{ACL Survival Kit}

Alright, let’s just jump right into this post. ACL is HERE and that means hundreds of thousands of people flood Zilker park for two whole weekends of festival fun! Maybe not hundreds of thousands but its still a TON. I’ve partnered with SkinnyPop to give you everything you need to know about ACL 2016. From what you need to bring in your survival kit to survive one or both weekends, what to wear, what to do, etc, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s talk logistics first. NEVER try and drive your car to ACL; you will be driving around for hours looking for parking or paying outrageously expensive rates. Opt for ride-share! I would highly suggest getting dropped off somewhere near the Lamar and Barton Springs intersection because there is absolutely no way you are going to get close to the festival in a car without getting stuck in awful traffic with crowds of people and pedi-cabs. Once you get dropped off, think smart… Who wants to walk all the way to the festival when you’re going to be standing  for 3 days in a row… NOT ME. Pedicabs are all the rage during festivals and I definitely take advantage of them as much as I can! If you’re going that route, find the SkinnyPop pedicabs!! Not only is it a fun FREE ride, you get a free popcorn to snack on! The SkinnyPop pedicabs are also going to be all around Austin for your transportation needs from 12PM to 8PM during both festival weekends!

So, now that you’ve planned your transportation, what are you going to wear?! This is probably one of the toughest to plan because if you’ve ever been to ACL in the past 6-7 years you all know that the mornings are cold, afternoons are hot and you are most likely going to get rained out at some point. With our ever-changing Texas weather you are going to need layers, but what do you do with them when it’s hot AF outside??

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1. Bring a backpack or tote – You’ll thank me later for this!

2. Portable phone charger – This is a MUST! This should actually be #1. With the amount of photos, videos, Snapchats, Instagram stories, texting, to lack there of because your phone wont work, etc. You NEED to bring a portable charger or two or three. This saved me last year and was definitely a hot commodity!

3. Wear comfy shoes or boots – I would suggest a grungy pair of closed toe shoes that are comfy but can get dirty. Flip flops get discussing and you are going to leave with the nastiest feet EVER.

4. Shorts – It is chilly in the mornings but in the afternoon when the sun starts heating things up, you will be glad you wore them!

5. Layer up – Bring a light jacket with you. Temps are in the low 60s right now and could end up in the upper 90s!

6. Hats and Sunnies – You don’t want to be out in the sun for 3 full days without these two essentials.

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Alrighty, so what should you pack in the backpack??

1. SUNSCREEN – No sprays. Lather it on and have a bottle on-hand.

2. You are allowed to bring 2 bottles of sealed water or refillable containers and refill them throughout the day at the free water filling stations.

3. A small wallet for your ID, cash and CCs. If you don’t want to pack your credit cards just remember that when you activate your wristband you can sign up for ACL Cashless, which works by swiping your wristband to pay for food and drinks. If you’re planning on doing other shopping I would definitely bring cash and CCs.

4. Pack or wear a water resistant jacket or poncho if the forecast calls for rain

5. Pack wet wipes… You never know when you’re going to need them.

6. Basic necessities – ibuprofen, gum, bandana, tissues, deodorant, and save some money and bring your own koozie!

NOW, snack on and have a safe weekend!


  1. September 30, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    LOVE those gladiator sandals in a major way!

  2. September 30, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    All about that Skinny Pop life! The perfect snack for babes like you on the go!! And SO wish I was going to ACL with you – I know it’s so much fun!!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

  3. September 30, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Okay, I’ve never heard of ACL, but I am loving the wardrobe your provided! I still need to get my hands on a backpack. Loving your sandals as well!

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  4. Sam
    October 1, 2016 / 2:50 am

    I want to go to ACL just to hop in the pedicab for a popcorn snack!! That’s the best!!

    xx Sam |The Heart of the House

  5. October 1, 2016 / 3:10 am

    What a great post. Girl you never fail to impress me with your work. It’s been amazing following you on Instagram.



    • October 1, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you so much! That means so much to me!!! You made my day!!

  6. October 1, 2016 / 4:26 am

    This is the best post, and I so needed it! I’m heading to ACL next weekend and it’s my first festival ever, so I have no idea what I’m doing! Thanks Ashley!

    • October 1, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      I should be there too!! Send me your cell on DM and maybe we can meet up if it’s not too hectic and cell phones work!

  7. October 1, 2016 / 4:27 am

    PS Skinny Pop is my favorite snack, I buy it in bulk, ha!

  8. October 1, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Skinny Pop is definitely one of my favorite snacks, although I honestly love just about every popcorn on this planet. It’s my favorite snack. Thankfully it’s not an unhealthy one so it works out well for me! xx Adaleta Avdic

  9. October 1, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Skinny popcorn is the best I eat it all the time for snacks.

  10. Nataly
    October 3, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Love this guide! Great picks!

  11. October 3, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Loving all of your must-haves! Skinny pop is the best! xo

  12. October 6, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I want to go to ACL so bad! Maybe someday 😉

  13. October 6, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    skinny pop is my favorite!! I love how it comes in so many different kinds now too! xo

  14. October 7, 2016 / 12:23 am

    That is my favorite sunscreen! It’s the only one that will not make me break out!

  15. October 7, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Believe it or not, I have never tried Skinny Pop…what’s wrong with me?! I’m sure ACL is a lot of fun and I love your backpack choices.

    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

  16. October 7, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Wow this is a fabulous post!!! So many tips and tricks. Definitely a must read for anyone attending ACL!

  17. October 7, 2016 / 2:16 am

    GREAT post babe!!! I kinda want al of your bag suggestions! i’ve never gone but i want to! and skinny pop is a great snack!

  18. October 10, 2016 / 6:11 am

    Skinny pop is seriously so delicious! Love your shoes, btw!


  19. October 10, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I’ve never heard of ACL, but these picks are cute! Love Skinny Pop as well

    xo Mariam

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