How To Successfully Pack For An Oktoberfest Camping Weekend

Dirndl? Check. Lederhosen? Check. Tickets to the biggest beer festival in the world? CHECK. 

Congratulations, you are one of the roughly six million people who has decided to attend the biggest and oldest Volkfest in all of Europe: Oktoberfest!

Even better, you’ve decided to go all out at STOKETOBERFEST, camping the whole weekend. If you haven’t already booked, hurry!

You can jump on our Oktoberfest camping option from Florence or from Rome, or just meet us in Munich for an awesome weekend.

Now before the weekend sneaks up on you, there are a few things you need to know to prepare for the best weekend of your life at Oktoberfest.

How to Pack for Oktoberfest Camping

The main key to a successful camping weekend in Munich is to remember this very important detail: It is cold in Germany.

Temperatures can drop very low at night and, if you’re not prepared for this, you will swiftly regret it.

Luckily, a little preparation can nip this problem in the bud.

If you opt for the first weekend at Oktoberfest, you can wait until just before and check the forecast. You might get lucky with some warmer late summer overnight temps — even in mid-September! 

Here are our recommendations for how to pack to camp out at Oktoberfest so you stay warm, dry, and happy all weekend.

That way you can focus on the fun and not freezing your a** off.


Now, we’re not talking cute, wear with a sundress to look edgy boots. We’re talking Sorel waterproof, fleece-lined boots. Or anything like those lines.

(Hunters also work.)

Trust us, you will be glad when your feet are toasty warm while making the most of exploring the campgrounds.

If you don’t want to go the boot route, then a good suggestion would be to invest in some warm socks.

Down Jacket

We’re talking cozy warm, like a Northface or Patagonia.

This is key for sleeping to add an extra layer of warmth under your sleeping bag. Also, you can wear the jacket around the campground for when it gets chilly at night.

Mittens/Hat/Warm, Fuzzy socks

Again, great for cold nights.

You might think we’ve overexaggerating, but you’ll be overnight outdoors in Germany in the fall.

Trust us!

Portable Charger

When you want your phone, but you also want to take a million photos, a portable charger is crucial. Don’t worry, the Bus2alps tent has chargers for you to use all weekend, too!

This will be handy when you explore Bavaria during your Oktoberfest weekend, too. Get all those castle pics!

Hair Dryer

Even though you’re camping, there will be outlets available at our campsite to use this wonderful, life-changing device.

So, ladies, no excuse for not wanting to experience the magic that is camping at Oktoberfest.

In the morning after a warm shower, there’s no better feeling than having dry hair for the festival. And, obviously, you’ll look good too.


While the campsite rages all night long, you can sometimes get a little lost walking back to your tent in the darkness.

If you have a flashlight or headlamp, you can cut your chances of walking into the wrong tent by at least half.

Although, this could be a great way to make friends…totally up to you.

A Good Night’s Sleep Before The Weekend

Most importantly, remember that Oktoberfest Camping is a marathon, not a sprint.

You will be partying all day at the actual festival grounds and will continue to party into the wee hours of the night at the campsite.

In the weeks leading up to Oktoberfest, make sure to eat healthy, drink water, and get plenty of rest. You will need your strength.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Don’t miss out on your preferred Oktoberfest adventure:

This article was originally written in August 2018 and most recently updated in July 2022.

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