Concerts

Ten Things to Pack for an Outdoor Music Festival

This guy flaunts his flash tattoos at Coachella.
This guy flaunts his flash tattoos at Coachella. Shane Lopes


With Denver heating up, it's time to start planning your escape from the city. And there's no better place to go than one of Colorado's outdoor music festivals, from the Ride Festival in Telluride to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons. But before you hit the road, make sure you're prepared. Weather can be unpredictable, and the logistics for gathering a bunch of festivarians at an outdoor location can be a nightmare (think Woodstock or, more recently, the Fyre Festival). As you're putting together your packing list, make sure the following things are on it.

Accessories
The small things count. Bring a portable charger, bug spray, a fanny pack (they’re back in style), ear plugs, a medical ID bracelet and your meds (especially allergy meds).

Drinks
If you’re camping, load up your cooler, but don't bring anything in glass containers, because they're rarely permitted. Want beer? Bring canned brews. You won’t be allowed to take drinks inside the festival grounds, so carry an empty, reusable water bottle to fill up once you're there. Don’t worry, the vendors will gladly sell you more beer. Also, bring Gatorade for the mornings, because you're sure to need the electrolytes!

Food
It will cost you a pretty penny to buy your food from festival vendors. A better option: Bring snacks. You’ll be surprised how hungry good music and sunshine make you.


This guy flaunts his flash tattoos at Coachella. - SHANE LOPES
This guy flaunts his flash tattoos at Coachella.
Shane Lopes
Fun extras
Never skimp on the party favors. Must haves include glow sticks, flash tattoos and neon headbands. No, you can’t bring fireworks.

Hygiene Products
Don’t come back smelling like a wet dog. Bring deodorant, toothpaste, toiletries and shower supplies. Pro tip: Bring dry shampoo and facial wipes to avoid paying for overpriced showers.

Read on for more must-have items at a summer music festival.

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Sage Marshall is a freelance writer and editor covering outdoor recreation, environmental issues, Denver's music scene, the arts, and other Colorado stories. You can check out more of his work and connect with him here.
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