Music Festival Essentials, as Recommended by Abt

Four friends laying in the grass in front of an outdoor concert stage

With June around the corner, it’s almost officially music festival season. Every summer, music enthusiasts travel across the country and sometimes even camp to see their favorite artists. 2023 festivals like Bonaroo, Summerfest, Tomorrowland, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza and more are coming up, so the time to get ready is now. These all-day concerts have long lineups and often require that fans walk around fairgrounds from sun up to sun down. That’s why having the right supplies is crucial to making the most of your experience, so check out our recommendations! Before browsing these music festival essentials, be sure to look through the guidelines of the event you’re attending. Each has its own regulations on bag dimensions/materials, water bottles, cameras and more.

A music festival concert stage lit up with blue and purple lights with a crowd of people dancing and cheering in front.

Thule Aion Sling Bag

Black crossbody bag/fanny pack with strap

When it comes to music festival essentials, your money and keys are among the most vital things to have on you, but large bags can be too heavy and bulky. The Thule Aion sling bag is the perfect solution. This bag has an internal divider and a zippered pocket for ultimate organization. It even has a key fob lash point to keep your keys secure at all times. If you’re concerned about theft, the hidden security pocket is the perfect place to store non-replaceable items like your passport or ID. Should it rain, the Thule Aion’s water-resistant fabric will keep your valuables safe, too. This bag is also extremely versatile: wear it as a crossbody or a hip pack.

GoPro Hero11 Action Camera

Part of the festival fun is getting to post your adventures on social media. If you’re looking to capture photos and videos without violating guidelines, then the GoPro Hero11 action camera is one of your music festival essentials. This camera is compact in size but still able to deliver 5.3K video, which offers 91% more resolution than 4K. If your friends or followers can’t attend, you can even livestream the concert in 1080p. When you get the perfect shot, you can either wirelessly transfer your content to the GoPro Quik app or do an ultra-fast wired transfer directly to your smartphone. Plus, the GoPro Hero 11 has 120 minutes of battery life when fully charged, and waterproof for bad weather. Note: most festivals do not allow GoPro mounts/sticks.

Mini black action camera with lens and small viewfinder screen

Apple Watch SE 40mm Starlight Aluminum Case With Sport Band

Smartwatch with color touchscreen interface and beige watch strap

While your smartphone is usually enough to keep you connected, an Apple Watch SE can be one of the most useful music festival essentials. Instead of pulling out your cell over and over again, you can communicate with friends right on your wrist. If you get lost, this smartwatch uses GPS Backtrack to create a history of where you’ve been throughout the day, with or without WiFi. The 18-hour battery ensures your Apple Watch will support you all day, and it’s also water resistant. Having this device on your wrist allows you to constantly check the time so you can see all your most anticipated sets. If you’re fitness-focused, the Apple Watch SE can also track your steps as you wander the fairgrounds. Check to see how hard you worked as you make it back to the campsite!

Mophie Power Boost 20,000 mAh Portable Power Bank

While the Apple Watch above has a long battery life, it’s never a bad idea to bring backup for your music festival essentials. The Mophie Power Boost portable power bank holds 20,000mAh of power, which offers up to 4.8 full phone charges. It features enough input ports to charge three devices at once, so feel free to share this power bank with friends. The USB-C port can charge a variety of devices or charge the bank itself once it’s empty. Just plug it in before bed and it will be ready to work hard at the next festival day. If you’re unsure how much juice your Mophie Power Boost has left, a built-in LED light will indicate the battery life as well as the status of the technology being charged. This bank is lightweight and easy to use, keeping you connected all day long.

Black portable charging block with input ports for cords and cables

Hydro Flask 40 Oz Wide Mouth Insulated Water Bottle

Black stainless steel reusable water bottle with a handle for carrying

Surviving a long day in the sun requires consistent hydration, but buying beverages from stands can break the bank. Save that money for stylish merchandise instead and add a 40 oz Hydro Flask water bottle to your list of music festival essentials. The large capacity is perfect for all-day events. Just two fills of water will put you over the recommended 64 ounces a day. The TempShield™ insulation prevents condensation on the exterior, keeping your H20 cold for up to 24 hours. Traveling with this Hydro Flask is worry-free too, since the durable stainless steel can handle every accidental drop or bump in the road. It’s even dishwasher-safe! Tip: if your music festival of choice allows water bottles, just be sure yours is empty before entering the fairgrounds.

Explore Abt For More Music Festival Essentials

Once you’ve collected our recommendations, feel free to shop more at Abt for all your concert-going activities. When it comes to music festivals and traveling, preparation is key. Explore our portable speakers, sunglasses and more or take a look at our curated outdoor product recommendations for further inspiration. 

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