Dressing for a festival is tricky at the best of times. You want to look cool, but also be comfortable. You've also got to factor in the chance that at some point you'll probably get rained on.
You should stay open to any unforeseen weather events. Rain is always a possibility and just because it seems warm during the day, doesn't mean it's going to stay that way.
A festival in the cooler months is best navigated in a sturdy pair of shoes, a cosy fleece and, of course, some rain protection.
Here are our seasoned camping style tips...
Layers will be your best friends in the field. Pack a plentiful supply of shirts and lightweight fleece - toasty layers that can be tied around the waist or shoulders when the weather warms up.
It's an obvious one, but you'd be surprised how many people don't take a rain jacket and end up wearing a bin liner fashioned into a makeshift poncho. There are so many lightweight packable styles these days, it's a no-brainer.
Forget flimsy footwear
When it's hot at a festival it's tempting to slip on your flip flops or summer sandals, but think carefully. Sturdy shoes or gumboots are the go-to for all festival occasions.
Find Your Festival Outfit
Don't you hate when your favourite act finally comes on, but your phone's already somehow at six per cent? You don't want to have to limit your filming, you just want to capture the moment. With festival season still in full swingup we've compiled a list of our top picks to accompany that perfect outfit and set list that you'll be seeing, so you can live in the moment.
EXPLORE PLANET EARTH SPEEDY 2P POP UP TENT
No one wants to crash at the end of the night after a festival and have to worry about setting up a tent.
Admittedly it’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind as soon as you get to a festival but even if you don’t get a chance to pitch it when you get there, Explore Planet Earth’s 2P Pop Up Tent makes it incredibly easy to have your tent pitched in minutes. The tent easily fits two plus belongings inside so you and you friend can set up and go to sleep as quick as possible.
KLYMIT STATIC V SLEEPING PAD
Even with a tent set up, you probably don’t want to be sleeping on the cold hard (and usually uneven) ground.
Regardless of whether you’re coming back after the last act or you just want a power nap in the afternoon before the big night ahead, something quick and inflatable is what you want. Klymit provides a comfortable, lightweight, sleeping option which only takes 10-15 breaths to inflate.
Forget having to manually hand pump it or using a car generated pump, the Static V Sleeping pad is perfect to set up before or after the festivities.
WILDHORN MICROLITE QUICK DRY TRAVEL TOWEL
Speaking of things getting warm, the summer festivals lining up to be just as hot (both act and temperature wise) so if you’re getting a little sweaty, the Wildhorn Microlite Towel is perfect to quickly dry off with.
More absorbent than cotton, the microlite towel has the ability to dry three times faster than a regular towel, and takes up a forth of the space. The breathability of the fabric and the fact that moisture dries so quickly means that it won’t be smelling funky after you’ve been boogying in the mosh.
GOAL ZERO RECHARGE FLIP 20
And last but certaintly not least; arguably one of the most valuable things to be taking with you for a weekend of festivities is a portable charger. Depending on where you are, your access to electricity or your vehicle, your phone may barely make it through day one.
If you want to be filming, or even just getting directions home the next day, a Goal Zero Flip 20 is a compact recharger that’ll have give most smartphones at least 1-2 recharges before running out of juice.
The charging station has the capacity to hold 2 full phone charges, so you’ll be sure to have plenty of charge for multiple days.
You don’t need to exclusively use the Flip 20 for your phone though as you can also charge any GPS, headlamp or fitness tracking devices that charge through a USB port.
Make sure your next festival experience is the best ever with your essentials from Rays.