20 Must Have Items For Outdoor Concerts And Music Festivals

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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20 Must Have Items For Outdoor Concerts And Music Festivals

We love music here. We try to catch our favorite bands live when they’re in the area when possible. Occasionally, the opportunity for a larger show, an outdoor experience, presents itself. A couple of years ago I took a solo road trip to Ohio to go to Rock On The Range, a huge 3-day outdoor rock festival. This year I decided to make the trek to Ohio for the event once again, this time bringing my oldest along.

An outdoor music festival is a completely different experience than a small local show, or even an arena show. Here are twenty items you’ll want to be sure to bring with you this summer when you head to an outdoor concert or music festival.

Backpack – Backpacks are great because you can wear them with no real effort. some venues have lockers available, which make a nice home base where you can also store your backpack if you don’t want to wear it.

“Travel” wallet and Cash. Don’t bring your whole wallet to an event. Bring only what you need – driver’s license, tickets and cash. You want to bring cash because not all vendors or retailers accept credit and debit cards. And if there are ATMs they usually charge ridiculous fees. So be sure to have some cash on hand so you can purchase snacks and souvenirs.

Backup charger – All day festivals last many hours. It’s very likely you’ll be using your phone to provide directions to the concert, take lots of pictures, text friends to meet up, as well as call home to check in. Bring along a small portable backup charger so you can stay connected all day.

Earplugs – Concerts can get really loud, particularly if they are large events with multiple stages going. Keep a pair of earplugs in your bag for those moments where you want a little quiet.

First aid kit – Festivals get large crowds. People do fall and trip. Mosh pits and crowd surfing is also a possibility. Stash a small first aid kit in your backpack to help deal with the cuts and scrapes.

Throat lozenges – Chances are good you will be doing a good amount of singing, and perhaps even some screaming or cheering. Even if you’re on the quiet side, a couple of days in the heat may leave your throat a bit dry. Throat lozenges will help you get to feeling like yourself in no time.

Sunglasses – Many music festivals and concerts last for many hours. You don’t want to miss your favorite band because the sun is glaring down into you eyes and blinding you.

Sunblock – Speaking of the sun, you will be too busy rocking out to realize that you are getting a sunburn. On a long, hot summer day you don’t want to have a nasty sunburn that will cause you to not feel well later. Bring a tube of sunblock and apply often.

Bug spray – Lots of different bugs make an appearance on a hot summer day. Mosquitoes are the pits! Keep them out of your personal space by having a small can or tube of bug repellent with you.

Hat – A hat will also help to protect your face from the sun’s dangerous rays, as well as cut down on some of the glare.

Clothing – Wear the right clothing. Loose, lightweight white shirts are ideal for a super hot day. If it’s going to be super hot, don’t wear a long sleeved thermal shirt and jeans. If rain is in the forecast, be sure whatever you are wearing won’t become see-through. If you are going to an event that goes late into the evening, be aware of evening temps as they can drop. If it’s noticeable chillier after the sun goes down, keep a sweatshirt or long sleeved shirt in your backpack. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Open-toes shoes may be a little cooler and more fashionable than sneakers but they won’t protect your toes when you’re down front.

Rain poncho – Speaking of the rain. It’s unfortunate but it happens. Rain ponchos are super affordable (like $3 at Walmart). They’ll keep you dry and able to keep enjoying the show.

Blanket – Keep a blanket in your backpack or locker if “picnicing” is allowed at the venue and something you’d like to do.

Hand sanitizer – Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag or even on your belt loop. Bathrooms and porta-johns at these events are usually not the cleanest.

Tissues – Not only will the porta-johns not be the cleanest, they may not have toilet paper. Keep a travel size package of tissues on you and you won’t have to worry about finding a way to ask someone if they spare a square.

Baby wipes – Before you leave home, get a travel size package of baby wipes, or place some baby wipes inside a zippered plastic bag. Baby wipes are a great way to clean stick y hands, dirty faces nd other minor messes. Plus, they can help cool you off too!

Food and snacks – Food and snacks at a venue can be really expensive. And those lines! Plus, choice can be somewhat limited for some. If the venue permits concertgoers to bring in food, bringing in your own food and snacks can save you time and money. If you are bringing food, be sure to bring things that don’t require prep. Popular items include granola bars, jerky, chips, pretzels, and sandwiches.

Towel – Keep a beach towel in your car. In my experience, Murphy’s Law works overtime. It’s often quite a walk from the field/arena to your car. Getting drenched during a walk to the car may be refreshing for a hot second, but who really wants to make the three hour drive home soaking wet.

Change of shoes – Keep a second pair of shoes in the car. If it does rain you don’t want to be stuck in soggy sneaks.

Kitchen size trash bag – Keep a medium sized trash bag in your car. If it rains you now have a place to put your wet gear that doesn’t involve it sitting on your car’s carpet or upholstery for hours.

You can find many of these things already in your home, or check out online As Seen On TV retailers to get some of the newest gadgets for your next musical adventure.

Are there any essentials that you’d add to this list of items to bring to an outdoor concert?

20 Must Have Items For Outdoor Concerts And Music Festivals

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Meagan June 10, 2016 - 5:15 pm

I love going to concerts with my hubby. I’ve never thought of bringing earplugs before. That’s brilliant!

Jeanette June 10, 2016 - 6:23 pm

I don’t think it would add anything to this list! At first I was going to say baby wipes, but then I saw them on your list the second time I read through this.

janis June 10, 2016 - 7:08 pm

It’s always best to prep ahead for anything unexpected that could happen. And you’ve certainly done that with this list, its very comprehensive.

Nancy L. June 10, 2016 - 7:15 pm

This is a great list! The lozenges are something I would not have thought to bring along. Some of the items, like sunscreen, are a must.

Jennifer June 10, 2016 - 7:20 pm

This is an excellent list. I never go to outdoor concerts without adequate water bottles and tons of snacks.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 10, 2016 - 7:39 pm

I always bring hand sanitizer with me when I go to an outdoor concert. Who knows where all those hands have been?

Marcie W. June 10, 2016 - 7:49 pm

This truly is a well thought out list for any type of outdoor event. It is extremely hot here in the Las Vegas area (think 110°F +) so having plenty of water is essential.

Pam June 10, 2016 - 8:25 pm

That’s a great list. I went to a concert last year and I was unprepared. I could have used the all these items, but especially the hand sanitizer.

Melisa June 10, 2016 - 9:30 pm

This list is amazing! The only thing I can think to add is lip balm. Lots of yelling will crack and dry out your lips.

Kia June 10, 2016 - 10:39 pm

This is one awesome list! I would probably bring one of those mini handheld fans to see if that would help with the heat.

Vera Sweeney June 10, 2016 - 10:47 pm

Love this list!! I am hoping that we are able to make it to a couple outdoor concerts this summer with the kids nad for date night.

Lisa Collins June 10, 2016 - 11:05 pm

Rain poncho and kitchen size bag are smart ideas! You never know what will happen with the weather.

Julie June 10, 2016 - 11:12 pm

That’s such a smart list. The ear plugs is a great idea that I should have thought to do before but never have. And the rain poncho? Essential!

Kristi June 10, 2016 - 11:18 pm

A great check list. I am going to keep it handy for the next outdoor concert we go to. I think the last one was at the State Fair.

Aubrey June 10, 2016 - 11:19 pm

My husband is a HUGE concert geek lol being outside would make it something both of us could enjoy.

Ann Bacciaglia June 10, 2016 - 11:47 pm

I love to go to festivals. These are all smart things to bring with you.

Lisa Bristol June 10, 2016 - 11:48 pm

Having a first aid kit on you is a great idea. You never know when you will need one.

Kathy June 11, 2016 - 12:10 am

This is such a wonderful list. I think it’s important to have these while attending concerts. I’ve only been able to go to a couple of them, but they’re always so much fun.

Dawn Lopez June 11, 2016 - 12:33 am

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for concert events like this. I’m going to make sure the hand sanitizer makes it this time for sure! I forgot it last time and we definitely needed some. I’m also going to pack extra water. There never seems to be enough!

Sarah June 11, 2016 - 2:35 am

Love your list! Earplugs are a good one. You never know when you might start getting a little tired of the loud music.

Amy Desrosiers June 11, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Thanks for the tips. I never thought to bring earplugs to a concert, but it actually makes sense.

Janeane Davis June 12, 2016 - 8:52 am

This is a great list. I never thought about needing this many things to go to an outdoor event or concert. Your list of items is a great one and they are all things you do need when you go to an event!

Jennifer H June 12, 2016 - 9:22 am

I’ve never attended an outdoor festival, but I keep seeing them pop up everywhere. They look fun. These are great tips for those attending.

pat.navymom June 12, 2016 - 6:22 pm



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