Gear Geek: Music Festival Must-Haves

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Gear Geek: Music Festival Must-Haves

All of a sudden, it’s the season to travel to remote locales and brave the wild in order to catch the latest music darlings and the recently reuniting bands—and deal with smelly crowds, frequent bartering, sleepless hours, and dirt and filth and mud. So much mud. In simpler terms, music festival season has arrived. Here’s a few things that’ll lend a bit of sanity to whole mad scene.

1. Tensile Connect Tree Tent, $450; 2. Rumpl Deepwater Puffy Blanket, from $65; 3. Laybag, $89; 4. Igloo Trailmate Cooler, $300; 5. Helly Hansen Midsund Boots, $60; 6. goTenna, $199; 7. PackTowl Personal Towel, from $10.

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).