SXSW Survival Guide: Gear up

11:53 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 Music
Jay Janner photo, Eric Webb illustration
A smartphone (and its matching charger) are your best friend at SXSW.

Every year in March, Austin says "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses of music fans trying to get into as many shows as they possibly can." South By Southwest runs March 9-18, and it's going to be a jungle out there. Free shows? Secret shows? Stunts like giant Doritos vending machines (R.I.P.)? Who can keep track? Leading up to and during the music festival, we'll be offering a series of tips to staying ahead of the pack in our SXSW Survival Guide.

Tip No. 3: Gear up.

Think of SXSW as a real-life game of Oregon Trail. You’ll need to pack goods with you to survive the long, arduous journey (and something to barter with at the trading post when you need a liniment, or perhaps a poultice).

It goes without saying that you should go approach any event like SXSW as prepared as possible. On the same note, you want to be as unfettered as possible so that you might glide from event to event with the most aerodynamic of ease.

Here’s a list of equipment worthy of your SXSW backpack/bindle. Mix and match at your leisure.

Anything else you think is a must-bring for any SXSW attendee? Let us know in the comments.

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