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Multiple Day Festival Sleepover Musthaves

Updated on August 4, 2019
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If you've never been to a festival than you may not know what to expect. Especially if it's a multiple-day festival and you're staying the night. Don't worry because this article includes a checklist with all the things that you should bring with you to not only enjoy your day at the festival but also your night.

Basics

There are significant differences in what you need to take to a one-day festival and a multiple-day festival when sleeping over. But the basics are the same.

Ticket

Bring your ticket with you. This may sound like common sense but you will be surprised knowing how many people show up without their ticket. It may be excitement, carelessness or (last minute) stress but it happens. And without your ticket, you're not getting in. It's as simple as that. So if you don't bring anything else with you: bring your ticket!

Money

Before you go to the festival you should set a budget. This way you know what you can spend without feeling bad afterward. There are different ways that you can pay at a festival but this depends on the festival. The most common payment options are:

  • cash
  • debit card
  • credit card
  • wristband

You should always check which form of payment is being accepted at the festival that you're attending. Especially when you're attending a festival in a foreign country. Often they don't accept all credit cards. Therefore it's smart to check what form of payment you can use and if possible make sure you can pay in multiple ways. For example, bring cash and a credit card if both are accepted.

ID

You should always carry your ID and going to a festival is not an exception.

Clothing

There aren't any rules about what you can or can't wear to a festival. There are smart clothing choices though when it comes to dressing to attend a festival.

Outfit

Make sure that whatever you're wearing is comfortable. Clothing that is too tight, too big or itchy can be really uncomfortable. And if you're constantly worrying about or adjusting your clothing you can't fully enjoy the festival.

Shoes

Wearing heels to a festival is not a smart thing to do. If you really want the height you can wear wedges. Rain boots are also great for festivals. Especially when it's raining off course. You should also not wear your favorite pair of shoes or your new pair of sneakers. Chances are your shoes will be very dirty and even damaged after attending a festival. But whatever shoes you wear the keyword here is also comfortable.

Bag

Bring a small bag, fannypack or backpack with you. This way you will always have your wallet, keys, phone and other important personal stuff with you. You can also leave them on the camping site but it's safer to have them on you at all times. A fannypack is my personal favorite as it's small but has enough space for your essentials and doesn't get in the way.

Poncho

A lot of festivals hand out free ponchos when it's raining. Others sell them but if that's not the case then it would be best to bring one yourself when it's expected to rain. This way you can continue to party when it's raining.

Hat/Cap

A hat or cap is not necessary but it's great to block the sun.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are also not necessary but would really help when it's very sunny. And it can also be the finishing touch to your outfit.

Underwear

As you're staying the night you should also bring some underwear to change into.

Pajamas

You could wear pajamas to sleep in, your underwear or just sleep naked. The choice is yours.

Extra: a lot of festivals have themes. If you're attending a festival that has a theme you shouldn't be afraid to dress up for the theme. This can include, glitters, make-up, spray painting your hair in a different color, etc.


Personal Hygiene

A festival is not a clean and hygienic place. Especially if you're sleeping at the camping site. Fortunately, there are a few things that you could bring with you to make it a cleaner place.

(Hand)sanitizer

My musthave in life is (hand)sanitizer. And for a multiple-day festival with a sleepover, it's also a musthave!

Wet wipes

These are also a musthave and lifesaver at the camping site.

Toilet paper

The disadvantage of toilet paper is that it takes up a lot of space. If you don't have enough space you can also bring paper handkerchiefs.

The following items should also be apart of your packing list. They don’t need an explanation though but I would like to mention them as it would be terrible to forget them.

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • female hygiene care
  • sunscreen
  • body lotion
  • contraceptives

Tip: bring travel-size items. This way your bags will not be super heavy and you will have more space.

Food

You can buy food at the festival and some camping sites also sell food. But if don't want to spend a lot of money on food or aren't sure if the campsite where you're staying sells food than you can bring your own.

Water bottle

You can buy water bottles and bring them with you. These water bottles will be heavy and take up a lot of space. Besides that, it's not very friendly for the environment. That's why its best to bring a reusable water bottle from home which you can easily refill on the camping site. And after the festival, you can still use your reusable water bottle. I got hooked on mine and I'm sure you will too.

Some popular food options to bring to the camping site don't take up a lot of space and are quite filling. For example:

  • energy bars
  • beef jerky
  • crisps

These are just a few simple and easy options but of course, you can bring whatever you want to eat. Just make sure that you don’t need a heater for the food that you bring.

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Electronics

Flashlight

A flashlight will be necessary to navigate your way on the camping site at night.

Portable charger

Some camping sites have outlets laying around but this is more of an exception than a rule. Therefore, you should bring a portable charger to charge your phone.

Tip: don’t use your phone 24/7 during the festival. Live in the moment and enjoy yourself.

Camping site

Tent

A good tent is very important if you’re staying on the camping site for one or more nights. Your tent should have enough space, be sturdy and comfortable. When you and your friends are staying at the camping site you can also share a tent.

Sleeping bag

Even though it's summertime it may get chilly at night. Therefore you should get a good sleeping bag that will keep you warm at night.

Air mattress

If you want to be comfortable (as much as you can be at a festival) an air mattress is a great thing to have.

Air pillow

An air pillow is way easier to bring than a regular pillow. Besides that, It will take up less space.

Friends

A multiple-day festival is a great place to meet new people. Therefore, you should not be afraid to go alone. But, if you have friends that want to go with you that’s also great.

Tip: to avoid heavy bags you should console with your friends about who’s bringing what. And share the items.

What not to bring to a Festival

Hairstyling tools

Don't bring a hair straightener, blow dryer or curling iron with you. First, you're not going to have that much time to do your hair if you don't want to miss out on everything that is going on. And second, it will be hard to find an outlet to plug them in. And hairstyling tools take up a lot of space. If you really want to bring a hair straightener you can opt to bring a one that is wireless.

Valuables

There is a big chance that you will lose stuff. Therefore you should not bring anything of value. This means jewelry, accessories or anything else that is of value.

© 2019 Kimberly Martis

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      This is a useful and comprehensive list for anyone planning on going to a festival.

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