10 Packing Essentials for Summer Music Festival Season

It's that time of year - festival season! I'm off to Bonnaroo this weekend on a mega road trip, so I figured it is the perfect time to list out some of my top packing tips for music festivals. A lot of festivals have rules nowadays that you might not be aware of, so always check their website for up to date info on what you can and cannot bring into the festival. Have a happy festival!

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Clear Backpack

With current regulations at festivals, a lot of them won't let you bring in bags of certain sizes. I know for Bonnaroo 2018, you can only have a clear backpack, an empty Camelbak Hydration Pack, or a fanny pack (like this fun holographic one). 

Sunscreen (Not In An Aerosol Can)

Most fests won't let you bring in aerosol cans, so don't make the rookie mistake of getting your sunscreen confiscated. Either bring a high SPF lotion or a spray that is not an aerosol can, like the one from Banana Boat

Baby Wipes

Because no one should trust that there will actually be toilet paper in the porta potties, so better be safe than sorry. Plus, they're great for wiping off picnic tables, cleaning dirt off your hands and legs, and many more uses (especially at camping festivals!). If you don't want to carry a whole pack of them around, just put 10 in a ziplock bag and voila! Don't forget your baby wipes!


If you're at a hotter festival, it can get quite dusty, so you'll want a bandana to keep you from getting the fest flu (aka getting sick from all that dirt up your nose).

Emergency Ponchos

These things are your best friend. Instead of getting charged $10 or more at the fest for a throwaway emergency poncho because you forgot to bring one, buy between 5-10 of these (depending on the weather forecast), and carry a few at a time in your backpack. They are can be great to sit on if it's a rainy festival and the ground is muddy.

Rain Boots

A good pair of rain boots, or wellies as the Brits say, will come in handy if it ends up being a muddy festival. I personally love these UGG Rain Boots that are both cute and comfy. They come in several color options too!


Don't die in the sun! Protect your head and bring a festival-ready hat. Keeps the burn off and keeps you cool! Check out these three options below.

Dry Shampoo

While you probably can't bring it into the festival grounds with you, you'll definitely want some dry shampoo in your tent to survive a weekend at a camping festival. My favorite is the OG dry shampoo brand Batiste. I personally love their tropical scent!

Gold Bond

No one likes to talk about it, but at those hot and sweaty summer festivals, you're probably going to chafe. Bring a pocket sized bottle of Gold Bond to avoid having thigh rub ruining your weekend.

Battery Pack Charger

Last but not least, if you're going to survive a music festival (whether camping or not) and be able to take all those concert videos and selfies your heart desires, you're going to want an external battery pack to keep your phone charged all weekend. For those at camping festivals, I highly recommend something with 20000mAh or more to get you through the whole festival, like the Anker Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh that has gotten me through Glastonbury Festival and U.S. National Park camping trips alike. If you want something a little less bulky, try the Anker PowerCore 10000.

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 10 Essentials to Pack for Summer Music Festival Season // www.readysetjetset.net #readysetjetset #festivals
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