The weather is warmer, and if you’re planning on jamming out to your favorite bands while soaking in the sun at any outdoor music festivals, you'll want to pack prepared. So whether you’re heading to Coachella, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo or some underground festival that nobody’s heard of yet (well, aren’t you hip), take our advice and bring the following stuff along. Rock on.
1. Topo Designs X Chaco Rover Pack (Topo Designs, $159): First thing’s first: get yourself a good backpack—one that’s roomy enough to carry everything you need for the weekend, but lightweight enough to wear on your back for three days without being a pain in the ass.
2. Huckberry Hybrid Shorts (Huckberry, $65): Leave your jeans at home and bring a couple of pairs of shorts to get yourself through the weekend—these Hybrid Shorts are neutral enough to go with any shirt, and made with quick-dry material to fend off the elements (and a nasty case of swamp ass).
3. Camping Without Beer Koozies (Meriwether, $16): Whether you’re able to bring your own booze or you have to suffer through overpriced festival beers, it’s important to bring along a few koozies to keep your brew cold in the sun.
4. Weekend Warrior T-Shirt (Buy Me Brunch, $28): You can be buttoned-up in your 9-to-5, but there’s something about music festivals that brings out the inner hippie in even the most straight-laced guys. If you’re one of those dudes, don this t-shirt and let your freak flag fly.
5. Seagulls Short-Sleeved Shirt (Corridor, $150): Most of your weekend attire can (and should!) be shorts and t-shirts, but if you want to stand out as a bit more dapper than the throngs of other male attendees, bring along a snappy short-sleeved button down.
6. See You Out There T-Shirt (Huckberry, $30): After your sweat-soaked weekend, you’ll want a fresh t-shirt to wear home, and this one is appropriate as you continue to revel in the post-festival afterglow on the drive home.
7. Rise and Shines Shorts (Chubbies, $50): If there’s a place you can wear ridiculous, tribal-printed shorts like these ones from Chubbies, a music festival is it.
8. All Day, Every Day Pants (Public Rec, $95): Your nights will probably get cool, so make sure you’ve got some warm pants like these, which have the comfort of sweatpants, but are tailored to look much nicer than the baggy, ratty ones you’ve been sporting for years.
9. Harlem Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (Westbrook, $275): Westbrook is the brainchild of NBA point guard Russell Westbrook, and his unique, colorful frames are guaranteed to make you stand out in a sea of Ray-Bans.
10. GoTenna (GoTenna, $199 for a set): Gather thousands of people in one area and cell reception goes south—Welcome to the problems of the 21st century. With GoTenna, you basically set up your own private cell tower which allows you to actually use your phone, even when regular cell service isn’t working.
11. Kiriko Katazome Bandana (Bridge & Burn, $28): At some point during the weekend, you're going to turn into a guy who wears a bandana. Be prepared for it, and bring one along with you. It’ll prevent your head from getting sunburned and it’ll keep sweat from dripping into your eyes.
12. Rumpl Blanket (Go Rumpl, Starting at $65): Whether you’re camping out all weekend or just looking for something to spread out on when your legs get tired from standing, a weather-resistant Rumpl Blanket is great to bring along.
13. Faded Striped Zip Hoodie (Faherty Bros, $145): For chilly nights, it’s important to have a hoodie to wrap yourself in, or, conversely, a hoodie to give to the cute girl you met in the beer line. “We met at Bonnaroo and he gave me his hoodie when I was cold” is the definition of modern chivalry.
14. Explorer’s Cap (Huckberry, $40): Keep the sun out of your eyes while simultaneously hiding how gross your hair is on day three with a proper baseball hat.
15. Jack Black Sunscreen (The Motley, $21): The one item you shouldn't be without when you're standing in an open field for three days is, of course, sunscreen. Mom would be proud to hear you packed it.
16. Subtropic Sandals (RVCA, $25): If it rains during your weekend jamboree, the festival grounds are gonna get muddy as hell. You'll want to have waterproof sandals that won't get ruined in the muck.
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