5 Packing List Must-Haves for your best Summer Festival

Camping gear, costumes and cold drinks are always the priority on a festival packing list, but sometimes it’s the tiny things we forget that cause the most strife. Gratitude Migration Art Director and Festival Fashion Fiend Debra Tigerlily Lin gives us her six festival fashion tips for beach accessories that will make or break your Summer Dream, Burning Man, or any festival in between.

Bring Sunglasses. Lots of them.

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

Bring many pairs. I lost all three of mine last year within the first two days – and I don’t lose things. Don’t worry about designer labels – sunglasses are for accessory shops, gas stations, and nice men at the side of the road with stands with funny mirrors on them.

Shoes Aren’t A Stupid Idea.

 
Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

 

Yes, it’s a beach and yes, the sand feels nice between your toes, but the sand gets very hot in the daytime and you’ll be glad those flip flops were in your bag and not back at camp while your soles burn like they’re at Tony Robbins camp.

Protect Your Face.

Photo by Tico Chango, featuring Debra Tigerlily Lin

Photo by Tico Chango, featuring Debra Tigerlily Lin

Wide brimmed hats are always in fashion and protect your face from the glaring July sun. For bonus points, go for a parasol – they’re beautiful, a great canvas for art; and super useful when it comes to keeping your skin smooth and cancer-free. Misters are also a great way to cool down your skin during the day - just fill a spritz bottle with some water, add in some lavender oil or mint, and voila - an instant portable air conditioner!

Carrying Stuff is Handy.

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Don’t forget your playabelt! A holster that can be used to attach things (think reusable cutlery and cups; a water bottle; smokes or whatever else you need on your journeys across festival grounds) is perfect for the playa or hELLO Beach; but you can also use a fanny pack, harness or anything else that can attach multiple items and look great at the same time.

Consciousness is Sexy.

Reusable water bottles and carry cups are THE summer accessory. Loop a scarf through the hook of your Kleen Kanteen or invest in a Camelback so you’re always hydrated and the waterways stay plastic-free.