What to Bring to a Food Truck Festival

What to Bring to a Food Truck Festival

Summer is a great time to get outside and have some fun. The last year has been difficult, and you probably haven’t been able to get out to any type of festival for a long time. But now that things are getting back to normal, you probably want to attend many summer outings. 

A good food truck festival is a great place to start. It is good to be prepared for what you might encounter when venturing out. There are several things to consider as you plan a day or two sampling great food out in the world.

Comfortable Shoes

Food truck festivals usually require a lot of walking. The trucks can’t be too close together, so they don’t create such a big crowd that you can’t get to the trucks themselves, and so the lines don’t get confusing. This means the festival is usually spread over a few blocks that you’ll have to walk to get to everything. They aren’t always on paved walkways, so you may be treading through grass and mud to get to the trucks.

Your best option for footwear is either comfortable tennis shoes or boots. Sandals generally are not comfortable for long periods of time and run the risk of allowing your feet to be eaten up by bugs or get messy in the mud. When you are planning your day, check the weather and look at the festival setting to know what kind of terrain you’re dealing with so that you can pick accordingly.


Backpacks are a great way to carry around everything you’ll need throughout the day. Remember, this is a festival. You’ll need a few necessities such as sunscreen, bottles of water, and even a change of clothes in case you get messy. A backpack is a great way to keep all your stuff safe and leave your hands free. 

There are several types of backpacks out there, and you should pick one that best suits your needs. For a food truck festival, a traditional backpack, sling bag, or knapsack might be the best option to keep your hands free and comfortable. It can also add a fun element to your overall look.


You’ll proabably be outside for a while, meaning you must protect your eyes at all times. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays leads to an increase in the risk of eye disease. Your sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful rays. There are also issues of glare from the sun bouncing off the trucks. It could cause you to be unable to see where you are going, run into another person, or trip and hurt yourself.

Oakley sunglasses protect the eyes and look stylish. Find sunglasses that fit your style and will also stay put throughout the day. You might want to stock up on multiple pairs, so you’re never without sunglasses.


Many food trucks only accept cash, so you need to be prepared for that possibility. Make sure you pull cash beforehand because there may not be an ATM available near the festival. Cash can also be good to tip the vendors.

Cash is also an excellent way to set your budget for the day. If you have a set amount you want to spend, taking that amount of cash can help you stick to that budget. Once you are out of cash, you are done spending money for the day. This also helps you buy only the things you are truly interested in trying, making your day more enjoyable.

Folding Chairs

Typically you can check out a festival site ahead of time online to see if there will be benches or tables. However, even if there are benches in the area, if the festival is busy, you might not be able to find a place to sit and enjoy your food. Having your own folding chair can be very helpful in that instance. 

Camping chairs are lightweight and easier to carry around. There are several different styles you can choose from, including some that will fold up small enough to fit in your backpack. This ensures you’ll never be without a seat.

Remember to Have Fun

A food truck festival is all about having fun and trying new foods. The planning for the day is meant to make things less stressful and ensure you have everything you need throughout the day. So once you have the essentials packed, just enjoy the day with good food and good company.

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Henry Larry

I had not considered footwear for a food truck festival. Will definitely opt for comfortable shoes next time based on the terrain. Excited to explore these events again after a long hiatus.
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