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Printable Festival Packing List

If your goal is to have the absolute best experience possible at an upcoming festival, your preparation needs to begin days, if not weeks, ahead of the event.

Fortunately, we have a printable PDF Festival Packing List Template for you to use to get started. It's meant to act as a jumping-off point. So, once you have it downloaded or printed out, review and edit it to the specific needs of the festival you're attending. With a spotlight on health, safety, and eco-consciousness, this template should help enhance the overall festival journey while minimizing stress.

Festival Packing List Template: What to Pack For a 3-Day Festival

3-Day Festival Packing List Template

If you're wondering what to pack for a 3-day festival exactly, we have you covered with this itemized Festival Packing List Template. However, be sure to adjust the quantities and items based on your personal preferences and festival-specific requirements.

  • x3 daytime outfits

  • x2 evening outfits (weather appropriate)

  • x2 pairs of pajamas

  • x2 spare t-shirts

  • Sweatshirt/hoodie

  • x5 pairs of socks

  • x5 pairs of underwear

  • Bras or sports bras

  • Sunhat

  • Rain jacket (weather dependent)

  • Small and secure handbag (one with zippers)

  • Pair of comfortable walking shoes

  • Pair of sandals or flip-flops (weather dependent)

  • Compact tent

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad/air mattress

  • Pillow

  • Camping chair

  • Headlamp or flashlight (plus extra batteries)

  • Biodegradable trash bags (for "Leave No Trace" policy)

  • Portable camping stove

  • Fuel canisters

  • Cooking utensils (pot, pan, spatula, spoon)

  • Eating utensils (fork, knife, spoon)

  • Set of reusable plates and bowls

  • Collapsible cup or mug

  • Biodegradable soap and sponge

  • Cooler with ice packs

  • Non-perishable foods (canned goods, granola bars, snacks)

  • Ready-to-eat meals

  • Water bottles

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Wet wipes

  • Toilet paper

  • Deodorant

  • Hairbrush/comb

  • Hair ties/clips (for longer hair)

  • Lip balm with SPF

  • Sunscreen

  • After-sun cream

  • Bug spray

  • Feminine hygiene products (if needed)

  • First-aid kit (band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.)

  • Prescribed medications

  • Emergency contact list

  • Whistle

  • Portable phone charger

  • Camera or smartphone with camera (plus batteries)

  • Event tickets

  • Photo ID

  • Cash and debit/credit cards

How Do You Pack for a Festival? 5 Tips

Light and for the weather! That's how you pack for a festival. Doing both will make your experience at the festival itself significantly more enjoyable. To help you do so, here are five tips to apply that will help you take a more minimalist and efficient approach to packing:

1. Plan Out Your Outfits

  • Choose versatile clothing that can be worn multiple ways over the course of the festival

  • Opt for lightweight and quick-drying fabrics that take up less space in your bag

  • Avoid overpacking by selecting outfits that can be layered for changing weather conditions.

2. Limit the Footwear You Bring

  • Stick to two or three pairs of comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking and dancing. Never bring only one pair because if it rains, you're hosed.

  • Consider wearing your bulkiest shoes during travel to save space in your luggage

3. Opt for Multi-Use Items

  • Choose items that serve multiple purposes. For example, a sarong can function as a beach towel, cover-up, and even a makeshift picnic blanket

  • Select clothing with built-in pockets to reduce the need for bags or purses, when possible

4. Minimize Toiletries

  • Pack toiletries in refillable travel-sized containers to save space

  • Choose a multi-purpose soap that can be used for both body and dishes to minimize the number of products you need to carry

  • Prioritize essential personal care items and avoid packing things you might find available at the festival or local stores

5. Avoid Overpacking Tech

  • Bring one versatile device that can serve multiple purposes, optimally a smartphone.

  • Limit the number of chargers and cables by choosing universal charging options or opting for a portable power bank

Remember, the key to successful light packing is careful planning and considering your actual needs. Before adding an item to your bag, ask yourself if it's essential for your comfort, safety, or enjoyment during the festival. If the answer is no, leave it behind. The last thing you want is to be weighed down by unnecessary items.

What To Pack in Your Festival Day Bag

Now that we've covered what to pack and what not to pack for a festival, let's briefly go over what you should pack in your festival day bag. If you follow it, you should have a well-prepared day bag that ensures that you can fully enjoy the festival without worrying about the essentials.

  • Festival tickets/passes and photo ID

  • Fully charged smartphone (plus portable charger or power bank)

  • Cash or credit/debit cards

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Snacks

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat

  • Lightweight rain jacket/poncho (weather dependent)

  • Lightweight jacket/sweater for cool evenings

  • Small first-aid kit (band-aids, pain relievers, etc.)

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Wet wipes

  • Lip balm with SPF

  • Feminine hygiene products (if needed)

  • Prescription medications (if needed)

  • Contact lenses/glasses (if needed)

  • Earplugs

  • Reusable shopping bag


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