The sun has begun shining and the snow is finally melting this April, and festival season is right around the corner. Whether that means Coachella in California, Night In The County in Nevada, or Lollapalooza in Chicago, you’re in for three days of fun. You might even be camping, too, which means you’re going to have to be extra prepared to deal with the weather and elements like dust and wind.
In this post, we’ll give you some insider tips and gadgets to help you get through your festival more successfully, so you can focus on the music and the good times.
Bring a nice yet compact camera to capture all your memories. We recommend the Fujifilm Instax WIDE300 Instant Camera. It instantly prints photos in a larger size than instant cameras usually have, so your photos are 86x108mm instead of 86x54mm. And who doesn’t love the instant satisfaction of freshly printed photos? Plus, a photo collage of polaroid pictures is always a better Instagram post than having to swipe through eight different photos. We bet the retro-vibe lighting from the flash means you won’t even have to edit them, either.
Bring wet wipes for quick bathing. Even if you’re not going to Burning Man this year, you can expect there to be dust at your music festival, and lots of it. You can also expect the shower lines to be long, and the hot water supply to be sparse. Stay ahead of the game and bring moist towelettes to get clean not only at night, but to manage it throughout the day, as well.
Bring a real mattress to sleep on. Trust us on this one. After some long days of dancing in the sun, you’re going to need a good night’s rest. We recommend the Nectar mattress. It’s a 10” all-foam bed, so it’s easier to transport. It’s made of gel memory foam, and has a medium firmness, which is great for all sleeper types. We don’t recommend a standard memory foam mattress for festivals or camping, because they can tend to hold on to body heat, so they heat up through the night. This isn’t ideal if it’s already incredibly hot out. Anyway, Nectar isn’t crazy expensive because they cut out the middle man retailer, and ship direct to their customers. We recommend getting a twin size if it’s just you, or a full or queen size if you plan on sharing the bed with a bunch of friends. You can either throw this mattress in the back of a camper or RV, or just on the ground of your campsite. No matter where you put this mattress, you can breathe easy knowing you’re going to get a super comfortable and restful nights sleep.
Don’t rely solely on festival food. While summer festivals typically have amazing food options from pop-up restaurant stands and food trucks, they do come with a pretty hefty price. I mean, it’s not like there are any other food options around for you anyway. Vendors know that those who attend the festival have no choice but to pay the higher prices for easy access (albeit delicious) food. Our way to cheat the system is to bring your own snacks and meals. Make sure to hit up a Costco or Super center before the festival and stock up on water and non-perishables. This portable grill makes it so you can have a warm meal at the end of the day. And who doesn’t love having a barbeque with their friends to end the night right?
Don’t spend too much money on your outfits. It’s not worth it! Instead of spending tons of money on super trendy and high price outfits, save that money and put it towards your camping gear. Although it’s not always great to support fast fashion websites, they have cheap clothes that are trendy but usually ruined within a couple of washes. These are the perfect clothes to wear to a festival where you’ll be covered in sunscreen and/or dust, sweating from the heat, or possibly spilling drinks on yourself.