Tips for Camping Overnight at Music Festivals

With all the amazing music festivals across Alberta every summer — from jazz, to metal, hip-hop, and folk — it’s tough to pack all the excitement into one day. Sometimes it makes sense to plan for a longer stay. These tips will help you pack, stay comfortable, and find the ideal spot if you’re camping at a music festival, so you can enjoy the music.

Overnight Camping Tips

  • Get there early to grab a good spot. Try to steer clear of the outhouses, since they’re busy at most times of the day.
  • Pack your coolers with enough ice to last two days if you can. Ice is a hot commodity and generally comes at a premium during festivals. It’s always a good idea to keep food in one cooler and drinks in another.
  • Get a propane powered camp stove and extra propane for cooking meals, as festivals usually don’t allow fires.
  • Bring enough water for drinking and dishes.
  • Pack wet wipes or baby wipes for your hands and face.
  • Clip your travel sized toiletries to a lanyard to hang over the shower head, and don’t forget to pack flip flops.
  • Invest in a quick dry compact towel (found at any camping/backpacking store).
  • Bring cheap foam floor tiles for the tent floor, you’ll be thankful when you air mattress doesn’t deflate.
  • Bring multiple flashlights and a head lamp; they’re great for late-night trips to the bathroom or finding your campsite at the end of the night.
  • Don’t forget to Lock It or Lose It. Vehicles left unattended at campsites are attractive targets for opportunistic thieves.

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Alberta Music Festivals Part 1: Music Festival Survival Guide


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