The Ultimate Music Festival Camping List

We’ve all been there at least once: overwhelmed and stressed about what to pack for this year’s camping music festival. Even if we remember to bring the essentials, there’s always a point throughout the weekend where someone says: “I wish I would’ve brought THIS”. If you’re struggling to find a quality festival camping list, take a deep breath. You’ve come to the right place!

Camping Gear

This portion includes the absolute essentials for your camp. Think of these items as the backbone of the list.

  1. Tent
  2. Tent stakes
  3. Canopy/shade structure (bring stakes for this as well)
  4. Tarps
  5. Air mattress or sleeping pads
  6. Air pump and extra batteries
  7. Sleeping bag
  8. Pillow
  9. Blankets
  10. Chairs
  11. Coolers
  12. Ice
  13. Hammer
  14. Water Jugs
  15. Camp table
  16. Trash Bags
  17. Lantern
  18. Headlamp
  19. Extra rope
  20. Zip ties
  21. Jumper cables
  22. Sunscreen
  23. Bug spray


Photo Credit: Maggie Mattinson

Everyone does food a little differently at music festivals. While some choose to eat at the vendors for every meal, others simply can’t afford to and must bring their own food for the weekend. I usually budget for one food vendor meal each day and eat my own food the rest of the time.

If you do end up packing food, bring things that are nutrient-rich and healthy. It’s also essential to consume electrolytes and salt regularly to replenish those lost from sweating.  I included some food and meal ideas below that will serve as a good starting point.

Meal Ideas

  1. Frozen breakfast burritos: make these at home, wrap in tinfoil, and heat up on the grill.
  2. Chicken Salad or Veggie Salad: these are great to eat alone or on a tortilla/bread.
  3. Sandwich supplies
  4. Salad kits
  5. Oatmeal


Photo Credit: Brianna Allen
  1. Fruit
  2. Hummus/veggies
  3. Salted pita chips
  4. Pickles
  5. Fruit snacks
  6. Apple sauce
  7. Cliff bars
  8. Dark chocolate
  9. Trail mix
  10. Salted almonds/nuts
  11. Cheese and crackers
  12. Coffee or tea
  13. Gatorade powder

Cooking Supplies

If you do end up packing your own food it’s important to bring some kitchen supplies. This list should be altered depending on what kind of food you’re planning to cook.

  1. Small propane-powered grill
  2. Reusable plates, bowls, silverware
  3. Mug or thermos
  4. Reusable water bottle
  5. Tea pot (or other device to boil water)
  6. Pots and pans
  7. Seasonings
  8. Paper towels


Bring more clothing than you think you need! Festivals are a great place to jump out of your comfort zone and wear eccentric outfits. The weather is a huge influencer here, so always remember to pack according to the weather forecast.

  1. Shorts
  2. Tank tops
  3. Kimono
  4. Swimming suit
  5. Leggings
  6. Comfy pants
  7. Onesie!
  8. Jacket
  9. Hat
  10. Sunglasses
  11. Socks (Extra socks always get used)
  12. Comfortable shoes/sandals
  13. Fanny pack or festival belt
  14. Jewelry/accessories
Photo by Kip Stroud

Staying Clean | Personal Hygiene

Getting dirty at a music festival is inevitable. Even though showers are usually available, it can

sometimes take hours to get through the line. I prefer to use a solar shower in camp with environmentally friendly soap to avoid waiting for a shower to open up. Even if you choose not to shower, baby wipes and essential oils work great as well!

  1. Solar shower
  2. Environmentally friendly soap
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Essential oils in a spray bottle
  5. Dry shampoo
  6. Deodorant
  7. Face wipes
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Wet wipes
  10. Chapstick
  11. Wash cloth
  12. Towel
  13. Medications

Camp Swag

Your camp is your home for an entire weekend and it’s always fun to decorate and make this space as welcoming as possible! I like to create a “living room” area of camp that’s typically underneath the shade structure where people can come to hangout and cuddle puddle. Keeping your camp area lit up at night is also necessary.

  1. Solar lights (These can be found at the dollar store.)
  2. Tapestries
  3. Rug or camping mat
  4. Bluetooth speaker
  5. Hammock
  6. Camp flag or marker (make it easy to find camp at night)
  7. Extra pillows and blankets
  8. Incense (be sure to light this in a safe space)

Random Essentials

This final portion of the list includes random items that will make your festival experience better and easier!

  1. Hydration pack
  2. Pocket ashtray
  3. Vitamin packs (Take care of yourself, mind and body.)
  4. Spray bottle (For those hot days)
  5. Bandana (These are a life saver at those dusty festivals.)
  6. Portable phone charger
  7. First aid kit
  8. Ear plugs (Trust me)
  9. Sewing kit
  10. Umbrella
  11. Hand Warmers
  12. Condoms
  13. Tampons

Congrats! You’re finally done packing. If you have any other suggestions for this list, please put those in the comments below. Happy festival season!


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Brianna Allen

Music festival enthusiast and cat fanatic! Enjoys camping and backpacking through Idaho's beautiful mountains.