8 Products that Should Be on Every Music Festival Packing List
Stay hydrated and free of stink, sunburn, and bug bites by packing these must-have health items
Summer’s right around the corner, and that means music festivals are starting to pop up nationwide. These long weekends can be a blast—you’re listening to music in the great outdoors, after all—but they can also be a disaster to both your comfort and health. Between the dirty port-a-potties, few healthy food options, and the limited ability to shower and brush your teeth, you could come out of the weekend feeling as weathered and wilted as a three-day-old flower crown. But if you pack strategically, your festival experience will be more nutritious, hygienic, and (hopefully) a lot less stinky.
Foldable water bottle
You wouldn’t skimp on water during a hard workout, so why would you on a full day of dancing under the hot sun? Leave the bulky water bottle at home and instead bring the Vapur Element Bottle ($14; amazon.com). The reusable 1-liter plastic can be rolled up or flattened out when empty for easy storage. This allows you to carry it on you at all times, so when you get to a water fountain you can fill up, hydrate, and then roll it back into your bag when you’re finished. Bonus: It comes with a carabiner, which keeps the bottle rolled up when not in use as well as clipped onto your bag when it’s full.
Made for athletes, these tablets from Nuun ($22 for 4-pack; amazon.com) are made with electrolytes to replenish those that you sweat out. The tablets have sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, all of which work together to keep you hydrated. And they’re lightly flavored, which gives boring old water a little boost. (If you want to make sure you’re extra-hydrated, try eating some of the most hydrating foods.)
These cleansing cloths can be a lifesaver when you need some freshening up. And let’s face it—you’re going to need to after hours of dancing under the sun. The super-soft shower sheets from YUNI ($12; amazon.com) are big enough to lather your entire body, getting the dirt out of any nooks and crannies in between showers. Check out all the body wipes you might need, including facial cleansers and sanitizers.
So now that you feel fresh, you want to look fresh too, right? It may not be the time to practice for your perfect cat eye and bring your full arsenal of makeup, but there are ways that you can stay on top of your beauty routine. Make sure to bring a small container of dry shampoo, like Batiste On-the-Go Dry Shampoo ($7; amazon.com), so that your hair will stay grease-free without having to wash it. You can also pack some blotting papers, which will help soak up any grease on your face, as well as use tinted moisturizers which will add some color.