What to Pack Series: Festival Road Trip

Published on July 26th, 2021

Looking for fun ways to change up the way you camp in your RV? A festival road trip in your trailer or motorhome is the perfect solution. Festivals are tons of fun, and taking a camping festival vacation only adds to that excitement, allowing you to park right in the middle of the celebration and take it all in from morning ’til night. 

All that said, there are certain considerations that need to be made when preparing for a festival camping trip. This means that no matter how much experience you have with packing an RV, you’re going to have some things to learn when getting everything together for your first festival vacation in your RV.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help! In this article we will discuss the things you need to think about when choosing what to pack for your festival RV getaway, as well as those things you don’t want to forget. 

Music festival

Things to Consider when Packing for Festival Camping

First, we’d like to share some tips for packing for festival camping trips. These tips include things you might not even know to keep in mind, so be sure to read through them in order to be fully prepared for your getaway. 

Restrictions and Banned Items

Before you begin packing for your trip, be sure to find a list of prohibited items, as well as restrictions on items that are allowed. Some examples of common restrictions include a ban on generators (or set hours when they can be run), a ban on wood fires (or sometimes all fire pits), and rules about how big chairs can be. 

Knowing these rules and following them as you pack will help avoid disappointment—and possible negative consequences—at the festival itself. 

Power Source

Most festival campgrounds don’t have any sort of hookups. This means you’re responsible for managing your power consumption and finding a source of power if needed. Some people will pack solar chargers, while others go in with solar panel setups on their RVs, and still other campers take in generators to recharge their RV batteries.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is allowed and will be enough to get you through the event. 

Water Source

In addition to being void of electric hookups, most festival campsites also do not come equipped with a water spigot. While many of these places do have water onsite somewhere, filling your tanks can be an annoying process that means moving your RV near the spigot or carrying jugs back and forth until the tank is full. 

For this reason, and because you never know what the water at a festival might be like, it’s a good idea to fill your freshwater tank and bring in plenty of jugs of water for drinking. A good rule of thumb is to bring in one gallon of drinking water per person per day. 

Dumping Tanks

All of the water you use in your RV while camping goes into holding tanks. It’s up to you to ensure you don’t overfill your tanks. While most people can get through a festival without filling their tanks—meaning they can dump at a dump station after the festival ends—those who choose to shower daily inside their RV likely won’t make it that long. In this case, a “blue boy” portable dump tank is a must-have. 

Keeping Clean

Because conserving water and waste tank space is so important, many choose not to shower in their rigs when dry camping at a festival. Instead, they will invest in a solar shower or use something like Venture Wipes to clean up for the few days of the event.

Obviously, you don’t have to go this route, but you might find that it makes more sense for you. 

Keeping Comfortable

Temperatures at festivals can get really, really hot. Since you’ll be outside all day during the event, it’s important that you find ways to keep cool and comfortable.

When choosing which clothes to pack, make sure to grab breathable, moisture-wicking items that are light in color. Plenty of water, cooling towels, personal fans, a hat for shade, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are also must-haves. 

While daytime temperatures can soar, you might also see some chilly nights. Be sure to pack long pants, jackets and sweatshirts, and some kind of shoes besides sandals so you can keep warm when the sun goes down. 

Easy Foods

Finally, we should discuss food. Yes, most festivals have food stalls. However, most of this food is overpriced, the lines for these stands can get incredibly long, and the vast majority of what’s sold at festivals is junk food. 

Sure, you can treat yourself to a few festival snacks, but you’ll also want to pack plenty of quick and easy healthy snacks and meals that you can pull out whenever you start feeling hungry. This will save you time and money and help you feel better throughout the event so you can have as much fun as possible. 

Dancing and festival camping

Festival Packing List

You’ll definitely want everything on our one-week road trip packing list. It includes basic things like electronics and chargers, clothing, bedding, towels, toiletries, kitchen essentials, flashlights, and camp chairs. However, there are a number of things you’ll need specifically for festival camping. 

These things include:

  • Backpack to carry festival day essentials
  • Water, water jugs, and water bottles
  • Small cooler to carry to festival
  • Binoculars
  • Ground blanket
  • Festival folding chairs (check height restrictions)
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Festival tickets
  • Directions to the festival
  • Map of the festival grounds
  • Concert schedule
  • External battery pack for phone 
  • Solar charger
  • Awning or screen house for hanging out in the shade
  • Generator (if allowed)
  • Blue boy
  • Venture Wipes
  • Camp shower
  • Propane fire pit (if allowed)
  • Outdoor rug
  • Battery-operated fans
  • Cooling towels
  • Fun stuff like bubbles, hula hoops, beach balls, glow sticks, etc

As you can see, there are a lot of things that need to be packed for a festival vacation in an RV. That said, all of that packing will be totally worth it when you arrive at the event and have the time of your life. 

Of course, in order to go on a festival RV camping trip, you’ll need to have an RV. Don’t have one of your own? Browse our thousands of rental RVs to find the perfect options for your festival road trip. 

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