Last week, Donna did a post about some of the musicians we’re excited to see at Rocking the Daisies 2014, as the first edition on our three part “Road to Daisies” series. This week, it’s my turn, and again I’m going to use my neat-freak/hyper-organized nature for a little life hack, that might be helpful. Packing for festivals is tough, over packing is impractical, and basically just heavy. Under packing is awful because then you’re that person constantly borrowing things or constantly complaining that you forgot [- insert important item that you tragically forgot-] at home.
No one likes a buzz kill…
So, here’s what I’m bringing along, some of these things aren’t necessary for everyone to have, but rather one or two in the group, just in case.
Phone – with wall and car charger
ID& Copy Just in case
Map/Directions to the Venue/GPS
Personal/The extended basics
Prescription Meds/Chronic Medication
First aid kit with Panado, antacid, savlon etc – basic medication
Shampoo and Conditioner
Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Warm sleeping bag
Makeup remover wipes
Hair Clips/Hair ties
The next two categories are more personalized – if there are two things one can’t provide guidelines to without stepping on any toes – Its food, and fashion. I’ll just provide some useful tips under each of these categories
Food and Drink
Personally, I never cook at music festivals. Carting braai supplies and half the contents of your kitchen 150 kilometers away and then still having to prepare it all is not my idea of a constructive use of precious fest time. Rocking the Daisies has food stalls by some of the best restaurants and food companies in the country. With last year there were choices like Fry’s Vegetarian and Knead Bakery and Restaurant, I always buy my main meals from a vendor, that way they’re fresh, and provide no hassle at all. What I have always taken along with myself, though, is snacks, and booze. Easy, sealed snacks like dried fruit and wasabi peanuts are great, and I always take some Ziploc bags to keep them fresh for snacking later. I bring almost all my own alcohol for the weekend, decanted into plastic bottles as-per festival regulation (No Glass allowed) and then a metal flask for some drinks on-the-go.
Style is a very personal thing, and where better to showcase your best threads and latest combinations than among all the party-people at Rocking the Daises. Next week we’ll be doing a post on popular fashionable-festival items, purely for some inspiration. My only actual advice is – pack clothes for cold weather. Last year at Daisies, we froze. It was so cold and hardly anyone was prepared. So bring extra warm things- even if you leave them in the car, just in case.
And don’t be shy to rock those onesie pyjamas when it’s chilly at night.
This is obviously just a guideline! Tweet me (@raythdreamer) if I left anything important out, or if there’s anything you’re taking that is an absolute festival-hack, I’d love to know!