What to Bring to A Festival

What to Bring to A Festival

Festival season is coming up! Here is a helpful checklist of things you'll need while prancing around to watch your favorite artists!


Festival season is approaching, and since coming from Coachella, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I found I needed when I was there. This will be your guide to survival at a music festival.

1. Water bottle: Obviously you need to stay hydrated when you're out and about all day. Most festivals offer free water stations, just make sure your water bottle is clear and empty upon entering the festival!

2. Comfortable shoes: As much as I wanted to look my best, I had to consider comfort because I was on my feet for more than 10 hours each day. Unfortunately, I had the MOST uncomfortable shoes while I was at Coachella, so I recommend sticking to a pair that you know won't let you down. My favorite pair of shoes are Vans! They're cheap, cute, reliable, and pretty much look good with everything (vans.com).

3. Outfits you feel comfortable in: COMFORT IS KEY. SERIOUSLY. Thankfully I did succeed in the comfort aspect of getting ready for Coachella. Obviously you want to look awesome, but make sure the clothes and outfits you pick are items you'll be comfortable in all day. I shopped for my festival wear at Dollskill.com, PacSun.com, and Forever21.

4. Electrolyte packets: Unusual, but very useful. Okay, so you have your water bottle and there are free water stations, but what if you're not the most dedicated water drinker? Putting electrolyte packets into your water makes it more tasty, as well as provides you with energy and hydration! I recommend using Ultima electrolyte packets (amazon.com).

5. Chapstick: I'm the chapstick queen so I NEED chapstick at all times. Also, being out in the sun and possibly being dehydrated could cause your lips to get dry. Always keep chapstick handy. Carmex is my favorite brand.

6. Sunscreen: Always remember to put on sunscreen before you go to the festival. If you're prone to sunburn I'd bring it with you, if not, just put some on before you get dressed.

7. Small backpack or fanny pack: Not just for fashion, but also a necessity! Keeping a small backpack/fanny pack with you allows you to carry all of your essentials. I got mine from Target.

8. Hair Ties: We all know how this goes... You leave the house with fabulous hair, but through all the head banging, sweating, and wind, your hair can get messed up. Bring hair ties in case you need to put your hair up. Extra hair ties are never a bad thing.

9. Portable chargers: Yes, charger(s). One might die easily, and you want to make sure your phone is charged by the end of the night. You and your friends might split up, you may need to call an Uber or Lyft, or you can even get lost! I had one really cheap portable charger and another of decent quality, but having them both proved to be extremely useful. Just plugged my phone into them and left my phone in my bag while I enjoyed the festival! Target and Walmart always have portable chargers for sale!

10. Thick socks: If you can't come with comfortable shoes, at least have thick comfy socks to compensate. You won't regret it.

11. Cash: Cash for food or bottled water if you don't want the free water they provide.

12. Hand sanitizer: The lines for the restroom or port-a-potty are always so long to begin with, so bring hand sanitizer so you can handle your business and get on with your day. Also, before you eat you may not want to walk to a restroom because it's out of the way, so hand sanitizer really comes in handy (bathandbodyworks.com).

13. Bandana: Not just for fashion, but for protection! Music festivals tend to be in grassy sandy areas. Coachella was literally in the middle of the desert. Between everyone walking and all of the foot traffic, dust gets kicked up and you can inhale a lot of it. Inhaling all of that dust can make your nose congested, so a bandana comes in handy to cover your mouth and nose.

14. Light sweater: Depending on where your festival is and what the weather is like, a light sweater may be a necessity. In the desert it was hot during the day, but windy and freezing at night. I kept a flannel in my backpack for the night time and it was the best idea I could've ever thought of.

Packing your festival bag with these essentials will ensure that you will have a stress-free experience! Enjoy the music and time with your friends, rather than worrying about charging your phone or being uncomfortable all day!

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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

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7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

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9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

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11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

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16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Celebrity guests openly admitted that they did not know what it means to dress "campy."


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Camp is an exaggeration, an aesthetic that is so overdone and gaudy that still somehow works. There is dualism within camp, it's imaginative, yet specific; serious and tongue-in-cheek. An easy illustration of camp is an ironically funny movie. "Showgirls", for instance, was a movie that had serious intentions to depict a story of a naive girl's rise to Las Vegas infamy. However, due to the film's bad acting, awkward dialogue and overplayed sex scenes, "Showgirls" is known to be a "bad but so good" movie. It's humorous, without intending to be. That is an example of camp.

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In a behind-the-scenes video filmed for Vogue, Gaga and Maxwell's preparation was documented. In between the moments of fittings and rehearsals, Gaga was seen reading aloud Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" to her team. The careful research was tentatively applied and clearly paid off. "I know intrinsically that I have a camp soul," she shares during a pre-Met rehearsal. "I knew because we're such a family and the way that we work together as a creative collective, that what we would create together would be camp."

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