Festival season has arrived and while you’ve most likely had your outfits picked out since you bought your tickets, the rest of your packing list may remain a bit of a question mark. Especially, if you’re a first time fest goer. This is our sixth festival so we feel like we have a pretty good idea of what is important to bring inside the festival & whats a total waste. Here are some essentials to throw in your bag to make sure your experience lives up to all the hype.
Before you even leave your campsite to head to the festival made sure you have:
1. Your friends you are planning on going with. Or at least just one. Don't head in solo.
2. Your wallet! with whatever form of payment you're bringing - remember Firefly is 95% Cashless so set up apple pay or bring a debit card!
3. Firefly has pretty terrible cell service which tends to drain the battery pretty quick. Have your crews phone numbers written down on a piece of paper in your wallet . Why? Because do you know all your friends number by heart? Didn't think so. If you need to use someones working phone to call them - you'll need their number!
4. Have the Firefly official app downloaded to your phone.
Beer is NOT water. You will crash hard if you do not take that tip seriously. Not only is hydrating while basking in the sun is a must, it will also keep you from getting leg and foot cramps. Sure, you can buy water bottles as you go, but a reusable stainless steel water guy is infinitely more earth (and wallet) friendly. Plus, it will keep your water cool in steamy conditions. PRO TIP: Refill your bottle at the end of the day so you are set for the morning.
Because, duh, it’s 2018 and using sunscreen is cool now! Being in the sun for at least 5+ hours a day is no joke. While the trees in The Woodlands offer lots of shade, there are a lot of open areas where intense sunburn is inevitable without proper preparation. PRO TIP: You can still get burned on overcast days - wear sunscreen everyday!
A protein-packed bar in your bag will most certainly keep you going when your favorites are playing back to back. If your itinerary goes over more than a day, bring a whole box—because you never know when you (or someone around you) will need a boost.
Between the sun, the dancing, and the booze, dehydration can be a real factor. Crush one of these tablets up in a glass of water and you'll feel good as new in a snap.
Portable Phone Charger
This is such a lifesaver. While Firefly does have charging stations (but that costs $$ & they are always full) bring your own portable battery pack. I recommend bringing 2. This will ensure your phone never dies while you are inside the festival so you can keep the selfies and snapchats going all night long!
An easy poncho to throw on at a moment's notice makes standing through sudden downpours much more pleasant. And trust us, you don't want to be the person with the umbrella blocking everyone's view.
Even the most well-broken-in shoes can start to rub after standing (and dancing) for hours on end—save your feet the drama and come packing blister-blocking bandages.
Pest repellant is a definite must-have if you're heading to a bug-ridden zone. Nothing distracts from a good set like a brand-new cluster of mosquito bites on your leg.
A Battery-Powered Fan
This little gadget provides a fine mist that'll keep you going in even the hottest heat. It's the next best thing to portable air conditioning.