Rave Safe With These 10 Essential Festival Season Items
Music festivals are an experience of a lifetime. The people you meet, the venues you see, and most of all, the music you hear, are all experiences you will never forget.
However, it's important to stay safe at festivals. With the thousands of attendees, it's important to be proactive and take certain measures to keep yourself and others safe.
Below are ten essentials to help you rave safely and make sure your weekend is the best possible experience it can be!
Even if you aren't planning to take a shower all weekend (which is gross), bringing a towel is still a good idea in case there is a waterpark like at Electric Forest or at Camp Bisco, or if there is a swimming nearby at a lake, etc. They are also good to lay on at the stages too!
Check out iEDM's Towels HERE.
9. Portable Charger
Your phone is a must-have at festivals. Whether you’re posting Instagram worthy pictures, snap chatting a headliner, or simply trying to find your friends in the sea of people, no one wants to be left with a dead phone. A portable charger is small and easy to carry in your pocket or bag. If you are at a day festival and need to be able to get a ride share later, a portable charger is especially crucial.
Bandana masks are crucial for dusty festival such as Electric Forest or Burning Man. Protecting your lungs from all the dirt and dust is important for your respiratory health. If you have ever left a dusty festival with a sinus infection, then you know you need a bandana mask for next time.
Check out iEDM's Bandana Masks HERE.
7. Baby Wipes/Tissues
No one likes porta-potties. They are the worst part of any festival experience and very few festivals (if you haven’t sprung for VIP treatment) will have bathrooms with plumbing. They aren’t the cleanest and that’s why baby wipes or tissues are a must have.
Not all festivals are at night and almost all festivals will be more than 4 hours long. Staying out in the sun for 6 hours straight without sun protection is a bad decision in the long run. Protect your skin and eyes with sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. You’ll look good, be safe and protect your health all at once.
Check out iEDM's Rave Sunglasses Selection HERE.
This may sound a little funky at first, but hear me out. If a human ear is exposed to decibel levels of 85 for an extended period of time, it can cause hearing damage. EDM shows often average around 115 decibels. You can do the math. Protecting your hearing at a festival is just as important as protecting your skin and eyes. Many famous DJs use earplugs when they’re playing at festivals, but don’t worry you’ll still be able to hear the music.
There are medical tents at festivals but sometimes for the smaller cuts and scrapes, you won’t want to leave in the middle of a headliner set. Medical tents can sometimes get pretty busy and no one wants to wait in line. Carrying your own mini first aid kit cuts down the time you spend waiting in lines and lets you treat the smaller injuries on your own. But for more severe injuries, or for others, make sure you go to a medical tent.
If you want to avoid getting the post-festival flu, then use hand sanitizer. The sinks they provide at festival bathrooms have a bad reputation for running out of soap halfway through the festival. Keep your hands clean and just bring your own sanitizer. Just double check the rules, some are TSA-worthy about bringing unsealed liquids onto festival grounds.
Comfortable shoes are crucial to your weekend survival because if you develop painful blisters on your feet, your weekend dance moves will be compromised. Just because you are opting for comfy sneakers though, doesn't mean they can't be festival ready.
Check out iEDM's LED Sneakers HERE.
One of the most important things you can have at a music festival is water. But no one likes leaving in the middle of a DJ set to fill up their bottle, and many don’t. Dehydration and hyperthermia can be very dangerous, so to remedy this, carry your water around with you. Hydration Packs offer a convenient means to constantly re-hydrate and also carry your belongings with you.
Check out more Festival Hydration Backpacks HERE.
Other notable items that did not make it on this list but are still great to include on your festival packing list include swimwear, carabiners, festival blanket, camping gear, hoodies, rain jackets and rain boots!