1. Prepare your bodyGiphy
This is especially for festivals that are multiple days. In the days leading up to the festival, hydrate like your livelihood depends on it (because it kind of does) and eat a little healthier so that you can let loose for those few days.
2. Establish a meetup pointGiphy
Losing your friends in the crowd even for a second is scary, especially once the sun goes down and your phone has died and/or (probably) doesn't have service. As soon as you get to the festival, be sure to establish a meetup point so that you're never really "lost." Noticeable sculptures or memorable food stands are good ideas for meetup points.
3. Do your homeworkGiphy
Know what bands you want to see in advance and listen to the songs of other acts! Big music festivals often have playlists that people compile and publish on Spotify beforehand. It's a great way to not only get excited about the songs you're itching to hear live, but also a way to discover other artists.
With that in mind, make sure you know when and where the acts you want to see are performing. Lots of times, headliners that you'll want to see overlap with one another. Figure out your priorities and go from there!
4. Don't overdo itGiphy
Everyone's there to have a good time together, but don't go being ~that~ sloppy person who's leaning on strangers for support in the crowd and looks like they're about to be sick everywhere, with their friends supporting them and profusely apologizing on their behalf. Know your limits and abide by them- for your friends' sake, for your own sake, and for everyone else's sake.
5. SPF, but make it chapstickGiphy
Body sunscreen is extremely important as well, but do not sleep on SPF chapstick!! Trust me- burnt lips <<< moisturized & protected lips
6. Dress for successGiphy
This varies from person to person, but the best thing to do is wear something that you're comfortable in. Don't wear those shorts that are to-die-for cute but also make you chafe. Also, unless you're Insta famous, this is not the time to break out your strappy platform sandals. Wear shoes you can walk around and dance in all day without wanting to amputate your feet. You get the idea: we want to thrive at these festivals, but we also want to survive.
7. Get you some baby wipesGiphy
Baby wipes are one of the most versatile cleaning supplies for a festival-goer. Use them as hand/phone cleaner, toilet paper, armpit refresher, and so much more.
Overall, I would say to go into a festival with an open mind. Even with the most careful planning, you never know who you'll run into, what artists you'll fall in love with, and what foods will blow your mind. Have fun and stay safe this summer!