Music festival season has arrived and with so many amazing festivals coming up in the next few months it will be hard for the music aficionado to choose which one to attend. If you have a fat wallet and some free time you could probably go to multiple festivals. Why not? Well if you’re lucky enough to attend a few or just one festival this year make sure you’re well prepared. The music festival is a glorious monster full of wonder and excitement yet if you’re not careful you can get bitten right in the backside. These festivals span multiple days beginning in the morning and ending late at night. Add the heat to that, the possibility of drinking some alcohol and lots of walking, that can take a toll on anyone. You’ll need to be well prepared if you want to catch that new band playing at noon and as many bands as possible after that. These 10 survival tips will help you get through the whole festival and you’ll still have a little bit of energy left for the trip back home after it’s all over.
Get a locker
If there are lockers available for rental get one. Sometimes you can reserve a locker on-line ahead of time. This is going to save you lots of grief if you want to bring stuff like sunblock, a sweater, wipes, make-up, hat, extra shoes etc. and don’t want to drag them around.
Get some sleep
If you have to fly in to the festival or drive a long distance try to get in a day early. You can check out some of the local sites and prepare for the main event. You don’t want to start the festival off tired.
Wear comfy clothes and shoes
Yes I know you want to be stylish but comfort is very important in the heat, mud, dusty and grassy terrain. If you don’t like your toes stepped on don’t wear sandals, especially if you want to fight your way to the front of the stage to see your favorite band. If you tend to get cold at night bring a scarf or something light you can just tie around your waist or on a purse.
Wear hat and sunglases
You’re going to be out in the sun many times without shade especially if you want to be at the front of the stage during the day. Make sure to wear a hat or sunglasses and plenty of sunblock, all three is perfect. I can attest to the importance of a hat, I didn’t wear one while waiting for a band in the sun and was truly sweating my buns off. Luckily I was short enough to duck under my boyfriends hat. At that moment I realized the value of a hat at a festival.
You are going to be at the festival for many hours don’t get wasted early on. You don’t want to forget which bands you saw or have a moment when you may feel queasy. Also you don’t want to have a hangover the next day and miss out on that band you really wanted to see at 1p. If you must party hard do it on the last day.
Eat well and keep hydrating
Have a good breakfast everyday of the festival. This really helps with the pacing yourself at drinking (previous tip). Try to eat throughout the festival, some festivals provide decent food including local food trucks, organic meals and fresh fruit. Make sure you are constantly hydrated this prevents you from passing out, for instance.
Relax, have fun, enjoy the moment
Finally, you are going to this music festival to have a good time maybe on a vacation. Try not to worry too much about what you’re wearing, what bands are on a scheduling conflict or about what you may be missing. This is a time to take it all in and enjoy the company of your friends and strangers while listening to some great music.