Its that time of year when we start thinking about BC festivals. This time around it looks like its going to be a busy summer. There’s great events happening every weekend. No matter what your taste in music you will be spoilt for choice. There’s electronic festivals such as Bass Coast, Motion Notion, and Shambala, folk festivals like Canmore, Vancouver Folk Fest, and Edmonton Folk Fest; and also the long established and ever popular events that always draw a crowd, for example Island Music Fest, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues.
Whichever of BC summer events you plan on going to, to make sure you have the best possible experience you need to take all the right kit. Here is our top eight essential festival items:
- Sunscreen/Umbrella – Choose one of these! If its as hot as last year then sunscreen is going to be vital, but in BC we never know how it will be, so better have an umbrella on stand by just in case.
- Tent or RV – Camping at a BC festival can be a lot of fun. But staying in an RV is defiantly more comfortable. Which is the best option depends on your budget and comfort needs. If you do opt for the tent, make sure you have put up at least once before, its frustrating trying to erect a tent for the first time in the middle of a festival site, in the dark!
- Sleeping Bag – At any time of the year it can be cold in BC. Never underestimate the climate, especially if heading to the Rockies. Remember to throw a good sleeping back in with the rest of your gear. If its not warm enough you may be lucky and find a vendor selling shawls such as these One Leaf Designs that’ll keep you warm.
- Sunglasses – If you’re going to be spending a weekend outside at a festival, a good pair of sunglasses is required. Actually bring more than one pair as there’s every chance the first pair will get lost or broken, in fact you should expect it to so leave your expensive ones at home!
- Money – Not all BC festivals will have ATMs on site, and even i they do they often run out of money. Always being enough money to last you the full weekend. Remember that there’s usually interesting vendors at festivals who will happily take your money in exchange for some unique clothing and other festival essentials.
- Friends – The best festivals are those spent with friends. So do your best to convince as many friends as possible to come along with you. Guaranteed you’ll be talking about the event for a long time afterwards.
To get yourself ready for all of the BC festivals, make sure you have somewhere to safe to keep your money, keys, and phone. Take a moment to check out the waist packs and leg holsters from One Leaf, they have designs to suit everyone and for a great price!