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28 Top Music Festival Packing List Items for 2024 + What NOT to Bring

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Music festivals are an awesome way to spend time jamming with your friends and maybe even exploring a new part of the world.

Festivals come in all shapes and sizes, with music of all types, ranging from indie rock, classic rock, and world music to hip hop, jazz, Americana, and bluegrass. Be prepared for this year’s lineup of festivals by checking out this go-to festival packing list, including what to wear at music festivals, what NOT to bring, and other FAQs.

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What to Pack for Music Festivals – 28 Essentials

  • 1. Neck Wallet

    When you’re somewhere as crowded as a music festival, there’s no doubt you’ll want to keep your valuables organized and secure. Use this neck wallet to keep your smartphone, cash, credit cards, and passport safe by wearing it conveniently under your clothes so you can enjoy the festival without worrying about losing your stuff.

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  • 2. Comfortable Shoes

    Any sort of festival is going to require a lot of standing, walking, and dancing! Make sure to wear a super comfortable pair of shoes that you wouldn’t mind ruining so that you can jam out without your feet killing you. These sneakers have awesome reviews and are very colorful – perfect festival gear.

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to hackers when you connect to WiFi in public places! By turning on a VPN, like NordVPN, when you connect to WiFi, you’ll instantly protect your sensitive information like passwords and credit card numbers from anyone attempting to steal your information. If you’re visiting a foreign country, this will also guarantee you access to sites from home that may be censored in your host country.

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  • 4. Deodorant Wipes

    These are a no-brainer to bring to a festival. Especially if you’re camping out, you likely won’t have access to a shower, and after a day of partying, dancing, and sweating in the hot sun, you’ll be ready to freshen up. These deodorant wipes are perfect for a quick refresh when other options aren’t available.

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  • 5. Packing Cubes

    Especially if you’re traveling far from home for a festival, you won’t want to overpack and be stuck dragging around tons of luggage. Stay organized and avoid overpacking by using packing cubes. This set comes in a variety of fun colors and includes cubes in different sizes to suit your needs.

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  • 6. Music Festival Travel Insurance

    It’s so important to have good travel insurance before attending a festival. Everyone’s needs and trips are different so it’s good to find a plan that fits you. A great place to buy travel insurance is through Faye where you can compare plans from different top companies and find the one that works best for you.

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  • 7. Camelbak Water Bottle

    Any outdoor festival can dehydrate you really quickly. Between drinking beers and sweating in the sun, you’ll need to consume LOTS of water. Especially if you’re going to a multi-day music festival, the rule of thumb is one gallon per day per person. Wear this convenient Camelbak water pack around to keep you hydrated throughout the festival.

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  • 8. Cooling Towel

    Music festivals are all about having fun, partying, dancing, and inevitably, sweating under the hot sun. Most of the time, you’ll be having too much fun to even notice the heat, but when you do, have a cooling towel handy. They’re perfect to bring to a festival because they’re compact and will easily fit in your bag without adding virtually any weight. When you feel yourself wanting to freshen up, simply wet the towel, wring it out, and you’ll instantly have an ice-cold towel that’s 20-30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

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  • 9. Hammock

    If you’re camping or hanging out for a few days, having a compact hammock to take with you anywhere is a wise addition to your packing list! This set comes with hooks, a small carrying case, and straps to attach between any two trees.


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  • 10. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    One of the most versatile things you can bring to a music festival is a microfiber towel. You can use it as a picnic blanket or a shower towel and it also works great to wipe away any sweat or dirt that might get on you from being at a festival. They’re super absorbent, fast-drying, compact, and odor-resistant so you can use them during the entire festival, and you won’t have to worry about it taking forever to dry or smelling bad.

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  • 11. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    Needless to say, outlets can be hard to find at outdoor music festivals, and charging stations are always packed. For those times when you absolutely need to charge your camera or phone, this lipstick-sized portable charger will be a total lifesaver.

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  • 12. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    So much time at music festivals is spent outside. Be sure to bring an umbrella to keep you dry in case of any unexpected rain showers. A travel umbrella is compact and easy to bring around, but make sure it’s also well-made like this one so it will actually hold up and keep you dry.

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  • 13. Tapestry

    Some festivals like Bonnaroo and Burning Man involve camping and others you might just attend during the day. If you plan on staking out a home base for you and your friends, it’s a good idea to lay down a tapestry for a chill spot. This one is trendy, cheap and large enough for all your friends!


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  • 14. Protein Bars

    Keep your energy up by bringing low-maintenance, zero-prep snacks like protein bars with you to the festival. Fresh fruit that you can grab and go, like apples, bananas and oranges, are a great option, too. You won’t want to get hangry mid-festival, so stick a few of these in your daypack and you’ll be good to go!

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  • 15. Filtered Water Bottle

    If an entire hydro-backpack is more than you’re looking to carry, just use this filtered water bottle to have autonomy over your water supply. You can enter with it empty and then refill at water fountains or spigots rather than spending a fortune on plastic waste.

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  • 16. Daypack

    You’ll be glad you brought a daypack with you to stash your water, beverages, snacks, sweatshirt, etc. Finding the right fit is key, especially since there are so many options on the market today. This one is awesome because it’s durable, reliable, and comfortable, which will be perfect to have during any festival.


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  • 17. Backpack Locks

    These locks are essential for travel because you can use them to secure checked bags and things out of sight for long durations. While festivaling – you’ll need them to secure your backpacks so no sticky fingers are rummaging through your bags in the crowd. I also secure my tent when I step away for the day to ensure no one is going through my things. Better safe than sorry!

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  • 18. Tent and Camping Equipment

    If you’re going to a festival where you’ll be camping, like Bonnaroo or Burning man, you’ll need somewhere to sleep. Most festival-goers use tents, which are ideal, although hammocks could work too, depending on the venue. This tent is a great option – it can fit up to two people, and has a wide entrance for easy entry and exit. Coleman is a great brand and super reliable.

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  • 19. Universal Power Adapter

    It’s especially important to bring a universal power adapter if you’re attending a festival abroad. If you plan to stay in a hotel or hostel, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable adapter so you can charge your phone and camera before heading back into the action! This one’s awesome because it works in nearly every country.

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  • 20. Electrolytes

    Long days in the sun while you’re dancing your heart out can lead to exhaustion. Electrolytes will supercharge your water so you’re getting a boost of vitamins and energy. This electrolyte brand is the best-tasting one I’ve found, you can get a smaller size for individual packets that would fit easily in your fanny pack or pockets.


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  • 21. Waterproof Dry Bags

    Don’t let anything rain on your parade. Rain and condensation may occur while you’re trying to enjoy the festival, so keep all your stuff 100% dry by storing the important things in dry bags. If you’re bringing your phone or camera, this is extra important.

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  • 22. Costumes

    At some music festivals like Voodoo Fest, it’s expected and encouraged for festival-goers to wear costumes. For example, one of the coolest parts of Burning Man is the costumes that people deck themselves out in – they range from Mad-Max-inspired to glow-in-the-dark light suits. If you’re one to dress up in outrageous outfits, stock up on a few entertaining costumes. These LED hand gloves are perfect for the late-night techno at the festival.


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  • 23. Sun Hat

    Instead of crisping up in the sun for days in a row, use a sun hat that is wide-brimmed and will cover most of your face. This one hangs a bit over your shoulders and will help keep the glare out of your eyes when the sun is rising or setting. It also has UPF 50, so it will filter some of those harsh rays.

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  • 24. Earplugs

    These earplugs are made especially for concerts. They’re great to still hear the music but not be overwhelmed by it. A great addition to any packing list for loud sports events, concerts, or overstimulating environments. They fit well and don’t fall out.


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  • 25. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    We never travel without a hanging toiletry bag! This little baby optimizes your bathroom storage, giving you a built-in shelf wherever you go. You can hang it on any hook, pole, (or tree branch if you’re camping), and it will unfold to show 4 giant pockets with all of your self-care essentials. It’s great when you don’t have a countertop or are sharing a bathroom with others.

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  • 26. Polaroid & Film

    If you love a vintage vibe, bring a small Polaroid to snap photos in the crowd! You’ll still have your phone for high-def videos of showcases, but nothing replaces the nostalgia of an authentic Polaroid photo. I save them in a scrapbook and you can pass them out in the crowd to make friends! Here’s some compatible film.

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  • 27. Cooler

    If festival rules allow it, you will not regret bringing a big cooler with you, especially for multi-day festivals. It’ll keep all your food and beverages nice and cold, and you can pack it with water bottles, easy snacks, and maybe a bottle of aloe vera in case you get a sunburn. This one comes on wheels so you can easily roll it from the parking lot to your spot.


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  • 28. Small First-Aid Kit

    Anything can happen at a festival, and a first-aid kit filled with bandaids, Advil, and Neosporin will definitely come in handy at some point. I’ve had blisters, splinters, scrapes, cuts, and burns happen at festivals, and have had to use my first aid kit on myself, friends, and strangers more times than I can count.

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What to Wear to a Music Festival

What you wear totally depends on what festival you’ll be attending. Generally speaking, less is usually more. Try to dress in layers, and bring a light jacket for nighttime (especially if you’re camping). During the day, casual festival clothes like jean shorts and tee shirts are a good fit. For the car or plane trip there, wear comfortable clothes that you can re-wear throughout the weekend so that you don’t overpack. Do a quick weather-check before you head out. If you’re totally lost for what to wear, browse through blog posts with pictures of the particular festival you’re going to!

What NOT to Take to a Music Festival

  • 1.Weapons

    Festivals are a time for peace and love (Bonnaroo in particular was heavily influenced by Woodstock and other “peace and love” gatherings of the 1960s and 1970s, after all)!

  • 2.Animals or Pets

    Sorry, but you’ll have to leave your furry friends at home.

  • 3.Glass

    Bring any alcohol in cans instead of glass bottles. Check beverage rules first, though!

  • 4.Generator

    Most music festivals don’t allow you to bring a generator. If you need energy at your campsite, bring portable chargers or battery-powered devices only.

  • 5.Drone

    Drones can be dangerous and annoying to other concert-goers. Bring your selfie-stick instead if you want to get pictures from a higher angle.

  • 6.Fireworks, explosives, or aerial flares

    No need to risk a forest fire.

  • 7.Valuables

    Don’t bring any valuables! If you absolutely must, keep them locked and out of view in your vehicle.

  • 8.Firearms of any kind

    This includes BB guns, air rifles and paintball guns.

  • 9.Hand-held lasers

    Leave these at home. All other lasers must be registered.

  • 10.Wood chips, loose feathers, tubs of confetti

    They’re bad for the environment.

FAQs About Music Festivals

  • 1. If I’m camping and the festival is during the summer months, how do I stay cool in my tent?

    Bring some ice packs or chilly pads and keep them in your cooler. When you’re getting ready for bed, cool down by setting one on your forehead. You can also bring portable fans to use in your tent.

  • 2. At multi-day festivals, what am I supposed to do with my trash?

    At most festivals that involve camping, staff will give you a trash bag when you go in that they will collect at the end of the festival. At Bonnaroo last year, they even gave festival-goers a raffle ticket for every bag of trash they turned in! If you can, try and spend a little time picking up trash to keep the Earth clean!

  • 3. How much money should I bring with me?

    It depends on how long you’re going for and what kind of music festival it is, but if you’re staying for a few days you should plan on bringing around $100-300 in cash. Make sure you bring enough money to purchase any souvenirs if you wish to.

  • 4. How can I make the most of my music festival experience?

    Make the most of it by losing yourself in the music and taking lots of pictures!

  • 5. Are music festivals safe?

    Yes. In general, the main dangers at music festivals are those you can easily avoid – that is to say, if you don’t overindulge and you take standard sun and safety precautions, you shouldn’t have any issues. Don’t carry excessive cash, keep any valuables close and hidden, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated, and pay attention to your surroundings. You’ll have a fantastic time, and enjoy memories of your experience for years to come!