Workplace wellness

What You Need to Have in Your Festival Survival Kit

Posted by Cassandra Popescu on July 04, 2019
music festival crowd

The summertime heat means festival season is here in full swing! For those of us working the festival circuit, our schedules are full of events bringing incredible live experiences to music fans. As exciting as it can be, the long days in the sun can take a negative toll on your body and mind. Whether it’s your first time working a festival and you’re wondering how to prepare, or you’re a seasoned professional looking to take better care of yourself, make sure you have these items on hand.


Pick out your most stylish fanny pack, and fill it with the essential festival survival kit!



Something that seems so obvious can be easily forgotten. You certainly can’t deliver your best performance, or assist with matters backstage when you’re dealing with a painful sunburn. Even if you don’t get sunburnt, and you’re blessed with a beautiful tan, sunscreen is still necessary for keeping your skin safe. Find one that sprays on and is resistant to sweat so you can stay covered all day.


Water Bottle

You’re likely going to be surviving on a lot of coffee (and some adult beverages) throughout festival weekends, which will dehydrate you in the heat. It can be easy to forget to drink water when you’re running around on-site, so pack a small, foldable water bottle to carry around with you all day.


Protein Bars/Granola

If you’re doing a lot of physically laborious work on-site, you’re going to need regular snacks to keep you fueled. Packing healthy options like protein bars and granola will provide for some easy snacking that won’t result in any junk food crashes.


Ear Plugs

For music professionals at any time of the year, ear plugs are crucial. Pop a few in a case and keep them in your bag so your hearing is always protected.



Band-aids will likely be available at a medical tent or in a production office, but it’s a good idea to have them on you in case you need one right away. Bonus points if you throw in a small travel sized first aid kit to help you clean and disinfect scratches before you cover them up.


Hand Sanitizer & Wet Wipes

As magical as festivals can be, they can also be pretty gross. You’ll want to have hand sanitizer and wet wipes available at all times.


Extra Socks

If you’re constantly gigging and working events every weekend, chances are you’re going to encounter a little bit (or a lot) of rain. Your shoes will be drenched, and there’s nothing like the slight discomfort of wet socks to make your job just a little bit harder. When this happens, you’ll thank your past self for thinking ahead.


Looking for more wellness tips from the lens of a music worker? We’ve got you covered with blogs every #SelfCareSunday to help you navigate physical and mental health in creative industries. For more resources, register with Unison for free to access our Counselling & Health Solutions for Canadian music-makers.