We’re only four days away from one of the summer’s biggest music festivals! I haven’t started packing for my little Philly weekend getaway because I’m making sure I have everything I need to “Survive Made in America.” Thousands of people are going to be in attendance and there are strict rules. Once you are in the festival you stay in until you are ready to leave because there is no re-entry. So I’ve come up with this little survival guide to get you through the two-day festival.

The website specifies what you cannot bring

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal or Illicit substances of any kind
  • Outside food & drink (except your factory sealed water)
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
  • Chairs
  • Glass containers
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles or Scooters
  • Coolers
  • Professional recording devices or cameras (no-detachable lenses or tripods or other commercial uses)
  • Glowsticks
  • Laser Pointers
  • Items to obstruct other fan’s views (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc)

Here is what you can bring

  • Blankets, towels
  • Umbrellas (small hand held only)
  • Factory sealed water bottle (1 per person up to 1 liter)
  • Empty water containers, empty Camelbacks
  • Non-professional cameras, flip-cams
  • Non framed backpacks and bags (subject to search)
  • Encouraged items: sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued ID, cash/debit card.
Remember to stay hydrated! Water is key especially in the heat and if you consume alcoholic beverages.

Remember to stay hydrated! Water is key especially in the heat and if you consume alcoholic beverages.

Her Goody Bag Survival Kit

It seems like a lot but all of these items can fit in a regular size cross body bag. So what would you include in your survival kit?

Still need ideas on what to wear? Check out our style guide for the festival


  1. Thousands of people are heading to V Festival this weekend, with headline acts including Beyonce, Kings of Leon and The Script. If you’re joining the crowds at Weston Park, don’t miss our our top festival survival tips.

  2. Whether you’re attending your first festival or your 21st, it’s always a good idea to think about what you pack before you go and how to stay safe when you are on the site.

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