What to pack for a music festival

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It’s festival season. May this year be your first time at Coachella – or if 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 (41mm), $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 (was $80)

We know what to pack for a music festival.

Festivalgoers, you’re going to want your tech, a way to recharge it, and a way to find it if it gets lost. Outdoor music festivals involve standing in the scorching sun, so you’ll need ways to protect your skin and stay cool. You will also need a place to store your phone, keys, wallet, and any other possessions 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 to pack for your music festival.

Where to find tickets for the 2022 music festival

Still looking for tickets for the 2022 music festival? You can buy tickets for Coachella, Stagecoach, EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball Music Festival and other festivals online now. (For more information on buying festival tickets online, read our guide, How to Get Coachella Tickets.)

What to pack for a music festival

From technology that helps you stay in touch with family, friends and fellow festival-goers, to protective sunscreen that’s good for your skin, you’ll be glad you packed these music festival essentials.

Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm)

Apple Watch Series 7

The Apple Watch Series 7 in new colors midnight, starlight, green, a new blue and (PRODUCT)RED.


Taking your phone out in a large crowd can be a hassle. You can text, call, and even stream between sets with Apple Watch Series 7 on your wrist.

The Apple Watch comes in new case finishes: midnight, starlight, green, a new blue, and Product Red. Whoever you go with, you’ll probably find a good match with new apple watch bands and watch faces available.

(Note: some colors are available at different prices.)

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41mm), $348 (was $399)

You can upgrade to a model with cellular service for as little as $449. Additional monthly charges from your wireless service provider may apply.

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + Cellular (41mm), $449 (reduced from $499)

Apple AirTag locators


Apple through Amazon

Never worry about losing your stuff while running to and from the 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.

Apple AirTag locators, $99

Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack

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Fjallraven via Amazon

This sturdy little backpack is small enough not to be bulky in crowds, yet roomy enough to hold all your essentials. You can easily store your portable power bank, sunscreen, water bottle and wallet inside.

Fjallraven backpacks are sturdy and well suited for adventure. The zippers are covered with thick, water-resistant flaps, which makes access to water and pickpockets much more difficult.

Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack, $66 (was $80)

Quay “High Key” Polarized Aviator Sunglasses



Festivals usually take place in spring and summer, as that is when we have the warmest and sunniest weather. Enjoy the heat and protect your eyes from the sun with these cool polarized frames.

Quay “High Key” Polarized Aviator Sunglasses, $85

Florabella “Tracey” Hat



One of the trendiest ways to protect the skin of your scalp, face, and neck is to wear a sun hat. This great raffia option from Revolve will turn heads no matter if you’re having fun at Stagecoach or Coachella.

Florabella “Tracey” hat, $119

Adidas Originals Washed Bucket Hat


Adidas via Amazon

Shield your eyes and protect your scalp from burns with this trendy hat option. This 100% cotton beanie comes in over 30 colors and patterns.

Adidas Originals Washed Bucket Hat, $16

portable power bank


Lanluk through Amazon

There are no wall outlets in the middle of a music festival. Pack this portable power bank instead, so your phone has enough charge to grab that Instagram opportunity of a lifetime, whenever (or wherever) it happens.

Portable Power Bank, $23 (reduced from $26)

Festival Gear Vibe Belt Bag


Shop Vibe Festival Gear via Amazon

If you don’t like wearing a backpack, you can always strap a fanny pack around your waist. This fanny pack has four pockets, including a main pocket with a hidden zipped compartment inside, perfect for protecting important items like your wallet or car keys. The pack is water resistant and is available in 14 colors and prints.

This fanny pack has an adjustable waist that fits a waist from 31″ to 44″.

Vibe Festival Gear Bum Bag, $18

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel Variety Pack


Purrell through Amazon

Keep your team’s hands clean even when you find yourself together in the desert. These one fluid ounce bottles of germ-killing Purell can be attached to backpacks, purses, fanny packs and more. This strain pack is infused with various essential oils.

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel Variety Pack, $16

High fidelity earplugs


Eargasm via Amazon

If you love live music but have noise sensitivity issues, invest in a good pair of earplugs. Eargasm earplugs claim to provide up to 21dB of noise reduction. According to the brand, when you wear these earplugs, you protect your ears from harmful noise levels while still being able to hear your surroundings clearly.

These earplugs come with a waterproof aluminum carrying case.

High fidelity earplugs, $38

Super goof! All. Only. Face. aqueous lotion SPF 50



Aerosol sunscreens are often not allowed at festivals, but you should still protect your skin. That Supergoop! the sunscreen is universal and undetectable with a cooling and refreshing feeling.

Super goof! All. Only. Face. aqueous lotion SPF 50, $34

Super goof! also makes sunscreens for your whole body.

Super goof! Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50, $28

Welly Quick Repair Kit

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Music festivals usually have a first aid tent for any type 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 handy.

Welly Quick Repair Kit, $14

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