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Rain Or Shine: Here's What To Pack For A Music Festival

Do NOT forget your sleeping bag.

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So you’ve got the tickets, weeks of excitement and anticipation have gone by as new artists have been added to the line up and now there’s just one week to go until Coachella (or two, depending which dates you booked for). Even if you’re going to the U.K.’s Glastonbury festival or Barcelona’s beach-side Primavera, you might find yourself struggling to know what to pack. 

Well, flower crowns and floral maxis aside, there are several things you need to consider ahead of your trip. There is every chance that you might have gone VIP and opted to stay in a luxe hotel nearby, but the majority of festival-goers will be camping. That means you’ll be exposed to the elements all weekend long, with nothing more substantial than your car to retreat to until the party’s over. 

So the first thing’s first: what’s the weather going to be like? Make sure you check the forecast before you head out – and even then, be pessimistic. Believe it or not, it always helps to expect the worst, whether that means a deluge or a drought, that way you can still enjoy your festival without succumbing to nature’s force. 

We’re sure you’ve already thrown all the cutoff denim shorts and crescent-moon pendants you own into the "yes" pile by now, but make sure you also have these essentials before you leave the house:

Begin with the obligatory bralette, which you can throw over a bikini top to keep off the sun's harmful rays, or layer over a t-shirt to keep the chill off. And don’t underestimate the power of a statement cape or jacket to not only add flare to your outfit, but an extra layer of warmth to your torso. As the sun sets, we suggest pulling on a hoodie in a funky color so it doesn’t mess up your festival vibe. And for those of you heading out to a European destination, a raincoat is essential packing. Try out one of this season’s transparent designs so everyone can still see your cute pom pom-trimmed romper, even when it's pouring down. 
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Free People Eastern Fringe Bralette - $58
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Jaded London Sequin Fringed Cape - $89
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Juicy Couture For UO Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt - $89
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Zara Transparent Raincoat - $70
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For the journey to and from your festival, wear a pair of lightweight sneakers that you aren’t afraid to get a bit of mud on as you look for your campsite on the first day. For the music tents themselves, make sure your footwear is fastened to your feet, or you could loose a shoe before the party’s even begun. While you’re in your own campsite, a flip flop that you can slide in and out of quickly for trips to the water tank and toilets are a must. And, once again, a pair of Wellingtons might just be your best friends if you get caught in the rain. 
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Free People Tassels Flatform Sandal - $100
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Teva Decker's Flip Hudson Bay - $55
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Hunter Women's Original Chelsea Boots - $135
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Why would you ever attempt to wheel a suitcase across a grassy field, let alone a sandy desert? You’re not in an airport, so make sure you carry your expertly-curated weekend look book in a comfortable backpack. Avoid leather designs, especially in hot weather, as they can get quite sweaty. While you’re dancing in a crowd, a fanny pack or a canvas tote are great for carrying the bare essentials. And whatever you do: do. not. forget. your. sleeping. bag. A woven navajos throw looks cute in pictures, but come nightfall you might regret not taking something more substantial. 
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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack - $80
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Missguided Pink Transparent Glittery Fanny Pack - $22
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ASOS Don't Miss Me Bae Canvas Shopper Bag - $9.50
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Vango Nitestar 250s Sleeping Bag - £38
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Though most music festivals will have an on-site store for essentials, there’s no reason to pay the inflated price they charge for the convenience of being able to pick up lip balm on-site. Plan ahead by considering everything that might make you uncomfortable while you’re camping, like greasy hair or a bad sunburn. As for deodorant, use a stick rather than a spray – unless you are intending to suffocate yourself as you get ready in your tent. 
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Batiste Dry Shampoo Mini - $5
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Glossier Soothing Face Mist - $18
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