11 things you need to survive Osheaga 2016

Jul 26 2016, 10:03 pm

Osheaga is just around the corner, so for all those festival-goers out there we’ve compiled a list of 11 things you’ll need to survive Osheaga 2016.

From the basics like sunscreen and water, to festival fashion 101, this year’s sold-out Osheaga Festival is set to be the most epic yet!

A metro pass

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Osheaga takes place on Parc Jean Drapeau. That means that you’ll likely need to take public transport to get there. The easiest way is by taking the yellow line of the metro and getting off at Station Jean Drapeau. To save you time and money, buy your metro pass in advance. Consider a three-day unlimited ticket if you’re going to be at the festival Friday to Sunday. But if you’re there for one day, just get a return ticket in advance. The lines for metro tickets at Station Jean Drapeau are sure to be insane when everyone is leaving the festival at the same time.


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Montreal is scorching in the summer. Save yourself from an uncomfortable burn by bringing sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF. After all, you don’t want to look like a lobster when you’re trying to impress Lana del Rey. Note: sunscreen in aerosol cans is not allowed on the premises so be sure to grab the lotion kind.

Rain poncho

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If you’ve been hanging around the city this summer then you know that we’ve had our fair share of rain and thunderstorms. Avoid getting drenched by bringing a plastic rain poncho or an umbrella with you. Rain ponchos can be purchased for $1 from any Dollarama in the city.

Sturdy shoes

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This is a given. If you’re going to be standing somewhere for several hours on end, sturdy shoes are a must. We know that boots in this weather are not the ideal options but please stay away from $2 flip flops; trust us.


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Water is a definite must! Even if you intend on purchasing alcohol at the event, you will need water to keep you hydrated all day long. Sun + crowds + no water = a bad combination. Every festival-goer is allowed to bring in one plastic water bottle and there are water fountains all around the venue. Be sure to go on water runs every hour or so!


Sunglasses are one part practical, one part stylish. Assuming Montreal sees sun this weekend (and right now the forecast is looking that way for Friday and Saturday at least), then sunglasses will help you see your favourite musicians without straining your eyes for eight hours straight. In terms of style, sunglasses are an essential part of festival fashion so go circular and hippie or giant and chic.

Lip Balm

Don’t underestimate the power of the sun when it comes to your lips. We’ve seen the damage that dry weather and heat can do to lips chapping and cracking them so pack that lip balm and hydrate them like you would your body with water.

Floppy hat

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Similar to the sunglasses, a floppy hat is both practical and fashion-forward. Protect your head and neck from the sun whilst looking like Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella.

Crop top

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Commit to a whole festival-inspired getup with the addition of a cute crop top. Go retro with a halter crop top, bright and peppy with a neon crop top, or crocheted with a hippie crop top. You really can’t go wrong. In addition to looking great, you’ll feel great too.

Portable charger

If there is one thing you have to have, it’s a portable charger. We guarantee your phone will die at some point and then finding your friends in the frenzy will be nearly impossible. You also don’t want to disappoint your loyal Snapchat followers and not share that Lumineers show on Friday you promised right?


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If you want to re-live the fun and share it with your friends and family, it’s a good idea to capture it on camera. Digital and disposable cameras, as well as cell phones of course, are allowed on site so you have plenty of options when it comes to snapping pics of your favourite artists. Note: selfie sticks are not allowed on site.

Unsure what you’re allowed to bring with you to Osheaga? The list below highlights everything you can and cannot bring with you into the festival site.

Items allowed on site: One plastic water bottle, beach towels and blankets, waterproof ponchos and small umbrellas, small backpacks and bags or purses, sunscreen (except sunscreen in flammable aerosol cans), lighters and cigarettes, digital cameras, disposable cameras, baby strollers

Items not allowed on site: Outside alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, glass bottles and cans, hard-sided coolers, megaphones, musical instruments, fireworks, flags & banners, beach balls, soccer balls, Frisbees, etc., large sports umbrellas, folding chairs, skateboards, animals (except guide dogs), large backpacks (camping style), tents, laser pointers, water squirt gun or mist, professional video or audio recording equipment, items intended for sale or promotion, firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind, any object that can be used to cause bodily harm, selfie sticks or similar monopods, drones, First Nations headdress and other feather headdresses

For more information on the festival site, click here.


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