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    Written by: Lilly Fox



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    Even though attending a music festival is an exhilarating experience, packing for one can be daunting. I get it. I used to get so stressed every time I traveled. The hours I spent just staring at my closet, completely paralyzed, still haunt me. What used to take me days and cause tons of anxiety now takes no time and is a stress-free experience. The key to making the most of it lies in preparation, especially when camping is involved. In this blog, I’ll guide you through everything you need to pack to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable festival experience. From essential camping gear and weather-appropriate clothing to personal care items and entertainment tips, I’ve got you covered. Read on as I guide you through a complete music festival checklist, helping you gain hours back in your life and maybe even have a little fun along the way! 

    Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Music Festival: Essentials, Tips, and Must-Have Items

    Music Festival Checklist

    Camping Gear

    Tent camping is my absolute favorite thing to do. I love everything about it. Going to sleep under the stars and waking up in nature. Cooking under an open sky. Communing with friends. Sitting around a campfire. Literally nothing makes me happier. I compiled my music festival checklist from all the useful tips I've picked up from many camping excursions to hot summer music festivals. Read on as I share some of my favorite tips and lay out all my basic camping essentials and some essential must have gear. And to make things super easy, I created a downloadable music festival checklist for you to print out while packing!

    Campsite at night with lights

    • Tent: A reliable, easy-to-set-up tent is a must if you're camping. Make sure it's waterproof and spacious enough for you and your gear. And to avoid your tent getting overheated during summer music festivals, consider a no bake tent.  It will keep you cool once that sun comes up. 
    • An AC for your tent: Yes, you heard that right. Summer music festivals can get hot. And this portable cooler AC on Etsy will make your tent feel as comfortable as a hotel room. And as long as the festival doesn't run out of ice, your tent will feel as comfortable as a hotel room. 
    • Aluminet shade cloth: Consider getting some aluminet to stay cool from the excessive heat and sun. You're welcome. 
    • Rain Fly: If your tent doesn’t already come with one, consider this one from Bear Butt (hehehe) to help keep you dry incase it rains.
    • Sleeping Bag and Mat: Ensure a good night's sleep with a comfortable sleeping bag and a mat or inflatable mattress.
    • Camping Chair: A portable chair is great for relaxing at your campsite.
    • Collapsible Folding Stool: This one is perfect and compact when folded up, perfect for taking into the music festival.
    • Tarp or Ground Cover: For additional waterproofing or creating shade at your campsite.
    • Air Mattress: For added comfort and insulation.
    • Pillow: Compact or inflatable for convenience.
    • Blanket: Useful for sitting on the ground at your campsite or on the music festival grounds.
    • Backpack or Day Bag: To carry essentials during the day to and from the music festival.
    • Portable Wagon: You never know how far your campsite is gonna be from your car. This wagon will help you make less trips to your car and protect your back from not having to carry everything yourself.
    • Solar powered lighting: I love these lights. The colors and designs are beautiful and I always love supporting women owned businesses. And no need to worry about batteries, just let the sun do its thang. 
    • Floor Mat: I never allow shoes inside my tent. I try to keep the space as clean from outside dirt as much as possible. So I always place an outdoor rug right outside my tent where shoes are kept before entering. Makes clean up really easy too. 

    Cooking Essentials and Food for camping

    • Stove and Fuel: Portable camping stove and enough fuel.
    • Cookware: Pots, pans, and a kettle.
    • Utensils: Spatula, spoon, fork, knife.
    • Plates and Bowls: Lightweight and durable.
    • Cups and Mugs: For hot and cold drinks.
    • Food: Non-perishable and easy-to-cook meals.
    • Cooler: For perishable items, if applicable.
    • Water Filter or Purification Tablets: For safe drinking water.

    Miscellaneous and Personal Items

    • Water Bottle:  A lot of festivals have filtered water stations located throughout the festival in efforts to create zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminate plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water. 
    • Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer: For quick cleanups.
    • Insect repellent: Free the Ocean makes these all natural repellents. The oils they use are a natural way of driving away bugs without harming you, your family, and other animals. And to date, they have removed over 4.5 million pieces of plastic from the ocean with the help of purchases
    • First Aid Kit: Comprehensive kit with bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers.
    • Towel: Quick-dry preferred.
    • Waterproof Blanket: These are perfect to take from your campsite to your music festival. They are waterproof and made of recycled materials. And they come in beautiful colors and patterns.
    • Portable Shower: For longer trips.
    • Biodegradable soap: I love this one from Dr. Bronner’s.  
    • Flip flops or water shoes: For the shower, lakes, or any water parks that are nearby!
    • rave fan and/or a battery operated hand held fan:  Always great to have on you at all times. Summer music festival season is upon us and it can get hot out there. This one even has a misting option!
    • Bandana or a filtered mask: Depending upon which music festival you’re attending, the dust can get brutal, so make sure you stay protected. 
    • Sunglasses/Goggles: Again, that dust can be strong, protect those eyes of yours. 
    • Sunscreen and chapstick: These are a must! Keep them in your fanny pack, backpack, and on your person at all times.
    • Lunchbox fanny pack 
    • Shewee- The Original Female Urinating Device: For all you women out there who don't like squating when you pee, try this!
    • Or disposable ones!
    • And if it's humid (and chances are it will be) This is great for your tent. It will keep all that uncomfortable moist (ewww I said the word) feeling out of your sleeping quarters.
    • A cooling towel: These will be a lifesaver for those hot festival days. 
    • Extension cords: Trust me. These have always come in handy. 
    • Trash Bags: Help keep your campsite clean and pack out all your trash
    • Walkie Talkies/2 Way Radios: I love these 2 way radios by REI. Not only are they fun, but they’re useful when cell service is spotty.
    • Paracord: Will definitely come in handy. These colors are great and you never know when you’re gonna need some!
    • Earplugs and Eye Mask: For a better night’s sleep amidst the festival noise and lights. Plus you never know what kind of rowdy neighbors you may be camping next to. And sleep is key to having an enjoyable time at any music festival. And if you’re like me and trying to protect your hearing, don’t forget to bring an extra pair of earplugs for the festival!
    • Umbrella: For shade or rain protection. You never know when you’re gonna get caught in a summer downpour. 
    • Decorations for Campsite: To personalize your area. Hopefully your outfits will help you stand out from the rest of the music festival crowd. Do the same for your campsite. 
    • Hammock: Perfect for lounging underneath the trees in heavily wooded areas. 

    People laying in rainbow hammocks at an outdoor music festival at night with lots of LED lights

    Tech and Gadgets

    Portable Charger or solar charger: Keep your phone and other gadgets charged with a portable power bank.

    Camera: Capture memories with a good-quality camera without draining your phone battery. Ensure you have enough batteries or a charger.

    Multi-tool or Pocket Knife: Handy for various tasks. Keep in mind that knife blades need to be 2.5 inches or smaller when bringing to a music festival.

    Lantern, headlamp, or flashlight: Essential for navigating the campsite after dark. Don’t forget extra batteries.

    Matches or Lighter: Waterproof preferred.

    Rope or Paracord: Useful for many purposes.

    Duct Tape: For quick repairs.

    Navigation Tools: Map, compass, or GPS.

    Bluetooth Speaker: Bring the music festival back to your campsite. 

    Safety and Emergency

    Emergency Shelter: Compact bivvy or emergency blanket.

    Whistle: For signaling.

    Bear Spray or Pepper Spray: Depending on the area.

    Festival Fashion

    Over here at SpiritHoods, we take festival fashion very seriously. We have so many beautiful bodysuits, onesies, hoodies, loungewear, and rompers to keep you styling and looking your music festival best. 

    I always bring layers because when camping, temperatures drop. And after a long day of turning heads in my fierce bodysuits,  like this one, there’s nothing better than slipping on an ultra-soft, cozy romper and lounging in a hammock by the fire. Shop here for all your music festival looks. And remember, when you shop with us, you help save lives. SpiritHoods donates 10% of its net profits to helping endangered animals and their habitats. 

    Extra Tips

    Plan Your Outfits: Consider planning your outfits in advance to ensure you have everything you need and avoid overpacking, especially if you’re tent or car camping at your next music festival.

    Check Festival Policies: Make sure to review the festival's guidelines on what you can and cannot bring. Some festivals have restrictions on items like large bags, glass containers, and certain types of furniture.

    Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or separate bags for different items to keep your gear organized and easily accessible.

    By packing these essentials, you'll be well-prepared for any situation at the music festival, ensuring you have a fantastic time. Enjoy the music, the atmosphere, and the unforgettable experience instead of spending all your time worrying about packing. The truth is, yes, you can follow my music festival checklist, but as long as you have your ID, festival pass, and a great attitude (okay, maybe a change of clothes), you’re going to have a wicked good time! That’s right. I said “wicked.” I’m from Massachusetts. You think you’re bettah than me?

    RV Camping at a music festival

    RV Essentials

    • RV Manual: For troubleshooting and reference.
    • Registration and Insurance Documents: Keep these handy.
    • Spare Keys: Always have a backup.
    • Tool Kit: Basic tools for minor repairs.
    • Jumper Cables: In case of a dead battery.
    • Tire Pressure Gauge and Air Compressor: For maintaining tire health.
    • Leveling Blocks: To keep your RV stable.
    • Sewer Hose and Connections: For waste disposal.
    • Fresh Water Hose: For filling the water tank.
    • Water Pressure Regulator: To prevent damage to your RV's plumbing.
    • Extension Cords and Adapters: For connecting to power sources.
    • Fire Extinguisher: Essential for safety.
    • First Aid Kit: Comprehensive kit with bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers.

    AI image of a small RV in the forest with a sunset

    Kitchen Supplies

    • Cookware: Pots, pans, and a kettle.
    • Utensils: Knives, forks, spoons, spatulas, and tongs.
    • Dishes: Plates, bowls, and cups.
    • Cutting Board: For food prep.
    • Can Opener and Bottle Opener: Essential tools.
    • Food Storage Containers: For leftovers and storage.
    • Trash Bags: For waste disposal.
    • Dish Soap and Sponge: For cleaning dishes.
    • Paper Towels and Napkins: For cleaning and eating.
    • Basic Groceries: Non-perishable food items, spices, and cooking oils.
    • Cooler: For additional cold storage if necessary.

    Personal Items

    • Clothing: Suitable for various weather conditions.
    • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and toilet paper.
    • Towels: Bath and hand towels.
    • Laundry Supplies: Detergent and a laundry bag.
    • Medications: Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
    • Sunscreen and Insect Repellent: For protection against the elements.
    • First Aid Kit: Include band-aids, pain relievers, and other basic medical supplies.

    Bedding and Comfort

    • Sheets and Blankets: For all beds.
    • Pillows: For comfort.
    • Sleeping Bags: For extra warmth if needed.
    • Camping Chairs: For sitting outside.
    • Outdoor Mat: For a clean area outside your RV.

    Safety and Navigation

    • Maps and GPS: For navigation.
    • Emergency Roadside Kit: Includes flares, reflective triangles, and a multi-tool.
    • Whistle and Bear Spray: Depending on the location.

    Connectivity and Power

    • Mobile Phone and Charger: For communication.
    • Portable Power Bank: For charging devices.
    • Solar Panels: For an additional power source.
    • Wi-Fi Booster: For better internet connectivity.


    • Journal/Notepad and Pen: Cuz you’re living your best life and you want to write it all down. And for all those impromptu love letters that you may be inspired to write.
    • Reusable Water Bottle: To stay hydrated. Fill up at the festival at their free water stations.
    • Reusable Bags: For shopping, storage, and dirty clothes.
    • Flashlights and Extra Batteries: It can get dark in wooded campgrounds and if you’re taking a late night stroll away from all the festivities, you want to be able to know exactly where you’re going.
    • Games and Cards: For entertainment.
    • Polaroid Camera: Capture memories old school style.
    • Binoculars: For wildlife watching and all the beauty camping outdoors offers.

    Food and Drink

    • Water and Beverages: Ensure you have enough for the trip. I can not stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated at music festivals.
    • Non-Perishable Snacks: Like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit. Pack some in your tote when heading into the music festival to ensure you maintain your energy while dancing the day away.
    • Cooler with Ice Packs: For additional cold storage. 

    Music Festival Checklist for One Day Festivals

    I get it. Sometimes there’s no need to make a meal out of things. You want to go see your favorite artists for the day and head home. You don’t have to spend multiple days at a music festival to have an amazing time. You will however, still need to pack the right items to ensure you make the most of your time there. From staying comfortable to capturing unforgettable moments, here’s your music festival checklist for a one-day music festival.

    1. Essential Documents and Money

    • Festival Ticket/Pass: Ensure you have your physical ticket or digital pass readily accessible.
    • ID: Necessary for entry and purchasing age-restricted items.
    • Cash and Cards: Some vendors may only accept cash, so bring both.

    2. Comfortable Clothing

    • Breathable Outfit: Wear something light and comfortable, suitable for the weather.
    • Layered Options: Bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler evening temperatures.
    • Comfortable Footwear: Opt for sturdy, comfortable shoes that can handle walking and dancing.

    3. Weather Protection

    • Sunscreen: Protect your skin with a high-SPF sunscreen.
    • Hat and Sunglasses: Essential for sun protection.
    • Poncho or Rain Jacket: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers.

    4. Personal Care Items

    • Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes: For quick clean-ups and maintaining hygiene.
    • Portable Charger: Keep your phone and other devices charged throughout the day.
    • Small First Aid Kit: Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.

    5. Food and Hydration

    • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by refilling at water stations.
    • Snacks: Pack energy bars, nuts, and other non-perishable snacks to keep your energy up.

    6. Entertainment and Extras

    • Phone and Camera: Capture memories and stay connected with friends.
    • Portable Blanket: Great for sitting on the ground during performances.
    • Earplugs: Protect your ears during loud concerts.

    7. Convenience Items

    • Small Backpack or Fanny Pack: Keep your belongings secure and easily accessible.
    • Map and Schedule: Print or download the festival map and schedule to plan your day.
    • Trash Bag: Help keep the festival grounds clean by packing out your trash.

    Pro Tips for a Successful One-Day Festival Experience

    1. Plan Ahead: Know the festival layout, performance times, and locations of essential services like restrooms and food vendors.
    2. Arrive Early: Beat the crowd and find a good spot to enjoy the performances.
    3. Stay Flexible: Be open to exploring new artists and activities you hadn't planned on.

    Please note, it's really important to check with the Music Festival that you are attending to find out what their specific rules and regulations are and what they allow into their festival. Not all festivals have the same guidelines, but it's safe to assume that the following are NOT allowed:

    • Animals (except for service animals)
    • Fireworks and Laser Pointers
    • Drones
    • Professional Cameras
    • Large Bags or Suitcases
    • Generators
    • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
    • Weapons
    • Flags
    • Glass
    • Styrofoam
    • Coolers and Outside Food or Beverage
    • Sound Systems
    • Recording devices
    • Valuables

    With the right preparation and a positive attitude, packing for a music festival—whether you’re camping, taking an RV, or just going for the day—can be an incredible and memorable experience. By using the music festival checklist, packing the essentials, planning for different weather conditions, and bringing along some comfort items, you’ll ensure that your time is spent enjoying the music and making unforgettable memories. Remember, the key to a great festival experience is being well-prepared, so take the time to plan ahead and pack smart. Here's to a fantastic festival season filled with music, adventure, and fun!

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