Your Ultimate Music Festival Packing List.

Melanie Sutrathada shares her list of what to bring to a music festival like GovBall or Bonnaroo..jpg
Melanie Sutrathada shares her ultimate list of what to bring to a music festival like GovBall or Bonnaroo..jpg

Who's ready for live performances with your favorite bands and musicians? What about a weekend of dancing and music? Giant corn dogs and way more funnel cake than you should eat in one sitting? I don't know about you, but my hand is raised high to the sky just writing that.

Whether you're heading to Coachella, Stagecoach, or Panorama, here's what to pack to get you through the festival:

1. Sunscreen.

SPF + music festivals = a match made in heaven. Do yourself (and your friends who will inevitably forget) a favor by bringing sunblock with at least SPF 30. It's easy to forget just how much sun protection you'll need over the course of a 10+ hour day in the sun, so bring a travel-size bottle of sunscreen that you can keep applying. Apply it at least half an hour before you get to the festival and make sure to keep reapplying to avoid both epic sunburns and unsightly tan lines post-festival. Spray sunblocks are my go-to because they're easier to apply and absorb quicker. I also usually pack my Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield, an all-mineral powder that provides total protection in one convenient, on-the-go application - I use it over my makeup to provide sun protection and reapply throughout outdoor events. Note: Coachella does not allow aerosol spray sunscreens inside the festival, so bring SPF in lotion form just in case. 

2. Lip balm.

I'm one of those people who carries around two or three lip balms, a lipstick, and maybe even a gloss at any given moment, so lip care is definitely at the top of my mind when I go to music festivals. You protect your face with sunscreen - shouldn’t you do the same for your lips? Duh. Keep your lips moisturized and protected all day long no matter how hard the sun is shining with a great lip balm like this Burt's Bee's All-Weather balm or eos Active. When I know I'm going to be in warmer weather, I steer clear of shiny lip glosses because they are reflective and can absorb sunlight and also increase your risk of a burn. Instead, I opt for balms with a waxier texture for serious staying power and SPF 15 for protection from the sun's rays.

3. Water bottle.

Bring an empty plastic bottle to use at free refilling stations or water fountains around the venue. Ain't nobody got time for ridiculously over-priced water or dehydration. Drink water and then drink some more water. I would also recommend keeping an extra bottle or two in your car for the ride home. Between sweating in the sun and a little (or a lot of) alcohol, staying hydrated should be a priority. 

4. Comfortable shoes.

Skip the heels and wedges and opt for your favorite pair of broken-in sneakers. Your feet will thank you and you won't get too upset when people inevitably step on your feet while dancing or running to check out another performance. Long lines and hour after hour spent on your feet is par for the course when it comes to music festivals, so let's just say that this is not the time for six-inch platforms, ladies. Close-toed shoes are especially important if you're planning to get closer to the front of the stage for performances! My go-to pair is usually white Converse for jamming out hour after hour.

5. Sunglasses.

It's most likely going to be bright at the festival (especially if it's Coachella!), so make sure to bring a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes. Our eyes are super sensitive and prolonged exposure to the sun's damaging rays can lead to a variety of bad stuff like skin cancer and glaucoma. Look for an inexpensive pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection to provide full protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. That's not all that they're good for though! On top of protecting your peepers from the sun, sunglasses will also keep your eyes protected from the elements like wind, dust, and sand. 

6. Baby wipes.

You should carry these around even if you don't have a baby. Actually, you should carry these around especially if you don't have a baby. They're that helpful. A few baby wipes will save you especially after a long day of dancing it out and are the perfect way to keep yourself feeling and smelling fresh during and after a busy day. Since baby wipes are formulated for the youngins, they'll likely be unscented and less harsh on your skin. 

7. Phone charger.

Between getting the perfect shot for the 'Gram and texting your friends to find out where they're at, your battery power is sure to go fast. Bring a portable battery charger and your cable to keep your phone's battery going strong from the moment you arrive to the final encore of the day's headliner. 

8. Hand sanitizer.

Fun fact: 1 in 5 people don’t regularly wash their hands. Of those 1 in 5, 70% don’t use soap. Crazy, right? (Also, incredibly disgusting, but we'll save that tirade for another day). That being said, hand sanitizer is king when you're going to a music festival and pretty much any event in general. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will help to deter the spread of germs and bacteria. Public restrooms will likely be your only option all day at a music festival, so hygiene is especially important.

Anything I missed? What would you recommend bringing for a music festival?