- A journal; if you love writing like I do, it’s a great idea to bring a journal or some way to write down your thoughts during some down time before sets. I don’t know many people that would bring a laptop to a music festival, and you never know when inspiration might hit! Don’t let your wonderful thoughts get away before you have a chance to write them down.
- A change of clothes; less obvious than you think, I’m talking about clothes for the ride home! If you’re driving more than an hour or two to get to the festival, you’ll thank yourself so much for this one. Pack a change of clothes and extra shoes and leave them in the car so they stay fresh. Theres no telling what could happen to the rest of your clothes over the weekend, so having something clean to change into for the drive home will be a lifesaver. (Doesn’t hurt to leave an extra case of water in there too!).
- A doormat; Maybe you aren’t a neat freak like I am, but you’ll be happy you have a mat outside of your tent to wipe your feet, leave your shoes on, or just make it feel a little more homey for the weekend. A doormat will help keep the inside of your tent tidy (even though I bring a small dustpan anyway), and it doesn’t take up much room in your travel gear. Win-win!
A watch; most festival veterans know this one, but if it’s your first time heading to a multi-day music fest, you'll want to bring a watch! Phones die (or get stolen) and you don’t want to miss out on a performance because you didn’t know what time it was! I usually bring two waterproof watches, just to be extra prepared. Walmart sells a silicone watch thats super cute, cheap, and comes in a bunch of colors! I bought the white one, and it’s good to wear as an everyday accessory too.
- Detangler spray; If showering isn’t easily available at your festival, you may resort to dumping a water bottle or two over your head with some soap. Needless to say, it’s going to be a pain to comb that all out. Remember that Loreal detangler you used as a kid? Well they still make it, and it saved me a lot of hair pulling (literally) at TomorrowWorld. Also, cornstarch works as a cheap dry shampoo! Definitely look into packing some!