How to Prepare for a Festival

I've been to about 6 festivals now. Playthink Movement Festival x 2, Flow Camp x 2, Florida Flow Festival, and Kinetic Fire Festival. So what should everyone bring to a festival? Here is what I bring:

Sleeping Arrangements:
-stakes (cause I've lost a few)
-Sun shade
- Tarps (I never seem to have enough). Lately I've been attaching tarps around my sun shade to give me a little more protection from sun and rain.
-Sleeping bag. I really believe this is a must have. I get really cold easy. And any of the times that I've not used one, I've regretted it.
-Pillow. Yes, I have forgotten a pillow before. Although I've started to just bring a small little couch pillow. Then it doesn't touch the sides of the tent.
-string cause I use that for the tarps
-Mat for tent entrance. Oh yes I have gotten a welcome mat before for my tent
-air mattress/cot if inclinded

-Capris, shorts, leggings. Whatever legwear you are comfortable with. I think one year at Flow Camp, I wore just leggings the entire time. It was cold in the morning and then I could just roll those up to create capris later. Or I would change. You won't regret some nice jeans/longer leg-things when it's cold.
-Shirts. Remember you may be hula hooping or fire dancing, so those natural fabrics will be great. Whatever you are comfortable with.
-Costumes! I have a variety of little hats and masks to make any outfit a costume. I also have some sort of belt things that also make things fun and dressy.
-Underwears/bra/whatever you wear underneath your clothes.
-Pjs. Remember I get cold? I usually sleep in 2 layers of clothes plus warm fuzzy socks

-Rainboots. Dewy mornings= wet pants. And it rained all of Kinetic last year. I lived in them. Which reminds me I need to buy a new pair before Kinetic Fire this year.
-Whatever you like to run around in. Vibrams, tennis shoes, whatever.
-Sandals. For those showering times.
-socks cause you never know when you might need some

Pack/sack/the rest of the things things: 
-Spray glitter
-lip balm
-camp chair
-hat/things to protect your face. I like sun visors. I'm a dork
-fan (my mom used to get me a portable one with batteries but at kinetic, I realized a random hand fan was SO much cooler)
-gogirl/portable toilet seat covers
-TONS OF BABY WIPES. Travel ones and a whole pack for my tent area.
-hairbrush, if you are inclined.
-makeup, if you are inclined.
-did I mention rain gear?
-some camping soap
- shampoo, bodywash, pouf/rag/whatever, towel
-toothbrush,toothpaste and mouthwash
-headlamp flashlight thing. I really want to get a fancier one this year. My mother will take certain times of headlamps and make a flashlight bracelet. She always has one handy.
--This is the type my mom gets me:
----this is the one I really want with pivoting head:
-various flashlights/lamps/etc. I found ceiling lamps over the last year. They are circular and will light most of a tent fairly well. I got one for my tent and outside.
-decorative tent things. I really like the $1 chinese lamps from dollar stores. I can light one before dark and that glowing orb can help me find my campsite, especially when it's crowded/more tents have popped up since you left the campsite. Things look different in the dark.
-Extra batteries. Cause something is bound to happen yo.
-Baby powder. Anti chafing is so cool. Actually, I love the gold bond's that you can get in travel packs. When it's 90 degrees, go to the bathroom/tent and just powder that on. It's like quick mid-day air conditioning really quick!
-backpack/fanny pack. I take both and switch between the both.
-Toilet paper and travel toliet paper. I take at least 2 travel toilet papers (they come in little plastic to keep it together) and at least 1 roll of toilet paper. You won't regret it when you go to the porta potty at 2 am.
-all the things in zip lock bags!
-sunglasses, contacts, glasses, all that noise
-Hand sanitizer.
-bandana to wipe sweat off yo face
-laminated schedule x a few
-if you are a menstruating person, emergency period stuffs. I love cloth pads and cups though. Great for camping
-Extra sunscreen cause you'll run out or may want to share.
-pen, notebook, things like that.
-this is really random but something to do while sitting down. I am lame. I am the person that doesn't mind a festival that may sit out time for siestas and lunches. But when you are chilling at your campsite and have no friends, are you going to sit and watch the trees (okay, I have done that). But seriously, a book or something to do productively. I have actually taught someone to knit at my campsite before one year.
-camera, extra batteries and memory cards.
-Wattttter. I like lipton jugs and a few of the big gallons to use as a hand washing station
-tables for the camp site
-EARPLUGS and maybe sleeping aide.
-if you have taken an allergy medicine within 6 months, bring it JUST IN CASE.
-Obviously any medicine you depend on
-Print directions to the location and BACK. Print directions to the nearest convenience store and gas station. Store this folder of different directions where you can reach it (not buried under the camping stuff). Because if you wake up needing emergency stash of something, you can't hear and stuff, you may not be able to find a walmart or something. A lot of places like this barely have service and if you can't get out of a hole to GET service, you can't use your gps.

-mini camping stove
-pot, skillet
-food in a cooler  (any tips on great festival food? Although I am a fan of beef jerky)
-plate, spoons, forks
-paper towels
-trash bags (take your trash with you people!)
-energy drinks
-cooking spray
-extra tables
-can opener if needed
-popping popcorn
-basic first aid stuffs (for me just some ointment and bandaides.  I don't go out expecting to get bit by 30 rabid racoons)

Flow life:
-Obviously bring your flow prop. Hoops, if you can bring a few different sizes. I taught a girl to hula hoop with my big flammer hoop at the camp site before. Sometimes you will be able to borrow.
-LED props and charging stuff. You may find someone that has the capabilities to charge it.
-The props I have: hula hoops (regular and mini), fans, flags, poi, flow wand, contact juggling ball
-Fire safe clothing. Natural stuffs like cottons and wools.
-If you plan to spin fire, BRING FUEL. If you are traveling, buy your fuel at home cause you won't find any near the place.
-Be willing to safety! And have a safety! Spin fire SOBER. Go to fire safety classes and listen! (and always double check your fire equipment between burns)
-good things to have that I never have: portable musicy equipment to rock out the campsite or stuff.
-WATCH.  For 95% of these festivals you can't use your cell phone (no service/electricity)
-travel alarm clock (remember noooooo cell)

Speaking of porta potties. Only use your head lamp when you go to the toilet. You don't want to sling the good flashlight your mom got you in the toilet at 4 am. Which I did at Playthink last year.

I personally have to get new capris and batteries for this year for all my lamps.  I really don't know if this is everything. I feel like I am forgetting stuff!  Since I haven't updated my blog in a century, I doubt anyone will read this. Boo.


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