Okay. Tickets, check. Squad, check. You’ve got the bare necessities, but what else do you need to make the most of your festival experience? Raves can be tiring, and confusing, and messy, and chaotic; here’s our music festival packing list of stuff you can bring to make everything go smoother.
What’s the most important thing when you’re at the front of the stage watching your favorite DJ, riding the rails like no tomorrow? That’s right, water. And nothing sucks more than having to leave in the middle of a set just to get more water.
Bring along a hydration pack if you have one, or pool some money and buy one to share amongst your squad. Taking turns to carry the pack lessens the load, and ensures everyone has water! It’s a pretty fantastic piece of equipment.
Yeahhhh, just bring wipes man. Toilets get pretty nasty after 3 days of heavy use.
It’s easy to get separated from your squad when everyone’s busy having the time of their lives, especially if the DJ decides to open up that mosh pit. Shit’s about to get messy, and you want to be able to find your friends after a good mosh. A totem is a great way to do so, and is a must-have in every squad that knows they’re gonna be shit-faced.
Helps keep your mobile phone or other belongings dry, so you can go hard without worrying about anything getting dirty. You don’t wanna be caught in the middle of an Aoki cake smash with a naked phone in your hand.
Phones are pretty important at a rave. They’re great for taking pictures and videos so you can capture the moments, and relive your memories later. While I prefer to enjoy the set without having to worry about taking pictures, others may want to do so – whether it be to show to their friends, or for keepsakes. Having your phone go out of battery in such situations would not be ideal.
Also, if you get separated from your friends, the first thing you should do is try to contact them on their mobile. You can’t do that if your phone is out of juice, can you? Bring a portable charger.
Earplugs tend to be something few ravers actually bother about. But if attending music festivals is something you see yourself doing for a long time, protect your ears. I personally own a pair of high fidelity earplugs, they’re pretty cheap and easy to bring around. The best part is that it doesn’t distort the music quality, so you can still enjoy the full glory of those bass-heavy speakers (like when nectar drops that long awaited sugarcube).
And of course, Kandi
Bring lots of Kandi to trade, and make wonderful memories with your friends – both new and old.
If you’re unsure what Kandi is, we wrote an article about it awhile back. Read more here.