Festival Camping Checklist

Festival Essentials

  • Tickets
  • Map and directions to the festival
  • Map of the festival grounds
  • Concert schedule
  • Tent marker (flag, balloons, lights, etc.)
  • Lock for your tent
  • ______________________

In and Around Camp

  • Tent
  • Tent footprint
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Sun shade, tarp or screen house
  • Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
  • Sleeping bags (with optional liners)
  • Sleeping pads, air mattresses or cots
  • Pillows
  • Hammock
  • Pump for air mattresses
  • Pad, mattress repair kit
  • Folding camp chairs
  • Folding table or camp kitchen
  • Headlamps or flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • Lantern (with extra batteries)
  • Music player, speakers with headphones
  • Solar charger
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Camp shower
  • Notebook, and pen, pencil
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra car keys
  • ______________________

Inside the Festival

Check festival regulations ahead of time for rules about what you can bring inside the music area.

  • Daypack
  • Cash, credit card
  • Cell phone
  • Water bottles or hydration reservoir
  • Picnic-size cooler
  • Snacks
  • Point-and-shoot camera, compact video camera (no long lenses, extenders or professional equipment)
  • Memory cards, film
  • Binoculars
  • Ground blanket
  • Folding camp chairs (check height restrictions)
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ______________________

Clothing and Footwear

If chilly nights are possible, come prepared.

  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants, shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuits
  • Bandanas or buffs
  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Sleepwear
  • Insulating jacket or vest
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Clothesline with clips
  • In-camp sandals or booties
  • ______________________

Kitchen

For more options, see our Camp Kitchen Checklist.

  • 2-burner stove
  • Grill or grill rack
  • Fuel or charcoal (with matches, lighter)
  • Cookware
  • Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
  • Mugs, cups
  • Utensils
  • Portable coffee, espresso maker
  • Hand-crank blender
  • Bottle opener, corkscrew
  • Can opener
  • Food-storage containers
  • Resealable storage bags
  • Foil
  • Trash bags
  • Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
  • Cooler with ice
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber, sponge(s)
  • Collapsible water container(s)
  • Camp sink
  • Quick-dry towels
  • _____________________

Food

For more options, see our Camp Kitchen Checklist.

  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk (powdered or fresh)
  • Bottled, canned beverages
  • Butter, margarine, cooking oil, spray
  • Salt, pepper, spices
  • Jelly, jam
  • Bread, bagels
  • Breakfast food (oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup)
  • Prepared or freeze-dried meals
  • Energy food and snacks
  • Fruit (dried and fresh)
  • Vegetables
  • S’mores, dessert
  • ______________________

Personal Items

Tip: To more easily locate gear, keep similar items together in a mesh or clear stuff sack.

  • Toilet paper, bath wipes
  • Hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Insect-sting relief treatment
  • Spare eyeglasses, contact lenses
  • Mirror
  • First-aid kit (see First-Aid Checklist)
  • Medications, pain relievers
  • Toiletry kit
  • Brush, comb
  • Eyeshades, earplugs
  • ______________________

Fun Stuff

Browse Games and Toys for more ideas.

  • Paperbacks or e-Books
  • Playing cards
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Kick-around foot bag
  • Hula hoops
  • Glow sticks
  • Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
  • Flying discs
  • Board games
  • Electronic toys
  • Beach balls
  • Bubbles
  • Star chart, night-sky identifier
  • Bikes with accessories (check festival regulations to see if bikes are allowed)
  • ______________________

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