Summer is known for sunshine, good vibes, fun and music festivals, with some of the most famous being Coachella, Stagecoach EDC and Ultra. But even though these popular festivals have already past, the rest of the summer is ahead of us with no shortage of killer fests on the lineup.
So, with the rest of this fun and loud season ahead of you, here is a list of some tips and things you will need to survive your next summer music festival experience. I can guarantee whether you are an experienced festival goer or a complete newbie there will be things in this article that you can either relate to or add as a reminder!
Get A Hydration Pack!
This tip is number 1 for a reason! Having a hydration pack with you is one of the best things you can do to make sure you have an amazing time when attending a summer festival and trying to survive the gruelling heat. Not only is it important to have a good supply of water for yourself but you can help other people around you if someone is a little too dehydrated or you can't get to a fresh water bottle in time. Not to mention you save A TON of money and help the environment by choosing to bring and use your hydration pack.
For those of you trying to find a cute and festival-ready pack like the one pictured, click here!
Dress For Cuteness and Comfort
Everyone knows that one of the biggest parts of festivals isn't just the music, but the expressive fashion that the people attending take part in. Festivals and the lifestyle surrounding them is all about music, love, freedom and expression so naturally you should use this time to fully express yourself through your style! Just keep in mind that festivals are spent with hours on end of walking, dancing and standing in crowds and often extreme weather conditions.
Considering how crazy and honestly unpredictable the weather has been recently, make sure that you are dressed cute and comfortable! It isn't always worth sacrificing your feet, or other body parts for a cute outfit when there are options that can avoid blisters, chaffing, etc. But, regardless you do you boo! And if all else fails bring a light cute sweater, jacket or pashmina you can use as a layer to an already killer outfit.
External Batteries and Power Banks
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External batteries and power banks are musts at music festivals, especially when trying to take photos, video, or share your favorite moments on social media. Another common obstacle and reason to bring a portable battery with you is the venues in remote locations with close to no cell service and zero access to outlets.
Of course, because these external batteries are so important they're one of the first things that people forget to bring to festivals and are one of the most common things that gets stolen. Luckily, there are companies that have been popping up and changing the way people use their phones at festivals by offering rechargeable power bank rentals or limited edition collectable festival edition power banks.
Advil Mini Travel Packs Can Save Your Body From A Whole Lot of Pain
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Spending hours on end walking, jumping and dancing can take a toll on your body and it's not uncommon to find yourself needing some Advil or Tylenol to help you make it through the long weekend. Buying some smaller travel sized Advil (or any generic ibuprofen) packets would be the best choice as ibuprofen not only relieves pain but reduces inflammation and pressure from your overworked joints and dancing feet. Just make sure that your medicine is still sealed until after you enter the festival to ensure it won't get thrown out by security before you even get in.
Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes Will Be Your Best Friend
Let me say two words; porta-potties. Porta-potties are probably one of the grossest parts about attending festivals for a few big reasons; they smell, get extremely dirty and often times run out of toilet paper with the bathroom areas surrounding them even running out of water, hand sanitizer and paper towels. Factor in eating food and the dust and dirt that gets kicked up and ends up all over your hands and it's easy to see why having baby wipes and hand sanitizer isn't just recommended, its NEEDED.
Know The Festival Map
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This tip should be an automatic given, but you'd be surprised how many people get to festivals and have no idea where stages, restrooms, food or medic tents are located. To try and fix this issue most festivals have designed their own app that holds all the festival information from the maps to the lineup, vendors you can expect to see and emergency contact info. Although probably a less fun part of prepping for your next festival, knowing where all of these things are is extremely important to make getting around super easy and could honestly even save someone's life.
Add A Mask Or Bandana To Your Festival Outfit
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Masks and Bandanas aren't technically necessary to have with you but they're definitely a staple in festival fashion and they can help with avoiding inhaling so much dust and dirt that gets kicked up while dancing around.
Bring Gum or Sweets to Chew On
Bringing gum, mints, or any sweets to chew on can be so helpful, especially when you need something to chew on or refresh your breath after eating a bunch of festival food and dancing around in the heat! Just make sure each day you bring a new sealed pack of gum or mints as you can't bring in any food items that have been already opened past security and be open to sharing with strangers who might need some, its a great way to make new friends and meet new people!
Protect Your Ears! They're The Only One's You've Got!
Trust me, I know wearing earplugs at a music festival kinda doesn't make sense and sounds pretty lame but protecting your ears and bringing earplugs is probably one of the best things you can do to look out for yourself and make sure you can enjoy music for the rest of your life. Once you start to lose any of your hearing there is nothing you can do to get it back.
There's even a brand of earplugs that are specifically tailored to be used at music festivals and actually increase your auditory experience instead of hindering it. So take care of your ears people! And don't even worry about looking out of place, you'd be surprised how many ppl wear earplugs at festivals.
Be Open To Meeting New People and Seeing New Artists
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This is the last and most important tip!! Like I said before at the beginning of this article, festivals are all about fun, expression, freedom and love. So, go with the flow and embrace the lifestyle! Spread peace, love and positivity and enjoy everything festivals have to offer. You never know what awesome people, artists or soon to be lifetime friends you'll meet and you won't regret coming out of your shell and seeing what amazing things you'll discover about yourself and the people around you!
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