13 Essentials for Your Music-Festival Survival Kit

These goodies are the difference between 😊 and 😃.


Festival season has arrived and while you've most likely had your outfits picked out since you bought your tickets, the rest of your packing list may remain a bit of a question mark. Here, all the little things you need to throw into your bag to make sure your experience lives up to all the hype. They'll keep you glowing, hydrated, non-sunburned, and generally carefree (AKA not a sweaty, unhappy mess).

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An H2O carrier

Hydrating while basking in the sun is a must. Sure, you can buy water bottles as you go, but this reusable stainless steel water guy is infinitely more earth (and wallet) friendly. Plus, it will keep your water cool in steamy conditions.

Swell Ombré Speckle Bottle, $35, swellbottle.com

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Disposable Poncho

An easy poncho to throw on at a moment's notice makes standing through sudden downpours much more pleasant. And trust us, you don't want to be the person with the umbrella blocking everyone's view.

Mossi XT Series Clear Adult Rain Poncho, $9.44, homedepot.com

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Ear Plugs

For those moments when you set up a little too close to the speakers or you need to block out noisy neighbors from the tent next door, a pair of reusable noise blockers will be *KEY*.

Dewalt Orange Foam Corded Disposable Earplugs 2-pack, $3.49, homedepot.com

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Blister Bandages

Even the most well-broken-in shoes can start to rub after standing (and dancing) for hours on end—save your feet the drama and come packing blister-blocking bandages. 

Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions, $4.22, jet.com

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Electrolyte Tablets

Between the sun, the dancing, and the booze, dehydration can be a real factor. Crush one of these tablets up in a glass of water and you'll feel good as new in a snap.

Nuun Active Hydration Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs Strawberry Lemonade, $5.99, target.com

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Because, duh, it's 2017 and using sunscreen is cool now. This breathable formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling clean, not sticky, greasy, or waxy. (And, consider this your friendly reminder to reapply often.)

Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Whipped Sunscreen, $10.99, target.com

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Sweat-proof mascara

For all-day beauty, you'll want a mascara that will stand up through sweat, rain, and tears—and this one does all that and more. It also lifts, curls, separates, and makes lashes extra-black. It's like wide-awake-looking eyes in a tube.

Shiseido Full Lash Multi-Dimension Mascara Waterproof, $27, shiseido.com

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A chic sunhat

A wide-brimmed topper will be your savior on a sunny day. Bonus: It also stylishly disguises wonky hair situations created from all that dancing and twirling. Second bonus: It also completes an outfit.

Joie Wide Stripe Fedora Hat, $100, joie.com

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A shower alternative

These extra-large wet wipes mean you can still feel human when you haven't seen a proper shower in days (yes, even when you've trudged through mud).

YUNI Shower Sheets Body Wipes, $15 for 12, yunibeauty.com

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Bug spray

Pest repellant is a definite must-have if you're heading to a bug-ridden zone. Nothing distracts from a good set like a brand-new cluster of mosquito bites on your leg.

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion, $6.99, avon.com

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A battery-powered fan

This little gadget provides a fine mist that'll keep you going in even the hottest heat. It's the next best thing to portable air conditioning.

Sunpentown Personal Handheld Misting Fans, $29.99 for two, target.com

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Healthy snacks

A protein-packed bar in your bag will most certainly keep you going when your favorites are playing back to back. If your itinerary goes over more than a day, bring a whole box—because you never know when you (or someone around you) will need a boost.

Kind Bar in Sweet Cayenne BBQ, $14.95 for a box of 12, kindsnacks.com

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No-mess cleanser

When spritzed on, this stuff dissolves makeup (even the waterproof kind), sweat, dirt, and the remnants of the day so you can wipe it all off with a cotton ball, tissue, napkin, or face wipe. A quick splash after is all it takes from there—perfect for when a capful from a water bottle is your best bet, without a sink in sight. 

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray, $26, urbandecay.com

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