Festival Checklist: What to Take to a Festival

Author : 6AM
October 27, 2022

Festival Checklist: What to Take to a Festival

Summer is the time for numerous electronic music festivals, and the number of people who want to visit them only increases from year to year. Agree, enjoying your favorite music with friends is something priceless, so it is very important to prepare well and not forget anything. In this case, the days of the festival will be pleasant and comfortable.

We have selected the 3 best festivals of the summer, and also made a list of things that you should definitely take with you.


The main electronic music festival has been held in the Belgian city of Baum since 2005. There come David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and other DJs who made the whole world fall in love with electronic music.

Tickets for Tomorrowland are sold out in the first minutes (in 2013 it happened literally in a second), so if you are one of the lucky ones, we advise you to thoroughly prepare for a three-day immersion in the world of music of the future.

Be sure to take a raincoat, warm clothes and the most daring outfits with you, the participants advise. The festival is like a big Disneyland with 16 stages, where every place has its own unique show and music.

The first thing that comes in handy at any festival is insect spray. We recommend taking with it:

  • sunscreen;
  • comfortable boots;
  • backpack;
  • spare charger;
  • and nuts, in case the food court is too far from your favorite performer.

Burning Man 

Burning Man is not exactly a festival. The creators call it a “radical self-expression community”, where everyone relies on himself, and social prejudices lose their strength. The festival takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, under the scorching sun and a layer of sandy dust. You will not find the usual food court or bars at Burning Man: each visitor is responsible for his own food, water, accommodation, and protection from the desert sand. After the end of the festival, the desert should be left in its original form, so it is worth stocking up on strong garbage bags. 

The festival sells nothing but ice and coffee. All the necessary things can only be received as a gift or in exchange for another thing, but you can forget about the wallet for the whole next week. 

Experienced participants say that you need a lot of things and a car as much as possible! For example, in the Ford Escape, 4 people with things and food did not fit for 4 days.

Regardless of what and in what quantity you are going there, be sure to take with you:

  • festival ticket (hard to get but possible – checked at the entrance);
  • identification documents (if you need to change your passport urgently, google “Walgreens Passport Photo – Digital & Print $0.99 – No Limits” and the process will be much faster);
  • money (remove cash from the card in advance – there are no ATMs in the desert, as you understand).

For the festival, you need to take everything you might need for a week in the desert:

  • tent;
  • camping utensils;
  • water;
  • torch;
  • full tank in the car;
  • solar powered power bank;
  • fire starter (if you are going to set something on fire);
  • napkins and all kinds of hygiene products (there is no shower at the festival, only a bathhouse, which you can get into only after you have gathered a dozen people).

Take in your backpack:

  • camera;
  • military goggles to protect against sand dust;
  • sunscreen;
  • and water.

Think ahead of time about your suits (which you wouldn’t mind killing in the desert) and comfortable, but not necessarily stylish, shoes. As the Burners say, “Your suit ends at ankle height.” True minimalists can limit themselves to a fur coat. Joking aside, one fur coat is enough for the whole festival: during the day without clothes, at night in a fur coat – a great local option.

The main rule of the festival is to be provided with everything you need and not count on help. In extreme cases, there are spots at the festival where clothes are distributed for free. It is enough just to choose it, put it on and walk along the catwalk, showing the public your new outfit.


Sziget is an island in the middle of the Danube filled with music, art, and freedom. Those who have been there saying that its slogan “island of freedom” is absolutely justified. The spirit of freedom and celebration is what permeates its atmosphere.

One of the largest festivals in Europe and the world gathers in Budapest the main performers of our time. Before the pandemic in 2019, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, The 1975, and Macklemore came to Sziget. In addition to the main headliners, Jungle, Maribou State, James Blake, Jain, Parcels and The Blaze performed.

The island is very dusty and hot, and there is a high chance of rain on one of the days. Therefore, it is recommended to take:

  • raincoats;
  • comfortable shoes;
  • gauze bandage on the face or handkerchief.

The festival offers its visitors every convenience one can think of, from laundry and children’s room to convenient cashless payment at any point of sale. In addition to music, performances, and cultural events, guests can expect a huge food court with national cuisines and vegan options.

Take with you:

  • credit card;
  • antiseptic;
  • portable charger;
  • backpack;
  • and a bottle of water.

Leave everything else at the hotel. The festival takes place right in Budapest, and you can get to it by taxi or public transport.


And finally: leave a pleasant surprise for yourself at the end of the festival in the form of clean, warm clothes and socks. You will return home, change your clothes, and you will feel comfortable, almost at home.