Picture this: the stage is set, the crowd is buzzing, and you're ready to rock the night away at a concert that promises unforgettable memories. But hold up – have you thought about the ultimate companion that'll keep your groove on without missing a beat? That's right, we're talking about the trusty concert bag! In this blog, we're spilling the beans on the dopest, most convenient, and downright essential bags to amp up your concert game. Whether you’re swaying to the rhythm at music festivals like Coachella, or head banging at rock gigs, you’re going to need a concert bag that can keep up this summer. Consider this your backstage pass to the best bags for concerts. 

5 Best Bags for Concerts

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1. The Party Pack

This ain't your mama’s fanny pack. The Party Pack is the perfect bag to rock at a concert for maximum hands-off storage and style. This waist bag doesn’t just carry your ish; it becomes an extension of your concert persona. The Party Pack keeps your concert essentials secure even while you dance, jump, and rock out without a care in the world. The adjustable strap allows you to wear it comfortably as a crossbody bag or around your waist. The Party Pack earned its name due to its holographic Disco Pink color that commands attention and makes a statement. If flashy isn’t your thing, you’re in luck because this fanny pack also comes in clear plastic, making it perfect for concert venues with clear bag policies. So, if you’re ready to ditch the ordinary and embrace the party, this fanny pack is your ultimate concert companion and one of the best stadium-approved bags. 

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2. The Club Kid 

If fanny packs aren’t really your style but you still want a small bag for your concert needs, The Club Kid doesn't play games. This pint-sized powerhouse is the perfect sidekick for your musical adventures, ensuring you stay organized while keeping hands-free. With its compact-yet-spacious design, this mini backpack keeps your concert goods within arm’s reach, so you can focus on living in the moment. The exterior pocket is padded and perfect for holding your credit cards and ID, giving you easy access so you don’t have to spend hours digging around your bag while you're buying that merch you waited in line for. The interior pocket is equipped with lots of compartments to keep your personal items organized, no matter how hard you go in the pit. Bonus, this bag comes with a special surprise, a secret pocket to seek your valuable smaller items hidden. 

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3. The Festy Bound

This mini backpack isn’t called the Festy Bound for no reason. If you’re looking for a larger bag to hold your concert necessities, look no further than the Dime Bags Festy Bound. Designed with both style and practicality in mind, the Festy Bound mini backpack keeps your concert essentials secure and easily accessible while you navigate through concert venues or festival crowds (go here to find our suggestions on best bags to bring to a festival). Its mini size doesn’t compromise on storage - the multiple pockets and large main compartment ensure that you have plenty of room for your phone, wallet, water bottle, and maybe even a light jacket. The padded and adjustable straps offer comfort and versatility, allowing you to dance the night away without a worry (or a sore back the next day). Plus, it comes in a variety of different colors like water-resistant Cobalt and Hempster Static Amber. If you like this classic mini backpack style but are looking for a little more security, check out its sister bag the Mini Molly! The Mini Molly mini backpack is 100% smell proof and has a lockable main compartment so no one can steal that $50 tee shirt you just waited in the merch line for. 

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4. The Outfit

Sleek, discreet, and secure - the Outfit is the best fanny pack to keep your goods protected at concerts. This isn’t just a fanny pack - it’s your key to worry-free concert shenanigans. With a scent that’s locked down tighter than your dance moves, thanks to its 100% smell-proof technology, you can stash your weed and hide the smell while doing it. The Outfit is a game-changing accessory that’s set to revolutionize your concert experience. What sets this fanny pack apart is its lockable feature, providing an extra layer of protection for your most important valuables, so that you can relax amidst the bustling crowd. The fanny pack’s ergonomic design sits comfortably around your waist, leaving you hands free to dance and express yourself without constraints. And let’s not forget the style factor - the Dime Bags Outfit can be worn in its traditional waist bag fashion, or as a crossbody across the chest, making it a versatile companion and a great choice for your next concert. When you’re gearing up for the next big show, don’t forget to make The Outfit an essential part of your ensemble - it’s more than just a bag; it’s a concert game-changer.

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5. The Don

When it comes to enjoying concerts to the fullest, The Don emerges as an exceptional companion that combines functionality and style. This innovative and lockable smell-proof crossbody bag not only addresses the practical concerns of securely stashing your “essentials”, but it also caters to the unique atmosphere of live music events. It may not have a water bottle holder, but The Don has ample space to hold a small water bottle and other must-have items inside its surprisingly large main compartment. The carbon lined smell-proof technology ensures that any odors from your special stash stays fresh and contained, allowing you to focus on the music and not the prying eyes (and noses) of strangers. The newly added lock feature offers an extra layer of security and a peace of mind whether you’re going to a concert, sports game, or stadium events. The Dons crossbody design guarantees hands-free convenience and the ability to keep your possessions on your body at all times. Plus, the Don crossbody can be worn stylishly on your back, or on your chest, giving you easy access to your phone, money, and even that digital camera you’ll want to snap some concert pics with. 

*honorable mention to The Button; a small, smell-proof and lockable shoulder bag with an adjustable shoulder strap!* 

Best Types of Bags for Concerts

Choosing the right bag for a concert can significantly enhance your overall experience, providing the perfect blend of functionality and convenience. When it comes to selecting the best bags for concerts, a few key factors should guide your decision. Opt for a compact crossbody bag or a hands-free fanny pack, as these styles allow you to move freely and dance without hindrance. But of course, different kinds of bags can work best for different kinds of people. So we’ve done the research for you and gathered the 4 best kinds of bags to bring to concerts and music events depending on your concert vibe.

Small Crossbody Bags

Crossbody bags reign supreme when it comes to selecting the perfect bag for concerts, and it’s not hard to see why. Small crossbody bags are the ideal balance between functionality, security, and style, making them a go-to choice for concert-goers. With their hands-free design that a purse lacks, crossbody bags allow you to fully engage with the music, and capture those unforgettable moments without the hassle of holding onto a bag. Their adjustable shoulder strap ensures a snug fit, preventing the bag from bouncing around as you move. In a bustling concert environment, the added security of having your bag strapped across your body is invaluable. Additionally, small crossbody bags are typically lightweight, and don’t put any extra tension on your body because we both know it, you’re already going to be sore from dancing the next day. But perhaps what seals the deal is their fashion-forward style - crossbody bags have become quite popular in 2023 and will effortlessly match your outfit while making your concert experience as smooth as possible. 

Mini Backpacks

Mini Backpacks emerge as a fantastic choice for concerts, offering a clever blend of space and style. These compact companions grant you the freedom to move, dance, and sing along without any encumbrance, as they comfortably rest on your back. Their small size doesn’t sacrifice storage space, as they option feature multiple compartments to neatly organize your essentials. From your phone and wallet to sunscreen and water bottles, a mini backpack has got you covered with a few extra inches to spare. 

Fanny Packs

If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know it's a jungle out there - a wild mix of music, dancing, and trying to keep track of your stuff. Enter the fanny pack, the unsung hero of concert accessories. Sure, they might have had their moment back in the ‘80’s, but these bad boys are making a comeback for a reason! Think about it: belt bags are like having a kangaroo pouch for your concert essentials. Your phone, wallet, and even that mini fan you brought to combat the heat - all snug and secure while you do your thing. No more awkwardly fumbling around your bag trying to find the gum that fell to the bottom of your bag. With a fanny pack, you're hands-free, worry-free, and ready to tackle the chaos of a concert. 


Alright, fellow concert enthusiasts, let’s talk about the underrated hero of the accessory world; the wristlet. Sure, it might sound like something your grandma would rave about, but hear me out. Picture this - you’re at a concert, the music’s pumping, and you’re living your best life. Suddenly, your phone decides to play hide and seek in the bottomless pit that is your bag. Enter the wristlet, your secret weapon against the chaos. It’s like a mini party on your wrist, keeping your essentials in check and letting you fist-pump without fear. Let’s be real, folks - a wristlet is the ultimate rebel. It defies the gravitational pull that turns bags into black holes. Plus, it doubles as a small clutch bag. So, next time you're planning on rocking out, don’t underestimate the power of the wristlet. Check out this Wristlet that comes with a removable wrist strap!

Choosing the Best Concert Bag

Attending a concert is all about letting loose, dancing like nobody’s watching, and losing yourself in the music. To ensure you have the time of your life without worrying about your belongings, choosing the right concert bag is crucial. Whether you’re heading to the stadium show or an intimate venue, here’s a guide to help you pick the perfect bag that balances functionality, security, comfort, and style. 

Size and Capacity

 When it comes to concert bags, size matters. Opt for a bag that’s compact yet spacious enough to hold your essentials - think phone, wallet, keys, a small water bottle, and perhaps a few extras. Crossbody bags, mini backpacks, and fanny packs are excellent options, as they offer the perfect blend of convenience and storage space. If you’re looking for something bigger, we’d recommend a backpack, specifically, a smell-proof and lockable one like the Transporter

Security Features

The concert scene can be chaotic, so security is paramount. Look for bags with secure closures like zippers, or even better, locking features, to keep your valuables safe and sound amidst the crowd. For those of you who have extra things you like to bring to enjoy the concert experience, you may want to go the extra mile and invest in a smell-proof bag to absorb any unwanted odors. A little extra security can go a long way in ensuring a worry-free concert experience. 

Comfort and Style

Comfort is key when you’re planning to dance the night away. Choose a bag with adjustable straps or handles that fit comfortably, allowing you to move freely without any hindrance. And don’t forget about style - your bag is part of your overall concert outfit. Pick a style that matches your look, whether it’s a chic crossbody or a trendy fanny pack. 

Accessibility and Convenience

The last thing you want is to miss your favorite song while fumbling through your bag. Opt for a bag with multiple compartments to keep your essentials organized and easily accessible. This way, you can quickly grab your phone to capture that epic guitar solo or find your wallet for a post-concert snack without missing a beat. 

Know the Bag Rules at Your Concert Venue

There is nothing worse than showing up to a venue and realizing that there's a clear bag policy.. and yours is not clear. Different concert venues and stadiums may have different regulations and bag policies, so it’s crucial to do your homework before you go. As a general rule of thumb, we suggest checking the venue’s website to find out the venue-approved bags and size regulations. This way, you can avoid any last-minute surprises and ensure a smooth entry. You may want to check out the Dime Bags Party Pack in Clear, a stadium-approved clear bag option. 

Quick Tips for Packing Your Concert Bag

  1. Essentials first: Start by making a list for your essentials - your ticket, ID, phone, and wallet. 
  2. Lighten the Load: Concerts are all about movement, so keep your bag light. Only pack items you truly need - maybe a small water bottle, some cash, and a portable charger you can buy off Amazon. 
  3. Dress for the Occasion: If you’re attending an outdoor concert, consider bringing sunscreen and sunglasses. A light jacket or hoodie might also come in handy if the temperature drops at night. 
  4. Hygiene Hero: You never know when you or your concert companions might need a tissue, hand sanitizer, or some gum. 
  5. Safety First: Ensure any valuables you bring to a concert are stored securely in your bag. Zippers closures with locking capabilities provide an extra layer of protection. It may be good to throw a few pain relievers in there as well - just in case. 

In the end, your concert bag is more than just a fashion accessory - it’s your concert companion, keeping your belongings safe and letting you focus on the moment. So find a concert bag that will let you rock on with your favorite artists in confidence and style, to ensure an incredible night of music and fun. 

September 20, 2023 — Amber Sparks

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