Comfortable shoes are a must during festival season (that, or a big pack of Band-Aids). Photo: Courtesy of Teva
The lineups were announced months ago, and you somehow nabbed tickets before they totally sold out. With South by Southwest behind us and Coachella rapidly approaching, music festival season is officially in full-swing.
For some of us, however, the real appeal of a festival isn’t the headliners or surprise holograms. It’s the chance to go camping with your best friends. Be the envy of the campground with these festival-ready gear picks that will keep you clean, dry, well-fed and comfortable.
Biolite Powerlight Mini ($44.95)
So you can Snapchat from dawn to headliner.
Between taking photos of your favorite bands, logging into your festival’s app and texting friends your location, draining your phone’s battery is inevitable. When you need a recharge, reach for Biolite’s Powerlight Mini, a tiny solar-powered unit that offers up to 52 hours of light or a backup boost to your phone.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV ($159.95)
So you can pass out as soon as you get back to the tent.
A full day of heat, humidity, loud music and waiting in line for the bathrooms is exhausting. The last thing you want to deal with back at the tent is inflating a cumbersome air mattress, depleting any energy you have left. Rest easy with the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV — the SpeedValve pulls in surrounding air to help you inflate your mattress in a fraction of the time of conventional valves.
Alite Designs Meadow Mat Waterproof Blanket ($39.99)
So you can keep your jean shorts dry when you need a break.
Patterned wool blankets may look great on Instagram, but they aren’t very practical. Trade yours in for Alite Designs Meadow Mat Waterproof Blanket, a lightweight, durable and totally waterproof picnic blanket that rolls up into attached straps, making it easy to tote around the festival grounds. Roll it out when you need to rest — the built-in corner loops can be staked down in windy weather, and the waterproof lining will keep your shorts dry in any type of weather. Bonus points: the botanical print looks just as good on Instagram.
Teva Terra-Float Sandals ($80-$110)
So you can actually walk on Monday.
If you aren’t on the Teva bandwagon yet, you’re already behind. Over the past few years, the Grand Canyon-born brand has revamped its entire lineup to offer high-end sandal styles that still capitalize on their trademark comfort and durability. The new Terra-Float collection is unbelievably lightweight and rugged, so you can avoid blisters without sacrificing your style — the Terra-Flat Livia Lux can keep you on your feet until the very last show. Teva is an official Bonnaroo partner, too, so you’ll have some additional street — er, farm — cred.
Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System ($129.95)
So you can avoid the food booth prices and heat up your own lunch.
Eating at the festival is part of the experience, but do so for every meal and your wallet is going to feel uncomfortably light by the end of the weekend. Invest in a lightweight camp stove that you can use for weekend backpacking trips later, and you’ll save enough money at the festival to justify the cost. We like the funky pattern and easy-to-use functionality of the Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System, with its push-button igniter and available coffee press and pot support accessories (sold separately).
Big Agnes X Burton Camp Chair ($104.95)
So you can sit down, relax and relive your experience at the end of the day.
The only problem with sharing a campsite with your friends is the limited capacity for sitting. Having your own chair gives you a nice little personal space of your own to relax (which is invaluable after spending hours between hot, sweaty bodies). This lightweight collaboration chair from Big Agnes X Burton assembles in seconds and is rated to 320 pounds (so you can share your seat if you’re feeling generous).