2021 Festival Season Guide
21 Festival Season items that will make your weekend epic
As summer kicks in full steam, so is our 2021 Festival Season. Many festival veterans like myself, more commonly known as “Degenerates”, can pack for a weekend in under an hour, and never feel unprepared. But, for those new comers into our ridiculously awesome scene, a bit of guidance is needed to ensure they bring all their essentials.
Don’t expect to find that guidance here.
This list isn’t for the essentials. I’ll do that next week when last nights buzz finally wears off. This list, is for those EXTRA fans of EDM music & festivals. You know, the ones that have a good job or….irresponsibly abuse their credit cards cause it’s basically “free money”. Can’t lie, i’m one of them, and I don’t regret a damn thing about the millions of ridiculous things I’ve brought to a festival. When you see a neighbor or passing stranger smile or throw you props, it makes it all worth it. So, you silly assholes, lets get started with 21 Festival Season Items that are completely unnecessary, but will definitely add that extra dash of wickedness your life needs.
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WARNING: EDM Daycare will not be held responsible for your ridiculous amazon prime habits. But we will take all the cred for the awesome summer you’re about to have.
1. Ball Pit
These are life. Buy a pool, and a fill it up with these classic ball pit balls. This will instantly make your camp chill HQ, early levels of legendary. It’s INCREDIBLY comfy, the balls are cool and comforting as they lightly cover you, and the colorful mix is fun as hell to look at.
The balls are definitely not cleaned and are probably full of bacteria, but, so was that slice of zah you ate off the floor yesterday cause you were too day drunk.
In the beautiful labyrinths of tent cities, privacy is golden. You can use natural foliage, your tents, or even your car. But, that’s lame. Tapestries are the way to go. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re light, easy to use, and have multiple uses. Ranging from $10-$25, these art pieces can turn any campsite into a living space.
3. Bubble Machine
Sunset Music Festival 2014. I saw a kid with a battery powered bubble machine pouring the simplest but ever so beautiful bubbles out into the sky. Benassi was playing. Lazers were distorting through bubbles, and f**k was it an iconic festival moment for me.
Buy one of these bad boys & place outside your squads area to give off oodles of good vibes & a welcoming aura.
4. Candy from your childhood…. Lots of it
Whether you need to keep your mouth occupied for one of many reasons, need a juicy snack while you’re out and about, or if you love making strangers smile… CANDY, is the solution.
Buy some of your favorite candies from your childhood, and give them out or eat them yourself! A few bucks of candy could potentially create HUNDREDS of smiles. So. Why the f**k not, right?
5. Card Games
Is it after the last set & you’re legs feel like jello? After-partying might not be the activity for you. BUT. Chilling around campsite and playing card games is right up your alley.
So we recommend having some sort of card game to get the group being silly & weird. Preferably, something adult rated.
6. Inflatable Furniture
A camping essential is a chair. A Festival non-essential that will make your weekend dope… is an inflatable sofa or other furniture.
Sorry capital one, but this weekend is going to NOT kill my back or ruin my shorts from sitting on the floor. Snag one or two of these inflatables to see how it feels to camp like the kings….or… anyone with like, $40. Nothing is better than a comfortable sofa after a full day of dancing in a festival.
7. Anker Battery Packs
“Just don’t use your phone for a few days. Enjoy the moment bro”
F**k you. I wore a speedo on Day 2, and I want instagram to see it. I refuse to have a dead phone at a festival. So of course, battery packs. But no, not just any battery pack will do. Anker, by far, has NEVER let me down.
Drop a few bones on one of these, and your phone will have 5-10 charges for your weekend & travels. Also, they come with LED lights usually, and some, even charge your phone 2-3 times faster than your average wall charger. Do NOT skimp out and just buy the Anker brand. I’ve seen it multiple times where the economic options, straight up shit on someone when they need it most.
8. Glow Balloons
Sadly, most festivals don’t allow fire at the camp sites or allow you to build light poles. SO, the next best thing is glow balloons.
These simple but effective little guys can really dress up a campsite at night, while functionally, providing tons of subtle light.
The hangover cure from the Rage Gods themselves. I didn’t know babies got hang overs, but apparently, they rage f**king face so often, Bill Nye made them a cure for the morning after. Snag these before every fest and sip through the day or at night. It’s probably healthier than titty milk & keeps you in rage mode longer than that water stuff does.
Buy one container • Per Person • Per Day
Most festivals have these bad ass oxygen creating machines called trees. Two of these trees plus a hammock. Create one of the most incredible views and relaxations spots you can ever imagine.
Snag yourself a hammock, light a jay and/or crack a beer, and enjoy the vibes.
11. Bubble Gun
Guns kill. Right?
Not these. These make bubbles.
Bubbles make people smile.
People smiling more is good.
Ok, this isn’t another episode of Always Sunny. But, I DO, recommend you buy some bubble guns & some extra soap formula to enhance your next festival.
12. Laser Machine
Nothing screams unnecessary dopeness like a slightly professional laser machine at your campsite. Blare it over your area to always find your way home, or throw an after party. But a laser machine of any size will be take a weekend from LIT… to LIT FAM.
13. Diffraction Glasses for Gifts
Those magical little diffraction glasses, when you find the right deal, are actually INCREDIBLY cheap.
Parallel to that, they are also, INCREDIBLY f**king cool. Whether you’ve ingested some visually enhancing substances or not, these make every light and laser 18 times more cool. So buy a huge pack and give them out all festival long. Your efforts will be appreciated more than you know.
Also. The good karma will come in handy later in life. Promise.
14. Silly Costumes
I get it. Looking good at Coachella is almost like….law.
JK. I don’t get it. I refuse to be anything NEAR normal when it comes to festivals. Buy a solid outfit and watch the good times begin. People laugh, dance battles commence, and overall, greatness ensues.
Be weird & be proud about your weirdness.
15. Air Pouch
Since their inception, these have been popping up at festivals left & right. Just like hammocks, these revolutionized portable comfort.
A few quick swings of your arms and *POOF*, you have comfy seating for you and a person or two.
Be revolutionary. George Washington was…. and look how well he did.
16. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks have been around EDM since day one in the rave scene. They add light & fun colors to any situation. Use them as part of you outfit, to light a path, to make a design, or, as many have seen, for epic drops.
Buy these in bulk, and i’m sure you’ll find endless ideas for them.
17. Mister Fan
Festivals are hot. Simply put.
Mist feels like Jesus whispering sweet nothings and for a few bucks, you can hold that power in you’re freaking hand! Cool yourself and neighbors down with one of these puppies. I guarantee people will bow down in appreciation at least a dozen times over the course of a weekend.
18. Big Manual Pump
Remember all those dope inflatables? Well. If you plan to blow those up with lung power, also plan to be light headed until the headliners. Dumbass.
Invest in one of these monster pumps to inflate your gear in under 60 seconds, instead of 60 minutes.
19. Ciggarette Holder
I don’t about you, but being silly is fun. This here is the best damn way to do so, and suck in that yummy smoke we all enjoy.
Look like you hate dalmatians & be the classiest bitch in the crowd.
20. Camel Back
Although this is a true essential, I had to list it anyways. Personally, I only drink beer at a festival because I don’t trust that water stuff “Do you see what it does to metal?”. So personally, I don’t use these…BUT, I do suggest these.
Hydration is key while at these things, and having water on your back, at all times, LITERALLY saves lives.
21. Big Bluetooth Speaker
F**k festival items, these things are pretty much a must have LIFE item. No, i’m not talking about your little, water proof, pocket sized speaker. I’m talking about a f((king party in a box.
Personally, I keep on of these in my car at ALL times and am ALWAYS ready for a party. I’ve been using the brand Block Rocker since Spring Break of 2009 and haven’t looked back. These will not only play music that can be heard 4 campsites over, but they’ll play ALL weekend long, charge your electronics, and depending on the right one, even provide party lighting.