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The Top 10 Essential Items to Bring for Your Next EDM Music Festival: A Guide to the Best Rave Wear and Accessories

Two Djs in rave outfits standing on a stage with their arms in the air at a rave festival.
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Music festivals are awesome! But unless you have a comprehensive music festival packing list to help you prepare, you’re not going to get as much out of them as you can.

1- Extra Cash

Stick to your budget and carry extra cash in case of emergencies. Try to carry this somewhere where you don’t keep any of your other forms of payment. The last thing you want to happen is for your festival experience to be ruined because you don’t access your money.

2- Glow Sticks

We believe that glow sticks can enhance a show if used correctly. In my opinion, it is best to throw a large number of glow sticks at the same time at a precise moment in a song.

Glow sticks can be bought cheaply in bulk, so it will be better to stock up on 25, 50, or maybe even a hundred, so you can share them with your friends. There are also, LED Glow Stick versions that may be brighter or last longer. Either way, you go, glow sticks can be an essential part of your next EDM Festival.

3- A Change of Clothes

Music festivals can be unpredictable, and you never know when you might get absolutely soaked or incredibly dirty. A change of clothes could transform a miserable experience into one that is easily manageable. Make sure to pack correctly for your next rave or EDM Festival.

4- Hat/ Sunscreen

Other things on your festival checklist should include sunscreen, and a hat, to keep you safe from the sun, especially if your festival takes place during the summer. Even if it’s not too sunny, dangerous UV rays can still penetrate clouds and give you uncomfortable sunburn and put you at risk of heat stroke and skin cancer. Better to be safe rather than sorry.

A hat can also be a way for your support one of your favorite EDM artists.

5- Hoody or Jacket

Pack some warm clothing, sometimes it gets cold, especially at night. A jacket is great for storing and carrying your festival essentials like rave gloves, cash, water, or whatever else you might need to store away. It is better to be safe than sorry by bringing a hoodie or jacket along with you. Wearing a hoodie or jacket is also a great way to make a fashion statement.

6- Comfortable Footwear

Make sure comfortable footwear like boots, trainers, flip flops make it onto your music festival packing list. But make sure they’re ones you don’t want to get ruined. They’re honestly not going to look too good after a festival.

7- Water container

When you are raving and dancing all day and night at Electric Zoo this year, you might be unaware of just how dehydrated you’re becoming. A reusable water bottle is absolutely clutch, and while most festivals aren’t going to let you bring in the water itself, there should almost always be areas in the festival to re-fill a water bottle.

8- A Lighter

If you are at a lengthy festival where you are camping, a lighter can be used to start a fire or assist you in cooking. Even at a non-camping festival, a lighter can end up being very handy because you never know when you or your friends will want to take a break from raving and enjoy a smoke.

9- Hand sanitizer / dry shampoo/ Deodorant:

They may only temporarily help you to stay clean but you’ll be glad you have them, especially if access to showers is hard or non-existent. There’s so much to do and see, not to mention the lack of facilities to clean your hair and body properly. This will help you to protect your skin from heat, dirt, and sweat, and others from unpleasant odors.

10- External Battery Charger

Bringing an external battery charger can prove to be crucial, as most music festivals start in the afternoon and go into the wee hours of the morning. Don’t regret not being able to get in touch with your friends just because you forgot to bring a charger. Not to mention – portable chargers are perfect for keeping your rechargeable LED Poi lit all weekend!

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