The Ultimate Checklist For Surviving A Three Day Music Festival

This nifty list should ensure that you remain a happy camper all weekend...


Gone are the days of heading a music festival with nothing but the clothes on your back and a slab of cans..

It's all about glamping, air mattresses and self-cooling beer glasses nowadays. Now we're not suggesting you go out and buy a camper van, but we gotta admit that a bit of prep goes a long way. We know that organisation can be tough sometimes though (especially when Netflix takes priority over everything), so we've done the hard work for you guys by compiling this little list.

If you're heading to Body and Soul or Sea Sessions tomorrow this should come in pretty handy!

1. As many cans as you actually think you’ll need

And an extra 4 on top of that just to be on the safe side. Sure, ya never know!


2. A fully charged smartphone for 5 nice Instagram shots before the battery gives up the ghost

Plus a Snapchat story or two if you're lucky.


3. A shitty Blockia that would survive the zombie apocalypse

Crucial for texting your mates when locked and lost in the woods at 3am.

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4. A sturdy, waterproof tent

No, that Peppa Pig pop-up tent you saw for a tenner in Tesco will not suffice.

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5. A friend that’s really good at pitching tents

You can oversee the operation from the comfort of a camping chair, can in hand.

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6. A friend who’s a really good big spoon

Tents get cold, spooning is key.


7. A onesie

Not only are they the warmest thing to sleep in, but by Sunday you’ll be wearing it as a regular outfit out of sheer laziness. Bonus points for running around the woods in it while making corresponding animal noises!

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8. A sneaky emergency naggin hidden in the depths of your bag

It will come in handy, we promise.


9. A toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum.

Just cos you’re living in a field for three days doesn’t mean people should be subject to your death breath.

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10. Loo roll or baby wipes for when all the toilets run out

This will happen. Be prepared.


11. A truck load of hand sanitizer

Just don't tell everyone you've got some.


12. A nose peg for when the portaloos get really bad


13. A selection of your favourite snacks

When the food stalls seem too far to reach upon waking up, salt and vinegar crisps are a completely legitimate breakfast cereal.

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14. Disposable cameras

While it will be a miracle if any of them return from the festival, these are great for nostalgic moments when you finally get them developed. They're also really handy as a study of what thumbs looks like up close from different angles.


15. Camping chairs

Just know that unattended camping chairs are essentially fair game, so if your ones disappear from outside your tent just steal them back from neighbouring tent circles.


16. Painkillers

Time is precious at music festivals, and can't just opt out of a day because you've got a banging headache. Pack your poison, and if by 11am you're not feeling well just get some into you - hangovers aren't allowed ruin your fun!


17. Sunglasses

They'll make you look cooler than you actually are, and also ease those nashty headaches too.

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18. Glitter

Everything is better with sparkles, and once people see glitter they'll all be asking you for some.

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Written By

Fíodhna Horan Murphy

Fíodhna is deputy editor of Lovin Dublin and the Lovin Group. She's mad into music, gigs, cans by the canal and anything leopard print.