What to Pack for Every Kind of Music Festival Across the Country

From hip-hop in Brooklyn to country in Nashvegas.

Who'd have thought scoring tickets was the easy part? Whether you're headed on a reggae road trip or cross-country for some desert dancing, we've got you covered with a lineup of fashion and beauty don't-leave-home-withouts that makes packing for your trip stress-free. So queue up your festy playlist and charge up your smartphone—it's time to get this show on the road.

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1. bishop + young Palm Print Crop, $70 

WHY: A shoulder-baring top in a standout print paired with a breezy pleated skirt is this season's winning  indie festival uniform. Plus, the effortless look will keep you cool in the scorching desert temps. Top it all off with casual white kicks and cat-eye shades, which say you're practical and polished.

2. Decléor Hydra Floral BB Cream, $43 

WHY: Dry Palm Springs weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin. This multitasking formula combines SPF 20, skin-perfecting bb cream, and 24-hour moisture, so you can be one and done with everything you need to go the distance. 

3. Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, $27

WHY: Stash this refreshing mist in your purse for an insta-facial while the sun is beating down on those desert grounds. It's laced with Cactus Flower to keep skin hydrated even under dry conditions and a blend of essential oils to protect skin from environmental aggressors. Best part? It'll cool you off like a portable shower.

4.  & Other Stories Amber Gold Butter Bronze , $25 

WHY: Want to fast-track your way to a Cali complexion, a.k.a. sun-kissed glow? Sweep this iridescent bronzing cream just under cheekbones and along your hairline for subtle, streak-free color. Then, hit your collarbones to make that off-the-shoulder top, above, look even sexier.

 

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1. Topshop Metallic Bomber, $140

WHY: In the Pacific Northwest, temps can tank at night, so traveling with a versatile jacket is always a smart idea. Tie it around your waist during the day; then drape it over your shoulders to beat off the chill when the sun goes down.

2. Nars Liquid Blush in Luster, $30

WHY: All that trance-like dancing to your fave DJ spins can sweat your makeup right off, so stick to longer-lasting formulas like this cream blush, which delivers high-impact color. Blend a bit of onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingertips and dab whatever's left on lips for a barely-there hint of color and shine. No mirror necessary.

3. YSL Couture Kajal Eye Pencil in Noir Ardent, $35  

WHY: Sooty lids scream club scene, so even if your dance moves aren't too strong, your makeup will look the part. This multi-use pencil is precise enough for cat flicks, but creamy enough to give you that smudgy vibe.  

4. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, $3.42

WHY: Before you lounge on the lawn for 12-hours straight, coat your strands with this protein-packed elixir to help boost moisture and maintain healthy ends.

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1. BED|STU Flora Boots, $345

WHY: Because Nashville. Period. Plus, you can wear them with all the country staples—prairie dresses, skinny jeans, breezy skirts, you name it. They're also way sturdier than sandals and will protect your feet in an unexpected shower or mud pit.

2. Garnier Fructis Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray, $3.42

WHY: 100-percent humidity? Torrential downpour? Bring it, because nothing's getting through this argan oil-infused shield spray. It's surprisingly lightweight, but creates an invisible barrier that wards off frizz and flyaways all day long.

3.  Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 05 Tangerine, $26

WHY: Singing along to all your fave country crooners with a good 'ole brewksy in hand can make your lips parched. This part-balm, part-gloss wonder zaps flakes while imparting a silky (not sticky) shine. Slick some on top of bare lips or layer it over a matte shade for a plumped-up effect.


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1. Fenty Puma By Rihanna Creeper White Leather, $150

WHY: Without some killer kicks in the BK, you might as well just stay home. Not only are they outfit gold, but you'll still be comfortable hours in. Consider these your circuit staple.  

2. Byredo Kabuki Perfume in Bal d'Afrique, $65

WHY: Sweltering heat plus a mosh pit can precipitate some pretty pungent odor. Stash a spill-proof perfume powder in your bag so you can freshen up anytime.

3. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask, $2.99

WHY: This radiance-boosting, hyaluronic acid-rich sheet mask will impart major moisture and make you look well rested—even if you party-hopped all night. For a little extra TLC, hop in a steamy shower (if there's one within a mile radius) and let it sit on your skin while you bathe. When you get out, layer on a moisturizer with SPF while skin's still damp to seal in all that glorious glow.

 

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1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light SPF 60 Sunscreen, $29.99

WHY: A hot day singing to your favorite Top 40 tunes also means the sun's harmful rays will be keeping the spotlight on you from morning 'til night. Arm yourself with a lightweight UVA/UVB protector that shields your skin against that strong California sunshine—and is small enough to stash in your pocket 

2. Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue, $195

WHY: The scent strategy for any self-respecting West-Coast girl: sunshine in a bottle. This crisp mix of mandarin, juniper, and vetiver is approachable and easy to wear.

3. Skagen Lobelle Saddle Bag, $225

WHY: Because how are you going to snap a decent selfie while you're juggling a lighter and a clutch? Do yourself a solid and opt for a fashion-forward purse that's hands-free. This sky-blue one is compact, yet roomy enough to hold everything (phone, keys, wallet, extra battery, baby wipes, etc.) you need to get you through the day—and night.

4. Lancôme Belle de Teint Mosaic Palette in Patio Mediterranean, $45

WHY: For that quintessential surfer girl glow but without the rays, get yourself a do-it-all compact. Sweep bronzer on cheekbones, blush onto the apples of your cheeks, and highlighter on your brow bones to make your whole face pop.


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1. MadeWorn Blondie and Stars Concert T-Shirt, $175

WHY: Nothing nails rock-and-roll style like an old-school band tee with your favorite jeans. For VIP status, go all out on the accessories with a '90s choker, black fedora, and roughed-up biker boots.

2. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment, $4.44

WHY: The thing about rocker vibes is the dirtier the hair, the more authentic the look—which works in your favor for a multi-day festival. Even just a dab of this oil run through sections of your hair can create a more lived-in look.

3. Stellar Metallic Moon Lipstick in Disco Moon 04, $22

WHY: One swipe of this shimmery gold lipstick dials up the Ziggy Stardust factor. Rim your eyes with a sooty black liner for extra edge.

4. Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Glass Souls, $18

WHY: No one wants to deal with a chipped mani on a trip, so glitter-tinged tips or one thin coat of sparkles over a clear base is the way to go. It's easy, cool, and lasts forever. Not to mention, it just goes with the music. 



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