What To Pack For Oktoberfest Trip?

  • SWATHI RAMASWAMY
  • UPDATED Sep 21, 2018
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Oktoberfest is an age-old tradition in Germany which has become the very essence of the month of October for the Germans. This folk-festival goes on for 16-18 days leading up to the first Sunday of October. Flavoured with drinking beer and general merriment, this festival goes way back far into the 17th century. It was primarily designed to celebrate the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The festivities that were arranged for the citizens of Munich that day later evolved into the Oktoberfest. In the present day, this festival is held in Munich, Bavaria. It is also known as Wiesn after the fairgrounds known as Therese’s meadows (Theresienwiese). 

The norm of the day is to drink gallons of beer, attend numerous folk-events, and enjoy amusement rides and eating traditional food. Over 6 million people from all over the world travel to Germany during this time to witness this grand festival.

Packing for this trip needs quite some thought. It should be kept in mind that you and everyone around you will be drunk at the festival. Therefore, whatever you carry should be practical, cheap, portable and also related to your safety.

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Men and Women have different requirements when it comes to packing. Here is a comprehensive list of what to pack for both the genders:

1. FEMALES

 CLOTHES

Make sure you do not pack any expensive or elaborate clothing for your Oktoberfest trip. A simple T shirt and jeans will be enough. Make sure that you have extra set of clothing and lingerie as the ones you will be wearing to the fest are almost certain to get stained with beer. You can also buy or rent a Dirndl, the traditional German dress. 

Make sure that the dresses you carry have pockets as you will not be able to carry your purses to the festival. Make sure that you take a couple of scarves and sweaters just in case the temperatures drop.

SAFETY TOOLS

Women should be extra careful while getting tipsy because of, well, tipsy men. There is no saying what kind of drunkards you might encounter during your visit to Oktoberfest. Therefore, it is better to carry a pepper spray or pen knife to protect yourself if there is some kind of trouble.

PURSE AND WALLETS

Make sure to carry small purses or wallets that can fit easily in your pockets. It is better not to carry anything in your hands while getting tipsy. Remember that there is a high probability of things getting lost or being stolen in the Oktoberfest. Therefore, carry something practical and convenient to spare yourself the headache of losing your belongings.

TOILETRIES

Besides the regular shampoo, conditioner, deodorant etc, make sure to carry your sunscreen.  You must also carry your own towel because the hotels do not provide you with one and the shops might run out of one to rent out owing to the crowds of Oktoberfest.

MEDICINES

Admit it! You are going to be VERY drunk. After all, what else to expect at a festival dedicated to drinking? But, make sure that you have the proper medicines to take when you wake up the morning after so that you don’t waste a day being hung over in your hotel room.

2. MALE

CLOTHES

Make sure you do not pack any expensive or elaborate clothing for your Oktoberfest trip. A simple T shirt and jeans will be enough. Make sure that you have extra set of clothing and vests etc as the ones you will be wearing to the fest are almost certain to get stained with beer.

Make sure that the dresses you carry have pockets as you will not be able to carry your purses to the festival. Make sure that you take a couple of sweaters and jackets just in case the temperatures drop.

 WALLETS

Make sure to carry small wallets that can fit easily in your pockets. It is better not to carry anything in your hands while getting tipsy. Remember that there is a high probability of things getting lost or being stolen in the Oktoberfest. Therefore, carry something practical and convenient to spare yourself the headache of losing your belongings.

TOILETRIES

Besides the regular shampoo, conditioner, deodorant etc, make sure to carry your shaving kit. Germans appreciate clean shaven and disciplined people. You must also carry your own towel because the hotels do not provide you with one and the shops might run out of one to rent out owing to the crowds of Oktoberfest.

MEDICINES

You are going to be VERY drunk too. After all, what else to expect at a festival dedicated to drinking? But make sure that you have the proper medicines to take when you wake up the morning after so that you don’t waste a day being hung over in your hotel room.

3. GENERAL

CAMERA

Make sure you do not carry to bulky a camera. Otherwise you would not be able to carry it in your tipsy state. It is better still to not take your camera to the festival at all. However, you can pack one to click pictures while you are sober.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

You have to carry your passport, visa and identification to even enter the country. 

I hope this list will help you to pack for your Oktoberfest holiday is a much more convenient way. Happy holidays!

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