Tomorrow morning we head to Limpopo to experience our first Oppikoppi music festival. I haven’t been to a music festival since Splashy Fen in 2012, and to say that I am excited is obviously the understatement of the year. I have no idea what to expect so, in classic Maxine-style, I am over-preparing, with many rewritten checklists and itineraries. Besides heat, this is what I’m packing:
From what I can remember about my Splashy Fen experience (which isn’t much), I didn’t wash my face, hair or teeth for four whole days. And if it wasn’t for Dan dragging me to the showers the one day, I wouldn’t have washed my pits either. Gross, I know. This time I want to be a bit more prepared and a lot less smelly. I have to wash my face so I am definitely taking my face oil and I will sit with a warm face cloth on my face in front of everyone, IDGAF. I will try to brush my teeth at least once a day with this lovely fluoride-free toothpaste from Himalaya Herbals. I’ve heard that Oppikoppi is dusty AF so I am certainly taking along shampoo, just in case! And baby wipes! These Pure Beginnings’ baby wipes are amazing at clearing away any dirt or oil, and even makeup too. Sunblock and aloe vera gel are crucial to Dan’s survival, and I sure will be using some myself. So those are the basic toiletry essentials that are already packed and waiting in my awesome Interfool toiletry bag.
Now I’m not counting on sleeping much, but when I do manage to get some shuteye, I want to be lights out. We’ll probably only be going to sleep when the sun comes up, so these eye-masks from Interfool will provide us with the blackout we need and some street cred too.
3. Protection from the elements | Part one
Sometimes sunblock is not enough and I’d quite like to keep sun spots to a minimum, so Dan and I each bought a straw hat. A fellow Oppi-goer advised us to get buffs too, to protect our face from the dust. This one is from Cape Union Mart and is multi purposed; you can wear it as a headband, a sweatband, a scarf, a ponytail and more (I’d tell you more but I’ve already recycled the board that it came on).
4. Protection from the elements | Part two
On the other side of the spectrum is the predicted rainfall for tomorrow and Friday. I’ve got to say that I am absolutely not looking forward to the mud. I keep hoping that the weather forecast is wrong but figured we should take some gumboots and a rain coat just in case.
When my feet are happy, my mind is happy. I’ll be wearing my trusty Dr Martens until the rain comes down and then it will up to my gumboots to brace the mud. I’ll take some slops too.
6. Pics or it didn’t happen
Super keen to take some snaps with this vintage Minolta film camera. It belonged to Dan’s dad. We haven’t used it since Italy and we didn’t even get to see those photos because Dan’s bag got stolen shortly after we arrived back home. We’ll also be taking our DSLR and GoPro too, so hopefully in between enjoying ourselves and sleeping, we’ll snap some usable shots.
Tickets, line-up, map and sling bag! NB NB NB NB NB NB N…..
8. Survival kit
Alcohol, water, food, gas, and camping gear – in order of importance. Everything we need to be two happy campers.
So that’s the gist of it! If I’ve left anything out, please enlighten me in the comments below. Until next time!
Disclaimer: The rad folks at Interfool sponsored me with the above bags and accessories, which I had planned to use while in Europe earlier this year. The Euro-trip was unfortunately cancelled and I have been itching to introduce you guys to this brand ever since. I seriously love their image and most importantly the quality of their products.