Spareparts’ Festival Survival Guide
As originally published on TheRooster.ca
If you’re heading to Osheaga, Lollapalooza or Veld this weekend then you’ve probably got a game plan ready to go for your three days of sun, music and dancing. But before you head out the door, take a look over these essential items that will ensure your festival success.
- Backpack – It might seem like a pain to carry around a bag all day, but when you’re far from home and the weather is variable it could be the one item that saves your experience from dissolving into a disaster. Your nearest Spareparts location has a variety of backpacks that perfectly blend function and fashion (I’ll be toting my Dakine Campus Pack around at Osheaga this weekend).
- Sunglasses – Another no-brainer but the importance of a good pair of shades can’t be stressed enough. When you find a pair that embodies your personal style it can make a world of difference in your comfort and attitude. Spy’s Discord series is the style I’ve chosen to help beat the sun and keep it cool this weekend.
- Earplugs – I might sound like an angry old bastard with this item, I know. But I’ve been to enough shows in my time to accept that I’ve already done a fair bit of damage to my eardrums and I don’t intend on making the issue any worse. When you’re in a large outdoor open area it’s highly unlikely that the sound is going to reach a painful level, but it doens’t hurt to come prepared (plus they can be carried around without weighing you down one bit).
- Plastic Bags – A great tip from a friend of mine; an extra Ziplock bag or two can add another layer of protection for your phone or wallet if the weather starts to turn ugly.
- Umbrella – The forecast at Osheaga this weekend includes some precipitation so I won’t be leaving home without something to hold over my head.
- Good Footwear – You’re going to be standing for a long, long time at any festival. Treat your feet well – leave the stilettos and padding-free flip flops in the closet.
- Watch – When there’s so many bands and so little time it’s important to keep on top of your schedule. I’d be lost and falling behind from the start if it wasn’t for my NIxon Private SS keeping me in line.
- A Fully-Charged Cell – You will invariably find yourself separated from your group at some point over the course of any festival weekend. Leave the house with your phone’s battery topped-up to 100% and you’ll drastically increase your odds of reuniting with your friends sooner rather than later.
Are there any items you will absolutely need with you to ensure your own personal festival survival? Hit us up in the comments with your tips!