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Outdoor festival camping checklist

Preparing for a multi-day festival getaway this summer? We’ve got your festival packing checklist covered. While it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of summer festival season, some simple planning and prep will go a long way to provide you with an amazing experience. This list covers the necessities and a few extras that you’ll be grateful you packed.

Whether you’re indulging at The Big Feastival, dancing at the WayHome Festival or taking off on a road-trip to summer music festivals across the country, here’s what to bring to make your overnight camping experience comfortable and fun:

Campsite set-up and sleeping

Camp kitchen

Festival essentials

Other daytime activity gear

Personal items and extras

To make things easier on yourself and your fellow festival-goers, you can find all the gear on this festival checklist in lightweight, compact versions – which also makes them great options for apartment dwellers. The great news about this list is that you can tailor it to your other weekend getaways. Not only will you be festival-ready, but you’ll be set for all your summer adventures.

Have any questions? Stop by your local MEC store to chat with staff who can help you get ready for camping, either at festivals or other campsites.

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