Summer is approaching and the music festival season is here. Your favorite art, music, and food festivals are on the way and are generally between one and three days at a time. There are several things you need to know before going to your favorite festival. Here are 10 tips that will make sure you have the time of your life at your home away from home. For first years or the seasoned veteran, these tips can help you all.
1. Water– If going to a festival, bring water with you if you’re allowed. This will save you a ton of money and keep you hydrated all weekend long. You can also bring extra and hand it out to your friends and camping neighbors for free.
2. Cards– Bring a deck of cards to keep yourself entertained while you’re there. Not only will you keep yourself occupied in the downtime, but you’ll also make friends by playing fun games with them.
3. Get There Early– No matter what you’re planning on doing at a festival make sure you go early. If you’re excited about a particular music act get there 30 minutes before they start, or if you’re getting food try to avoid peak times, 9AM, 12PM , and 6PM. Instead, try going an hour earlier than the rush.
4. Bring Batteries– Often at festivals you are out camping and when your camera dies, it’s good to have a backup battery. For your phone, try buying a solar charger to prevent paying to recharge.
5. Ear Plugs– It may seem counter intuitive to bring ear plugs to a concert, but the music levels can be deafeningly loud. Save your hearing when someone you don’t like is playing by putting in a pair of ear plugs.
6. Channel Your Inner Hippie– Have fun and make sure to treat everyone with respect. Everyone is there to have a good time and you should pay that set of mind forward.
7. Sneakers– Don’t opt out for flip flops or sandals at a festival. Wear sneakers that will stand up to extreme wear and protect your feet from getting stepped on while you are dancing. You will also prevent a potentially painful and irritating
8. Get Sleep– In between days at a festival make sure to get some good rest. If needed take and over the counter sleeping pill or bring your own prescription with you to the festival.
9. No Electronics– Only bring electronic items that you wouldn’t be devastated if it was lost or stolen. With the high risk of dropping an item during your adventure at a music festival, it’s better to leave those things locked up safe.
10. Dress How You Want– Wear the clothes you want, not the ones that you think will be socially acceptable. Music festivals encourage individuality so wear exactly what you think is cool, not worrying about what other people think.
Use these tips for surviving your first or next large music festival and camp out. Following these you will be sure to have the best time possible with your friends listening to music, looking at art, or eating some amazing food. Have fun!
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