Festival season is right around the corner and I have some tips and tricks for all you newbies. The list of tips for festival goers is endless but I have narrowed it down to some of the most vital ones.
Let’s start with a few crucial things you should bring:
Camelback: (Or at least make sure someone in your crew has one). There’s nothing worse than having to leave a dope set to fill up your bottle at a water station. Camelbacks hold a lot more water which means fewer trips to the station and its overall super convenient.
Sunscreen: It’s easy to forget you’re frying under the sun all day when you’re having the time of your life. But trust me, getting sunburnt will be a total buzz kill and will impact the rest of your festival experience.
Baby wipes: Depending on the festival, there probably won’t be a lot of running water which means no showers for four days. If you’re like me and totally embrace the filth, then ignore this one. But most festival goers are probably going to want to wipe a few layers of dirt off of their bodies before snuggling up in their hot tents.
Hair ties: This one is for all my long-haired people out there. Hair ties are a must, but you should try to keep your long mane in an up-do for the weekend or you’ll probably end up with a tangled mess. Seriously, I’ve had to cut pieces of my hair out.
Granola Bars: While you can’t bring any liquids into the campgrounds, you’re usually allowed to bring in some packaged food. This is an important tip if you don’t want to get stuck paying for a twelve dollar plate of french fries.
Tips to keep in mind for an awesome experience:
A good crew: The people you surround yourself with at a music festival can make or break your experience. Whether you’re going with a group of friends or riding solo, just make sure you’re only receiving (and sending) good vibes.
Sleep: If you think you can survive without it for four days, you’re wrong. Try and get a few hours of shut eye if you’re aiming to get the full experience. You want to be able to dance around and see as many artists as you can but this can get difficult when you’re running on no sleep.
Map out who you want to see and where the stages are beforehand: This is super important if you have a long list of artists you want to see. Once you are submerged into the festival scene, it’ll be difficult to keep up with a schedule unless you map everything out beforehand. However, accept the fact that you can’t be in two places at once and just live in the moment!
Meet up spot for when you inevitably lose your friends: Festival grounds are usually massive and this is likely your first time ever wandering these fields. Depending on the location, you may or may not have cell service so it is crucial to have a “meet up spot” among you and your crew.
STAY POSITIVE: The experience you have at a music festival is entirely in your hands. Even if things seem to get a little stressful at times, remember that you are there for the music and an amazing time.
If you’re starting to feel a little nervous for your first festival, relax! Get out there and have the time of your life. Happy festival season everyone!