The Ultimate Music Festival Survival Guide

It’s officially that time of year. Musicians, bands and DJs will soon be congregating at one destination to perform for hundreds of thousands of people. Whether it’s your first time making it onto festival grounds or your fourth, this music festival survival kit will make your experience much more enjoyable – and stylish.

1. A Fanny Pack

Whether flush on your hip or draped across your chest like a crossbody bag, fanny packs or belt bags are always close to your body and everything you need is just a zip of a pocket away. Backpacks need to be taken off to access your belongings, and purses might have straps that are too long or too short. A fanny pack eliminates all of those concerns.

2. Refillable Water Bottle or Hydration Pack

It’s crucial to stay hydrated at music festivals. Water bottles make that easy, plus you can avoid having to shell out cash for water every time. Every music festival has its own rules, but more times than not they will allow a plastic, refillable water bottle such as a CamelBak or a bubba bottle. Check your festival’s rules before you go.

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3. Self Care Products

In addition to cash and a credit card in your fanny pack, make sure you make room for eye drops, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, lip balm, ear plugs and sunscreen. With these products, you’ll be ready to tackle the long days ahead. Again, check your festival’s rules to see what is and is not allowed.

4. Sunglasses

Now that the sun is finally gracing us with its sunshine, shield your eyes with the proper sunnies. You don’t have to choose between style or practicality with this snazzy pair that offers UV protection.

5. Levi's 501 Shorts

Don’t underestimate the power and versatility of a pair of trusty denim shorts. Once you find the right fit, there’s no end to the outfit combinations you can create. Pair your shorts with tops or over bathing suits, dress them up or down with sneakers or spring sandals and add a belt (or belt bag) for extra flair.

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  1. Hi Braina!

    This is super helpful because I seem to never know what to pack or I end up forgetting stuff. Your list can definitely apply to and be adapted for dudes too. I recently came across a few different sites that sell “packs” for music festivals. Kind of a neat idea so you can get everything at once. Steezy Pack and ElectroPack seem good – especially for EDM shows. But one of the best ones I’ve seen is http://www.justacompletekit.com. Just thought I’d drop a note with my discovery!