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July 12, 2022  |  Music

Summer festivals are back. Here's 29 must-haves for music fests in 2022

What you need for summer festivals

With some of the best summer festivals right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on the gear you need to make sure you have a great experience. Staying safe and healthy is the best place to start. If you’re sunburned, covered in bug bites or plagued by blisters, it’s tough to have fun dancing all night.

You’ll also need important tools like a well-ventilated tent, sun shades for relaxing at your campsite and comfortable bags for carrying water bottles, sunglasses, and other festival accessories. Investing in the right gear to protect yourself from the elements is important to make the best of your time in the sun.

Best health and safety festival gear

Banana Boat SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

Banana Boat SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

Nothing makes a festival more painful than a severe second-day sunburn. Banana Boat sunblock lotion is long-lasting, effective and affordable enough to share with your friends.

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Hawaiian Tropic Matte Effect Sunscreen Lotion

Hawaiian Tropic Matte Effect Sunscreen Lotion

If other sunscreens are too greasy or sticky for you, consider this premium formula that is soft to the touch and doesn’t leave a thick, glossy layer.

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Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray

Its active ingredient, called PMD, is made from plant-based materials, doesn’t leave an uncomfortable, pore-clogging film and smells great. It’s the most festival-friendly way to keep mosquitoes from feasting on you and your fellow campers.

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Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent

Sawyer Products Picaridin Insect Repellent

Evidence suggests that picaridin is even more effective than DEET at repelling common mosquito breeds. It is also less harmful to synthetic fibers and doesn’t smell as harshly or feel as uncomfortable.

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Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs

Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs

Just about every single festival stage reaches an unsafe volume level at some point during the event. Protect yourself from hearing loss and tinnitus in the long term by using these discreet, reusable earplugs.

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Etymotic Research ER20 Earplugs

Etymotic Research ER20 Earplugs

It’s impossible to overstate how important hearing protection is. If you’re worried you’ll miss out on any of the most subtle tones from your favorite artists, consider this premium pair that many professional musicians swear by.

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Satinior Blister Pads

Satinior Blister Pads

You might go all weekend without getting a blister, but somebody around you will likely get one. Be the hero by bringing along these soft gel blister relief pads.

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SHBC Compact First Aid Kit

SHBC Compact First Aid Kit

While there’s always competent emergency staff members at any well-managed festival, you may encounter minor injuries that don’t need a trip to the medical tent. This affordable yet comprehensive first-aid kit lets you deal with cuts and scrapes without leaving your campsite.

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Crazy Daisy Neck Gaiter Mask

Crazy Daisy Neck Gaiter Mask

Forget airborne viruses — at many festivals, you’ll be cursing the dust that’s caught in your nose and throat before the first day is up. A light neck gaiter can keep you from breathing in fine debris while also adding flair to your outfit.

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Phelomheo Fabric Face Masks

Phelomheo Fabric Face Masks

When you walk to and from your car, you’ll encounter other festivalgoers kicking up dust. These masks will minimize the damage that dust does to your airways after you spend days partying outdoors.

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Best tents for music festivals

Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek Tent

Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek Tent

While it claims to fit six campers, it’s ideal for two to four festival attendees with room for comfortable sleep and costume changing. It’s remarkably affordable for something so big, reliable and easy to set up.

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Campros Eight-person Tent

Campros Eight-person Tent

If you are attending a festival with a group and don’t want to make a huge investment, it’s hard to beat this spacious option. Built-in room dividers help provide campers with a measure of privacy.

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Kazoo Camping Tent

Kazoo Camping Tent

This tent comes in two- and four-person versions. Both are remarkably affordable and well-ventilated to allow for a reasonable amount of sleep on hot, sunny mornings. The four-person model is great for couples. The two-person option is perfect if you plan on camping by yourself.

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 Coleman Octagon 98 Tent

Coleman Octagon 98 Tent

Countless tents fall prey to heavy winds every summer. Keep your sleeping space and belongings reliably attached to the ground with a sturdy tent that doesn’t have any sharp corners or wide panels to act as sails.

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 Vidalido Dome Camping Tent

Vidalido Dome Camping Tent

To make your campsite more than just a dull place to sleep, consider a stylish and effective conical dome tent like this one. It comes at a surprisingly reasonable price and has enough space for two or three people to sleep comfortably.

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What you need for the perfect festival campsite

Intex Dura-Beam Air Bed

Intex Dura-Beam Air Bed

This is about as simple and affordable as inflatable mattresses get. Some options come with electric or integrated foot pumps, but your best bet is to pick up a stand-alone air bed pump — partly because at least one of your neighbors will need to use it.

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Sierra Designs Camping Air Bed

Sierra Designs Camping Air Bed

It’s not quite as tall as most typical air beds, which helps maximize space in small tents and minimize movement across the mattress. It’s also engineered to last considerably longer than most other options.

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Coleman Instant Beach Canopy

Coleman Instant Beach Canopy

Measuring 13 feet by 13 feet, this canopy offers plenty of shade in addition to passable protection from light rain. Make sure to stake it down securely, though, in case of heavy winds.

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Ever Advanced Pop Up Gazebo

Ever Advanced Pop Up Gazebo

It’s sturdy, roomy and built to keep bugs, sunshine and moderate rain from spoiling your relaxation time at camp. It comes with plenty of stakes, can withstand a surprising amount of rain and doesn’t cost all that much compared to some instant canopies.

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Liluo Glow in the Dark, Reflective Guy Line

Liluo Glow in the Dark, Reflective Guy Line

No matter how many years you’ve been attending festivals, it’s still easy to trip on tent guy lines and ruin your night with a sprained ankle. This 60-foot length lets you replace the hard-to-see cords on several tents.

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Coleman Xtreme Portable Cooler

Coleman Xtreme Portable Cooler

It’s as durable as a cooler gets without making a huge investment, and it comes in 70- and 120-quart versions. Its reliable design and premium construction mean it will minimize the number of times you have to shell out for overpriced bags of festival ice.

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Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

Pack this high-capacity solar shower to avoid the lines and hassle of community showers. During summer, you probably won’t even want to wait around for it to get hot, as a cold shower at a festival can be highly refreshing.

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Best festival apparel and tools

Sojourner Hydration Pack

Sojourner Hydration Pack

The most efficient way to carry drinking water at a festival is on your back. This hydration pack holds up to a half gallon in a leak-resistant water bladder. The durable stitching and decent size of the backpack itself are ideal for carrying the things you need for a fun time with friends.

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 Yuoto Waist Pack

Yuoto Waist Pack

Dehydration is one of the biggest hazards at outdoor festivals, and losing your phone, wallet or keys is a close second. Make sure you keep all your most important belongings close with this rugged utility belt and water bottle holder.

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The Collection Royal Hip Pack

The Collection Royal Hip Pack

If you want to look stylish while keeping track of your stuff, strap on this bohemian-style fanny pack. Made from eco-friendly hemp cotton, it has just enough space to store all the goodies you’ll need for the day.

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Anker PowerCore Essential 20K Power Bank

Anker PowerCore Essential 20K Power Bank

Given the incredible quality of smartphone cameras these days, it’s understandable if you run your battery down by the end of the first night out. To make sure you and your friends’ devices stay juiced up, consider this high-capacity, low-cost power bank.

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Boom Boom Aromatherapy Nasal Sticks

Boom Boom Aromatherapy Nasal Sticks

Congestion is just a part of life for many dedicated festival fans. This variety pack of fun aromatherapy sticks provides soothing sensations and helps relieve nasal distress.

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Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Wipes

Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Wipes

While many festivals do offer showers, they can be far away, crowded, expensive or buried behind huge lines. These body wipes use natural essential oils to combat the filth and odors that go hand-in-hand with dancing all night in the summer.

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Lysian Foam Earplugs

Lysian Foam Earplugs

Hi-fidelity earplugs are meant to keep your hearing safe, but these are meant to keep you sleeping soundly throughout the festival night. They stay in a little more reliably than reusable types, and your friends will love you for handing them out.

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