Festival Season Survival Guide

It’s official, festival season has arrived. From now until September, there’s a new event almost every week. No matter which venue you choose, whether you’re doing the day pass thing or camping out for the weekend, there are a few things you won’t want to be caught in the crowd without.

Whatever shows you’re going to, these are the essentials that will help you get through your festival experience like a seasoned pro.

Women’s Festival Outfit Ideas

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There’s no denying that what you wear to a festival is as much a part of the experience as the festival itself. The best way to keep your look unique and fresh no matter what the weekend brings is to simplify where you can.

Denim shorts are pretty much a no-brainer. They’re comfy, they look good, and they’re ready for literally any scenario. Heat wave? Good thing you’re not wearing full-length jeans. Rainstorm? Shorts dry out way faster than pants or maxi skirts. A little destruction adds the timeless, summery vibe that fits in anywhere from front row to back stage.

Make it your own with an eye-catching crocheted halter or printed top, and throw a flannel or hoodie around your waist to layer on once the sun goes down. Create the easiest concert outfit EVER by wearing a band tee and denim shorts, or go alllll out with new cargo pants, a super crop top, and platform sandals.

Men’s Festival Outfit Ideas

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Guys, keep your festival outfit simple but on-trend with ripped denim shorts, a button-up shirt, and alllll the accessories you need for an all-day set. Concert outfits don’t have to be complicated, just choose lightweight shirts, comfortable shorts like khakis or cargos (with extra pockets to carry the essentials), and you’re good to go.

Must-Have Festival Accessories

bandanas, sunglasses & bracelets

Sunglasses are a given, and if you’re going the desert route, a bandana is an absolute must. (Nothing will ruin your day faster than a mouthful of dirt and dust.) No matter where you are, you’re going to need a hat on those long sunny days.

sunglasses & bucket hats

This season’s must-have is the bucket hat, which can add a fun pop of color and print to your look. Plus, it’s way easier to tuck into your back pocket if you don’t need it than that floppy straw or wide-brimmed hat.

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Essential Extras

Here’s where you really separate the festival newbies from the festival pros. It’s hard to think of a more clutch carryall than a fanny pack or waterproof phone pouch. They’re both wearable, which means you don’t have to worry about losing anything, and they’re the perfect size for keeping all the essentials (phone, cash, keys) close by at all times.

Sunscreen, a portable phone charger, and a reusable water bottle are three things a lot of people don’t think about until they actually need them, but trust us, you will need them!

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