Here Are the Top 8 Items You’ll Find Us Packing In Our Festival Overnight Bag

When it comes to packing for a festival, there are so many factors to consider. Weather, location, and camping gear all play an important role in what you pack in your overnight bag. But no matter which festival you’re headed to this season, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the internet for 8 of the most essential items every music festival attendee should take with them when they go camping or glamping during the festival weekend.


1.  Portable power banks and chargers

We see you filming away and taking selfies with all your friends; we’d hate for your phone battery to die on you. A power bank is a must to charge your phone overnight so it’s ready for another day of capturing those special moments to watch over and over again.

To really safeguard against those 10% battery warnings (no matter what time of the day or night) make sure to buy a portable version, like this one from Rugged Outdoors, which you can clip to your clothes or a backpack —so you can charge your phone as you dance/vibe/jive and mingle.


2.  Selleys Storm Waterproof Tape

Selleys Storm Waterproof Tape is your best friend at festivals. You can use it for repairing tents and making tarps waterproof. This tape has an adhesive that sticks to most kinds of surfaces (tents, tarps, air mattresses and plastics included) —to stop leaks or provide an airtight, waterproof seal in an instant, making it ideal for emergency repairs. In the off chance of your festival being a wet one (thanks a lot, La Niña!), you’ll be glad you popped into Bunnings to pick up a pack — available in both 75mm patches or a 1m long roll.


3.  Dry shampoo

When you’ve sweated up a storm the day before and there is no shower in sight, dry shampoo is your best friend! Not only does dry shampoo help you soak up that moisture and sweat, but it can also be used to add volume to your hair for a refreshed look. Travel size dry shampoo will set you back less than $8.00 from Woolworths, making it a no-brainer inclusion in your overnight bag. A couple sprays and you’ll have people convinced you snuck home for a quick shower. While you’re at it, don’t forget to grab a packet of baby wipes to help freshen up the face and body so you can really hit day 2 looking a million bucks.

Merry People

4.  Gumboots

With another big shout-out to La Niña, gumboots are an essential festival item.

Not only do they keep your feet dry, but you can also kick them off easily outside your tent to keep the mud out. Merry People has a range of classical festival boots to help keep you looking stylish (not just practical).


5. Band-Aids

Band-Aids are one of those items you don’t think about until you need one; and you never know when you might need one, so it’s good to keep them around. Blisters can make or break a good time, so prepare ahead.

Take a handful out of their box and pop them in your bag. You can thank us later.


6. Earplugs

It may seem a little strange to head to a music festival with earplugs, but this is a tried and tested addition. Whether you’re camping with 10 people or by yourself, chances are you’ll hear someone snoring at some point or need to drown out those that want to keep the party going. They also give your ears a chance to chill out while you sleep before another big day of music.


7. A polaroid camera

An iPhone camera reel full of photos is a great way to immortalise an epic festival weekend but is there any better memento than a polaroid picture (or 10)?!?

These instant prints make great throwbacks that will remind you just how much fun you had. Officeworks sell a version that has automatic light adjustment for better exposure on pictures! It’s also got a selfie mirror so you can nail that selfie shot the first time, every time!

When the trip is over and you enter the reminiscing phase, you can put them up on the fridge or to really show them off, purchase a collage frame to hang up the best ones. Try Etsy for endless options and styles.


8. Tent Lock

When you’re all set up and ready to hit the mosh pit, the last thing you want to worry about is coming back to a ransacked tent or to find someone asleep in your swag. For peace of mind, why not invest in a tent lock? You’ll be able to pick one up for just a few bucks from Target or any other major department store.

The best part about festivals is that every experience is different—you never know who will show up or what might happen, but with these fail-safe additions to your bag, you can focus more on having fun.

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