5 Essential music festival items to buy before you rock out

Apr 9, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Oh, the joys of music festivals. From Coachella to Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, we're giving you a list of the must-have items to keep in your bag when heading to your music nirvana. Because when the going gets hot, the hot get going, and you don’t want to be at a music festival without these necessities.


Folding aviators

Ray bans

You really can't go wrong with Ray-Bans, and these slick little aviators fold into easy-to-pack shades so you can tuck them in your bag when you don't need them.

(Ray-Ban, $200)


Sun protection stick


Most festivals will not allow any type of aerosol, so don't expect to pack a can of Coppertone. You can, however, carry cream-based sunscreen. Our favorite is the SPF 35 Sun Protection Stick by Shiseido. You don't have to worry about getting this on your hands, as the stick glides across to protect your face and shoulders for all-day protection.

(Sephora, $27)


Pointelle pullover sweater

Free people sweater

The summer sun may be scorching, but once it sets, you'll be left feeling a little chilly in your bandeau top and shorts. Pack this little sweater for some extra warmth. Don't let its knitted nature fool you — this sweater will keep you warm when body heat won't suffice.

(Free People, $118)


Tea tree cleansing wipes

Tea tree wipes

Dirt, sweat and sunburn go hand-in-hand with summer music festivals, but thanks to these wonder wipes of goodness, we can combat that sticky feeling, leaving fresh and soothed skin throughout the day. Infused with cooling tea tree oil, these wipes are perfect for the face and body as a cleanser during the walks between tents and stages.

(Body Shop, $13)


Cybershot camera

You can go many routes with cameras, from the versatile sports camera like GoPro to the anything-proof camera like Nikon CoolPix. But for the easy-to-take camera resulting in crisp photos even in low-light settings, we love the Cybershot W690. Its slim body weighs a mere 5 ounces, yet packs 10X optical zoom and full-HD video capabilities when your phone runs out of memory.

(Sony, $130)

Sony Camera

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