It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend so we thought we’d share the things we’re grateful for this year! Thanksgiving is a great warm-up for fall and the holiday season. The days are getting shorter, the air crisper, and everything is going into hibernation mode (including ourselves). Cold weather hasn’t become a nuisance yet and we’re all too excited to bundle up in jumpers and toques while sipping warm bevvies.
It’s nice to have a holiday which sole purpose is to be thankful for what we have, something we should be doing on a daily basis anyway. The following 8 things help us through our travels and our festivals and we couldn’t be more grateful for them.
1. ETYMOTIC HIGH-FIDELITY EARBUDS
No, this isn’t a sneaky affiliate link, we just think protecting our eardrums is sexy. We got into wearing earplugs at festivals and shows early on because we love loud bass but we know it comes at a price. These Etymotic earbuds can be worn just as tips or with a neck cord. We prefer the neck cord because it’s easy to lose the tips. They come in a cute transparent clamshell case, so you’ll be proud to take out these bad gals at the next rave.
Not only do they reduce the risk of hearing damage from loud noise, but they also increase sound quality, thus making music sound cleaner. So the next time you see us wearing these dorky earbuds, try them!
Music producer Alison Wonderland couldn’t have said it better herself:
PSA wearing earplugs at a show is cool. Protecc ur ears at all costs so u can listen to music forever
— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) October 5, 2018
2. VIBEDRATION HYDRATION PACK
Another raving must-have of ours are hydration packs. We actually use a 2L Camelback bladder with a Vibedration outer bag. We find that the quality of Camelback bladders is slightly higher, but the aesthetic of Vibedration wins (note: Vibedration hydration packs do come with a bladder). I got this hydration pack for Phil’s birthday a couple of years ago and it not only keeps us hydrated for hours but it also holds all of our festival essentials: cellphones, keys, makeup, gum, and electrolyte drops.
3. SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Let’s be honest, you knew this one was going to be on here. Shambhala is your birthday, Christmas, and Halloween all wrapped into one big multi-day extravaganza. It’s where you get to be a kid again, let your freak flag fly, and no one judges you for it. Don’t knock it until you’ve been.
Skyscanner is a website we recently discovered when looking for flight tickets. We’ve always trusted Google Flights to find the most affordable tickets but it doesn’t seem to be that way anymore. Flights are often the largest expense when traveling and everyone loves a good honest deal, so thank you, Skyscanner.
Everyone knows Spotify but let me tell you, paying for Spotify Premium is so worth it. Spotify comes free but by paying a monthly subscription you’re allowed to skip songs and everything is ad-free (goodbye, creepy targeted ads). The algorithm on Spotify is magical too. Where do you think we find all of our music for our monthly mixes? Its Daily Mixes and Release Radar are on point.
6. AMAZON PRIME
We’ve been avid Amazon Prime users since our student days because Amazon offers a discount for those in school. I don’t need to tell you how amazing 2-day, 1-day, and same-day delivery is and returns are just as smooth. Plus, we’ve finally started dabbling in Amazon Photos (unlimited free storage!) and Prime Video where we’re binge-watching Community and we’re excited to watch shows that aren’t available on Netflix.
7. OUR CAT, MACCHIAVELLI
Maccha is currently ruffling up our carpet as I type this, but we still love her, I guess. Maccha is our gray short-haired tabby cat and we love hanging out with her. Unfortunately, she does not come out on our great adventures, but perhaps someday.
8. OUR FRIENDS & FAMILY
Last, but certainly not least, we’re grateful for our friends and fam who support our lil blog, refrain the urge to roll their eyes every time we talk about Shambhala, rave with us at shows, and generally inspire us. You guys are da best, fank you ^.^
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments below, if you want.