The excitement of buying tickets to one (or more!) amazing summer yoga festivals wears off fast when the stress of figuring out how to pack and prepare sets in. A proper packing list can make or break your yoga fest experience, so get ready to take some serious notes as you go through our complete packing guide for yoga festivals.
Beat the sun
Part of the yoga festival experience includes spending hours outside in the hot summer sun, so you’ll want to bring sweat-proof sunscreen with at least SPF 30. I’m obsessed with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer because it’s long lasting and has that barely-there feel. If you want a mineral based option that is free of biologically harmful chemicals, check out Thinksport sunscreen.
A large-brim sun hat is another must. It’ll keep the sun off your face and scalp and help you stay burn-free throughout the festival.
Another way to beat the sun is to dress accordingly. Yoga shorts and cropped pants will be your best friends to keep you cool. To stay covered and comfy pack one or two pairs of Thai harem yoga pants.
I cannot stress the importance of staying hydrated enough. Bring your favorite water bottle and keep filling it up. The more hydrated you are, the more you will be able to enjoy your time at the festival. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of dehydration so you can tell if you haven’t been drinking enough.
In addition to hydration, it’s important to fuel your body with healthy foods. While most festivals boast a large selection of food vendors, pack your favorite snacks such as energy bars just in case. These come in handy if you get hungry between meals.
Know your needs
Chances are you’ve already packed your yoga mat, but what about props? Yoga props are hard to come by in festival classes; there are too many people for the teachers to provide everyone with modifications.
If you know that blocks, straps, or other props are necessary for your practice, pack them! A yoga festival is a chance to deepen your practice—knowing what your body needs and supporting your body is a great place to start.
Be location minded
Every yoga festival has its own location-based factors to take into account when packing. Are you going to be camping and showering at the festival? Then pack a towel and shower supplies. Is there a body of water? Bring a bathing suit. Heading to an area that’s known for summer rains? Don’t forget to pack a lightweight raincoat.
For most locations I recommend bringing some extra layers in case it gets cool at night. Make sure you know the local climate (hot, dry, windy, rainy, etc.) and think about how that could affect your packing list.
A few other items to throw in your bag
While I’ve covered most of the necessities above, you’ll want to remember these extra goodies. Bring a photo ID and your ticket to get into the festival. Business cards are also a great idea since yoga festivals are an ideal place to socialize and network. Don’t forget a pen and journal for taking notes. Bring some mala beads to stay centered and accessorize with spiritual jewelry.
In addition to your suitcase you’ll want to pack a day bag or backpack to carry things like your water bottle, snacks, and mat during the festival. For a lightweight option, consider using a fitness money belt for carrying your essentials around. If you are sensitive to sound or planning to sleep in a bustling campground, pack earplugs. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can capture the many magical moments that are bound to ensue!
Did we miss anything? What do you pack when you go to yoga festivals? Let us know in the comments below.