Heading out to a music festival is one of the many reasons why we love this season so much. At MyProScooter, we do our best to find all the hacks and tricks to make your life that much easier. With your favorite bands and groups getting ready to rock out, we wanted to make a list of the 10 packing hacks that everyone should know before camping at a music festival.

Using a combination of online research and firsthand knowledge, we put together the ultimate guide to keep you safe, prepared, and having a blast rather than worrying about what you should and shouldn’t bring.

Our searches consisted of YouTube videos, blogging walk-through’s, and various social media platforms to weed out the bad and keep the good. Let us know what you think!

10 Music Festival Packing Tips

1. Dress in Layers

You don’t want to end up soaking wet or freezing cold without being close to home. Dress in layers with a t-shirt and a light jacket to stay warm if you need it. Tie it around your waist when you’re not using it or throw it in your backpack. Trust us, it’s not fun getting caught in a rainstorm with thousands of people and nothing to warm you up!

2. Pack Light

On that note, don’t pack too many items. You don’t want to be one of those ‘pack everything but the kitchen sink’ types of people at a music festival. Keeping a lightweight backpack will let you stay mobile and it won’t wear you down over time. Not only that, but the less you bring the less can get stolen or damaged in a rowdy crowd if you decide to get a little crazy!

3. Bring Snacks for the Festival

Most music festivals have food trucks or someplace to chow down really quick before you head back out. That being said, bringing a few extra granola bars, fruit, or chips isn’t a bad way to save some money and time.

You also don’t know if any of the provided food might have something that you’re allergic to, so stay on top of things by bringing some snacks for the adventure.

4. Take a Reusable Water Along for the Ride

Reusable water bottles are useful for a number of reasons. Not only are they good for a constant source of delicious H2O, but they’re also fairly lightweight these days. The only bad part of a music festival is the massive amounts of trash left behind. Do yourself and the environment a favor by taking a reusable water bottle with you. The cleanup crew with be very thankful as well!

5. First-Aid Kits for Music Festivals

We very rarely read about people bringing first-aid kits to a music festival, but they’re super useful in a pinch. With bottles, swinging hands for cheering on music, and massive crowds of people at every turn, having a couple of band-aids and some wound cleaning solution is a fantastic idea. Even if you don’t end up using it yourself, you might be able to save someone else a trip to the hospital that could otherwise ruin their fun.

6. Prepare for ‘What-if’ Situations

Don’t overload your backpack, but always stay prepared for the worst. What if it rains, snows, gets canceled, there’s not enough food or water, and so on? Most of the tips on this list are about staying prepared, but we just wanted to stress how important it is to be ready for any and all situations before they arrive. Worst case scenario; you end up with a couple of pounds of extra gear.

7. Consider a Portable Charger for Tablets and Phones

Power banks are incredibly popular for storing enough battery life to charge a phone or tablet up to four times. Some of the best ones even store up to 8 full charges! The nice part is that you can charge it up at home and you’ll be set for days.

There are also certain solar phone chargers that clip onto your backpack to charge all day long. They even charge through clouds as long as the UV rays get to them.

Okay, so we’ve mentioned a backpack a few times, but which one should you bring? Well, this isn’t a huge camping or backpacking trip, so a typical college-style two-zipper pack will do just fine. It’s also a good idea to bring a couple of small locks to keep the zippers tied together. Keep in mind that smaller backpacks attract less attention.

8. Bring the Right Backpack

Okay, so we’ve mentioned a backpack a few times, but which one should you bring? Well, this isn’t a huge camping or backpacking trip, so a typical college-style two-zipper pack will do just fine. It’s also a good idea to bring a couple of small locks to keep the zippers tied together. Keep in mind that smaller backpacks attract less attention.

9. Take Certain Cleaning Supplies

Especially if you’ll be camping there for a few days, you’ll want to bring some sort of wet wipes with you. Hand sanitizer is also a great idea, but make sure it’s in a closed container and not a pump one. There are really good choices for wet wipes that are used for people who can’t take showers which are a solid replacement at a low cost.

10. Pack Extra Cash with You

We might be in modern times, but most festival food trucks still prefer cash. If you’re not comfortable packing it in your wallet, you can store it in the bottom of your shoe to conceal it better. Plus, if you lose your cash it’s not a big deal compared to losing a credit card!

All in all, music festivals are a blast and packing for them is easy. Follow these 10 tips and have a great time camping!

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