The Ultimate Music Festival Packing List

What to Bring to a Music Festival


It’s time to start preparing for 2018’s music festivals. Festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza are quickly approaching, and it’s important to know what to bring for the weekend. If you and your friends are planning on going to a music festival (or two, or three!), then you should know to bring some essential items. I’ve put together a list of the ten things you shouldn’t go without this music festival season:

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  1. Sunglasses

Music festival season starts in the spring and carries on into the summer, which means you’ll most likely be seeing lots of sunshine. Stay safe and stylish with a cute pair of sunglasses.

  1. Water Bottle

With all of the heat and sunshine at music festivals, it can be easy to get dehydrated. Bringing a reusable water bottle is a smart choice for the environment and a great way to keep your thirst at bay.

  1. Portable Phone Charger

Since you’ll be out watching the bands all day, you probably won’t get many opportunities to plug your phone into an outlet. Keeping a cute little portable phone charger in your bag is the way to go.

  1. Lip Balm

Chapped lips are a no-go for a music festival. To keep your lips pretty and hydrated, make sure to put a lip balm in your purse. Bonus points for a lip balm with SPF!

  1. Light Jacket

If you’re going to a festival in the desert, like Coachella, you can expect hotter days and cooler nights. Bring a light jacket along to stay warm at night and be able to enjoy the nighttime concerts without freezing your booty off.

Related: 11 Tips to Survive Music Festival Season
  1. Snacks

Nowadays, many music festivals are offering food options in or around the events. While the fatty, fried options may be tempting, they probably won’t make you feel so good later on. To avoid bloating and spending extra money, pack a few healthy snacks in your purse to munch on while waiting for the next act.

  1. Sunscreen

Sorry to sound like a concerned parent, but you guys need to take care of your skin! No need to worry about heavy, smelly sunscreen, though. There are lighter, fragrance-free sunscreen options out there now that offer the same amounts of SPF. So now there are no excuses to skip the sunscreen.

  1. Baby Powder

Music festivals aren’t all glamour and fun; you will get hot, sweaty, and sticky. For us curvier ladies, we know that as the perfect combination for chafing. To avoid the discomfort, bring along a travel-size bottle of baby powder.

  1. Cash

A music festival is like a version of a fair or a carnival; you’ll be around lots of food, activities, and souvenirs to buy. If you want your music festival experience to have a little more than just the music, then bring some cash along! That way, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you can use a credit card or have to look around for an ATM.

  1. Hand Sanitizer

Music festivals draw in huge crowds, and with crowds comes germs. It might seem like negative thinking, but wouldn’t it be terrible to catch a cold or a bug during your super fun weekend? Like you learned in elementary school, clean hands are the best way to stop the spreading of germs.


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