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The Ultimate Camping Festival Packing List

Packing for a camping festival can be extremely daunting, especially if you are traveling to another state. Not only do you have to worry about the things you need inside the festival, but there are a lot of things you will need outside of the festival as well. We've got you covered! Here is the ultimate camping festival packing list, print it out and use it as a checklist so that you will have an amazing time both in the festival and your campsite.

Check festival rules for camping as well, some festivals have different guidelines so it’s important to be familiar with that before you get there. Make sure to grab your outfits and accessories at iHeartRaves while you are preparing for your spectacular camping festival experience!

Camping Festival Essentials

  • Ticket (wristband)
  • Camping pass
  • Hydration pack or backpack that follows festival guidelines
  • Kandi
  • Wallet (with ID)
  • Chapstick (Unopened)
  • Gum (Unopened)
  • Face mask (especially useful for dusty festivals)
  • Portable Phone Chargers
  • Flow Toys(some festivals don’t let people bring them in so make sure to check festival guidelines ahead of time)

Campsite Essentials

  • Tent
  • Canopy (Not necessary, but it can get hot sometimes so having one is definitely a lifesaver for shade!)
  • Tent pegs
  • Mallet
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets/Pillow (It can get cold at night, even in the desert)
  • Air mattress/air pump (Not necessary but nice for comfort)
  • Tapestries
  • Camping chairs
  • Flag (this will make finding your campsite a lot easier)
  • Retractable flag pole
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Flashlight
  • Lamp
  • El-wire or LED lights to help find your tent at night.

Food Essentials

  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food
  • Non-perishable Food (if you don’t have a cooler)
  • Propane Stove (optional but it’s amazing to have)
  • Dishes/Silverware (Bring reusable ones to be eco-friendly)
  • Dish Soap
  • Trash Bags
  • Vitamins/Medication
  • Alcohol if you’re 21+
  • A Reusable Cup
  • Paper Towels



  • Soap/shampoo/conditioner (a lot of festivals have showers that you can pay for, some will end up being free depending on the festival)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Contact case/Contact solution/glasses
  • Face Wash
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Goldbond (it’s a lifesaver if you have issues with chafing)
  • First aid kit

Remember, many camping festivals adopt a Leave-No-Trace policy and encourage festivalgoers to leave absolutely no trace behind. Once you've taken down your camp at the end of the festival, make sure there are no pieces of paper or plastic left behind (glitter counts!) and dispose of your trash in appropriate locations. Always leave the earth as you found it and have fun!

Loana McCabe-Gould
Loana McCabe-Gould is a blogger for iHeartRaves and is based in the Pacific Northwest.

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