Our SXSW Packing Guide: Are You Ready For Austin?

Whether you're headed down to Texas for your first SXSW or your fifth, everyone can use a crash course in packing for this nonstop music party. Read on to find out what we're bringing to Austin with us, and why we think our picks are totally essential for your good time down south. Get ready, and keep your eyes peeled for our street style cameras, too. We'll be there!
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Light Layers

The weather in Austin can change on a dime. Don't get stuck without something to throw on.

Otis & Maclain Jacket, $275, available at Pixie Market.
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The Cross Body Bag

You'll want your hands free for a million reasons, but make sure your bag is roomy enough to collect any SXSwag that might come your way.

Shelter Canyon Road bag, $125, available at Need Supply.
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The Western Boot

When in Rome, right?

Opening Ceremony Coachella 1 Suede, $460.88, available at Jades24.
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Hydrate, Y'all

All the free beer and barbecue is just as enticing as you think it would be, but don't forget your festival-going body needs the basics, too. This water bottle is small enough to tuck into your bag.

Klean Kanteen Stainless-Steel Vacuum Bottle, $22.95, available at REI.
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The Printed Maxi Dress

You'll be grateful for an easy-to-toss-on outfit if you meet with a rough morning at SXSW. A flowing, printed frock is instantly festival-ready.

Thakoon Addition Tie Dye Dress, $590, available at Farfetch.
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A Warm Weather Topper

Your felt favorites will be way to hot for Austin's summer climate. A lighter, straw option is preferred.

ASOS Black Straw Bowler Hat, $26.86, available at ASOS.
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Anti-Humidity Hair Product

Those effortless waves you rely on at home might not make it all the way to Austin. In the humid climate, a healthy spray of product will go a long, long way.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $38, available at Barneys New York.
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One-Piece-Wonder Accessories

You won't want your travel bag weighed down with the armload of wrist candy you usually wear. For this trip, look for single pieces that pack a big punch.

Stella & Dot Petra Braided Bracelet, $98, available at Stella & Dot.
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Invest In Layers

A sleeveless chambray offers both polish and edge. Make sure your festival wardrobe packs lots of light layers like this.

BDG Sleeveless Chambray Shirt, $49, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Long days and fun nights call for a great pair of sunglasses. This is a music festival, after all, so don't be scared to try a new shape or style you've been eyeing.

Karen Walker Rover Sunglasses, $180, available at Shopbop.
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Crazy-Comfy Sandals

SXSW is non-stop, and your feet will be grateful for comfortable shoes you can walk or stand in all day.

Seychelles Coy sandal, $80, available at Zappos.
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Spring Shades

Leave your blues at home in favor of something more fun.

Topshop Tall MOTO Jamie Jeans, $80, available at Topshop.
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The Day-to-Night Dress

All those shows, parties, and hangouts mean you'll need to be dressed as if you'll never see your hotel room again. A day-to-night dress ensures the fun never stops.

ASOS ASOS T-Shirt Midi Dress In Aztec, $50.13 (originally $62.67), available at ASOS.