Survival guide for this festival season

6 August 2018

As summer gets closer, the festival season starts – from the dusty grounds of Oppikoppi to Das Oktoberfest, Aardklop and Rocking the Daisies, we give you a complete list of festival essentials to ensure you’re more than ready for the festivities.

Festival basics

You’ll need the basics like lip-ice, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and boots, but you’ll also need a travel-size hand sanitiser, deodorant and dry shampoo (that can all fit in your cross body bag). And remember your warm jacket! As winter turns to a close, the nights are still chilly. Packing the multi-purpose Outdoorphoto Wrap is certainly a festival must-have.

Photograph taken at a festival by Joey Thomson.

Camera equipment to pack

Benro’s Mini Tripod/Selfie Stick combo for smartphones is a must! It includes GoPro and smartphone adapters with a Bluetooth remote for quickly capturing spontaneous moments. Lomography disposable film cameras are on-trend at the moment. They’re really easy to use and fun to enjoy after the party while you’re waiting for those photos to be developed and memories relived.

The GoPro HERO, in combination with the GoPro El Grandé Extension Pole, is the perfect combo for the partygoer who wants to capture quality footage without worrying about protecting “sensitive” gear.

The serious photographers and videographers are going to need high-quality gear like the Nikon D850 DSLR camera. The Zhiyun-Tech Smooth 4 Smartphone Handheld Gimbal Stabiliser is perfect for vloggers who want to livestream the festival. Film enthusiasts will enjoy the look (and high ISO) of Kodak’s Professional T-Max P3200 film. It’s absolutely perfect for those spontaneous photo opportunities. (Wipe away dust with Zeiss cleaning wipes.) Pack all of your photo gear, accessories and other essentials into the spacious Lowepro Photo Hatchback BP 250 AW II.

Photograph taken at a festival by Ana Grave.

Camping essentials

Besides the camping necessities like tents and blankets; a small, portable Walkstool is the perfect solution for sore feet that just can’t walk anymore. Torches are a must, but why not try the pocket-sized LitraTorch LED Light that has an 80° beam angle and can withstand drops up to 1.2m? Don’t forget a few rolls of toilet paper, ‘cause you’ll be surprised at how many uses it has once you’re at the festival! And seriously, don’t forget the cooler box and ice! Throw all of these essentials together with an emergency kit in a Sea To Summit Dry Bag and you’re ready for the party.

What NOT to bring:

Too much stuff! The truth is you probably won’t use half of the stuff you take along. So leave the gazebo, perfume and mirrors at home. Also, please don’t be that person who brings lanterns or fireworks!

Note: Unless you have a drone license, don’t fly it! Instead, use the handheld PolarPro Katana Pro to harness the power of your Mavic Air camera and gimbal while shooting on the ground.

Photograph taken at a festival by Krists Luhaers.

About the Author:

Wouda McMicken spends her work days as part of the driven Outdoorphoto team. She enjoys photography, especially with her treasured Nikon Film camera.

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