Gear Worth Wearing: A Guide To The Best Festival Accessories For 2018

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A Guide To The Best Festival Accessories For 2018

Ready to hit the coolest festivals come spring/summer? Not until you've checked out the ultimate guide to the best festival accessories of the year.

Fashion is cyclical. You'd be remiss if you didn't notice the recent trend in 90s wear that's resurfacing in 2018. Mom jeans, leather jackets, and overalls dominate the fashion scene today.

Fashion trends are important to keep in mind as we enter into festival season. Coachella, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Sasquatch, and many others are on the horizon. It's time to start planning your essentials and festival accessories.

Are you #festyready? Keep reading to find everything you need to make your festival season the best of the best.

Fanny Packs

In keeping with the resurgence of 90s trends, it should come as no surprise: fanny packs are back. Just in time for festival season.

Fanny packs aren't just for festivals, either. They've recently been spotted on Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Zimmermann, and Balenciaga runways. That should be proof enough that they're back in a big, big way.

When it comes to festival season, fanny packs are the perfect combination of cute and functional. Why tote around a purse all day when you can set it and forget it on your waist? Especially now that they're a sign of the fashion-forward rather than a symbol of nerdiness, like yesteryear?

There are a ton of different styles out there to complement your look. If you're headed to an EDM festival like Electric Forest, you might want to opt for spacey celestial print. For a festival like Newport Folk Fest, consider a boho weave fanny pack that'll pair perfectly with your Free People sundresses. For a festival like Coachella where fashion is half the fun, go for a unique print like this donut fanny (bonus: this one's on sale!).

Wide Brim Hats

No boho-chic look is complete without the wide brim hat. They're essential festival accessories while simultaneously protecting your skin from a long day of harmful UV ray exposure (don't forget your sunscreen).

There's a ton of variety when it comes to wide brim hats, too. You're not limited to just floppy or baseball cap.

Pick up a neon boater to add an element of fun to your look. Boaters also feature stiff brims, so they won't sway in the wind and get in your eyes.

Floppy hats are one of the most quintessential festival accessories, seen on heads everywhere at all different sorts of festivals. That's because they're super functional. They protect your skin, keep your eyes shaded all day, and are usually made of lightweight material that will keep your head cool.

Wide brim straw hats are somewhere in between the floppy hat and the boater, when it comes to style and shape. The brims tend to be slightly stiff, but still flexible enough to fold up into your suitcase. They're cool, breezy, and stylish.

Hydration Packs

With the importance of self-care being more and more talked about in 2018, hydration packs are a festival goers best friend. Hydration is more important than ever at a summer festival. At least 15 people around the world have died at summer festivals, with dehydration being cited as one contributing factor.

When you're so distracted by the sensory overload of everything going on around you, how can you remember to stay hydrated? And when you're so focused on dancing and feeling free, why would you want to carry around a clunky waterbottle all day?

You don't have to. The solution is the hydration pack. It's a stylish water pouch that you wear as a backpack, with a flexible straw that hangs over your shoulder.

The good ones hold 2 liters of water, the recommended amount that you should be drinking per day. Keep in mind that you're losing a lot of water through sweating while outside all day, though, and should try to drink even more than that!


Did you know your eyes can get sunburned? Sunglasses never looked so good.

Besides being one of the more crucial festival accessories for your health, they're also super stylish. They're constantly being reinvented and rocked on the runway in bold new shapes.

Designers like Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu are showing super slim, angular styles. Pick up a pair like this to show the festival crowd that you follow high fashion.

Chanel opts to keep it classic, offering variations of the ever-popular aviator style. One pair by Dior features yellow-tinted lenses to give your surroundings a retro feel.

If you haven't checked out Dolce and Gabbana's Spring/Summer eyewear collection, you need to. One pair is lined with straw, making the wearer look like a boho goddess wearing flight goggles. Another throws you back to the 70s, featuring literal rose-colored lenses that are surrounded by retro flower petals.

Proper Footwear

It's not the sexiest of festival accessories, but it's certainly one of the most important. Cheap rubber sandals just won't cut it when it comes to protecting your feet from the elements of a festival.

Broken glass abounds, and you're probably going to be too distracted to see it. You're also going to be on your feet all day, so some decent support is going to be a lifesaver when it comes to comfort. In a big crowd, it's more likely than not that your toes will get stepped on by accident at some point.

Invest in some solid footwear for your festival season. It doesn't matter if you opt for sandals or sneakers, as long as they're quality either way.

Birkenstocks are a great option for the sandal-wearer. They're strong, supportive, and comfortable. Their new Spring collection features muted metallics that are sure to pair well with all your festival looks.

For sneakers, check out Onitsuka Tigers. They're slim enough that they won't weigh you down, yet comfortable enough to keep you going all day (and all night) long.

Do You Have All Your Festival Accessories?

Still gearing up for your festival season? We've got everything you need. From celestial-print fanny packs to funky hydration packs to life-saving bandanas, we're your one-stop shop for festival accessories.

Questions? Check out our FAQ, or get in touch to talk about all things festival season!