As the weather gets warmer and classes come to a close, festival season is closely approaching. So here are 10 must-haves for your average person.

10. Tent

Waterproof tents are essential. From my experience, it is worth your while to get a 2-3 person tent even if you are not sharing. Waterproof tents can still intake water due to condensation. If you get a bigger tent you have more space and therefore your belongings are less likely to get wet. In a bigger tent, you can keep your belonging away from condensation by moving everything to the middle of the tent.

9. Yoga mat

Something a lot of people might not think of bringing but it is very useful when the ground is bumpy and uncomfortable. Putting a yoga mat or an insulation pad down before you lie down can make the experience a lot more comfortable.

8. Neck pillow

This is another item that can make your sleeping experience a little bit better but can be substituted by a thick jumper if you don’t have the space.

7. Sleeping bag

Lugging around blankets is a tedious task at festivals so opt for an insulating sleeping bag for a more compact but still warm option.

6. A litre bottle of water

Preferably bring a full bottle but if it’s easier for you to bring an empty litre bottle do so, and fill it up at filling stations. Bringing a bigger bottle saves you a lot of time and energy going back and forth from water fountains and taps and makes it so you always have water on hand. Staying hydrated is very important and can save you from multiple trips to the medical tent.

5. Sunscreen

This is essential as you will be outside in the sun all day. Make sure your sunscreen has a high SPF and that you re-apply throughout the day. You don’t want to spend your weekend red and in pain.

4. Deodorant

There is not always the opportunity to have a shower so bringing any sort of deodorant or perfume that can keep you smelling good is a must.

3. Toothpaste

This follows the same rule as deodorant. Keep yourself as fresh as you can.

2. Snacks

Depending on what the festival allows, bring your favourite healthy and sugary snacks. You will find you start to crave fruits as they won’t be as readily available as other foods at festivals. Bringing sugary snacks like chocolate bars is also good for when your blood sugar runs low, which can happen more often than you think.

1. An Open Mind

Most importantly bring an open mind. Inevitably not everything will go as planned but keeping the good vibes going is all to do with going with the flow and not letting the little things get you down.

Hopefully, this helps anyone new to festivals and maybe even some experienced festival fiends. What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments and if you would like recommendations, see the article on Sinus the Open Air Festival right here in Kiel