Your Essential RAVE Shopping Guide

There are some essential items that you always need to bring to every rave or music festival. We’re here to help you gather these items so that you don’t have to worry about the little things and can just enjoy the music and the experience.

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Hydration Essentials

Whether the festival is in summer or in winter, staying hydrated should be a top priority. But nothing’s worse than needing to get water in the middle of an awesome set. So make sure to get yourself hydration pack to quench your thirst! And check out the Electrolyte supplements to keep you hydrated too!

Lunchbox Hydration Pack –
The Lunchbox Pack is one of the best hydration packs I’ve ever owned. It was designed by actual ravers, who know exactly what we need when attending music festivals. The water bladder is located at the bottom of the pack and can be refilled through a special side zipper. This way, you don’t have to take the pack completely off and you can just swing it to the side to refill it!

Make sure to use coupon code “GAYALMANAC” at checkout to get a FREE skin for your Lunchbox Pack!

Sojourner Rave Hydration Pack Backpack – 2L Water Bladder –
Sojourner Hydration have really cool designs and multiple sizes of packs. The bigger ones include pockets to store other items.

HAISSKY Running Waist Belt with Water Bottle Holder –
If you don’t want to carry a backpack, you can also get a fanny pack that has a water bottle holder. The HAISSKY brand is the one that we personally use and it’s great when you don’t want something hanging on your body.

Hi Lyte Electrolyte Replacement Tablets for Rapid Rehydration
Hi-Lyte is an all-natural, performance electrolyte supplement that provides the perfect balance of fast-acting electrolytes for rapid rehydration and recovery. It’s not going to replace the need for water, but you won’t get dehyrdated as easily.

Unigear Hydration Pack Backpack with 70 oz 2L Water Bladder

UsHigh Hydration Bladder 1L to 3L with Drawstring Backpack

Teton Sports Hydration Pack

Self Cooling

I do a lot of dancing no matter what the weather is like. So if you’re like me, make sure to bring yourself a hand fan, an electric fan, or a misting fan to keep you, and the others around you (all about PLUR), extra cool!

Gay Rave and Circuit Almanac Nerdy Panda Fan –
Move I’m Gay Fan –
THE Best cooling option will, of course, be the Gay Rave and Circuit Almanac Nerdy Panda fan or the MOVE I’m Gay fan!!! Not biased or anything!! 😛 Support our site by purchasing one of our amazing fans!

Gazeled Battery Operated Clip on Fan –
I will personally be sporting this battery powered clip-on fan. It’s actually the size of a football so it gives pretty good wind power. PLUS, you have the option of plugging it into an USB port/portable battery to make it last longer.

O2COOL Deluxe Misting Fan

Headphone Design Wearable Neckband Fan Fans (Awesome Designs!) – – Use coupon code “FATBOYDOUG” for 10% off.


While at a music festival, or any type of public event, your sure to be surrounded by some of the most amazing PLUR people in the world! Unfortunately there are also people that prey on that, and take advantage of amazing events. There will always be pick-pocketers, so its best to use some form of anti-theft device on your phone, or even bring a “burner” phone. Fanny packs are great for storing you I.D., credit card, cash and gum. It’s a good idea to keep your ID/Cards separate from you phone, as phones tend to be the biggest target. 

Lunchbox Hydration Pack –
Lunchbox gets another shout out – this time for their anti-theft functions. The pack features hidden zippers and zipper buckles to deter pickpockets. The pack also has multiple hidden pouches so you can feel safe putting your wallet and other valuables inside. It’s also made of high quality, slash-proof fabric, so you can dance at your next festival worry-free!

Use our coupon code “GAYALMANAC” to get a FREE skin for your next Lunchbox pack!

BLACKRAPID Wander Bundle – Smartphone Safety Tether System –
Here’s a simple cell phone leash that works with most cell phones with a case. The loop fits through the opening for the charging port of the case and then you can have it tethered to your wrist, your belt loop, or your backpack.

Unlocked iPhone SE –
Get an unlocked iPhone (or Android Phone) to use as a “burner” phone to take into the festivals. So even if it’s stolen, you will still have your real phone.


Its always a good idea to keep your eyes protected from the sun’s rays. Here are a few ideas for some cool shades. They are also great for hiding some of those crazy faces you might make while having too much fun! Want to enhance the visuals? Grab a pair with refraction lenses 

Vintage Mirrored Sunglasses One Piece Colored Glasses –
Be the coolest kid in the crowd! These mirrored glasses are SICK!

Kaleidoscope Rave Rainbow Crystal Lenses Steampunk Goggles –
Give yourself a light show with these fun refraction glasses! When the lasers are going and the beats are just right, it’s an out of this world experience when you have these on.

PINFOX Shutter EL Wire Neon Rave Glasses –
You’re sure to be the life of the party with these EL Wire neon glasses on. These are battery operated so you may need to bring extra batteries with you if you want them to last several nights.


Make sure to stock up on these essentials for any outdoor event. Whether it’s protection for your skin or sanitizing hand wipes, you’ll want to add these items to your packing list for sure!

Coppertone SPORT Continuous Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 –
Don’t end up being a lobster! The sun will be strong and there won’t be much shade. So make sure you apply sunscreen at least 15 min prior to first exposure and then reapply every hour or so.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm –
Chapped lips are the worst! It’s going to be pretty dry in the area – and when you’re dancing a lot you’re bound to be dehydrated. So moisten those lips with a good lip balm like Burt’s Bees.

Night Light Glow in the Dark CONDOMS –
Put on your protection!! And to make sure it’s on right, get the Glow In the Dark ones! 😛

Meet up with other Almanac group members! Join our Gay Rave and Circuit Almanac Facebook Group!!  

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