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18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival

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You need this list of music festival packing list. We heard how you went to Coachella and got such a bad sunburn, you couldn't sit down for days, and we saw your Instagrams from Bonnaroo when you complained about running out of water. Well, it's time you cleaned up your act, and lucky for you, we've compiled a list of music festival essentials that will make your next forays into the music festival circuit a rousing success. Take a gander. 

Though you may think that some of this music festival gear is common sense, you'd be surprised at how many people skip over these essentials (we're looking at you!). For the uninitiated music festival goers especially, it's easy to forget these essential items on your packing list. Though your experience is ultimately what you make of it, these music festival essentials will help make your weekend that much more enjoyable.

So please, look over this list we've toiled over for your benefit, and let us know if we've missed anything that has made your experience unforgettably amazing. See you on the final festival circuit; we'll be the ones that are prepared, and hopefully, you will be too! And, if you've done all your festival shopping, but still haven't figured out where to go, check out our list of the best US festival lineups in 2020.

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    Don't end up looking like a tomato. When you're drunk and dancing, it's easy to forget to reapply sunscreen throughout the day; however, having a painful sunburn will make the rest of the festival experience miserable.

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    A Decent Tent

    Though sleeping in a tent is rarely anyone's idea of a good time, if you're going to be passing out in one for three days or longer, you better make sure that it's a good one. Make sure before leaving for the fest that there aren't any holes or tears in your tent, that it's big enough to accommodate everyone that plans on sleeping in it, and that it has a rain cover in case the weather decides to rain on your parade.
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    Trash Bags

    You'd be surprised at how much trash builds up over a weekend outside of civilization. Tie trash bags to the side of your tent or easy up, and be sure to throw them away frequently to avoid smells and extra mess. Not only will it make for a more pleasant communal area, the festival promoters and organizers will be extremely grateful.
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    Solar Or Battery Powered Phone Chargers

    Yes, your phone will die almost immediately upon arriving, and being without a camera or a means of communication will inevitably get frustrating. Avoid the crowded charging stations by bringing along your own solar or battery powered charger so you can peruse the festival in peace.

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