BWA’s Music Festival Survival Checklist

Rainbow Serpent, Future Music, Falls Festival… The summer festival season has indeed started. It is going to be hot, maybe a little rainy, and hopefully FUN! To make the most out of your festival though, you’ll need to be prepared.

“Do yourself a favour” and get ticking through this list before you even think of stepping foot into a festival – or suffer the unhappy consequences…

BWA's Summer Music Festival Survival Checklist


Rule #1: Stay fresh

Your morning shower may not be enough to see you through a day of dancing and merriment under the 30 degree heat. Wipes are the answer! Just keep a little pack of fresh wipes in your bag to feel – and smell – fresh all day long. We recommend Wet Ones Hand & Body Wipes from Priceline.


Rule #2: No flip-flops

Not only will your toes get trampled on the “dance floor” in any kind of open toed-shoe, but if the sun departs and the rain sets in, you only need a few hours of bad weather to turn the whole site into a mud bath. Go for waterproof, closed toed shoes at the least, and gumboots if you really care for comfort. We recommend DKNY’s Festival Gumboot from David Jones.

BWA's guide to music festivals - ultimate checklist

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Rule #3: Be a real camper

Your camper’s soul is hiding somewhere deep inside you. If you are not really of the camping kind, just try to think convenient. You can survive on a pop up tent, camping mats, a sleeping bag, a torch, insect repellant, noodles, muesli, and lots of water!

Rule #4: Save your battery

Fingers crossed, the sun will probably shine relentlessly! So if you have one of these solar mobile phone chargers, you won’t have to face The Dead Battery Issue. However, if you don’t want to invest in a new gadget, you can always go through your drawers and take your good old NOKIA 3310. Bonus: you can play snake!

portable Solar Power Bank for iphone!


Rules #5: Take pictures

A music festival is a unique experience and you want to keep nice memories of it. Of course you can use your smartphone or a small digital camera. But if you’re scared of running out of battery or simply losing it, old school is the answer again. Just buy a disposable camera. First, it’s not worth too much money so it’s no big deal if you lose it; second, you’ll get “actual” pictures!



Rule #6: Protect your skin

Sun creams, sunscreens cream, sunblocks, suncare… Call it whatever you want, but don’t forget to put it on. Also, don’t hesitate to put on a straw hat in order to be protected from the sun, but then with style! We recommend the Cancer Council’s 50+ Kids Sunscreen for Face (no breakouts with this one) and Solar D Active sunscreen 30+ for body.


Rule #7: Hydration

No need to remind you of the importance of hydration. Just make sure you don’t forget to drink water, too!


Have we missed anything? If you have any tips or must-do’s before going to festivals, let us know in the comments below, and earn BWA Dollars for doing so!

About the author: Souria Cheurfi is a Belgian-born fashion and lifestyle writer, who has written for ELLE Belgique. Souria is currently exploring Australia whilst writing about her passions.




  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Great tips. Now lets all go to a music festival

  • Reply jreilly Wednesday 28th January, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    practical advice

  • Reply candicelee22 Friday 16th January, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the tips

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 10th January, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Not somewhere I want to be.

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 9th January, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I can see why thongs shouldn’t be worn there!

  • Reply xlilda Wednesday 7th January, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hahaha I miss playing snake on my phone.

  • Reply BellaB Friday 2nd January, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    These all seem very sensible!

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 31st December, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t like the look of those festivals – they sound kind of rough!?!

  • Reply blueruby Monday 29th December, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    have a facial mist on handy!

  • Reply kt Monday 29th December, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    some great tips!

  • ivysaurus
    Reply ivysaurus Saturday 27th December, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Stay hydrated! I remember being at a festival on one of sydney’s hottest recorded days and it was an experience 😛

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Friday 26th December, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply stels Friday 26th December, 2014 at 11:58 am

    AMEN to the no flip flops rule!

  • Reply lovelyloves Friday 26th December, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Where do you get the solar charger? That is an amazing idea! And I still have my old Nokia, I was so addicted to snake!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Friday 26th December, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Hi @lovelyloves- there are quite a few solar chargers available on eBay, also there is (although I have not bought from here personally)

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