A festival items packing list is something you’ve probably already put in place if this won’t be your first time at Sziget. You know – by your own experience – what essential festival items you need to put in your backpack to serve you well during the event.
But if you’re not, take a quick look at the list of items below. They can be helpful in many situations – they can help you sleep, keep you from getting lost and generally make your stay at Sziget more pleasant.
And even if it’s not your first time, you might get some brilliant ideas below, together with the places where you can get them.
For when you actually want to sleep (or do other things that require privacy).
I know, I know, you can buy a basic camping kit right at the festival – but that’s isn’t the most resistant one, to say at least.
One of the must-have festival items, because you want to sleep sometimes. The bass from the Main Stage or the A38, or even the noise made by the couple having fun in the next tent, can keep you awake even when all you want is a few hours of bunk time. With a pair of ear plugs, you will be able to block out the noises around you, and sleep like a baby.
The best place to put all your small valuables. You can carry them around with ease, and you can even sleep with them on you (just make sure not to put anything fragile, like your glasses or your phone) in it. But this fanny pack is perfect for keeping your cash, cards and documents within reach at any time.
A head torch
For the moments when it’s dark, and you need both your hands to be free. A head torch can be an essential item when trying to find your way around your tent.
For when you’re not the only one who needs to find their way around the tent at night. A lantern might not offer the same feeling as a campfire, but when there’s no way to build one, it’s the next best thing.
A first aid kit
Be sure to pack any prescription meds you need to take during the festival, and add all the generics – painkillers, band-aid, disinfectant and so on. The first aid kit is also the perfect place to store your spare glasses or contacts.
Never leave home without your toothbrush, razor and sanitary wipes. The first two are on the essential items list, as no matter how great the festival feeling would be, you’ll still want to be well-groomed and good-smelling. The sanitary wipes can have many uses – they can double as a hand sanitizer, toilet paper, or even deodorant.
For the sunny days you’ll spend on the Sziget Beach. It’s not easy to keep your burnt skin untouched on such a crowded island. Just make sure to choose the right value sunscreen for your skin.
Speaking of sunny days – heat stroke is not a joke. Better keep your head covered.
Or anything else you prefer to protect yourself from rain. August is mostly sunny and dry in Hungary, but Budapest is not the Sahara – rain can happen anytime, so better have a poncho (as umbrellas are not allowed, anyway) for those moments.
A solar charger
Because power outlets can be hard to come by at a music festival. A solar charger can take care of your phone’s energy needs while you sleep and get charged while you’re partying.
An air bed
Because sometimes even the sweetest sleep is disrupted by the hard floor underneath, an air bed can be great. Not to mention that having fun feels much better on a soft, bouncy surface. Besides, it can even double as a raft if the Danube decides to attend the Sziget Festival…
A disposable urinal
Because even when you are in need, you shouldn’t forget the essential rules of hygiene, this resealable disposable urinal should prove extremely useful.
An essential festival items kit
Many of the above essential items are included in this kit – you might want to take a look.
What’s on your packing list?
A shout out to those at their second, third or umpteenth Sziget Festival: what essential items are on your packing list? What are the must pack items first time Sziget visitors should not leave home without?