What to Pack for Coachella and Stagecoach 2022: The Best Music Festival Must-Haves

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Festival season has begun and whether this year is going to be your first time at Coachella or Stagecoach — or you’re joining frequent fest-goers at Lollapalooza, Rolling Loud and Bonnaroo — you’re going to want to pack these music festival essentials.

After a two-year hiatus, Coachella officially returns this Friday for two weekends, April 15-17 and 22-24 with headliners Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, and Harry Styles. Following Coachella, Stagecoach is back April 29-May 1 with Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs.

You’ve plotted out your festival outfits for weeks, and now it’s time to get packing. From a portable charger that’ll keep your phone going day to night and sun care staples for the festival grounds, to a backpack that doubles as a chair, we’ve rounded up some of the best music festival essentials to pack for the ultimate experience this season.

Ahead, check out what to pack for a music festival to look and feel your best — all of which meet most major festival guidelines.

If you love live music, you know it's always a good idea to invest in a good pair of ear plugs to protect your ears. Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs claim to reduce loud sound by 22 dB on average. It has an invisible, low profile design and still lets you hear your surroundings clearly. 


Never worry about losing your stuff while you're running to and from festival stages. Apple AirTags will help you keep track of your important items. Stash one in a wallet or purse to track its location from your phone, or stick one to the back of your phone to track its location from a separate device.


There are no wall outlets in the middle of a music festival. Carry this portable power bank instead, so your phone will have enough charge to capture that Instagram opportunity of a lifetime, whenever (or wherever) it happens.


Keep your squad's hands clean even when you're jamming out together in the desert. These one-fluid-ounce bottles of germ-killing Purell can be attached to backpacks, purses, fanny packs and more. This variety pack is infused with various essential oils.


This Supergoop! sunscreen is hydrating, sweat-resistant and non-greasy. 


Don't forget to protect your lips! This COOLA lip balm provides hydration and sun protection. 


You're going to be on your feet all day and night long, so blister bandages are a bag essential. 


This sturdy little backpack is small enough that it won't get unwieldy in a crowd, but it's roomy enough that it will fit all your essentials. You'll easily be able to stash your portable power bank, sunscreen, water bottle and wallet inside. Fjallraven backpacks are sturdy and well suited for adventure. The zippers are covered by thick, water-resistant flaps, making it that much harder for water — and pickpockets — to get in.


Whether you want a little height boost to see the stage or need to sit for a quick rest, this genius backpack comes with a detachable stool. 


One of the most versatile accessories in festival wear is the bandana. Alo's Bandana Scarf is made from a breathable, cotton-silk fabric, so you can wear it your way with any outfit. 


If you're not into carrying a backpack or want to be hands-free, opt for a waist bag or fanny pack. 


Festivals are usually during the spring and summer months, because that's when we get the warmest and sunniest weather. Enjoy the heat and protect your eyes from the sun with these cool polarized frames. 


Protect the skin on your scalp, face and neck with a sun hat. This large raffia option from Roxy will turn heads, no matter if you're having fun at Stagecoach or Coachella.


Shade your eyes and protect your scalp from getting burned with this trendy hat option. This 100% cotton hat comes in more than 30 colors and patterns. 


Still looking for 2022 music festival tickets? You can buy tickets to Coachella, Stagecoach, EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball Music Festival and more festivals online now. For more information about buying festival tickets online, read our guide on how to get Coachella tickets.


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