You’ve gotta be prepared for anything during a camping music festival. Rain or shine, you’ve gotta be ready for whatever curveball the weather throws your way.

Here’s our tried and true checklist to so that you can become a professional festie!

(Not on our list, but this is next level!)

1. Tent (and poles!)

Word of advice, assemble your tent before you take it out camping to make sure there's no tears or missing items.

2. Tent Stakes

'Cause when the wind picks up you don't want to be swept away!

3. Tarps

In case of rain, bring a couple tarps. Place one underneath your tent for extra protection, just make sure the rain doesn't pool up around the edges!

4. Pop-Up Canopy

If it's not rainin' it's probably shinin' and you'll want shade if you're spending all of your downtime in the blistering heat.

5. Tapestries

Dual purpose shade protection and decoration!

6. Totem (x2)

One to help you find your camp when you're stumbling back at the end of the night and the other to find your friends in the crowd!

7. Flashlight

Because breaking your toe from tripping over a tent stake is a lame-ass story.

8. Gallons of Water

Extra water? Impromptu shower? Ya gonna need it.

9. Camelbak

Because when you're riding the rails at Bassnectar, you've gotta stay hydrated.

10. Baby Wipes

Who knows when you'll shower next?

11. Dry Shampoo

(See above).

12. Comfortable Shoes

Festivals are no place for heels, ladies.

13. Bug Spray

You'll thank us later.

14. Sun Screen

Again, you'll thank us later.

15. Non-Perishable Snacks

When all the ice melts ya gotta have something to eat that isn't a $10 piece of pizza!

16. Battery Powered Lights

Great for the camp site, they'll keep you illuminated for late night chats with your crew.

17. A Massive Ass Rug and Pillows

It sounds weird, but having a big rug to sprawl out on is a great way to take a day-time nap.

18. Air Mattress (Or Camping Pad)

Serious festies are above sleeping on the cold hard ground.

19. Folding Chairs

Also great for late night chats.

20. Warm Clothing

It can get a tit-bit nipply at night!

21. Extra Undies (Just In Case)

Ya never know....ya. never. know.

22. Band-aids

Count on having blisters. If ya don't, you didn't dance hard enough.

23. Bag(s) of Wine

That bag isn't gonna slap itself!

24. Cooler

Something has to keep the beer cold.

25. Edibles

For those evenings that you just can't seem to fall asleep.

It's not all encompassing but it's a start! Add your festival must-haves in the comments!

Cover Photo: David Oppenheimer

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