Getting Festival Ready


Summer in Australia is ‘Festival Season’. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, drink cold beers with friends, and listen to live music.

If you’ve been to many festivals before, you probably have your own checklist of festival essentials. Because whether you’re there for just a day, or if you’re camping overnight, there’s a lot to consider. You’re there to have a good time and you don’t want the experience ruined just because you forgot to take sunscreen.

Here are some festival tips to help you have an amazing day.

  • Dress for comfort & the weather
    • Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. You don’t want to spend your day fussing over scratchy clothes or complaining about sore feet.
    • Look at the weather forecast in advance. If it’s warm, wear light weight clothes. If it’s cold, wear layers. Even on the hot days it can get cold by the end of the festival, so it’s always a good idea to take a jacket just in case.
    • If it’s forecast to rain, buy a cheap, disposable poncho and wear shoes that will survive the mud.
  • Slip, slop, slap
    • Thanks to a hole in the ozone layer, Australians are prone to getting sunburnt even when it’s a cloudy or overcast day. Don’t be tricked, always wear sunscreen.
      (Sidenote: Just because you don’t get sunburnt, it doesn’t mean your skin is protected from sun damage)
    • If you CBF drowning yourself in sunscreen, wear clothes that cover up some areas (e.g. instead of wearing a backless top, wear a t-shirt instead).
    • On sunny days, wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water
    • There are drinking fountains everywhere.
    • Bottled water can be expensive at the venue, you might choose to take an empty bottle into the site & fill it up there.
    • If it’s hot or if you’re drinking alcohol then water is even more important.
  • Make sure you eat
    • There are heaps of food stalls for you to choose from. If you have dietary requirements, it might be a good idea to look up what food is available before you get there.
    • Bring snacks because festival food can be expensive and lines can be long. But make sure what you take in is non-perishable and is allowed on site (visit the festival’s website to see what you can and cannot bring).
      (Sidenote: When I was 14 I thought it was a good idea to take fairy bread to a festival… it wastn’t)
  • Plan your day
    • You don’t need to know what you’re doing for every minute of the day, but having a look at the timetable when you first arrive can really help. This way you can make sure you’re not missing an artist you want to see, and set aside time to eat and rest.
  • If you’re camping…
    • Before you go, talk to your campsite buddies about who is taking what. It’s so much easier when you can share things (e.g. esky) and not overload yourself.
      Which leads me to…
    • Don’t pack more than you need. Walking between the car park and campsite multiple times is not fun.
    • Camping essentials:
      • Tent, bedding, etc.
      • Insect repellent (when the sun goes down, the mozzies come out to play)
      • Deodorant (hey, you don’t want to smell out the campsite do you? Maybe you do… your choice)
      • Esky and ice (keep ya drinks cool)
      • Battery or solar operated light (so you don’t trip on tent pegs)
      • Towel (just in case)
      • Camp chairs
    • Other camping goodies to consider:
      • Toothbrush (personally, as long as I clean my teeth, the rest of me doesn’t feel as dirty)
      • Baby/ face wipes (when you’re covered in dirt but you can’t shower, baby/ face wipes are a lifesaver)
  • If you’re with friends…
    • Organise a meeting spot in case you get separated.
    • Chances are you won’t have phone reception or any battery left, so don’t rely on your phone if you need to contact someone.
  • Look out for each other
    • If you see someone passed out from dehydration, get help.
    • If someone gets pushed down in the mosh pit, help them back up.
    • Event Staff are there to help you, don’t be afraid to approach them.
  • Don’t be a jerk
    • Simple. Don’t ruin someone else’s day just for your own gain.

And of course, have fun!