The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and music festival season is upon us! Living in Atlanta, there are a lot of great music festivals and outside concerts on the weekends. My husband and I love music, and we’ve attended a lot of music festivals and concerts. The first one on our list this year was Sweetwater 420 Fest. (No camping for this festival thankfully). However, this was the first time for me attending a music festival pregnant. So, I made sure I was fully prepared. Here’s my list of must-have items to bring with you to your next music festival (whether you’re pregnant or not):
- Reusable Water Bottle: If you’re going to take anything from this post, remember to STAY HYDRATED. Most music festivals do not let you bring outside food or drink into the festival but will let you bring an empty water bottle to fill up at their water filling stations inside. I was constantly refilling my water bottle with water & Powerade (splurged to get some electrolytes) to stay hydrated! Here’s a cute reusable bottle that keeps your water cold!
- Sunscreen + Insect Repellent: Protecting your skin with at least SPF 30 is important because you don’t want to get sunburnt on day one and be miserable for the rest of the festival! Also, music festivals are prone for you getting bug bites since you’re outside and sitting on grass. I love this Avon Skin-So-Soft SPF 30 + Bug Guard. It’s PABA-free and DEET-free, contains vitamin E and aloe, and has a nice gentle breeze scent. Perfect 2-in-1 so less to carry!
- Blanket/ Towel: Let’s face it grass can get itchy and muddy, so having a blanket or towel to put down to sit on during or in between performances is a life saver. Also, just having a designated space saved just for you to relax is helpful as well. If you’re like me, you need your space at times to relax, so I always bring a blanket or towel to put down. This one is super cute and lightweight to fold up and fit in your bag!
- Foldable Chair: This little fold up chair was a life saver for my back! Many festivals don’t allow you to bring actual chairs into the festival, but this little seat rolls up with a handle and is small and light, so it’s easy to carry around and looks like a mat rather than a chair. You just unroll it, plop it down on your towel or blanket, and boom you got yourself a seat with a back!
- Sunglasses: I’ll admit that I’m team Ray Ban. I’m obsessed with my Ray Bans and love these round, hippie style sunglasses. Whether you’re loyal to a specific brand or just wanting to try out a new style, make sure to keep your eyes protected from the sun and wear sunglasses!
- Small Backpack: Most music festivals have a size limit when it comes to the backpack you’re allowed to bring. But in my opinion, it’s a lot easier to have a backpack to throw on your back and carry around than a purse. Plus backpacks have more pockets for organizing your items! I lucked up and found my favorite festival backpack at a local thrift store, but this one on Amazon is very similar to the one I found and is super cute with lots of storage pockets!
- Picture Keeper Connect: If you don’t take a picture and post it on social media, did you really go to the music festival?! Music festivals are for making memories and capturing those moments! The worst is when your smartphone runs out of storage when you’re about to snap that perfect picture. I love the Picture Keeper Connect because no wifi or data is needed. You just plug it in to your phone, back up your photos and videos on to the Connect, and then can delete them off your phone to free up space knowing their safe & secure on the Connect device. Use code Mom17 to get 40% OFF!
- Rain Jacket: Music festival season starts in Spring, so you just never know what the weather may be like. I always bring along a rain jacket or poncho and rain boots Keep them in the car or your hotel until they’re needed to free up space in your bag! I love my rain jacket from Columbia. It’s insulated, so it keeps me dry and warm and has pockets in the inside where I store my phone. This rain jacket comes in different colors and just happens to be on sale!
- Supportive Shoes: Music festivals seem to have become trendy places to make fashion statements, but at the end of the day, your feet and body will thank you if you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. It’s a lot of dancing, standing and walking, so those wedge heels aren’t the most reasonable option if you want to survive the weekend. I love these Yoga Mat sandals by Sketchers, they’re so comfy, supportive and lightweight.
With all of these items packed and prepped, I survived my first music festival pregnant! Thank you Sweetwater420 Fest for an amazing weekend!
And thank you to my favorite band, Widespread Panic, for two unbelievable shows! Little Lilly loves jammin’ out to the music already!