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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: Essential things to pack in your Ibiza suitcase

If you can conquer the packing, you can conquer the island.

We all know that feeling: the mad rush of clambering up and down the stairs, forgetting what it was you were looking for once you reach the top of the stairwell. The faint harmonic, “You'll miss your bloody flight if you don't hurry up!” from a parent or house mate.

This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

Your excited Ibiza mood has probably left your suitcase in a dismal state, a few old t-shirts mixed with new garments, condoms scattered below your shoes in a hopeful state. Really, venturing to the White Isle with a handful of clothes is survivable.

In all likelihood, you'll end up with half of the suitcase you started with by the end of your holiday, but there are some must-haves when it comes to Ibiza. These things will make your time here that bit more incredible, as well as easier.

So without further ado, as the Ibiza gurus we think we are, here is a compiled list of the vital things to bring along with you.

An open mind

In this day and age with the internet and what not, it's nearly impossible not to have been exposed to life's craziness. Whether you have been to Ibiza or not, you will find yourselves in some unimaginable situations, listening to some intergalactic music, with some questionable folk. Free your mind. No one likes a judgemental raver. It may not be the pumping house you're used to back home or the usual crowd surrounding your dance floor space, but it's a memory you'll keep with you forever. We hope.

Old school Nokia

It's time to take it back to basics. We understand that you may want to snap the nightclub's visuals on Snapchat or grab the phone number from the chick you've been dancing with all night, but it's not worth having your phone nabbed for. We love Ibiza, but phone thieves lurk in the shadows. Non-smartphones were all that was used in the 90s when rave was at its best. You can do it now, too. Phones aren't vital, music is.

Fancy dress

Ibiza isn't all bum bags and short shorts. In our flat alone we hoard stacks of fancy dress accessories, for a number of parties such as elrow and Flower Power. If you're really out there, you could even rock up to Cocoon in your fancies. It makes that 6:00 raving a whole lot more interesting. We've seen it all: from giant fish finger costumes to herds of animals making their way to Benimussa for The Zoo Project. Don't be monotonous, get your cuckoo clothes on.

Your marbles

Marbles stand for mental faculties or common sense. Most of us here have already lost them, but if you come prepared with a fresh pack of recently shined marbles, you should be good. Three nights on the trot can leave your mind in all sorts of states. Keep your head screwed on and try and sleep at least a few hours. This way you should return home with no therapy bookings. Or test yourself and do what our good friend Nev does: actually take a pack of marbles to the rave. If you return with a full bag, hurrah!


Without sounding too much like your mother, it goes without saying that protection is necessary – in all sorts of ways. The sun blesses us all daily with its rays, but don't let it take advantage of your skin. Waltzing about DC10 with a red raw back is not the one. If you're planning on taking a trip down the West End, maybe pack some condoms. Ibiza is no Magaluf, but you might just find the man/woman of your dreams amongst the crowd. Use protection, and, as the saying goes, those who rave together, stay together.

Dancing shoes

We've saved the best until last. What's more annoying than an unmerciful mosquito trapped in your room? A rigid raver. There's about as much point in going to a rave and not dancing as there is going to a wedding with no groom. Those who lurk instead of grooving are the prime suspects of vibe killing. Stay at home if you're too cool for a boogie. If you worry about your moves, have no fear; if we at Spotlight can bust out the dancing, so can you.

WORDS | Ruby Munslow

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