How To: Have The Best Festival Road Trip

July 11, 2019

It’s early July so we all know what that means. There are some seriously good festivals coming up to tide us over the winter sadness. To save you that Thursday night (or even worse early Friday morning) packing panic, we’ve laid out our top tips on what to bring for an excellent road trip with your friends.


We’ve all been there. You get in a car ready to smash a playlist carefully curated the week before with your mates, and then you realise your friend’s trailer trash car doesn’t have an AUX input. Or even worse, your phone dies halfway through an absolute banger of a tune and you’ve got no backup plan. So – here’s our three-part tip – pack a portable charger, pack some CDs, and bring a spare AUX cord. You literally can’t go wrong with back up options!

Also, please for the love of all things holy, download your Spotify playlist. Australia is not known for its phone reception.

2. Snacks

What is worse than a sweaty car after hours of travelling and cramped leg room? All of the above, but you also have hangry friends. So be a pal, pack some chippies and a couple of sangas and you’ll all be right as rain (at least for the next couple hours). Also, this way you can save your cash for those overpriced festival beers.

3. The right fashion for the right festival

Where are you headed off to? If it’s to the middle of nowhere for Triple J’s One Night Stand, please remember your winter warmers, including thermals and woollen socks, as you will not be able to duck to your local Westfield once the cold wind hits. If it’s to Splendour in the Grass, you’ll need your best festival Instagram-worthy outfits for the daytime, and then your winter essentials at night. Top tip: a flannel makes a great accessory during the daytime and an absolute necessity at night.

4. Ticket and ID

The last tip is also the most important. There is no point having a banging playlist and the warmest of all socks if you don’t have your ticket and ID. And if it’s a multi-day festival, you can sit outside and wait for your ride back home in the local fish and chips shop while your friends have the time of their lives.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, don’t forget these essentials. And while you’re at it, some accommodation is another essential that you’ll be sorry to forget. We’ve included a list of our top festivals this season along with some handy accommodation options.

We’ll have you smashing shoeies in no time

Spin Off Festival
Adelaide, Adelaide Showground
Friday, 19th July
Tickets: Website
Accommodation: ibis Adelaide

Listen Out
Sydney, Centennial Park
Saturday, 5th October
Tickets: Website
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Square, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney King Street Wharf, ibis Sydney Olympic Park Hotel

Spilt Milk
Canberra, Commonwealth Park
Saturday, 23rd November
Tickets: Website
Accommodation: ibis Styles Canberra, ibis budget Canberra


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