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These Are The Hands-Free Bags You Need For Your Next Music Festival

More tassles, no hassle.

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Music Festivals are a Choose Your Own Adventure-type thing, so it’s only natural that our fashion choices should accommodate said adventure(s). Consider Coachella’s mini-rager “Do LaB” stage, which has been dubbed a “Festival-Within-a-Festival” because of its Burning Man vibes and disproportionate water-gun-to-human ratio (3-1?). 
 
Or maybe you’re down for a little mid-festival #adulting. San Francisco’s Outside Lands offers a wine tasting experience in the aptly named the “Wine Lands” tent, where industry professionals will help you find a chardonnay to pair with Metallica’s Now That We’re Dead.
 
Whether you’re dressing for glitter-bombs, water-guns or inevitable wine spills, there are three breeds of festival bag that have always got our staff through weekends with a little more ease (and without losing an iPhone). The crossbody bag, backpack and fanny pack may have their differences, but they have one crucial feature in common: they’re hands-free. 
 
We’ve narrowed down our top 3 bags to gear you up for your next fest in style:

the Crossbody


The crossbody bag is a staple accessory, period, but it fares particularly well at a music festivals where you don’t want to be concerned with your tote bag sliding off your shoulder. Go for a canvas or raffia style if you’re feeling boho, or whip out a black, guitar-strap-equiped version if your vibe is a bit more edgy. 
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Lotfi Canvas Crossbody Bag - $73
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Missguided Black Guitar Strap Cross Body Bag - $18
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Free People Sunshine Straw Crossbody - $38
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Betsey Johnson Kitschy Kitty Bag - $58
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Mango Seam Cross-body Bag, Green - $30
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New Look Yellow Studded Cross Body Bag - $15
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the Lowkey Backpack


Otherwise known as the after-school bag, because a cheetah-print mini backpack will not hold your large laptop and it will certainly not tolerate any scholarly or proffesh stress. Let a lightweight, drawstring sports bag or a ’90s-nostalgaic backpack whisk you away from the real world and into a center-stage spot for a Radiohead set. 
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Missguided Black Faux Suede Western Trim Multi-Way Bag - $36
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Unif Debbie Backpack - €81
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Free People Brocade Floral Mini Backpack - $68
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WANT Star Quality Embellished Mini Backpack - $36
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Monki Drawstring Bag - €20
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Nike Graphic Kids' Gym Sack - $12
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the Fanny pack


If ever there were a moment for you to give the fanny pack a spin, it's festival season. The coolest thing about the evolution of the once dorky, dad-esque accessory is that, now, there’s a style for everyone. Feeling kawaii? There’s a metallic fanny pack for that. Feeling minimalistic? Also a "belt bag" for that. 
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Forever 21 Embroidered Denim Fanny Pack - $16
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Molly Shaheen Midnight Blue Fringed Circle Leather Convertible Bum Bag With Printed Tips - €268
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Nasty Gal Reflect Back Metallic Fanny Pack - $30
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Reinaldo Lourenço Bum Bag - $315
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& Other Stories Leather Paneling Flat Crossover And Belt Bag - $95
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Skinnydip Flame Detail Bum Bag - $30
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