12 bags that are actually allowed at Coachella & other festivals

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Arguably the hardest part of choosing yours Festival OOTD is the bag. You can wear any shirt, dress or shoes you want, but the same cannot be said for your bag. Every festival has different guidelines, whether it’s just see-through bags or super small purses that barely fit essentials.

Luckily, you don’t have to compromise on style as there are indeed plenty of bags out there that will look great with any outfit and suit your festival essentials and follow the bag guidelines.

Here’s a quick breakdown for each major music festival this summer:

  • Coachella: Handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, purses and tote bags must not be larger than 20″ x 15″ x 9″.
  • Governors’ Ball: Clear bags must not be larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ and small clutch bags must not be larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″.
  • Lollapalooza: Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are not see-through cannot be larger than 4.5 inches x 5.5 inches, but can only have one pocket; Larger bags must be clear and made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″; backpacks and multi-pocket bags are not allowed
  • Outside the countries: Backpacks and bags larger than 6″ x 8″ x 3″ must be clear plastic, clear vinyl, or PVC; small bags, fanny packs, and purses that are not clear must not exceed 6″ x 8″ x be 3″.

Below are 12 options to help you enjoy the festival without worrying about being stopped at security or packing the wrong bags.

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Dagne Dover Mara phone sling

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Dagne Dover Mara phone sling

To our surprise, Coachella actually has the loosest pocket policy of the group. Since you have the most freedom in bag selection for this festival, go for the Mara Phone Sling by Dagne Dover. You can fit all the basics like phone, cards, lip balm and sunscreen.

Fjällräven High Coast Pocket Pack shoulder bag Urban Outfitters

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Fjallraven High Coast Pocket Pack shoulder bag

Isn’t that the cutest little one pocket ever? Put your essentials in this little bag and don’t forget to fill the handy front pocket!

Free People Movement Mini Hiking Pack

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Free People Movement Mini Hiking Pack

If you’re not a big fanny pack wearer, go for it mini backpack. It is tiny but still fits all your necessities. The icing on the cake? This pack has adjustable straps! Thank goodness because comfort is key at any festival.

Governors’ Ball

Wild Fable Value Shoulder Bag Target

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Wild Fable Value shoulder bag

Crossbody lovers should opt for this simple yet chic variant goal. There are five great colorways to choose from, although we’d suggest going with a touch of colour.

Bex Crochet Crossbody Bag Urban Outfitters

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Bex crocheted shoulder bag

You can’t go wrong with a petite one crocheted bag and this shoulder bag is adorable. If you’re just packing your phone, cards and keys, your decision is easy.

Shoulder Bag Donut Macaroon Tiny Gamescape Series

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Shoulder Bag Donut Macaroon Tiny Gamescape Series

We call all e-boys and e-girls and we’ve found your perfect one festival bag. It features an internal, padded phone compartment and a detachable and adjustable crossbody strap.


Covax Clear Shoulder Bag Amazon

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Covax transparent shoulder bag

Lollapalooza has by far the strictest rules for bags that aren’t clear. It’s hard to find even a bum bag that could adhere to the festival’s guidelines. When in doubt, grab a classic clear crossbody like this one.

Forever 21 transparent shoulder bag

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Forever 21 transparent shoulder bag

throw that transparent shoulder bag over your shoulder at your next music festival. It has a flap and a timeless buckle closure.

Outside the countries

Wild Fable Fanny Pack Target

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Wild Fable belt bag

This without frills Fanny pack ticks all our boxes. It’s easy, adjustable and the perfect size. In addition, since it is a belt bag, you can wear it over the shoulder or around the waist. Many say it’s an amazing dupe for Lululemon’s Everywhere bum bag.

Everlane The Cactus Mini Leather Crossbody Bag

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Everlane The Cactus Mini Leather Crossbody Bag

Try it for a more elegant option Everlane’s shoulder bag made of vegan leather. The slip pockets fit your phone and cards perfectly, and the adjustable strap ensures a comfortable, secure fit.

Adidas Originals Festival Shoulder Bag Amazon

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Adidas Originals Festival shoulder bag

If your festival aesthetic this year is more street style inspired, then here it is Shoulder bag from Adidas will complete your fit.

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