Beyond the Festival App: 9 Festival Must-Haves You Can’t Forget to Pack

It’s almost here: the festival you’ve been looking forward to for months. You bought tickets the second they went on sale. You downloaded the festival app so you can get schedules, show notifications, and festival updates all in one handy location. And yet, you still feel like you’re forgetting something. Don’t stress! We’ve put together this list so you don’t have to. Now you can spend less time worrying about what you forgot, and more time deciding what to wear.

1. Fanny pack

Yes, they’re fashionable again, but even more important, they’re functional. Who wants to hold on to a bulky bag as they dance the night and day away? Luckily, stashing your phone, credit card, and other necessities in a hands-free hip pack is hip again.

2. Photo ID

If you want to be able to indulge and drink a few, you’ll need it to prove you’re legal. Plus, it’s just a good thing to have on hand in case of an emergency.

3. Cold, hard cash

We hope you won’t lose your wallet, but it never hurts to keep a secret stash of money in a creative place. Split up your cash (some in your shoe, some in your pocket) but we strongly advise against hiding it in your underwear–that’s not something you want to rescue from the Port-a-Potty.

4. Baby wipes, makeup wipes, dry shampoo

You already know you won’t be splashing around in a bubble bath at the festival, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay clean. Wipes and dry shampoo are portable, water-free ways to get rid of grime.

5. Portable charger

Who wants to waste time searching for an outlet that a bunch of other people are already fighting over? Pack your own power source and you’ll never have to worry about your phone dying mid-Snap.

6. A list of emergency contacts

It’s true, you can use the festival app to find your friends. But if you lose your phone (or your battery dies because you didn’t bring a portable charger like we mentioned above), you’ll be happy you still have a way to get in touch with people you know.

7. Landmark

OK, this isn’t something you can bring with you to a festival, but it’s still important. Pick out a memorable landmark near your campsite–if you forget how to get back there, you’ll have something to look out for. This last part seems obvious, but make sure you choose something permanent that won’t get moved before the festival is over.

8. Meet up spot

This is another one that can’t be packed, but designating a spot ahead of time where you can meet up with your friends if anyone gets lost can be really helpful. You may be trying to find your friend on the app while she is searching for her lost phone. A predetermined meet up location means you always have a backup plan.

9. Grocery bags/ziploc bags

Rainy day? Keep your stuff dry in a ziploc that will fit in your fanny pack! Have a pile of (very) dirty clothes? Quarantine them in a grocery bag! Really, the possibilities here are endless. You’ll never regret bringing extra bags.

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