Music Festivals

18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival 

Erica Scheidt
Updated December 26, 2019 1.7k votes 404 voters 51k views 19 items

List Rules Vote: Based on what you think is the most essential

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.

Baby Wipes That Aren't J... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival
Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License
Baby Wipes That Aren't Just For Your Butt
We cannot stress this necessity enough! Accept when going into a festival that you will be caked in dirt by hour three, and a hot shower will be nothing but a dream. To keep that festival grime at bay, use baby wipes throughout the day to avoid feeling gross.
Is this essential?
Sunscreen Because It's t... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival
Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License
Sunscreen Because It's the One Responsible Thing You Can Do
Don't end up like this guy. 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.
Is this essential?
Trash Bags for the Litte... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival
Photo: flickr/CC0
Trash Bags for the Litter Bugs
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.
Is this essential?
More Water Than Booze is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Things to Bring to Every Music Festival
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY
More Water Than Booze
Staying hydrated throughout the festival is key to staying alive on the dance floor... or in general. Seriously though, bring as much water as you can carry into the festival; though many festival organizers have gotten better at providing free water for the crowds, it's never a guarantee that it will be clean or easy to get.
Is this essential?