunately I missed the chance to get myself an EP ticket this year – thanks to the event becoming completely sold out. However I have booked a little break with 4 of my friends to Marbella, leaving Monday so I guess I didn’t do too badly ;)
I digress – back to festival essentials. I wouldn’t call myself a complete festival pro or anything but I have been to a good few over the years including the London-based Lovebox back in July, and EP last year. I know my first “proper” festival experience (aka camping, minimal personal hygiene and stodgy over-priced food) was quite a daunting thought so hopefully this list will help a few of you festival-noobs or veterans out there. These tips are based on camping at a festival but either way these items wouldn’t hurt you to have at day events.
1// Wet Wipes
You know that age old question of “if you were stranded on a desert island, what item would you bring?”. Well, first of all what an impractical question as surely if you could forecast being stranded you wouldn’t be stranded- no? Anyway, wet wipes would for sure be on my list of essentials. Not just for festivals, they are so useful in every day life. I am obsessed with these ones in particular – Water Wipes. They contain only 3 ingredients – water, dead sea minerals and fruit extract, so are completely void of nasty chemicals like other wipes on the market. Perfect size for putting in your little backpack/bumbag/crossbody for festivals – an essential for those much needed portaloo breaks. You can find the company here https://www.waterwipes.com and you can buy them in most Dunnes, Tesco etc.
I couldn’t live without a hand sanitizer at festivals – portaloos, dusty/muddy ground, rubbish everywhere, eating with your hands – did I mention how fun festivals are? No, but seriously you need to pack a mini hand sanitizer if you are heading to a festival.
3// Dry Shampoo
Yes I know there are showers in most campsites – and EP actually has a pretty good one, but who wants to waste 3 hours of valuable festival time queueing for a shower then waiting for your hair to dry? If like me, your hair hates you, dry shampoo is your best friend. Batiste is a classic and works well but Aussie also do a great one and leaves the hair less tacky.
4// Toilet Paper
No one said packing for a festival was glamorous but toilet roll will become your best friend and even a source of additional income if needs be. People in my campsite last year were actually selling toilet roll due to a shortage towards the end of the weekend.
Unless you want to spend a small fortune on stodgy fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 3 day weekend, you should definitely pack some snacks. Breakfast bars, popcorn, rice cakes – whatever floats your boat.
You may be thinking I am a bit optimistic about this one but seriously never underestimate the Irish sun. Even if it's cloudy make sure you have some SPF on, you would be surprised what gets through those clouds.
Wet feet + rubber wellies = blisters. Plasters are a godsend if your feet are giving you trouble. Tripping over tents in the pitch dark is also common so prepare yourself for some extra grazes.
Continuing on from tip no. 7 above – to prevent said clumsy trips a torch will make your life a whole lot easier (and less painful) at night-time whilst trying to locate your tent.
I know, how cliché of me – but seriously you will regret wearing those brand new Nikes in all the mud and glory of a festival campsite. Your Nikes can thank me later.
Don’t forget to drink tons of water – you wont believe how quickly you can become dehydrated when you’re distracted going to sets and generally having a good time. To prevent any short-lived festival weekends from dehydration and sickness try to keep sipping water all day. It won't hurt the hangover in the morning either.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you're lucky enough to be going to any festivals, have fun and just know how jealous I am of you!
Make sure to check back tomorrow for a super special blog post ;)