Festival season is upon us and here at Millets, we're on a mission to help provide you with the best summer yet! Here's our essential kit list for surviving a day at the festival.
So, what is a day festival?
Simply put, a day festival is a festival that only takes place during the day. Not every festival allows you to camp, so if you would rather sleep in the comfort of a bed, then day festivals may be the one for you. They usually have a set curfew that requires you to leave the site until the next day.
You'll often find that day festivals are located in city centres rather than out in the countryside like some of the bigger festivals. Luckily, this means that a lot more transport links are available, so you can get back to where you'll be staying with ease. Wireless Festival is one of our top picks for this year's day festivals, with multiple public transport links, such as buses and an underground station right next door, you can easily find your way back to your bed at the end of the day.
Quick tip: If you're having to travel far for your festival, make sure you book yourself a hotel room well in advance for the best prices and to avoid getting stranded. And if you're planning on using public transport, make sure you check timetables before you go. Sure, you might miss the last 5 minutes, but you'll miss the money spent on the overpriced taxi fare a lot more.
This advice doesn't just apply to festivals that are only open for the day however. All of this information still applies even if you're booked in for one of the bigger festivals but are only attending one day. It's very common for people to attend weekend festivals for a just a single day, whether the reasons be down to cost concerns or just simply not feeling up to a full weekend of festivities. Nonetheless, we've got you covered.
What will I need to take?
If you're not camping at the festival, then that massively reduces how much equipment you need to take with you. For starters, you can forget about taking a tent, or any other camping gear for that matter. Instead, you should focus on the smaller items that you may otherwise forget. Here's some of our essentials that you're going to need for a day at the festival.
With no tent to go back to at the end of the day to put your feet up, you'll most likely be on your feet from the moment you get there to the long journey home. Sure, there'll be places to sit down on the grass for a quick rest, but if the weather isn't on your side (and let's face it, when is the British weather ever on our side?), it looks like you're going to be up and about all day long. You're going to want some comfortable footwear to help you in your stride.
There's nothing worse than standing around in a crowd of tens of thousands of people all day and your feet feeling exhausted, luckily, we have a great collection of festival footwear that is super comfortable and very practical, so you can find a pair that is perfect for you. If the weather takes a turn for the worst and the you get hit with some good old british rain, we recommend a good, reliable pair of wellies to combat. Wellies make it so that you can keep dancing your heart out to all your favourite artists with your feet feeling comfortable and protected. Take a look through our excellent range of men's wellington boots and women's wellies today so that you can make the most out of your festival.
Festivals may be a summertime event, but we are still in Britain after all, so there's a good chance that you may get stuck in a downpour or two. A good reliable waterproof jacket is the solution to this as they are guaranteed to keep you shielded from the rain, keeping you dry all day long. Alternatively, if you don't want to take a waterproof jacket as it may disrupt your outfit or simply don't fancy having a jacket on all day, you could try a poncho. Ponchos are easily packable and super lightweight so you don';t have to worry about it weighing you down/ They also provide just as much waterproof abilitiy as a jacket. Fortunately, we have plenty of brilliant waterproof jackets and ponchos that are perfect for festivals available on our festival store here, as well as other pieces of waterproof clothing that'll come in handy, such as trousers and shorts.
Despite suggesting a rain jacket as a day festival essential, there is still a good chance that you'll get some great festival sun. There's nothing worse than trying to watch your favourite band and being blinded by the sun, so why not treat yourself to a decent pair of sunglasses. Protect your eyes from the gleaming sun and enjoy your favourite music without eye strain. We have pairs for men, women and kids, so even the little ones can get into the festival spirit.
Accessories and Gadgets
Unfortunately, most festivals don't allow rucksacks to be taken inside the festival grounds if you're only there for the day due to safety reasons, but you're still going to need somewhere to put your belongings and your money. We recommend the Technicals Chest Travel Wallet, it's small, secure and very comfortable against skin, so it won't cause any inconvenience to your day.
No doubt you'll want to film your favourite artists and share them to the gram, so you best make sure that you keep your phone charged. Why not pick yourself up a Power Bank Phone Charger from Design Go, it's small enough to fit in your pocket and won't weigh you down.
If you follow our guide you should have everything you need to make your festival the best one yet, even if it is only for a day. Why not check out our special festival store to find all things festival related this summer! And remember, no matter which festival you’re booked in for, make sure you stay safe and most importantly, have fun!