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

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Lounging at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Lounging at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.
Brandon Marshall
Lounge Equipment
Standing for a couple of days is not so enjoyable. Instead, set up your own lounge on the festival grounds. All you'll need need are a tarp, blankets, some collapsible chairs and a few good friends.

If you forget something or you want to buy a beer or merch, you'd better have spending money. Do some research before you go. Some festivals require you to use prepaid money bands, some only accept cash, and for others, all you might need is your credit card. Whatever else you bring, keep a few bucks handy for emergencies.

Rain Gear
Yes, this is Colorado, and the weather can shift drastically. This is especially true in the mountains, where afternoon rainstorms are the norm. Bring a raincoat or poncho and an umbrella, and be prepared to use them. Also, think layers, as it can get chilly at high altitude.

Paul T. Bradley
No, you can’t just sleep in your vehicle. Most towns hosting festivals have strict ordinances, and if they find you snoozing in your car, you’ll get slapped with a hefty fine. Thankfully, most festivals offer camping close to the festival grounds. Buy camping permits early, though, because campsites sell out fast. Bring your tent, your sleeping bag, a headlamp, toilet paper, your lantern, and anything else you’d normally take camping. Of course, you can always look for a hotel room, but that’s not as much fun.

click to enlarge Passion Pit at the Divide Music Festival in Winter Park. - RYAN COX
Passion Pit at the Divide Music Festival in Winter Park.
Ryan Cox
Sun Gear
Trust me: You don’t want to return to work on Monday looking like an overripe tomato. Stock up on sunscreen, lip balm, cool shades and a hat – and use them. But don't forget your sandals and tank tops, so you can soak in the Colorado sunshine.

Trying to figure out which festival to go to? Check out our lists of Rocky Mountain festivals and Denver festivals.

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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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