Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Weather Ready Festival Essentials
Festival season is already in full swing with high street brands flooding the shops with fringed garments, oversized sunnies and gladiator sandals. Perhaps you’re jetting off to Coachella, Bonnaroo or Burning Man? Or maybe you’re staying closer to home and daring the likes of Glastonbury, V-Fest or Bestival? Hot Nevada desert or blustery, damp Somerset countryside, what you take with you will either make or break your weekend. Come rain or shine, I’ve got the definitive list of essentials you should be packing to get the most out of your experience.
Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to need this if it’s drizzling and dingy with mud coming up to your knees, but the weather can turn at the drop of a hat. If you’re somewhere hot, it’s a must. Looking like Doctor Zoidburg on day one is not going to set you up for the most comfortable of festivals going forward.
The place you sleep is going to become a little slice of heaven after all the dancing and scream-singing to your favourite bands. When you put your feet up, bear in mind the type of tent you need for the weather. A well ventilated tent can be a lifesaver in higher temperatures, whereas a few extra sleeping bags can turn a tent into a home when it’s chilly. Don’t forget to bring some earplugs too. People can be quite noisy and the music can play on until the early hours.
I’m not talking about lugging around an entire can of hairspray or your supersize bottle of shampoo, but mini versions of the products you love to use most definitely come in handy. A handbag size deodorant and a miniature dry shampoo are high on my list. Hair and body can get a little worse for wear if you don’t have access to showers, so make sure to pack some wet wipes too. You’ll be treating each one like gold dust if it’s 30 degrees outside. And don’t forget that extra loo roll, not glamorous but you’ll be glad you didn’t.
I practically live in my cowboy hat during festival season, and it’s no wonder why. Not only does it protect me from the searing midday sun, but it covers up a bad hair day like you wouldn’t believe. Festival chic? It’s got you covered. If you’re not a hat person, consider taking a bandana, it’ll keep the dust from your eyes, function as a headband and it’s handy to wet in cold water and drape over your neck when the heat gets too much.
Rain Jacket & Wellies
If it rains you’re going to need to stay comfortable, so a lightweight parka that you can slip in your bag saves on space and can be just as fashionable as the rest of your ensemble. I'm currently crushing on muted animal prints paired with black chelsea wellies, festival fashion can be as simple or extravagant as you wish. Who said wellington boots need to look like your granddads?
Be wary of taking your brand new DSLR camera to a festival. Not only are they bulky and cumbersome to take around a festival site, you risk getting them damaged or stolen. Opt instead for some cheap disposable cameras that can have you and your friends snapping away and a great surprise when you get the pictures back. Old school nostalgia, 90s style.
Lastly, a decent pair of sunnies is a festival do, in any weather. Protection for your eyes as well as a fantastic coverup for a heavy night before when you’re stumbling to the bathroom at 6am.
The important thing to remember is to have as much fun as possible while you’re there. Take as little or as much as you’d like, you can always come back to your tent if you’ve forgotten to pack something important in your day bag. Stay hydrated, avoid the sun during peak hours where possible, and party the night away!
As a side note, I'd like to apologise for my extended absence. I've been in America since the beginning of February and not had much of a chance to type anything up. Bear with me, and thanks for reading.