The year is 2015, the location is just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The festival grounds are a rainy, muddy mess. You are miles from civilization and without the right attire. If you have not figured it out yet I am talking about the now-canceled Tomorrowland. I, unfortunately, did not pack anything warm or waterproof. I found myself paying an exuberant amount for a hoodie and utilizing garbage bags as a poncho. This was a cashless festival that made you pay in pearls and not in real money so I felt like I was getting a good deal on the warm clothes but when I checked my bank later this was not the case. If only I had trusted the weatherman a little less and prepared more, then I would not be in this situation. That is why when you pack for a music festival you must always be prepared for whatever mother nature is going to throw at you.
LAYERS! LAYERS! LAYERS! When you are packing and planning outfits always start with your base and then add layers in case of various weather changes. This includes throwing in shorts even when you think it’s only going to be cold. Having items like a fun rave jacket, maybe a nice fury one that can be added to any outfit is essential for most closets. Every time before I zip up my suitcase, I make sure to toss in a few extra items like a pashmina scarf or a flannel just in case.
Rain boots or boots that can withstand water are another festival essential that should be brought to every event in preparation of unreliable forecasts. There is nothing worse then wet feet, especially if you are camping and it’s tougher to dry off. Every time you pack you should bring at least 3 pairs of shoes. I suggest a pair of boots, tennis shoes, and sandals. That way you have all of your bases covered. Some weekends you will never take off your boots and be glad you brought them and others you will never wear them once. However, it’s better to be over-prepared than not at all.
Another item that can help you brave the elements is a rain jacket or poncho which works great and is easy to pack. Add a couple of these to your shopping list and you will never have to worry about putting a trash bag over your head to protect your makeup. If you get a clear one you can even ensure that the world will be able to see your cute outfit. This is one item that is so small, but it is worth packing every time, just in case.
When it’s hot out, a portable fan can change your life. There are a few options when it comes to this functional accessory. First, you must decide between a manual or battery-operated fan. While battery-operated is going to give you the most in terms of coolness, it will not score many points in the looks category. That is why a giant fan is going to be your new best friend. In this case, bigger is better since you are going to get the most air flowing the more surface area you have. Check out all of the cute designs that will add a little fabulousness to any outfit and keep you cool here.
While there’s no way to be prepared for everything, throwing a few essential items into your bag when you are packing for a festival can help you brave the elements a bit more. So next time you are making that packing list, be sure to add in some layers, boots, some type of rain jacket, and a trusted fan.