It’s festival season. Whether this year is going to be your first time at— or whether you’ve been attending Stagecoach, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and other festivals for years — your music-festival checklist should include these outdoor essentials.
Top products in this article:
The latest Apple Watch: Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + cellular (41 mm), $449 (reduced from $499)
The best way to keep track of your items: Apple AirTag locators, $99
Top-rated backpack: Fjallraven Kanken classic backpack, $66 (reduced from $80)
We know what to pack for a music festival.
Festival-goers, you’re going to want your tech, a way to charge it and a way to find it if it gets lost. Outdoor music festivals mean a lot of standing around in the blazing sun, so you’re going to need ways to protect your skin and keep cool. You’ll also need somewhere to store your phone, keys, wallet and any other goods you bring with you.
The catch: Every music festival has a list of things you can and can’t bring, so our list of essentials meets most major music festival guidelines. Keep reading to see what’s on it and what you need to pack for your music festival.
Where to find 2022 music festival tickets
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What to pack for a music festival
From tech that helps you stay connected to your family, friends and fellow festival goers to protective sunscreen that actually feels good on your skin, you’ll be glad you packed these music festival essentials.
Apple Watch Series 7 (41 mm)
Whipping out your phone in a big crowd can be a hassle. You can text, call and even stream between sets with the Apple Watch Series 7 on your wrist.
The Apple watch comes in new case finishes: midnight, starlight, green, a new blue and Product Red. Whichever you one you go with, you’ll likely find a nice match withand watch faces available.
(Note: Some colors are available at different prices.)
You can upgrade to a model that features cellular service for as low as $449. Additional monthly fees from your wireless provider may apply.
Apple AirTag locators
Never worry about losing your stuff while you’re running to and from festival stages. Apple AirTags will help you keep track of your important items. Stash one in a wallet or purse to track its location from your phone, or stick one to the back of your phone to track its location from a separate device.
Fjallraven Kanken classic backpack
This sturdy little backpack is small enough that it won’t get unwieldy in a crowd, but it’s roomy enough that it will fit all your essentials. You’ll easily be able to stash your portable power bank, sunscreen, water bottle and wallet inside.
Fjallraven backpacks are sturdy and well suited for adventure. The zippers are covered by thick, water-resistant flaps, making it that much harder for water — and pickpockets — to get in.
Quay “High Key” polarized aviator sunglasses
Festivals are usually during the spring and summer months, because that’s when we get the warmest and sunniest weather. Enjoy the heat and protect your eyes from the sun with these cool polarized frames.
Florabella “Tracey” hat
One of the most fashionable ways to protect the skin on your scalp, face and neck is with a sun hat. This large raffia option from Revolve will turn heads, no matter if you’re having fun at Stagecoach or.
Adidas Originals washed bucket hat
Shade your eyes and protect your scalp from getting burned with this trendy hat option. This 100% cotton hat comes in more than 30 colors and patterns.
Portable power bank
There are no wall outlets in the middle of a music festival. Carry this portable power bank instead, so your phone will have enough charge to capture that Instagram opportunity of a lifetime, whenever (or wherever) it happens.
Vibe Festival Gear fanny pack
If you’re not into carrying a backpack, you can always strap a fanny pack around your waist. This fanny pack features four pockets, including a main pocket with a hidden zippered compartment inside, perfect for protecting important items like your wallet or car keys. The pack is water resistant and comes in 14 colors and prints.
This fanny pack has an adjustable waistband that fits a 31″ to 44″ waist.
Purell Advanced hand sanitizer gel variety pack
Keep your squad’s hands clean even when you’re jamming out together in the desert. These one-fluid-ounce bottles of germ-killing Purell can be attached to backpacks, purses, fanny packs and more. This variety pack is infused with various essential oils.
High Fidelity earplugs
If you love live music but have any sort of noise sensitivity issue, invest in a good pair of ear plugs. Eargasm’s ear plugs claim to provide up to 21 dB of noise reduction. According to the brand, when you wear these ear plugs, you’ll protect your ears from harmful noise levels but still be able to clearly hear your surroundings.
These ear plugs come with a waterproof aluminum carrying case.
Supergoop! Every. Single. Face. watery lotion SPF 50
Aerosol sunscreens are frequently not allowed inside festivals, but you still need to protect your skin. This Supergoop! sunscreen is universal and undetectable with a refreshing, cooling feel.
Supergoop! also makes sunscreens for your whole body.
Welly Quick Fix Kit
Music festivals usually have a first aid tent for any sort of injury. But if it’s something like a blister or a small cut, it’s always nice to have a first aid kit with bandages and antibiotic ointment on hand.