As convenient as backpacks are, you want a purse that can swing around without making you uncomfortable (or look like a kangaroo) when you’re charging through a crowd — and you want one that you can bring from the airport to the after-party, too. I swear by a giant, ancient-leather satchel that’s come with me to the photo pits of South by Southwest and Newport Folk alike, and this durable pick from Anthro is a perfect alternative for my trusty carry-all. It’ll hold everything you need (and nearly everything in this guide!), the scores of pockets were tailor-made for your essentials, and its vibrant print works just as well hopping from stage to stage, as it does at for post-fest drinks in Nashville.
Anthropologie Ruidoso Bucket Satchel, $98, available at Anthropologie.