Music festivals are where memories are made — but if you fail to do your preparation, they might not necessarily be good memories.
A music festival should be one of the highlights of your year, since you're spending the weekend with mates, watching your favourite acts perform and simply getting away from your everyday life.
But if you've ever found yourself lost and alone with a dead phone, or you've been left sopping wet with no spare clothes, you'll know how easily that weekend can be effectively ruined.
But we're putting an end to that by you giving you a checklist that will ensure your weekend runs as smooth as can be.
You're gonna need the following...
1. Baby wipes
You don't want to miss out on a single moment of craic by using one of the on-site showers, so pack enough of these moistened miracles to keep yourself fresh enough to carry on lovin' life.
2. Dry shampoo
Again, you don't want to have a proper shower but you also don't want to feel icky either, so include a little dry shampoo.
3. Pre-planned outfits
You can't just wing it when it comes to festival fashion! You need to carefully consider what you'll be wearing on a day-to-day basis — there are Instagrams to consider here, after all.
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4. Granola bars
These snacks are handy for filling the gap while you're chilling in a tent that's simply ages away from your nearest food stall.
5. Hand sanitiser
You may be noticing a cleanliness trend here, that's because it's one of those things that's likely to spoil an otherwise amazing experience. Keep your hands super clean and you'll find yourself being a lot less anxious.
6. Power bank
Everyone's experienced the panic of being lost at festival, cut off from friends with no way to contact them because your phone has died. Simply have a power bank handy and that quickly becomes a problem of the past.
7. Toilet paper
At a festival, this could literally save your life. No exaggeration.
When the sun shines at an Irish festival, there really is no place you'd rather be. Pack your coolest shades for just such an eventuality.
9. Rain jacket
We're a peculiar sort in Ireland, in that we're perfectly aware that we live in an extremely rainy country, yet we steadfastly refuse to buy clothes that properly protect ourselves from it. Do the sensible thing and get yourself a rain jacket pronto.
10. A good quality tent
I presume you don't want to be woken up by rain dripping in your face, so splurge on a decent quality that'll actually be of use.
11. Spare socks and shoes
Wet feet are a special kind of hell. When it comes to festivals, you can never have enough photographs, banter or footwear.
You might not look particularly hip in a pair of these, but it's so worth it to have perfectly dry toes.
13. A sleeping bag
So you can be snug.
Not unlike a bug.
Located in a rug.
14. Oral hygiene bits 'n' bobs
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, you'll want it all! Trust us, whoever shares your tent will thank you for it.
15. Camping chairs
In a campsite, these are considered the height of luxury.
16. Plastic bags
Your stuff is gonna get wet or dirty — this is inevitable. You want to contain your wet stuff so it doesn't dampen your lovely dry clothes too and plastic bags are the answer.
We guarantee you'll get the use out of 'em.
17. A flashlight
These are handy as campsites can get pretty dark and, while your mobile probably has its own torch, you'll want to converse your phone's battery for finding friends and whatnot.
Not all the vendors at the festival is gonna accept card, so avoid being stuck by having a healthy sum of cash money on your person.
Don't be that person who gets all the way to the festival just to realise you left your ticket at home.
And that's it! Once you've got all these essentials packed, you're ready for anything an Irish music festival can throw at you.
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