Realistic Summer Festival Essentials for the Instagram Girl



So by now I've been to 8 festivals in the past 2 years so you could say I know a thing or two about what to pack and not to pack for the festival season. I want you to keep in mind though this is definitely not the guide for someone who is at a camping type festival, I've never camped out at one, this is more for the girls who go home to a charger and AC at the end of the night. (I praise those who can camp it out though, I could never simply because I am not a nature girl and love my beds too much. No shade to those who choose to go the camping route, I'm just saying this isn't the guide for you!)

I kind of hate myself for deeming myself an "Instagram girl" but here I am, doing a guide for those who are definitely looking to listen to some good music while also getting a few good IG's along the way. Love me, okay?

Waterproof Travel Blanket

I cannot stress this enough. If you're going to a festival from day till night, you'll probably want to sit down and relax at some point. You're probably not wanting to carry around a big backpack filled with a normal sized blanket to sit on. I repeat I cannot stress this one enough. Get a outdoor, waterproof blanket. You can buy them on Amazon for under $20 and they fold to a tiny travel sized pouch, literally the handiest thing money can buy!

Here is the exact one I own for the upcoming festival season. 

Powerful External Charger

Don't get one of those cutesy iPhone portable chargers you see at the checkout of Urban Outfitters, get the powerful, lightweight ones on Amazon. You want one that will charge it more than once, especially if it's a weekend long festival. Here is one I recommend!

Clear Backpack

Some festivals are implementing the clear bag policy, so if you're headed to a festival with a clear bag policy this is for you. Yay for safety, nay for fashion. Aside from that, you can get a cheap $10 stadium approved backpack that you can reuse for your next concert on Amazon.


Cute Belt Bag

Some festivals are allowing smaller bags through, therefore a cute belt bag might be a good option for your festival outfit. I bought this one from Amazon last year and it's super cute! Looks like a Gucci bag too (minus the logo of course!)

Perfect Summer Sneaker

Sneakers are always a good move for the festival season, comfort is key and thankfully sneakers are cute and comfy! The ones I am currently lusting over (key word is lusting because not trying to drop the cash on them) are by Golden Goose. The only pair of Golden Goose I have ever liked truthfully, check them out here.

Let's be real though, we don't have money to throw around on sneakers like that so personally I think you can never go wrong with a pair of Chucks. Here are the ones I think will be so practical but also hit on the tie dye trend this season.

Cowboy Boots

Personally I recommend going to your local vintage store or thrift shop and picking out a pair. If that's not an option, there are a few pairs I think are perfect and flat enough for being on your feet all day. I personally just purchased this pair from Ganni on sale and I am obsessed with them! Can't wait to rock them at Bonnaroo this year.

Post-Festival Face Mask

Okay I sound dramatic with this one but trust me, nothing beats taking off your makeup after being in the sun all day and then putting a cooling face mask on. My skin gets so dehydrated during the festival weekend so you bet I'm packing a mask or two. These ones from Revolve are my favorite, you get 5 in the pack and nothing moisturizes my face better. I even pack them on planes!

Collapsible Water Bottle

I got one of these a few months ago and I love it. You can finesse it into your smaller bag and fill it up at the water stations that the festival has around the area, reducing the amount of plastic water bottles at the festival! Get it here!




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