We’re thinking flip flops, tank tops, and beaters. If you plan on going to an outdoor concert like FireFly festival, which is Delaware’s pride, here are five helpful tidbits that will help you make it out alive.
1. Bring lots of water.
It’ll be hot, so odds are you are going to be thirsty. If there is a security checkpoint and you’re allowed to pass through with bottles of water, then I would suggest bringing some. Otherwise, you’ll be paying a pretty penny for a bottle once you’re inside the designated concert area. Mind you, sometimes there isn’t a choice. Sometimes the security guards will make you throw away all liquids and foods before you get to the main concert area. However, if this is not an issue and you have a large bag, bring some water in for you and your friends. It might be heavy at first, but you’ll thank me later.
2. Don't bring a camera.
Unless you are an official photographer/videographer, please leave all expensive equipment at home. Although I know the whole nation is thanking that one person who was standing in good lighting and was able to upload a part of Bey slaying Coachella, being that person does have a price. First, there might be rules which forbid flash photography. Whether you want to take that seriously is up to you. However, real cameras are heavy and can be damaged easily. Can you really have fun with a huge camera bag slung over your shoulder? What if someone bumps it as your standing in a crowd? My advice would be to leave your camera at home and do the best you can with your cell phone.
3. Prepare for rain or shine.
If you are a die-hard festival fan, you’ll be there in rain or shine. If it does rain, make sure you keep the proper rain protecting accessories in your car. A rain jacket or poncho might do better than an umbrella. The idea would be to keep your body as possible. And I’m sure poking someone with the points on your open umbrella won’t go over well in a crowd.
Also, if the sun is out, bring the proper sun gear (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat) to protect yourself from the elements.
4. Bring plenty of non-perishable food.
Be prepared with plenty of non-perishable foods: foods that won’t melt or spoil. These can be canned foods, dry foods or foods that you have packaged and prepared yourself. Depending on what type of music festival you’re going to and how long you’ll be there, you might really have to plan your meals pretty seriously. If you are traveling with a group of people, you can always share the responsibility and pool your food together so there’s enough for everyone!
5. Have a bathroom plan.
Like cited on Pigeons and Planes, bathroom lines will probably be long, and by the time you get up to one, who knows if there will be the proper materials needed to make sure you’re dry. Girl or guy, make sure you have all the b-room toiletries you might need to rough it in the wild.
Any concert goers have any other tips for surviving the outdoor music scene? Please let us know below!