The Dour checklist: this is what you are going to take with you
What: Dour checklist / Where: Dour, Belgium/ When: 12 – 16 July 2023 / Genre: Everything!
A weekend at Dour requires some preparation and by reading this blog you’re already well on your way! Read tips about all the items that are indispensable at Dour and we’ve listed them in the Dour checklist at the bottom of this blog.
This blog consists of tips and useful items to have with you at Dour and at the bottom of this blog you’ll find a handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. Book your bus trip to Dour here.
#1 Camping preparation for Dour
The camping of Dour is not a five star resort, but you can make it like one! Take this items with you and your camping experience will be one to never forget.
1. A camping chair
Dancing day and night at Dour is an attack on your body. So give your body some comfort and bring a camping chair, your back and legs will thank you! It is also much nicer to eat your breakfast sitting down instead of lying on the ground because it can be muddy at Dour.
2. Sleep well
When you think of a sleeping mat you might not immediately think about comfort. That’s understandable. But believe us, this is going to be better than you expect! Of course it’s not the same as your bed at home, but a sleeping mat is much better than sleeping on the floor because your air mattress is empty. You also don’t need a pump for a sleeping mat, win-win.
3. Picnic rug
Relaxing at your tent is quite pleasant before or after a day of Dour… Believe us you don’t want to do this on the clean towels you brought with you and you don’t want to sit in your tent when it’s sunny outside. So bring a picnic rug and invite your nice neighbor for a beer.
4. Last but not least
Bring a lock to safely zip your tent. Thieves are everywhere and even at Dour you never know. TIP: choose a number padlock so you can’t lose the key! Make sure you have a numerical code that you can remember after a few (crafted) beers.
Don’t forget the essentials
#2. Essential on the Dour checklist
A practical bag, sleep essentials and extra energy. You’re going to need it all at Dour!
1. The fannypack
This bag is perfect for festivals. It’s not as big (and warm) as a backpack and you can keep your stuff safe in it. Nowadays they come in all shapes and sizes, so for both male and female festival-goers there’s a suitable and fancy fannypack!
2. Sleeping beauty
Become a professional beauty queen or king at Dour. Your sleep rhythm will be distroyed during a weekend at Dour, but with a good night’s sleep you can limit the damage. So you won’t be bothered by couples having sex in the tent next to you and you won’t wake up at 8am from the light of the sun.
This makes you extra mortal but you also make yourself immortal if you have some extra stock by the end of the festival. So make sure you bring some extra cigarettes because your brand might not be available at the festival. TIP: Check the cigarette prices. They might be cheaper in Dour.
4. Extra energy
Food and drinks are your best friends during Dour. Make sure you stay well hydrated and eat regularly. Some stock of healthy snacks and water is always a good idea to have in your tent. Especially when you havev a hangover from all those craft beers at Dour it’s nice to have something to eat in your tent.
It’s the middle of summer and you absolutely mustn’t think about a lot of clothes, but don’t forget that it cools down at night in Belgium. With little sleep you can quickly get cold, especially if you’ve been dancing in the sun all day. And in Dour you never know: it can rain and get cold when it was hot and sunny 5 minutes ago. With a nice sweater you make sure you don’t get cold.
It’s always handy to have some cash. If you lose your bank card, at least you still have some money! However, always take your card with you, because nowadays a lot of festivals are cashless. Check this in advance on the website of Dour. TIP: don’t keep your money and your debit card in the same place, if something happens you will not lose everything at once.
#3. Dour documents
Wallet, passport and tickets. The most important stuff for a trip to Dour. Forgetting one of these items can mean that your festival weekend can’t go on!
Arrange essential paperwork on time and put it on your Dour checklist.
1. Bus ticket
Maximal Trips arranges your bus trip to Dour. Make sure you bring your ticket and don’t miss the bus!
2. Festival ticket(s)
No ticket = no festival. This makes sense but you won’t be the first to forget this. TIP: Print your tickets. A good backup saves lives, because your phone could run out of battery or the local internet in Dour won’t cooperate. You don’t want to spend too much time trying to enter the festival because you want to get your camping spot quickly!
3. Passport / ID
Always important to have with you! TIP: Put your passport in a plastic case to prevent it from getting wet. There are many more tips for Dour.
#4. Take (some) care
Dour is dirty! You want to be prepared for this so get your stuff right. It’s nice to be able to party carefree so put these items on your Dour checklist.
1. Baby wipes for adults
Baby wipes not only save your ass, but also your armpits when there is a queue at the showers and you want to freshen up as quickly. Sticky hands from beer or food are also clean quickly with these handy wipes. In the evening it’s nice to wipe your feet with one of these wipes before you crawl into your sleeping bag.
2. Single-use washcloths
Also one of those items that you only think of when you go to Dour for the second time. It gives you a nice hand while showering and you can just throw them away afterwards. At Dour you could really use some extra help cleaning!
3. Disinfect gel
Put this on your Dour checklist because disinfectant gel is actually always a good idea. You never know what the toilet facility at a festival looks like and the water taps might stop working. Moreover, bacteria are everywhere with warm temperatures. With this gel you are prepared for anything and it fits easily in your fannypack.
This will not only make your mother happy, but above all help yourself. You don’t dare to ask if your Dour-lover has had unsafe sex before. Bring back beautiful memories from Belgium, no annoying STDs.
#5. Fully charged
Take your festival experience to the next level with these items. Not only will you be happy for yourself, but your friends will also be grateful to you for putting these items on your Dour checklist.
Not only you, but also your mobile sometimes needs some extra energy! With a power bank you stay online so you can always send your friends a message if you have lost them and in the evening you still have enough battery to add the phone number of that cute girl or boy to your contact list. TIP: If you want to enter the books as a gadget man or woman, arrange one that you can recharge in the sun (even when it’s cloudy).
2. Your own pre-party
You’ll really get your musical juices flowing at Dour. But chilling out at your tent with your favourite playlist is also nice. Whether you secretly want to listen to the guilty pleasures or want to become the Dour camping-DJ.
3. Old is the new new
Don’t take hundreds of photos that you have to view and delete one by one? Use a disposable camera to select 24 moments during Dour that you absolutely want to capture. You only have one chance at a time. Process your pictures when you’re home and have ultimate Dour re-experience, super fun!
A classic powerbank, always handy!
#6. Dour fashion
You can choose to put on your best new outfit when you go to Dour, but at Dour people aren’t afraid of some dirt and the weather can just turn around from sunny to rainy. So think carefully about what you’re wearing, maybe not white sneakers?
Indispensable in this Dour checklist! An invention that helped many a dancing festivalgoer prevent wet clothes. If it starts raining or your tent breaks down, at least you still have the opportunity to keep yourself dry. Moreover, this life-saving item is easy to take with you.
2. Hats and caps
Make sure you have something to put on your head: a cap, buckethat or flatcap, whatever you want. It helps against many complications you may encounter at a festival. It protects you from the sun, rain or bad-hair days and is fashionable too. Add a pair of sunglasses and you can walk around the campsite with your hungover face and makeup from yesterday, no one will recognize you!
3. Dour dancing shoes
You’ll dance and walk a lot at Dour. It’s better not to do that in heels but on good (not white) sneakers. Dour is either muddy or dusty, so make sure you won’t wear your new shoes. TIP: flip-flops are of course indispensable, for the campsite and in the showers.
The Dour checklist
- Festival ticket
- Bus ticket
- Drivers license
- Public transport card
- Water bottle
- House keys
- Wallet with money
- Chewing gum
- Sleeping bag
- Picnic rug
- Combination lock
- Neck pillow
- Camping chair
- Eye mask
- Music Box
ACCESSORIES & FUN
- Disposable camera
- Good shoes
- Top / shirt
- Skirt / dress
- Fannypack / bag
- Sweater / hoodie
- Flip flops
- Wet wipes
- (Blister) plasters
- Disposable washcloths
- Disinfectant gel
- Gel / hair spray
- Sanctuary / Tampons
- Nose spray
- Makeup remover
- Hair tie
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