Music Festival Preparation Checklist – 80 Essential Items

Buying a festival ticket is simple, however, planning out the trip and having all the essentials is vital to having a good time and being prepared for any encounter. From having all the basic necessities like your phone, ID, and festival tickets to earplugs, a first aid kit, energy bars, etc.

This checklist will make sure you have everything you need or will need (just in case):

  • Festival ticket
  • Photo ID/Driver’s license
  • Cash and credit/debit cards
  • Festival map and schedule
  • Backpack or daypack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Extra layers for cooler weather
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Extra socks
  • Bandanas or face masks
  • Earplugs
  • Portable phone charger
  • Phone charging cables
  • Camera (if not using phone)
  • Memory cards for camera
  • Small first aid kit
  • Pain relievers (ibuprofen, aspirin)
  • Allergy medicine (if needed)
  • Antacid
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution and case
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Tissues or toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties or clips
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash or soap
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Tent
  • Tent pegs and hammer
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra batteries for flashlight
  • Camping chair
  • Camping table (compact)
  • Cooler
  • Ice packs or freeze blocks for cooler
  • Portable stove or grill
  • Fuel for stove/grill
  • Lighter or matches
  • Cups or mugs
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Trash bags
  • Recycling bags
  • Ziploc bags or containers for food storage
  • Portable water filter or purification tablets
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Duct tape or gaffer tape
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing kit
  • Notebook and pen
  • Portable fan
  • Battery-operated lantern
  • Marker pen for writing on car or tent
  • Portable seating pad
  • Waterproof bag cover
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Watch or small clock
  • Small lock for tent or backpack
  • UV water bottle with purifier
  • Portable music player or speakers
  • Extra layers for nighttime (thermal, fleece)
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Festival wristband or lanyard
  • Collapsible water container (for campsite)
  • Portable shade structure or umbrella

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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