Festivals are often downplayed as legitimate travel focus, and yet, with plenty of music and cultural festivals around the world, those who regularly pack their bags to attend look for gear that they can take along. Outdoor festivals can bring the best Mother Nature has to offer, or a slew of challenges—from rain to mud to extreme temperatures.
One way to deal with the possibilities is to bring along the Timbuk2 Collective Pack.
This scaled-down day pack is made from durable nylon fabric and lets you bring along the essentials for a festival or day-tripping in town. The main compartment has a slip pocket that can hold a 13-inch laptop or a hydration bladder (but not both), as well as a few organizer slip pockets. Included with the pack is a unisex rain poncho that has a drawstring hood and can double as a park blanket. It folds into itself to store, however I was never able to get it folded back as compact as it came.
There are four external zip pockets (one especially hidden away for small items like cash or credit cards) that allow you to stash important items where you can get to them quickly. Dual side mesh pockets are key for water bottles or bike locks, and daisy chains make it easy to attach necessary (or nice-to-have) elements for enjoying your experience.
The sternum strap, while important at times, is removable—so you can ditch it when you want. Padded shoulder straps let you pack the Collective Pack to extremes and remain comfortable while toting it all around. Expandable straps allow you to add on, even something as large as a sleeping bag.
At 14 liters, this is a great day bag to bring along when you’re good at paring things down to the essentials. But if you need more gear for your festival-going or other activities, it may be a little too small.
The Timbuk2 Collective Pack comes in four colors: sea water (pictured), golden, slate, and army. It lists for $149 on the Timbuk2 site.