The Ultimate Music Festival Checklist

While festivals can be amazing, they can quickly turn into a nightmare for those who fail to prepare correctly. If you forget one thing or pack carelessly, you easily put a major damper on what would've otherwise been an epic weekend. Don't succumb to this rookie mistake, just follow our ever-so-handy music festival checklist and you'll be ahead of the game. Admittedly, some of this stuff will seem extremely obvious but trust us, people forget this shit all the time.

1) Your ticket

Someone will always forget them. But will you remember?

2) Money

Keep it on you and hide it well. I'm talking one of those stylin' flesh-coloured bumbags you wear under your clothes.

3) A tent

Don't leave anything in them that you'll potentially miss. Remember that tents are not impenetrable fortresses and if you put a padlock on it thieves just think you clearly have something worth stealing in there. Remember that festivals are a thief's Christmas, so the cheaper the shit you bring the better.

4) The right clothes

Account for wet or hot weather and don't be stingy with extra underwear, they'll come in handy if you get repeatedly soaked.

5) Sleeping bag

No matter how warm it is during the day, you will freeze your balls off at night. A sleeping bag will be a God's sent.

6) Toothbrush and toothpaste


7) Towels and shower accoutrements

Festival showers usually aren't great but you'll be thankful for them should you find yourself caked in muck. You'll get over the fact that they're communal.

8) Booze

As if you needed reminding on this front. Don't be shy about bringing a shitload, the trek into the festival might be a bit more arduous but it's preferable to the extortionate prices you'll pay for alcohol on the inside.

9) Energy foods

We're talking cereal bars and the like, handy stuff that need no preparation. You'll eat like a normal human being after the festival.

10) A good rainjacket and waterproof boots

Not to belabour the point, but festivals and wet weather almost always go hand in hand. Invest in a decent rainjacket so your weekend isn't completely spoiled by a slight case of pneumonia.

11) Toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer

Have you seen the portaloos? Just... just bring loo roll, okay?

12) An old phone and charger

Because bringing an iPhone never ends well.

13) Condoms

Always handy should you be in a position to christen that tent of yours.

14) Bin bags

Helps with the compartmentalisation of wet, filthy clothes and the rubbish that accumulates over a few days of partying.

15) Cheap sunglasses

One that you don't have an emotional attachment to, because they will become lost or broken.

16) Suncream

Because nature is a cruel bitch of a mother, and just when you've prepared for torrential rain she'll inevitable burn you to a cinder with sunshine.

Seán Kenehan
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Seán has been told by some that he resembles a young Hugh Laurie, but more people have tried to hire him as a Noddy impersonator. Something of a film fan, a pub quiz is one of the few situations in which he is even remotely useful. Seán enjoys the occasional beverage of the alcohol variety, Salt & Vinegar crisps, and referring to himself in the third person.

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