6 Techniques to Help You Create The Ultimate Festival Camping Checklist

Pack Attack! Music Festival Survival

This post is the festival camping checklist introduction to section 3 of the Ultimate Guide to Thrive and Survive at a Music Festival.  This section is completely dedicated to packing.  It’s an extensive resource with techniques, resources, and packing checklists for music festivals and camping.

 In this post we go over the 6 steps you should take to execute a successful Music Festival Pack Attack .

When you’re camping out at a multi-day music festival the struggle is real.  There are a lot of factors and elements working against you.

Music Festival Struggles

  • Extreme Weather 
  • Extreme Temperature Changes
  • Exposure to the Elements
  • Subpar Shelter
  • Limited Space & Resources
  • Unsanitary Bathrooms
  • Physical Exhaustion
  • Mental Explosion

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With proper preparation and packing, you can be carefree and rest assured that you’re prepared to face and overcome any natural or manmade disaster that could potentially go down.


Packing and preparing for a festival should not be taken lightly, you don’t merely want to survive at a music festival, you want to THRIVE.


Do the best you can with what you’ve got.  When packing for a festival, first you need to make sure you have the bare necessities to survive covered. Then, if space and resources allow, it’s time to bring on the accessories or should I say “excessories”  to thrive.  These are items that you could do without if you had to, but you should bring if you can…  




Music Festival Pack Attack! 6 Steps for Optimal Execution:

  1. Research
  2. Create a Checklist
  3. Coordinate
  4. Gather & Categorize Items
  5. Choose Luggage & Accessories
  6. Pack Attack!


Step 1:  Research

There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration before you begin packing. First,  find out the answers to the following questions:  

  1. Type of Lodging? 
    • ~Camping
    • ~Glamping / 
    • ~RV / Camper
    • ~Cabin / Rental House
    • ~Hotel / Motel / Hostel
  2. Duration of Event?
  3. How Many People in Crew / Vehicle?
  4. Transportation- How Much Space?
  5. Weather Forecast?
  6. Car Camping?
  7. Amenities Nearby
    • Grocery / Liquor
    • Walmart
  8. Amenities on Site?
    • Food /Water/ Ice
    • Showers / Running Water
    • Electricity?
    • Phone / Internet Service?
    • Special Activities / Recreation?
    • Bikes / Golf Carts Allowed?
  9. Venue Restrictions and Regulations?
    • Re-entry
    • Open Fires
    • Generators
    • Glass
    • Limited Space?


Step 2: Create a Checklist

  1. Packing and Organization Gear Checklist
  2. Toiletries and First Aid Checklist
  3. Clothing and Accessories Checklist
  4. Festival & Costumes & Outfit Ideas
  5. Outdoor Gear and Accessories Checklist
  6. Camping & Outdoor Gear Checklist
  7. Outdoor Accessories & Entertainment Ideas

Step 3: Coordinate W/Crew

The following post  has several advice and techniques for planning and coordinating for a festival:

Music Festival Survival Guide Section 2:  Planning and Coordinating 

Step 4: Gather & Categorize  Items

  1. Personal Gear
    1.  Clothing
    2.  Accessories
    3. Toiletries
  2. Outdoor & Camping Gear

Step 5: Choose Luggage & Packing Accessories

Packing and Organization Gear Checklist

Step 6: Pack Attack!

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