1) Neutrogena Sunscreen Stick – This product is a must have. We loved it! Most festivals do not allow aerosol cans into the festival. But I NEED to reapply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day, or I’m just all sunburn and freckles. Its design is similar to deodorant, so it fits nicely in your purse, and no worry of it leaking. Also, lotion is near impossible to apply over sweat, and this product does a great job! Bonus: no lotion all over your hands – I know I’m not the only one who hates that.
2) Water bottle + carabiner – Check the festivals’ restricted items list, but most festivals only allow you to bring in an EMPTY water bottle. (Tip: If you’re staying in a hotel, fill it with ice before you leave!) A water bottle seems obvious to bring, but my boyfriend is a genius and brought a carabiner for it. So instead of carrying it around in my purse (no thanks), or holding it all day, he would hook it to his belt (belt, not belt loop, it will probably tear your belt loop.)
3) Hand fan – How much of a nerd am I if I got giddy over receiving a fan in the mail? To preface, I get overheated easily, so I wanted to do everything I could to beat the heat. I bought an adorable little hand fan on Etsy for six dollars. It fit in my purse nicely and kept me cool when the heat started to get to me. I feel like fans help with sweat, and therefore also helps protect your makeup. I didn’t want a battery powered fan because those are a bit heavier and bulkier, and my purse wasn’t huge. Plus my fan is way cuter.
4) Wind pouch – We didn’t bring one with us, but we saw them everywhere there, and we (I) immediately wanted one. If you’ve never seen one, I’ll link a video below. But they’re basically a portable, inflatable, mini couch. They’re easy to inflate, and they break down really small – small enough to fit in a purse. Just don’t bother people by trying to take these too close to the stage. Back of the lawn ONLY!
5) Cold towel – You have options with this one! First, I saw a ton of people with regular hand towels around their necks. Dip it in a river (if there is one), or use the water from the bathroom sinks, but please do NOT use the water filling stations. Second, we saw a ton of people with those cooling towels – the kind you wet, then snap, then they magically get cold. They’re thinner and lighter than a regular hand towel. I haven’t used one yet but my roommate swears by them. Lastly, Forecastle Festival (one of our favorites) sold “frozen bandannas” (it was more of a buff, really). They were $5 and you grabbed one from the bottom of the ice bucket, and you could return to that tent throughout the weekend to dip it in the ice bucket. We even saw a few people asking beer tents to dip them in their ice buckets, and they happily dipped away!
Let me know in the comments what your essential items are!