Pride month is fast approaching, with marches and festivals slated to take place in cities big and small all around the world. Beginning as a handful of events in June 1970, Pride has since grown into a thriving an annual tradition by the LGBTQ community and its allies, and you definitely won’t want to miss this year’s festivities.

Whether you’re a Pride veteran or you’re planning for your first ever, you should have the right stuff packed. Lucky for you, we’re here to help make your Pride preparations easy, so you can focus on having fun and being fabulous.  

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. You’ll be outside with the summer sun glaring down on you for most of the day, so sunscreen is a must.

Water

Pride celebrations may be some of the best fun you’ll have all year. In between the singing, dancing and possible debauching, you should drink plenty of water. Hydrating will keep you healthy and happy while you get your Pride on.

Comfy Shoes

There will be no shortage of outrageous footwear at Pride. You may be planning on rocking a pair of sequined stilettos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also plan for comfort by packing some comfy shoes. That way, you’ll have a back-up pair of kicks for when your feet need some sweet relief.

Backpack or Fanny Pack

You’ll need a bag to tote your essentials around in, but it’s up to you which style works best for you. Keep in mind that you may pick up a lot of freebies or souvenirs during the celebration, so allot some spare room in your bag for your Pride booty.

Your Pride

Just as important as your sunblock and your water is your sense of pride, so prepare to be loud and proud as you join in honoring the LGBTQ experience with your friends and allies. Whether this is your first celebration or you’ve lost count of how many you’ve attended, Pride is a time to celebrate your journey and your community. 

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