20 Must-Haves for Your Music Festival Backpack

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20 Must-Haves for Your Music Festival Backpack

Even if your favorite music festival(s) don't involve camping, you still need some gear! We know you're excited to listen to some amazing artists, and it's easy to forget the essentials. We found some great products that can fit in your backpack (or be worn), so you can focus on the tunes and your friends.

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Practical And Pretty

Practical And Pretty

The Bright Navy/Honeysuckle color combo on this North Face bag is as practical as it is pretty! 

The 20 liter bag is available in 13 different looks, and it features plenty of organizational pockets (including water bottle pockets). At 18.25" it's big enough to take camping, but also lightweight enough for school.

02

Fashionable Fanny Pack

Fashionable Fanny Pack

Keep your valuables in a lightweight fanny pack for extra convenience and safety — no one wants to worry about lugging a bag around a music festival. 

This mini hip pack from Patagonia is durable, and best of all, it comes in fun colors like teal and lime green. Plus it folds up into itself when you don't need it, conserving valuable space.

03

Large Water Bottle

Large Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is important, so a large durable water bottle like this one from CamelBak is essential for festivals.

It holds a liter of H2O and comes in colors like sky blue and lilac. You can even get a bottle that reads "hydrate or die." Because well, it's the truth. Drink that water, concert-goer!

04

Colorful Flask

Colorful Flask

These flasks aren't meant to blend in, they are beautiful and they should be seen! Available in blue, aqua, mustard, pink, green, and gold, this little stainless steel flask is 4.3" tall, so it fits just about anywhere (holds about 3 oz. of liquid). 

It also comes in adorable gift box.

05

Best Portable Charger for Most People

Best Portable Charger for Most People


We recommend the Anker PowerCore 5000 for your portable charging needs for its small size, efficient charging, and build quality.

What Works

The Anker PowerCore 5000 can charge a flagship smartphone up to two times. It can also charge tablets and other devices that need a 2A connection, a rare feat for a charger this size. 

Don't worry, it won't ruin anything that only needs 1A (your iPhone) thanks to Anker's PowerIQ technology that helps the battery recognize what's being charged. This charger is also smart enough to stop discharging power when a cable is not connected, so you don't have to constantly recharge it. 

Though it has a plastic build, it's reinforced and can withstand a drop or two.

What Could Be Better

"Though it has a plastic build, it's reinforced and can withstand a drop or two."

Though this can charge devices fairly quickly, it doesn't support Qualcomm's Quick Charge (typically on Android devices that use a Snapdragon processor) or any other fast charging standards. It won't take hours to charge your phone, but you won't get the "50–80 percent in 30 minutes" you may have grown accustomed to with newer phones.

It's a little bigger and heavier (it's less than ⅓ lb) than most "lipstick" chargers, but most of those have half the battery power. You'll get similar power to an entry level, brick-style portable charger in a tiny cylinder that can fit just about anywhere.  

Warranty & Customer Support

Anker offers a 30-day money back guarantee and an 18-month warranty period. Their customer service team is responsive and helpful.

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Sensitive Sunscreen

Sensitive Sunscreen

Since you'll likely be outdoors, protect your face from sun exposure. 

Neutrogena makes a break-out free liquid lotion sunscreen that is SPF 55. You can slather it on and it should keep your face clear. Grab and extra to stick in your fanny pack!

07

Super Straw Hat

Super Straw Hat

Stay cool (literally and figuratively) with this stylish straw hat from Revolve.

The black band is lambskin.

08

Budget-Conscious Straw Hat

Budget-Conscious Straw Hat

If you're saving all your funds for festival tickets, but you still need sun protection, check out this affordable Brixton sun hat. 

It's got a wide 4" brim, and a black grosgrain band.

09

Portable Snack Bars

Portable Snack Bars

Toss a few protein bars in your bag for when the food truck line is just too long. 

RXBARs are protein-packed and have no added sugar, and no gluten, GMO, or soy. They're made of egg whites, dates, and nuts. So pretty much any festival-goer can partake. Flavors include blueberry, chocolate sea salt, coconut chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, mixed berry, and peanut butter.

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And Earplugs to Drown Out Extra Noise

And Earplugs to Drown Out Extra Noise

Meant to protect your hearing from loud harmful noises at loud events like concerts, these earplugs also do a fantastic job blocking out noise when you're trying to fall asleep. In fact, they can reduce noise by up to 21 decibels. 

They're also reusable, so you can reduce waste, and come with an aluminum carry case, making them easy to take on the go.

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Travel First Aid Kit

Travel First Aid Kit

Tuck this little (7.5" wide) case into your luggage and you'll be prepared for minor injuries that might occur.

The Be Smart kit includes items like antiseptic towelettes, bandages, alcohol wipes, antibiotic applicators, and an instant cold compress. Better safe than sorry!

12

Cool Crossbody Bag

Cool Crossbody Bag

Show off a little boho style with this cool crossbody bag. 

Available in five colors (rose, sage, brown, tan, and black), it's a leather bag with an inside pocket and drawstring closure. Use the top handles or the 19.75" shoulder strap to tote your essentials.

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Cushy insoles

Cushy insoles

There are plenty of insoles out there, but we love these breathable foam ones from Target. They can be cut to size (and they're cheap enough that you won't mind doing so) to fit a men's 12 or a women's size 6. Need a little more cushion? They make another version that is twice as thick.

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Trusty Rain Jacket

Trusty Rain Jacket

This lightweight anorak is water-resistant, making it convenient in case of inclement weather. Or just a chilly day. 

Available in olive, black, and blue for women. The men's rain jacket available at Target comes in beige and red.

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Classic Rain Boots

Classic Rain Boots

U.K. company Hunter makes classic festival boots. If you're going to an area prone to wet weather, these will keep your feet nice and dry. 

The high quality rubber construction should last for years. The Original Short Rain Boots come in a variety of colors, from black matte, to silver, to bright pink.

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Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

When you can’t wash your hands, you can use a hand sanitizer to ward off germs. 

Purell is the #1 hand sanitizer brand in hospitals, and it kills more than 99.99% of germs. You only need one squirt of this gel hand sanitizer to equal two squirts of other brands, claims Purell. Stock up and keep those germs at bay!

17

Toilet Paper To-Go

Toilet Paper To-Go

These 6 mini toilet paper rolls are super convenient for festivals, or anywhere else with dicey bathroom accommodations.

Each 2-ply roll is individually packaged and features 75 sheets. 

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A Mini Flashlight So You Don’t Stub Your Toes

A Mini Flashlight So You Don’t Stub Your Toes

Walking through an unfamiliar house in the dark is a recipe for stubbed toes and banged shins. 

Grab a mini flashlight so you can find the bathroom without getting bruised. 

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Polaroid Pop

Polaroid Pop

New for the holiday season, Polaroid has rolled out a fun new instant camera, the POP. She can toss this little camera in her bag, then take 3” by 4” white-bordered photos instantly.

Available in 6 colors, the POP has great features like a timer, built-in flash, video, and photo booth mode. Film is approximately $1.00 per exposure. A great addition to any holiday party — get those Santa selfies!

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Bobby pins because you never have enough

Bobby pins because you never have enough

The Essential Bobby Pin comes in three colors: blonde, black, and tortoise (for the brunettes and redheads in the middle). The 45 bobby pins in each pack are ready to fix updo mishaps in a heartbeat.

We also like this 12-pack from L. Erickson with shades in Black, Chocolate, Ivory, and Camel for the mama bears who don't mind "lending" a few to someone in need.

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