music festival essentials

It’s June which means I have a serious case of festival fever.  It’s a thing.  I’m certain of it.  I mean, I don’t think there have been actual studies conducted by experienced researchers but as an experienced festival goer, I think my word has some kind of merit to it, right?

This is why I thought I’d spread a bit of wisdom to the festival newcomers out there before Bud Light Dreams Festival goes down on June 23rd and 24th at East Island – Ontario Place in downtown, Toronto!  The festival is going to see some of the hottest electronic dance music DJs like Kaskade and Andrew Bayer, the hottest music fans, and the hottest temperatures.  Based on my favourite adjective used in this paragraph, I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be hot!

So, what do you need to ensure you are set up for success when you’re out there shuffling and nay-nay-ing?  With a little help from my friends at Bud Light Dreams, here’s what you need to have an awesome time:

Music festival essentials that will make your life a whole lot easier.

  1.  Disposable Camera

Remember disposable cameras?!  It’s been a while since I got pictures developed BUT now that I think of it, this is a must-have and I’m definitely bringing them back this summer.  You’re constantly moving around , walking through hundreds if not thousands of people.  The last thing you want to do is lose your phone/camera or break it just because you want to do it for the gram a million times.  Try doing it for the gram on a camera that does the same job.  It’ll give you better content too once you get the photos developed and you have physical copies of them.  Very Pinterest of you!

2. Sun screen and Lip Balm

It’s a little too early to predict what the weather will be at the end of the month but summer festival heat usually gets you and your skin.  You might not notice how strong the sun is when you’re dancing, socializing, and gorging on food truck eats (me), but you’ll likely feel the effects the next morning.  To prevent a catastrophe on your skin and lips, don’t forget to bring a pocket size bottle of sun screen (89ml) with at least 30SPF.

3.  Hand Sanitizer

You’re going to meet a lot of people, touch a lot of surfaces, and eat a lot of food.  I’ve made the mistake of counting on water stations or washrooms for cleanliness and let me tell you, it was never wise to do so simply because I’m impatient.  If you don’t want to wait in line just to wash your hands and instead want to maximize your day in front of the stage, bring a pocket size (60 ml) of hand sanitizer with you.  You won’t regret it.

4.  A Life Giving Outfit

Dress comfortably for various reasons.  Not only that, I highly recommend an outfit that you absolutely love!  An outfit that makes you feel like a dreamer, that sings to you, that makes you want to exercise all of your limbs the way the dance gods want you to.  I’ve been to festivals trying to look like the most stylish girl on the block but it wasn’t comfortable nor was it really what *I* wanted to wear.  Forget the trends.  You do you and express yourself the way you want to because that’s what music is all about.

5.  Reliable shoes

Don’t buy new shoes for music festivals! I repeat. Never buy new shoes for festivals.  Why? You’ll get them dirty and it’s not the place to break them in.  Oh, and no one will see them!  They might be worth it for that first, second or third photo, but it won’t be worth it when you’re the one who has to find a place to sit down every 30 minutes because your feet ain’t happy.


I am 30-years-old and I have never loved music festivals more.  They give you a chance to discover new music and better yet, new people who are open minded to fun experiences just like you.  Plan accordingly, and you’ll have a dreamy time.

B. Tru xx




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