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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

So earlier this week, Ace and I shared our Hangout Festival playlist with you all. Now maybe you’ll be out at Gulf Shores like us or perhaps you’re hitting the road to Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Essence Music Festival, Lollapalooza or one of the many amazing summer festivals. Either way you’ll probably need to pack a few items and I’ve got you covered with some music festival essentials.

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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

Sunscreen

Talk about essential. Everyone needs sunscreen and this includes my melanated friends. A bad sun burn can ruin the rest of your trip. I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen in SPF 70 for my face.It sits flawlessly under makeup without giving you that weird blue cast. For the rest of my body, my go-to is the Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls that does get burnt, I recommend Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Sun Care After Sun Lotion.

Portable Power Bank

If you’re going in a group there’s a likely chance that not everyone will want to see the same sets. I personally think you should have a festival buddy. But in case you plan on wondering off. I would suggest a portable power bank to charge your phone in case it dies before you can link back up with your squad. There are plenty on the market, but I purchased the
Polanfo 12000mAh Portable External Power Bank last year when my old Samsung S6 had the battery life of a yawn. I recently upgraded, but I’m still packing the power bank.

Beach blanket

Many festivals don’t allow you to bring in chairs, so I would recommend a blanket. I ordered one of these really cool round beach throws from Zulilly, but of course it didn’t ship on time.

Water Bottle

This is not a game people. Hydrate! Between the heat, the dancing, sweating and the booze, it is so easy to get dehydrated. If you’re camping, buy gallons of spring water to have handy. Otherwise make sure you have a stainless steel refillable water bottle or even consider bringing a Camelbak (if they are allowed).

Body wipes

Sometimes you just need a little refresh. I’m a big fan of the Pacifica Deodorant Wipes because they have coconut milk and essential oils. The wipes are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. I went to Target and purchased the travel size version, but I love these for after the gym or a workout. Some old-school baby wipes will also do the trick.

Mini Bottle Of Hand Sanitizer

Since we’re on the topic of hygiene. Let’s talk about port-o-potties. They are gross, but you have to just suck it up. For these instances, make sure you have some hand sanitizer.

Meds

In addition to any medication you regularly take, think about packing some Advil or Tylenol. I feel like I read somewhere once that immunity boosters like Emergen-C and Airborne don’t actually work. It doesn’t matter, I will not let anything have me down and out for the festival so I plan on packing some Airborne for a little extra dose of Vitamin C.

Optional: Flower crown

Listen…I’m that girl. Flower crowns are on everyone’s festival bingo. Forever 21 usually has a good selection or you can DIY your own with a few supplies from the craft store. I found some other great options on Amazon as well.

Obviously, your list will include some additional items, but these are some music festival essentials I stand by. Do you have any items that are must haves for you? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Dutty Wine in the Rain: Festival Style

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.

Live Reggae, wine and Jamaican jerk food makes for a perfect Sunday Funday. The second annual SC Reggae, Jerk & Wine Festival brought Jamaica lovers out to Magnolia Plantation on August 30th, and I was right there with them. Not even a few hours of rain could ruin the festivities. By “few” hours I mean 6. LOL, it rained the entire time–but that didn’t stop my inner dancehall queen from hitting the Dutty Wine.
Dutty Wine in the Rain--Palmetto Peaches

What I thought would only be a day of posting to Facebook and trying not to faint in the heat, turned into a day of great food, good vibes and dancing in the rain.

Dutty Wine in the Rain--Palmetto Peaches

Nashonda wrapped my locs to protect them from the rain. You da best.

 

“It’s almost impossible to be in a bad mood when there’s Reggae music playing.” Oh, Nashonda (pictured above), you’re a genius. Naturally, all I could think about is having to walk around in the wet, muddy grass in my Rainbows. #FirstWorldProblems My hopes of frolicking around with my hands in the air were slowly vanishing, but bruh, I was wrong. How can you not dance to reggae music–if it’s a side sway, two-step or full on twerk-off? For the record, I did all three thanks to international Reggae and Soca artist, Kenne Blessin, and Charleston’s own, Dubplates.

I’ve had Jamaican food before, but my life was changed by the Jamaican beef patty in New York almost 10 years ago. However, before I could return to New York to get one of my new favorite dishes–I transitioned to a vegetarian. Well, about 7 years later, the roles have changed again. The delicious beef patty and I were separated until recently. (I had a few love affairs with a grocery store brand, but it was nothing like the first time.)

Dutty Wine in the Rain--The Palmetto Peaches

The amazingly delicious beef patty.

Dutty Wine in the Rain--The Palmetto Peaches

What’s a festival without funnel cake?

Dutty Wine in the Rain--The Palmetto Peaches

Look at bae aka Jerk chicken.

Side note: I was being nosy trying to figure out why this delicious food is called “jerk” on a website called The Kitchen Project. Here’s what I learned:

“Jerk cooking experts like native Jamaican and author Helen Willinsky of “Jerk from Jamaica” says that the name Jerk also could have come from the turning of the meat in the marinade or from the way some folks will just jerk a strip from the roast on the BBQ.”

Don’t get it twisted the “wine” in SC Reggae, Jerk & Wine Festival wasn’t for the Dutty Wine; it was for “wine” as in fermented grapes…as in what I use to help calm my nerves. Total Wine reps served up champagne and Riesling realness, along with other favorites, during wine tastings. I heard wine enhances the jerk flavor, but mine didn’t last long enough to prove that theory. Sorry.

Dutty Wine in the Rain--The Palmetto Peaches

Souvenir glass that came in handy for that extra bottle of wine. 🙂

Now that I think about it, this was my first (and possibly last) festival of the summer. WHO AM I?? Music festivals are super fun, but I’d love to go to more culture festivals. Which ones are you looking forward to in the near future? Leave a comment below with the name/location of your favorite culture festival, or tweet me @TheAceAlexa! I’m also interested in hearing about any Jamaican dishes you love. I’m no chef, but Donni is, and she loves me. 🙂

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Kiss Us… We’re Southern

♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day, palmettos and peaches!! ♣

May your pints be filled with Guinness and your whiskey made by Jameson!!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to do a Q&A so that you can get to know us a little better.
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St. Pat’s in Five Points 2015

 

 Donni

What would be the perfect theme song for your typical St. Pat’s celebrations?
Hmm… If I had to pick the song that was most fitting I’d go with “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry. Let’s examine some of the lyrics:
There’s a pounding in my head
This St. Patrick’s Day was an exception. I might become a responsible adult after all.
Glitter all over the room
Well duh, that’s a regular Monday night for me.
Pink flamingos in the pool
It was a kiddie pool, but still…
I smell like a minibar
Don’t act like you’ve never been there before.
DJ’s passed out in the yard
I will neither confirm nor deny that my friend DJ has done this, but those of you who know us know.
It’s a blacked out blur, but I’m pretty sure it ruled
I have a Facebook album with this title. Enough said.

 

Tell us about your most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment?

My most memorable St. Patrick’s Day was the only one I’ve spent without any of my close group of friends, but it’s memorable for a completely different reason than you would think. The first and only St. Patrick’s Day I spent in Tallahassee was so weird for me. I had celebrated (i.e. made some really memorable or questionable moments) St. Pat’s in Columbia for the past four years with some of my closest friends and now I found myself in a completely different environment. Don’t get me wrong – I had fun. I left my shift pushing copies at Staples and met up with a girl in my grad program — who turned into my crazy awesome future roommate. I even met a guy who I ended up dating for a year.

These aren’t the reasons they’re my most memorable. I’m calling it my most memorable because it caused me to open myself up to new people and new experiences. Here I was in a new city and I couldn’t be sad that I wasn’t sharing a yard of green beer with some of my favorite people on the planet. I learned something about myself that day. Traditions are great, but sometimes breaking tradition can be beneficial as well. To be clear — I’ve spent every St. Pat’s since then in Columbia reuniting with my crazy cast of friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, breaking tradition can be beneficial, but so is one weekend with my best friends. Who knows maybe we’ll break tradition by moving the festivities to Savannah next year!

 What’s are three must-have items for a successful St. Pat’s celebration?

  1. Irish Car Bombs (also delicious in cupcake form).
  2. Obnoxious green gear… I’m talking beads and more beads, knee high green socks, fake green mustache, green top hats. (Oh, and glitter because).
  3. Most importantly — friends to celebrate and create new memories with.

Ace

Tell us about your most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment?

The keyword here is “memorable”. My most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment is from 2009. I got back to Columbia from Florida at about 7am on the morning of the festival. I was so excited about life and only needed 2 hours of sleep before sending those “Wake up, let’s drink” texts. Fast forward to a few hours and whole-lotta drinks later, and we’re in Lucky’s. I had a fun conversation with a group of senior citizens (real, 60 something year old senior citizens). I told them I wanted to be like them when I grew up, which basically meant “I still want to drink like this in 40 years!” This is my most memorable moment, because while all this was going down, my extremely intoxicated friend was heading to the drunk tank. Next question, please.

What is your favorite St. Pat’s tradition?

My squad and I created our own St. Patty’s tradition. We try to get together every year, regardless of what city we live in, to celebrate with Irish Car Bombs and early morning pre-gaming. Every year we’ve been able to attend the St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival together, we make it known that the ultimate goal is to survive. By survive I mean, get in and get out…on our own. We’ve had a few MAJOR fails, but for the most part–we pull through! Yes, it’s a tradition to go to the festival, but my favorite tradition is having to actually say “This year, I will survive.”

What’s are three must-have items for a successful St. Pat’s celebration?

  1. A place to sleep
  2. Emergency contact information for your group of friends
  3. Water

 

Leave a comment below with some of your St. Patrick’s Day traditions/memories!

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