Music Festival Must-haves for Optimal Comfort


Festival season is upon us, and if you want to make the most of it, there are a few must-haves to pack to ensure a good experience. From water bottles and solar chargers to tent air conditioners, here are a few items to bring with you to your next weekend festival:

Hydration Help

Festival days are long and significantly less fun if you are dehydrated or hungover. Stay in top form by hydrating at every chance you get. Avoid paying $10 for a bottle of water by bringing in your own reusable water bottle. Many festivals have hydration stations setup throughout the grounds where you can refill water bottles with cold water. Opt for a double-walled plastic water bottle like the 25 ounce Camelback Podium sport bottle. While stainless steel bottles by Hydroflask also work great at keeping water cold, many festivals do not allow attendees to bring metal water bottles into the concert grounds.

For an extra hydration boost, bring along some nuun active tablets. Packaged in a handy small canister with 10 drink tablets, simply dissolve one tablet in 16 ounces of water to get a jolt of electrolytes without a ton of sugar, calories or unhealthy ingredients. Containing key vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium and vitamin C, nuun active tablets are also available in a variety of refreshing fruit flavors. Optimal hydration can help keep hangovers at bay and keep you dancing all weekend long.

Cell Phone Support

Obviously you can’t go anywhere without a smartphone, so you need to make sure that you can keep your device working all weekend long. Before you leave for your festival weekend, be sure that you have proper mobile coverage. You can use a ton of data uploading all of those photos to Instagram and Snapchatting videos of the shows, so upgrade to a plan with unlimited data. Many mobile providers are offering unlimited data plans again, but T-Mobile has one of the best deals with excellent LTE coverage as well. Get two unlimited lines for $100 per month and sign up for AutoPay so you don’t have to worry about missing a payment.

You’ve got to keep your cell phone battery charged as well, so invest in a small solar charger that you can leave out on your tent during the day. The Goal Zero Nomad 7M Solar Panel is compact, weighing only 13 ounces, and can be used to charge up most handheld USB-powered devices, as well as 12 volt battery-powered devices.

Sleep Assistance

Without at least a few hours of decent sleep each night you’ll be a mess during the day and risk missing out on fully experiencing some of your favorite music. Make the most of those few precious hours by bringing a few key items to ensure quality rest and relaxation. To start, you’ll want some form of climate control in your tent. Rent or buy a portable evaporative cooler that is designed for tent use to keep your tent cool on hot summer nights. Tune out the party surrounding you by sleeping with ear plugs. Make midday naps a breeze as well with a sleep mask so you can rest up for the big evening headliner.