Got your Coachella passes already in hand? Check. How about your tickets to Summerfest, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury? Check, check and check. You’ve probably also stocked up on water bottles, comfy clothes and sunscreen because you’re a music festival veteran.
Though no matter how many times you’ve braved the heat and large crowds to see your favorite musicians all together on one glorious weekend, it’s always a good idea to keep a checklist for any essentials that you just might forget.
Here are 10 festival must-haves to get you started:
1. DRY SHAMPOO
There’s a good chance that hot water streaming out of a clean, unclogged shower head won’t be nearby. The solution? A spray can of dry shampoo with no H2O required. The oil in your hair will be absorbed and while your body may still feel gross and disgusting, at least your hair won’t.
2. NO-RINSE BODY WIPES
Great news! Your body now doesn’t have to feel disgusting either! Grab some of these body wipes and complete your water-free bathing experience.
3. PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER
It’s a given that your phone will die before the festival ends — and good luck finding your friends in the crowd if that happens. A portable phone charger is necessary to avoid a tearful end to the weekend with you stranded alone and curled up into a fetal position.
4. FOOTWEAR FOR EVERY CONDITION
Grass in 95-degree heat? Mud pits in a storm? The weather can change drastically from one day to the next. Come prepared with multiple footwear options and you’ll be set in the (likely) event that your local meteorologist has made a mistake.
5. FOLDING CHAIR
There are going to be times when you want to sit — and the ground might not always be an appealing option. That’s why bringing a folding chair is a wise move. When you’re not using it, you might even be able to rent it out by the hour to other festival goers.
6. INSECT REPELLENT
It can get wild and crazy out there if you’re raging in the middle of a massive crowd. You might get shoved, punched or even bitten by others. While those things might be out of your control, with insect repellent, you can at least make sure that mosquitoes aren’t the ones doing the biting.
7. PEPPER SPRAY
The key chain size pepper spray should be enough. But you’ll be mingling with a lot of drunken hooligans, so you never know. As a bonus, holding up the container in a threatening manner will make it easy to pass through the crowd and get to the front of the stage.
8. SMALL CAMPING STOVE
Half the fun of attending a music festival is camping out with friends at the end of the night. Bringing a small stove like the one above will be a life saver when you realize the only thing you’ve “eaten” for the past 12 hours has been beer. (And don’t forget to bring something to cook on it!)
For you to use on your stove.
For you to smoke at the festival.