* Must-have items to help you survive your next festival or outdoor party
* Keep cool and comfy all day (and night)
* Choose from portable chargers, protein bars, water bottles and more
With summer in full swing, that can only mean one thing: it’s finally festival season. After attending a Chevy Centennial party at Stagecoach last month, I came to the (now obvious) conclusion that spending hours under the sweltering sun can be a drag — especially if you aren’t prepared.
The event celebrated 100 Years of Chevy trucks, and as we partied in the desert next to celebs like Olivia Culpo and Kellan Lutz, while eating the best barbecue, sipping drinks and then — suddenly — experiencing an off-road obstacle course featuring Chevy’s Colorado ZR2, we realized two very important things: you’ll want to make sure you’re ready for the heat — and ready for whatever the party throws at you.
If you have tickets to one of the many festivals this summer, or just got an invite to an outdoor party, here are 10 items you’ll want to have on hand.
1. NuFazes Clear Backpack
Keep your belongings in sight and out in the open with this extremely economical clear backpack. The clear see-thru design makes it easier to go through security, and the large main compartment with two bonus zippered pockets have enough storage space to keep everything you need.
2. Botanica Hawaiian Coconut Sunscreen
Protect your skin against harmful UV rays while adding a little scent of Hawaiian coconuts with this Alba Botanica spray. SPF 50 helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature signs of aging. If you’re going to be spending hours upon hours in the hot sun, you’ll want to have this spray can handy.
3. Printed Moisture-Wicking Bandana
Keep the dust, dirt and grime out of your eyes with this unisex bandana. Featuring a cool stylized print and a smooth polyester design, it’s a must for summer events. Plus, this bandana actually helps soak up excess moisture so you can stay dry longer.
4. SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Flat Lenses
Cool mirrored shades made for both men and women, these flat lenses feature sturdy metal frames and come in 12 vibrant colors. Plus, they offer UV400 protection for your eyes. And at such a low price point, you won’t break the bank if they get scratched or lost.
5. DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection
For when it gets too loud (or when you suddenly find yourself a bit too close to the bass speakers), these handy earplugs are a festival must. The unique bell shape makes them extra easy to pop in and out of your ears, and the durable case helps keep them safe when not in use.
6. DJDesigns Custom Glow In The Dark Adjustable Flat Bill
Keep the sun out of your eyes with this stylish (and practical) flat bill. With a comfortable, one-size-fits-all design, it sports a cotton and polyester build. And as an added bonus, it’s also glow-in-the-dark so your friends can always find you in the crowd at night.
7. Simple Drink BPA Free Metal Insulated Water Bottle
Keep hydrated with this BPA-free water bottle and thermos flask. With a premium stainless steel build and a convenient, wide-mouth design, these water bottles are great for festival outings. They’re also 100% leak and sweat-proof.
8. Amazon Essentials Men’s Full-Zip Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt
Lightweight, comfy and available in four fun colors, it’s always good to bring a zip-up hoodie along in case it gets cold. Fully machine washable, this hoodie comes with a drawstring at the hood and is 52% cotton and 48% polyester for a cozy blend.
9. RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar, Variety Pack, All Flavors
Keep energized with this awesome assortment of protein bars. No sugar, no gluten, no soy or dairy — just 12 power-packed grams of egg protein and roughly 200 calories in each bar. Best of all, each pack comes with 12 bars, which should be enough for you and your friends…and their friends.
10. Design Go Twin Power Bank
You don’t want your phone to die as soon as your favorite artist takes the stage. That’s why having a portable charger is a must. This small charger packs a powerful punch with a 4400mah capacity that’s able to charge any smartphone or tablet in a jiffy.