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As we slowly return to more normal activities, our favorite events are making a comeback, including music festivals. While tours have been postponed due to the pandemic over the last few years, festivals like Coachella and others will return this spring and summer. With that in mind, you want to dress and accessorize accordingly for these events. Aside from your tickets or passes, one of the most important festival accessories is a good festival backpack.
Buying Guide: How to Pick the Best Festival Backpack
A festival backpack allows you to go hands-free while you roam the grounds and take in the shows, while making it convenient to carry your water, camera, sweater, and other essentials, all in one place.
The first thing you need to keep in mind when shopping for the best festival backpack depends on which festival or venue you’re going to attend.
Some festivals and locations outline what you can and cannot pack, and you can usually find out if the festival has any specific rules about the type of backpack you can take with you. Those rules will often tell you the size requirements for your backpack, plus if you need to have a clear backpack or not.
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Fabric, Weight, and Size: The best festival backpack is ideally one that’s waterproof, lightweight, and has compartments to keep your electronics and chargers safe.
Consider the items you plan to bring. Knowing what you’re taking with you will help determine the size of your pack. Keep in mind you’ll carry it around all day, so a lightweight pack may be the way to go.
Also look for backpacks that have plenty of storage and secure pockets that can zip, so you can stash anything from a GoPro to compact cameras or water bottles. You also want to take into account if the pack’s waterproof or features a water-resistant shell to keep your gear dry.
What Are the Best Festival Backpacks?
Below, we listed our top picks for the best festival backpacks. From style-savvy to the most practical choices, there’s a bag that’s sure to suit your style and needs.
1. Filson Dryden Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack that you can use both for festivals and beyond, you can’t go wrong with one from Filson. In fact, Filson makes the best everyday carriers you can buy, especially for commuters, camping, and travel. We like this Dryden pack because its sturdy, smart nylon construction checks all the boxes for most situations, and it features plenty of pockets, so you can easily access your action cam or water bottle in between sets at the festival. It’s also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in a storm on the way back home. Bonus: Its size meets Coachella’s bag policy, and it’s also carry-on-friendly.
2. Rains Rolltop Rucksack
This Rolltop Rucksack by Rains is perfect for, well, a rainy festival day, or if there’s expected wet weather ahead. The coated exterior is waterproof, plus there’s an additional carrying strap with twin padded adjustable shoulder straps. This is a stylish choice that’s equipped for wet weather and can be carried two different ways. It’s available in seven different colors.
3. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack
A tie-dye, no-frills backpack by Herschel is very appropriate for a music festival. Plus, its lightweight ripstop fabric is durable, and it can fold up into its own pouch. It’s a light bag to carry your essentials that also makes a fun style statement.
4. Fjällraven Kånken Water-Resistant Backpack
Fjällräven is known for its practical, functional backpacks. The Swedish brand originally crafted its bags for school children, but now they’re used by all ages. The bags are made out of durable, water-resistant Vinylon F fabric and have top handle straps that can snap together. Inside, there’s a removable foam insert for cushioning and shape. You also can take it out as a seat pad, which may definitely come in handy at a festival. The bag is available in numerous colors for a reasonable price.
5. Supreme x The North Face Backpack
Supreme partnered with the beloved outdoor/sports gear brand, The North Face, for this limited-edition backpack. It’s fitting for any adventure, like a music festival. It’s made out of nylon and polyester, so it can brace through light rain showers. The bag also includes a belt strap for extra security. This is a good choice if you want an outdoorsy bag that’s still style-conscious. You’ll want to add to cart now though — the backpack was still available as of this writing, but like all things Supreme, this special-edition collab is expected to sell out soon.
6. Nike Brasilia Clear Training Backpack
If you’re searching for a clear backpack you can take to an upcoming music festival, you’ll want to consider this sleek pick from Nike. The bag features a streamlined design and padded shoulder straps you can adjust for comfort. A pair of side pockets let you easily grab smaller items like a phone or keys. It measures 18″ x 12 x 7 inches. And best of all, the Nike pack’s super easy to clean if anything spills on it.