From the Mont-Tremblant Jazz Fest to the International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Osheaga, festival season is in full swing. But while many festival-goers are getting ready to enjoy their favourite artists as a family along with their children, some hesitate to take on such a venture, which might seem complicated if you’re not well prepared. Here are 7 essentials for enjoying the festivities as a family.

1. Sun protection

Children’s skin is at much higher risk of suffering negative effects from UV exposure after spending too much time in the sun. Applying sun protection cream is a must if you want to take advantage of the good weather and protect your kids at the same time. A sun protection factor of 60 is recommended. Be sure to apply sun protection generously every 2 hours, and don’t forget to bring a hat and sunglasses.

2. Reusable water bottle

To sensitize children to the importance of protecting the environment, consider bringing a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget to frequently offer your kids a drink so they stay hydrated throughout the day.

3. Protective ear muffs

Elevated sound levels can cause permanent damage to your children’s hearing. Bringing good-quality protective ear muffs is essential to protect your young ones from prolonged exposure to loud music.

4. Portable charger for your phone

A portable charger will ensure your cellphone stays charged for the entire day. Bringing your cell with you means you can easily meet up with your partner after a show or consult the festival’s programming, plus you can let your kids play games on it if they get bored.

5. Snacks

The food offered at festivals is often very expensive and not always healthy. It’s wiser to plan kids’ snacks in advance in case they get hungry. Go for things like nuts, granola bars, fruit or raw cut-up vegetables, but don’t forget to check whether the event allows attendees to bring their own food to the site.

6. Bathroom survival kit

Toilet paper is often a scarce commodity at festivals, and preparation is essential for surviving portable toilets. Make sure you’re armed with a mini survival kit containing Cascades Fluff™ bathroom tissue, antiseptic hand gel, tissues and wet wipes in order to be completely worry free!

7. First aid kit

Accidents happen! That’s why it’s better to be prepared for them by bringing along a small first aid kit that includes adhesive bandages and dressings of different types as well as antiseptic wipes.