Festival season is upon us. It’s the summer of 2019 and music festivals are entering full swing. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock – to be celebrated with a festival in late August.
And you might have noticed that it seems like the whole country is kinda feeling the vibe. Tie die is everywhere you look so are wide leg pants and floral patterns, and music festivals are at their peak.
There’s a festival for every type of music and every type of vibe, but one thing they pretty much all have in common is you’ll be standing A LOT. That brings us to this list of festival essentials, from shoes that will keep your feet from aching to the bags that will hold all your necessities, this list has you covered.
These sandals were seriously made for festivals, and they’re some of the cutest Chacos we’ve seen yet. From fun floral patterns to funky tie dye, these will definitely fit in with your festival attire. Plus, they’re one of the absolute best sandals to wear to a festival if you’re looking for all day support and comfort during all that standing and walking! And if it rains? Not a problem! Non-leather Chacos are totally waterproof!
Photos by Channing Huskey
Woodstock Chacos aren’t your style? that’s okay! We recommend any style of Chaco for festival season, and there’s lots more to choose from!
These classic Velcro sandals are the ultimate festival shoe. They’re not to expensive, so you won’t worry as much about ruining them. They’ve got an ultra-cushy footbed that’s super comfy to stand on, but they don’t offer the arch support you’ll find in a Chaco.
They come in tons of fun patterns and styles. And if you’re feeling even more daring, we carry a flatform version of them as well that are super popular among festival-goers.
We’ve seen Blundstone boots popping up quite a bit at festivals lately, and with good reason! These boots are created to look rugged and withstand the elements, so you’re not going to worry too much if they get muddy or worn in. Just adds to the character!
These Chelsea style boots are a great option if you’re looking for an edgier festival look, or if you just really hate the idea of having your toes stepped on in sandals!
As much as we’d like for every festival to be full of sunshine, that’s just not always the case. Sometimes it rains at festivals. Sometimes there’s lots of mud from previous rain, but the show must go on! That’s where Hunter rain boots come in. It’s always good to have a pair just in case.
They’ll keep your feet clean and protected as you fearlessly trek onward through the mud pits, and when you get home, you can just hose them off. There are some things sandals just can’t do for you.
It’s not hard to see why fanny packs have made a comeback. They’re essentially the perfect festival accessory, big enough to hold all the necessities but small enough to not get in the way. You’ll be amazed by how much you can fit in the Cotopaxi fanny packs. An added benefit? You can wear them pretty much however you want doesn’t have to be around the waist.
What makes Cotopaxi unique? The majority of their bags are made from remnant fabric, which gives you tons of bold and unique color combos. No two bags are the same!
First things first, double check your festivals rules to ensure that metal water bottles are allowed. Some have been banning them recently, and it’s a BUMMER, we know. But if they’re allowed, BRING. THE. HYDRO. FLASK. You’ll thank yourself when you’re sipping ice cold water hours after you filled it up.
Pro tip: you can even pour your drinks in these to keep them colder than a koozie ever could. The Pro-Grade stainless steel prevents flavor transfer, so no need to worry about filling it up with water after.
Maybe fanny packs aren’t your thing or you need more room than they can provide. If that’s the case, we recommend the Chaco Sling Pack. They’re similar to the Kavu Rope Bags, but we might like them just a tad more.
Benefits: You can adjust the strap to go over either shoulder, they have a built-in phone holder on the front of the strap, and there’s a hidden pocket in the back panel to hide your valuables.
These are great for that mid-day festival heat. Once you wet one of these, they’ll stay cool for hours. When they dry out, simply rewet them to instantly regain the cooling effect. You can wear it around your neck or tie it around your head. Whatever works to keep you cool!
They come in a variety of different sizes, and they’re super affordable.