Since 2015 I have been to 3 music festivals. I’ve been to ACL, Lolla, and Moonrise and have made some great memories and seen more than 80 bands live. Going to your first music festival can be daunting, and packing a bag to go into the festival can leave you wondering what you really need. Here’s everything I include in my bag while attending a music festival:
1: A Hydration Pack
Camelbak is my favorite brand for hydration packs just because I’ve been using their waterbottles forever and they even sell the packs at music festivals. The one above is the exact one I have and is perfect if you and one other person are sharing the pack. If you’re going in a larger group, I would get a larger size, or make sure more than one person with a pack. These bags are great because they store a hella amount of water, but you can also store things like your wallet, raincoat/poncho/umbrella, phone, chargers, etc. inside. This also saves you A LOT of money once inside because water is like $6 for a can or free to fill up. ALSO, please for the love of God drink water!!! When I went to ACL, I was super close to the front for Drake when my boyfriend at the time fainted on me for being dehydrated and locking his knees. The image of dragging a 6’2 boy out of a sea of people while I’m only 5’4 must have been funny to see, but at the time I was struggling to see the bright side haha
Pro Tip: Fill your pack with ice before you leave for the festival. This will ensure you get ice cold water once you fill your pack up inside. Depending on how big the music fesitval is they may not let you in with an already filled pack, but they will allow ice.
The last thing you want to spend the entire day doing at a music festival is squinting with the sun in your eyes. Sunglasses are a must for any outdoor concert, and I personally always go with the brand above. They are super cheap, but still great quality. Plus, every time you order a pair they send you a gift card for another pair. They have so many frames in so many color options it would be impossible for you not to find one you love!
Speaking of the sun, you’re going to want to put sunscreen on before you go. Depending on how sunny it will be or how easily you burn, you may want to consider bringing some into the festival with you. I always cover my shoulders, chest, and face because the last thing I want is my bag rubbing against my burnt shoulders all day. I like the dry versions of spray sunscreens so that I don’t feel sticky the rest of the day.
4. A Portable Charger
Trust me, the last thing you will want happening is your phone running out of battery. You could miss a chance for photos or videos, plus having a charged phone is important for keeping in contact with your group.
5. Rain Poncho
Before I went to Lolla, the last thing I would ever be caught dead in was a rain poncho. I wanted people to see my outfits, I was convinced it wouldn’t rain too hard, and I was worried I would look dorky. Fast forward to it pouring through the first two days, and my mind changed quickly. Music festivals will go on rain or shine, and unless you want to hold an umbrella all day a rain poncho is your best bet. A trash bag also works just as well.
Pro Tip: Once the rain stops and the ground is muddy you can use the poncho as a blanket to sit on to keep the mud off your clothes. It was a complete game changer during Lolla.
6. Hand Sanitizer
For the love of God bring hand sanitizer. You get so dirty at festivals the least you can do is use some before eating. Sure the porta potties are supposed to have some, but they always seem to quickly run out.
The last thing you want is for a blister or cut to ruin your day at the festival. Come prepared with band-aids so you don’t waste any time scrambling to the first aid tent.
8. Hair Ties
I cannot tell you how many times I have spent a concert with a girls hair brushing against my face the entire show. I typically put my hair up because it keeps my neck cooler, and I get to rock the fun festival hairstyles I typically wouldn’t.
After the first day, your feet start to take a turn for the worse. I remember by the fourth day at Lolla we were going three hours early just to sit on the ground inside instead of dealing with the large lines later in the day. This blanket is perfect because it packs up into a tiny little bag not taking up too much space in your pack.
10. Makeup Setting Spray
All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 1.0 oz by Salamander99
THIS PRODUCT IS A GODSEND OMG. I spray this on my face after applying my makeup, and it lasts through rain, sweat, tears, possibly nuclear war. It works so well that if I sleep in my makeup accidentally after spraying this, it will all still be there the next morning. Get it now; you will thank me.
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