Sip, Dance, Repeat: Perfecting Your Music Festival Kit with Swilled Dog

Summer is here, and that means music festival season is in full swing! Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, having the right gear can make or break your experience. We’ve got the ultimate packing list for you, filled with some Swilled Dog goodies that will have everyone at the festival raising their glasses and tasting to a good time. Here’s some snapshots from our marketing assistant’s recent adventures at DelFest!

The Basics

Before diving into the fun extras, like Swilled Dog spirits and hard cider, let’s start with the essentials:

  • Festival Tickets and ID: You won’t get far without these! Keep them in a waterproof pouch or fanny pack.
  • Cash and Cards: Some vendors might not accept cards. Having cash on hand is always a good idea.
  • Portable Charger: Stay connected and capture memories with your phone, but don’t forget to keep it charged.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial. Many festivals have refill stations.

Comfortable Clothing and Accessories: Dress to impress with Swilled Dog Gear

Comfort is key when you’re dancing the day away:

  • Breathable Clothing: Opt for lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics. Light colors and relaxed fit shirts can make a difference.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun. A Swilled Dog hat works perfectly!
  • Comfortable Shoes: Comfy shoes are a must. Consider a second pair for mud or rain.
  • Rain Gear: Be prepared for sudden weather changes with a poncho or lightweight rain jacket.
  • Swim Wear: For festivals like DelFest, bring a swimsuit, river float, and a Swilled Dog tumbler for river adventures.

Camping Gear

If you’re camping at the festival, make sure you have:

  • Tent and Sleeping Bag: Choose easy-to-set-up gear with good ventilation.
  • Sleeping Pad, Cot or Air Mattress: For a good night’s sleep.
  • Camping Chairs: Perfect for relaxing between sets.
  • Portable Fan: For both inside the tent and outside in the camp area, a portable fan makes a huge difference on hot humid days. 

Food and Drink

Fuel your fun with the right snacks and beverages:

  • Non-Perishable Snacks: Think granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit. If you have access to a fridge or cooler, hot dogs and burger patties are always a simple favorite. 
  • Cooler with Ice Packs: Keep your Swilled Dog beverages cold. No one wants a warm hard cider.
  • Swilled Dog Products: Whether it’s our refreshing hard cider or award-winning bourbon, bring your favorites to enjoy responsibly. Try our Mon Forest Reserve Dry Gin in a simple gin and tonic recipe for a refreshing festival drink.
  • 2 oz Swilled Dog Mon Forest Reserve Dry Gin
  • 4 oz tonic water
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the Swilled Dog Mon Forest Reserve Dry Gin.
  3. Top with tonic water.
  4. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.

Personal Care Items

Stay fresh and clean with these essentials:

  • Toiletries: Pack the essentials like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Protect your skin from the elements.

Next-Level Extras

Make your festival experience unforgettable with these additional items:

  • Blanket or Tarp: Great for lounging on the grass.
  • Earplugs: Protect your hearing during loud sets and help you sleep.
  • Festival Schedule and Map: Plan your day and make sure you don’t miss your favorite acts.
  • Decorative Items: Flags, lights, or tapestries to personalize your campsite. Even bubble wands and other common festival props add to the experience.
  • Costumes: It’s always fun to do themed ‘dress-up’ nights – the wilder, the better. 

Final Tips

  • Pack Light but Smart: Focus on essentials and avoid overpacking.
  • Stay Safe and Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and know your limits with alcohol.
  • Make Friends and Have Fun: Festivals are about the community and the music. Enjoy every moment!
  • Take Swilled Dog With You: Our selection of fantastic ciders, robust or refreshing spirits, travel tumblers and apparel will amplify your festival experience to make the most of it. These products can continue to be used during other summertime activities, or just relaxing with some friends to relive memories down the road. 

Packing for a music festival doesn’t have to be stressful. With this comprehensive list, you’ll be ready to enjoy every second of your festival experience. So gather your friends, load up on essentials, and get ready for a fun experience. We’ll see you at the next festival!