So festival season is finally upon us and I thought I would celebrate with a post on how to prepare for them!

Festivals are usually three to four days long, and so you need to plan every detail ahead if you don't want to go back and forth from the grocery store once you are there!

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Sun set over the main stage at Coachella in 2011

For the food:

Definitively have a cooler, it will be your best friend during those four days and will keep all your food fresh and delicious. Buy a nice cooler because you do not want to get food poisoning at a festival!

My favorite foods to bring at festivals are:

Fruit: you can never go wrong with fruit! It's delicious and highly hydrating which is extremely important when you spend four days in an open field under the sun! I love to bring pineapple, watermelon, pears, and apples.

Vegetables: tomatoes an lettuce are great because you can throw them into any sandwiches or just eat them on the side. Carrots are also a great vegetable to have as it can be paired with almost anything!

Dairies: bring cheese, it is the perfect food for festivals as it can be put in delicious quesadillas or just in plain old sandwiches. I always bring milk to festivals as I love to eat cereals in the morning because they are an easy and healthy breakfast!

Dry goods: you can really bring anything you want for dry goods but here are some of my advices. Bring snacks, such as chips or pretzels, trust me you will eat all of them! Bring some peanut butter, jelly, or Nutella, for fast sandwiches if you are a little hungry. Don't forget the bread and flat bread for sandwiches, wraps, and quesadillas. And  finally bring some cereals if you are a cereal lover, like me.

Other food to bring: cold cuts for your sandwiches. Sauces, such as mayo, ketchup, and barbecue sauce. Hummus because it is the perfect festival snack: fast and delicious. Finally bring chocolate, crackers, and marshmallows for s'mores.

Drinks: bring lots lots lots of water. Most festivals recommend to bring 3 gallons of water a day for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Also it is good to have Gatorade or Powerade, which contain a lot of electrolytes and will help you recover in the morning. Finally, I always bring milk for my breakfasts but you can bring any other drink you want!

Of course this list can change depending on what kind of festival you are going to and what kind of cooking supply you have access to. You will be able to buy food at most festivals but there is nothing like the satisfaction of cooking your own meal on a campfire or grill and sharing it with all your friends!

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For clothes and shoes:

I usually bring one or two sun dresses, perfect for a hot afternoon when you want to feel comfortable while remaining elegant. I usually also bring two or three pairs of shorts and three or four t-shirts because you never know if you will need an extra pair, and you can never go wrong with shorts and a t-shirt. Bring a warm sweater, long pants, and a scarf. Nights can get cold, and you don't want to be freezing in your tent. Finally bring extra underwear and socks, you can never have too many of them!

IMG_1263For shoes I believe you only need three pairs: a good pair of rain boots (mine are Hunter boots, extremely resistant and very fashionable), a pair of old sneakers, and a pair of flip flops. You can of course bring any kind of shoes you want but I believe these three pairs will allow you to pack lightly and will prepare you for any occasion and weather condition!

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For bathroom supplies:

In addition to your toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant, there are a few other things you absolutely need to survive at a festival. The first one is baby wipes. They will become your best friend, as most festivals do not have showers, and if they do you do not always want to use them... But if there are showers and they are clean, don't forget your shampoo, body wash, and face wash! Also bring extra toilet paper, porta potties usually have toilet paper but they usually run out towards the end of the day! The last essential things to have in your bathroom kits are sunscreen, allergy medicines (if, like me, you are constantly attacked by pollen), and bug spray. IMG_1269

For your camping supplies (and other fun stuff):

Of course you do not want to forget your tent! Bring a tarp to put under it to avoid the humidity of the morning dew. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and sheets to set up a comfortable bed. You can also bring some fun toys to have during the festival such as glow sticks, a yoga mat, tiki torches, or a hula hoop.

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These are all my suggestions to prepare for a festival. There are, of course, many other things you can do depending on your budget and the kind of festival you are going to!

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