Summer is rapidly approaching and for many its time to decide where to catch their favorite music and art on display. Music festivals have been around for decades and from Tomorrowland in Belgium to Bonnaroo here in the U.S. they draw millions of people worldwide. Here you’ll find some survival tips for anyone planning their first trip into the festival world.
1.-The Golden Rule is Law
Yes, think back to elementary school and try to recall the one thing that was universally tought to all of us-TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED. At a music festival you will encounter all types of people and situations that, in the real world, could go south very quickly. People survive in these situations because peace and respect are held very highly here. People will often leave their tent and possessions unattended when trying to catch their favorite music and stealing or using anything without their permission is considered the same as breaking into their house. Generally the only fights you will see are couples having it out, but as we all know this will happen anywhere and everywhere humans breathe air.
One of the biggest things that causes issues with the newer festival goers is not being prepared. Take the time to write a checklist to ensure that you have everything you will want for your entire stay. Food if you know you’ll be hungry or an air mattress if sleeping on the ground is too much down to a camera for memories or suntan lotion for the hot days. Fortunately for you there are many apps out there that can be used for this situation.
Two of the free packing list apps that will help make sure you remember everything from ID to underwear and saving your sanity along the way are:
FOR IPHONE/IPAD: Pack It- A Vacation & Trip Packing List
For ANDROID: Packing List
On the rules page of any respectable festival website there will be a long list of rules. NO FIREWORKS, NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, and NO GLASS are three that immediately come to mind, however, somehow these will get in by at least a few people at every one. As most of the bigger festivals have been given a 18 and up restriction it’s good to remember that you are all adults and freaking out over seing a simple fountain firework or (possibly) someone smoking marijuana gets nothing good accomplished for either party. *Sadly, some people take another approach and more serious offenses of the rules should be reported to staff to be handled properly.
When you attend an event one thing that slips many peoples mind is the varied terrain and climate in which they’ll be staying. With attendees ranging from 1,000 or under to 50,000 and up festivals can range from a simple field to an entire mountain or valley. Its important to dress properly for your situation. For Example, in mountainous situations have sneakers and pants with blankets for the cool nights, while in the hot desert make sure you dress less heavy to prevent overheating. For help with this you can search the address of your festival and see what your up against or ask others via social media who have attended in the past what to bring.
Just be happy. Not only will you make more friends with a sunny disposition but it will enhance the enjoyment of your time as well. Chances are that the reason your choosing to go to a festival is to catch a break and get away from the world and your job for a small amount of time. The last thing you want is some miserable person showing up and being a downer to your whole situation. For many people this is their vacation for the year and they have worked hard to make sure its the best possible. Think of it like your favorite holiday. Would you want someone to ruin Christmas or Halloween for you and your friends for almost no reason at all? No.
So, take these rules and apply them to your first festival to seem like a seasoned party goer. If you can manage these five things you will thrive in your experience and have the time of your life. HAPPY FESTIVAL EVERYONE!