Summer has become synonymous with music festivals. After all, who doesn't love an outdoor concert with near-perfect weather?

It's all about good tunes, great food, and an experience of a lifetime. Although some fests are centrally located for a majority of people, a lot of music aficionados travel across the US just to see some of their favorite artists and bands.

With the anticipation to let loose and dance to your favorite songs at an all-time high, it's easy to forget that something this fun also comes with a lot of preparation. So before you start planning your outfits and figuring out your lineup, you want to make sure you have these 13 essentials in your car to make your music adventure as flawless as possible.

1

Water.

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's easy to forget something as simple as this. You can keep a couple of bottles in your car for the journey and some for the festival grounds — it's summertime and it can get hot.

If you can't take any outside liquids into the shows, make sure to pack a reusable bottle to fill up at any water stations or drinking fountains.

2

Hand sanitizer.

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It's the easiest way to stay clean when you're on the go in a crowd of people.

3

Auxilliary cord.

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There's no better way to get ready for the festival than hyping yourself up with your favorite jams, but the radio just isn't going to cut it. An aux cord puts you (and your friends) in control of listening to whatever your heart desires.

4

Backup ID.

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The last thing you want to find out is that you lost your state ID or driver's license at the festival. Having a spare one in your car will give you the peace of mind that you need.

5

Sunscreen.

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If you're going to spend hours in the sun, you want to make sure that you're protecting your skin from the harsh rays. 

Plus, you don't want to have any bizarre sunburn patterns from your outfit, either.

6

Bug spray.

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Summer is also prime time for insects, and getting bit by them isn't ideal when you're just trying to enjoy your favorite artist's set.

7

Portable phone charger.

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This should be music festival 101. 

8

Toilet paper.

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You never know what you're going to get when it comes to porta potties at fests. It's better to be safe than sorry — just saying.

9

First aid kit.

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It's always great to keep a kit in your car in case of emergencies for your day-to-day, and even more so if you're road tripping to a weekend-long concert.

10

Extra set of clothes.

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Whether you want to switch out of your sweaty outfit or you got food and dirt all over you, having the option to change into something fresh is a must.

11

A towel or two.

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It's the same idea as keeping extra clothing around.

It may seem silly as you're packing it, but you'll thank yourself at the end of the day.

12

Jumper cables.

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On the off chance that your car battery dies, you'll be equipped to get it up and running again.

13

Snacks.

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Never, ever forget snacks!