I’m finally getting around to sharing some of my packing skills with everyone! After lots of experience (trial and error practice) I’ve become pretty strategic when it comes to packing whether its for a trip or event, I’ve got it down. This time around I was getting ready to pack for an all day festival. Vans Warped Tour to be exact. Just to let you in on a little insight, Los Angeles is around 90 degrees fahrenheit and the UV rays are always a maxmimum 10.
I would typically prefer carrying all of my goods in a fanny pack but for this event there was just no way they could all fit, so I decided on carrying a small backpack instead.
Heres what’s inside:
For a festival where you’re spending up to 9 hours walking around you definitely want to be minimalistic and keep your backpack as light as possible BUT also be prepared for every situation. Lets start with toiletries.
Sunscreen– I cannot stress about how important this is. Not only do you NOT want to get extremely sun burnt with weird tan lines but common ladies who wants premature wrinkles just because you decide to go see your favorite sexy guitarist? NOT worth it. Also vendors tend to sell bottles of sunscreen at the festivals for a whopping $20 because they know how much you’ll be dying for it. I tend to go with 100 proof just because of the long hours spent in direct sunlight.
Chapstick– Am I the only person who goes crazy when they have dry lips? If my lips go dry and theres no chapstick around to moisturize them I go completely insane like its all I think about and my mood flops completely. I might be crazy or it might just be OCD but who cares you should always pack a good lip balm in this dry California heat.
Perfume & Deodorant– This isn’t necessarily a must if you don’t mind being smelly around an artist or friend you might meet, just kidding! Who wants to risk taking a photo with their favorite band member and when you go to wrap your arm around him he nearly gags at the smell of body odor. That would be a picture worth a thousand words. Haha but seriously I’m very lucky I have this tiny micro sized perfume, if I didn’t then I would probably go purchase a small body spray. As for deodorant I strongly recommend buying a clear one over white so you won’t get any left over residue on your clothes. Especially since this as a rock concert where black is mostly worn.
Lipstick- Lipstick is the only makeup item I care about retouching while sweating constantly. I choose a nude color because its easiest to layer on over and over again.
Hand Sanitizer– If you’re a germaphobe like myself then you probably already pack a bottle of this in your everyday bag. Point is you never know if the outdoor restrooms will have any soap. Between shaking hands with strangers and eating finger foods you don’t want to be without a bottle of germ x.
Money clip- I usually carry plastic forms of money but when people are selling all sorts of items independently, its always good to carry cash. To keep my cash organized and safe I find a money clip does the job well.
Bandana– A bandana or scarf is not only a cute accessory but it will keep the sweat and hair out of your face.
Portable charger- Between losing your friends at festivals and having to call yourself an Uber after, you never want to be stuck with a dead cell phone. I bought this portable Apple charger from amazon for only $25!
Whether it’s your first time at a day festival or you’re not a pro yet at last minute packing I hope this post helps! Let me know if I should share more packing guides. (ps. not pictured but also a MUST, sunglasses)