1. Waterproof Everything
Water and Music Festivals just seem to go together, either due to the weather or that water slide that is just all to tempting. Don't bring sneakers, go for flip flops or something with 360 degree toe to heel protection like Chacos or Tevas. Money, ID and your phone are best kept in something that can be sealed to be waterproof as well.
2. Re-hydration Packs
Let's be honest - you're going to be hungover at least one (or more) days of the festival. Amp up your re-hydration with extra vitamins and electrolytes to get you going. Nuun tablets and Pedialite dry packs can be added right to your water and don't take much room to pack. Walkabout carries lots of different flavors of Nuun tablets and your local drug / grocery store will usually carry the mini-packs of Pedialite.
3. Reusable Water Bottle/Beer Cup + Accessories
Music festivals are progressively going green (yay) and in doing so, it's on you to bring your own means of drinking water and beer. You can buy a stainless steel beer cup from a beer tent or bring your own and there may be places to buy water bottles but you're better off being prepared as these sell out quickly! Walkabout Outfitter carries Klean Kanteen options for both! We also carry silicone rings and carabiners so that you can be hands free between drinks.
4. Quick dry towel
Showering is usually quick and crowded at a music festival so bring a smaller quick dry towel that can be rung out easily and will dry fast enough so that you're not having to carry around a wet towel let alone waiting for it to dry. You know we've got those too! The Sea to summit Tek Towel comes in multiple sizes and they can hold up to 3x's their weight in water!
If you're not a glamper and you're lucky enough to have a camping spot in a wooded area, then consider a hammock! They're much more comfortable than the ground and take way less time to put up/take down than a tent. Plus, when you've got to park in one place and carry all of your gear in, the lighter the better! Walkabout Outfitter carries ENO hammocks in both single and double nest sizes as well as their straps (yes they're separate) and even the rain fly to keep you dry in case of rain.
6. Solar powered everything
No outlets? No problem! Solar power has come a long way in the portability realm with products from companies like Luci light and Goal Zero (also carried at Walkabout) who are leading the way in portable solar power and make a huge range of products for different needs.
When you're back at camp, having a headlamp can be more helpful than you might think. Being hands free comes in handy when getting around and trying to find things in the dark. Check out our selection of headlamps!
8. Sun protection
Sunny? Cloudy? Doesn't matter! SPF, hats and sunglasses are your best friend at a music festival! Walkabout carries a wide range of trucker hats from brands like Patagonia, Prana, Tilley, Mountain Khakis and The North Face! We also carry environmentally and healthy versions of sun screen. Need sunglasses? Go for the extra protection of polarized with Suncloud and Native eye wear.
9. A day bag
Whether it's a small backpack or a cool Kavu rope sling - when your campsite feels miles away, you'll be glad you've got a pack that can hold everything you need to get you through the day.
10. Lightweight blanket
Unless you've already got a super lightweight Helinox chair, carrying your seating around from stage to stage gets old quickly. Bring a picnic/beach style blanket that can be shared and rolled up easily in your bag. If you're intrigued by the Helinox chairs, check them and the Crazy Creek out at any Walkabout!
11. First Aid
This doesn't have to be you Mom's heavy duty tin briefcase that stays in the car. Just bring extra waterproof band aids (because tip #1). You'll be walking a lot and blisters happen easily depending on your shoes.
12. Watches and Walkies
You're going to lose cell phone service - it's inevitable. Bring a watch or a pair of walkie talkies to make sure you're always at the right stage at the right time to meet your buddies.
13. Location Location Location
Don't park your campsite too close to a stage, near a major walkway or at the bottom of a hill. Noise, dust/mud and downhill rain flow can ruin any good vibe.