Summer Festival Must-Haves – The Hollywood Reporter
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You’ve mapped out your summer festival itinerary, and now it’s time to pack your bags. Whether you’re headed to Coachella, Bonnaroo or Rolling Loud, the most seasoned festival-goers might forget a thing or two amid the frenzy of packing their looks and fashion gear for road trips or long flights. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are the most obvious items to check off your festival packing list – but there are plenty of other items (like a first aid kit or a powerful phone charger) which could come in handy when you’re traveling mile-long fields and dusty or muddy terrain.
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Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best music festival essentials, from fashionable and functional hands-free bags to practical outdoor supplies and sun care essentials.
1. Anker 525 PowerCore 20K Power Bank
Spotty reception and shooting photos all day can drain your smartphone’s battery, but Anker’s portable USB-C charger keeps you powered up over the weekend. The 20,000mAh cell capacity can deliver five full charges for an iPhone 12, more than four for a Samsung Galaxy S10, or more than two and a half for an iPad Mini 5.
Anker 20000mAh USB-C Power Bank
2. Super goop! Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50
Shade isn’t always easy to come by at the festival – and Supergoop’s Play Daily Lotion! has SPF 50 to protect you from UVA and UVB rays for up to 80 minutes, sunflower extract to protect against the elements and rosemary leaf extract to calm and soothe the skin. The sweat- and water-resistant formula is also reef-friendly.
Super goof! PLAY Daily Lotion SPF 50
3. Sojos Small Round Classic Polarized Sunglasses
If you have a bad habit of losing track of your designer sunglasses, this stylish pair of round frames is affordable, protects your peepers, and suits almost any head shape. They are also available in other colors.
Sojos Small Round Classic Polarized Sunglasses
4. Roxy Sunshine on My Mind Sun Hat
Roxy’s woven straw hat features a drawstring chin strap to keep your topper firmly on your head in windy weather (or around your neck when the sun goes down). See more of our favorite sun hats for women here.
Roxy Sunshine on My Mind Sun Hat
5. Coola Organic Liplux Lip Balm and Sunscreen with SPF 30
Feeling a solar theme here? You can never protect your skin enough, which is why Coola’s Liplux Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a must-have in your festival kit. The water-resistant formula is vegan, gluten-free and 70% organic.
Coola Organic Liplux Lip Balm and Sunscreen with SPF 30
6. Sun Bum Refreshing Aloe Vera Gel
You may get a little burnt when walking around under the sun for days. Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel is infused with Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil to soothe and nourish irritated skin and prevent flaking. It can also be used to preserve your tan.
Sun Bum Refreshing Aloe Vera Gel
7. Herschel Fifteen Hip Pack
If you prefer to travel light, Hershel’s Fifteen fanny pack keeps your hands free while still providing plenty of extra space to store your essentials for the day.
Herschel Fifteen Hip Pack
8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera Bundle
What would a music festival be without souvenirs to take home? We love Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 instant film camera, which lets you take double exposures, adjust lighting settings, and turn the flash on or off. It comes in a cool set with a case, color filters, extra film and frame magnets and more).
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera Bundle
9. All Purpose Soft Sided First Aid Only Kit
For the ultra-prepared festgoer dealing with minor scratches or a little drop, this all-purpose kit could save you a trip across the field to the first-aid tent (and keep you from missing the show that you were expecting).
Essentials All Purpose Soft Sided First Aid Kit Only
10. Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs
Protect your hearing while still listening to music with Vibes’ high-fidelity earplugs, which come with different sizes of silicone tips so you can customize your noise reduction levels.
Vibes High Fidelity Earplugs
11. Yuni Shower Sheets Large Body Wipes
When you’re too focused on catching the first band and last performer each day, we understand that a shower might be the last thing on your schedule. These super soft deodorizing body wipes from Yuni allow you to wipe away sweat and dirt on the go.
Yuni Shower Sheets Large Size Body Wipes
12. Double Kind Chocolate Nut Protein Bars
When hunger strikes, don’t get caught with your stomach rumbling while waiting in long lines. Pack protein bars — like these Double Dark Chocolate Nut Bars from Kind — to satisfy your tummy and fuel your energy.
Kind Dark Chocolate Nut Protein Bars
13. Dr. Frederick’s Best Original Blister Bandages
If you plan on being on your feet all weekend, this varied pack of blister plasters will keep your steppers comfortable.
Dr. Frederick’s Original Better Blister Bandages
14. Caraa Sport Travel Fanny Pack
We’re a fan of Caraa’s adventure-ready Travel Waistpack for its plethora of compartments and storage, such as the two water bottle pockets, zippered pockets and removable straps that make it easy to organize your essentials. business (but don’t blame us if you end up being the best-prepared pack mule in your group).
Caraa Sport travel waist bag
15. BigTron Ultralight Backpack Stool Combo
Unless you’re in the VIP section, chances are you’ll be sitting on grass or dirt. If you like the option of a comfortable seat (without the bulk of a folding chair), this compact backpack has a built-in stool for posting in the field.
BigTron Ultralight Backpack Stool Set
16. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
Whether you’re dealing with dry or humid air, a good face mist can help cool you down. Mario Badescu’s face spray contains aloe, cucumber and green tea and works great as a toner, makeup setting or skin energizer.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
17. ’73 Originals Sierra Day Pack
Prefer a full-size bag to carry your festival essentials? This vintage-inspired backpack from ’73 Originals comes in several stylish colors and has the ability to double as a backpack for school or work, thanks to the laptop and tablet sleeve, plenty of compartments for storage, a handy key ring and padded shoulder straps. .
’73 Originals Sierra Day Pack
18. Cliq Camping Chair
For those who really want the best in festival comfort, Cliq’s compact camping chair can hold up to 300 pounds while taking only five seconds to set up. Best of all, it packs into the size of a water bottle, so you can easily store it in your backpack.
Cliq camping chair
19. United by Blue Deadstock Utility Fanny Pack
Yet another stylish waist bag option, United by Blue’s colorful Utility Bum Bag is made from 100% recycled polyester fabric, so eco-conscious revelers can feel good about their tote. This cooler bag is also water and stain resistant.
United by Blue Deadstock Utility Waist Bag
20. Brita Stainless Steel Filter Water Bottle, 32 Ounce
Keep clean, filtered water on hand (without resorting to single-use plastic) when you refill Brita’s stainless steel water bottle, which comes in 20 or 32 ounce sizes and keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours.
Brita Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle
21. Athleta Pacifica Ilume UPF 50+ Casual Jacket
Athletica’s lightweight jacket is made from UPF 50+ moisture-wicking fabric to protect your skin from the sun while keeping you comfortable in the heat. Made from recycled polyester, this garment is perfect for covering up on warm evenings – or you can easily roll it up and toss it in your bag.
Solbari Summer Essential UPF50+ Active Jacket