Tye Truitt / SXSW
March 06, 2015

South by Southwest (or SXSW, for the acronym-loving crowd) kicks off next weekend in Austin, but arriving street-style ready requires more than one day’s notice. To help prep for Texas’s best music-cum-interactive-cum-film festival, we assembled the ultimate carry-on packing list of smart tech, chic accessories, and sun protection. Read on for the essentials needed to make it through South by in style. 

 

Supergoop Sunscreen SPF 50
Basking in the sun after a seemingly never-ending winter is nice. A blistering sunburn? Not so much. Before you get your bronze on, spritz your face with Supergoop's antioxident-infused SPF 50. Paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free, the hydrating formula offers UVA and UVB protection with a side of vitamin C. 

 

Photojojo Smartphone Camera Lenses
Lugging your DSLR from event to event isn't just unwieldy, it's unnecessary. Step up your Instagram game with one of these snap-on smartphone lenses. Opt for the wide-angle for crowd shots or try polarizing to boost saturation. 

 

La Fresh Face Wipes
After a day of concert (or panel, or party) hopping, biodegradable wipes from La Fresh take off make-up in a breeze. 

 

Morphie Powerstation Plus
A modern adendum to Murphey's Law: your cell phone will die the moment you need it the most. Power up with this super-fast portable charger from Morphie. 

 

Moto Boots
Comfort is key in Austin, so swap your stilettos for flat boots like this pair of moto-inspired kicks from Rag & Bone. 

 

Vapur Water Bottle
A few hours in the sun paired with parties offering unlimited beer is a recipe for serious dehydration. Toss one of these foldable water bottles in your carry-on, and be sure to refill on the daily. 

 

Storm-Washed Scarf
Whether you're travling to the Taj Majal or just daytripping to the beach, a scarf is a must-have in any travel carry-on. Anthropolgie's hand-dyed linen wrap fits the festival's free-spirited vibe. 

 

SXSW Interactive runs March 13-17; SXSW Film runs March 13-21; SXSW Music runs March 17-22. Click over to SXSW.com for ticket and location information. 

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.

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