Music festival season is upon us and if you’re like me, then it’s all you can think about. You might catch yourself looking up where it is, what the line-up is like, how much passes are going to cost, etc. Once you’ve finally figured out which ones you’re going to and bought the tickets, it’s home free, right? Nope! It’s planning time and if you’re new to this, then hopefully this survival guide can help you feel prepared before the best weekend of your life. Here is everything you need to know:
- Planning where to stay and how to get to the fest
If you’ve picked a festival in another state, then you have some arranging to do. Figure out where you’re going to stay, whether it be a friend or a hotel. If you know you’re going to have to stay in a hotel, then get on that booking! You should try to get a deal on a room rather than waiting until the last minute and having to pay loads of money. Also, those babies fill up quickly, especially since there are probably several other people in the same boat as you.
- Assemble a squad
Going solo is fine, but music festivals are definitely more fun with a huge group of friends. You’ll talk about these memories with your friends forever. These festivals can get crazy and it’s always nice to have familiar faces with you in case the worst happens. Groups tend to get separated, too. So, make sure to have a buddy system, especially when going to the bathroom.
- Get those outfits together
This goes for both ladies and gents, planning your outfits before the fest will save you a lot of time and effort. You won’t have that freak out of not knowing what to wear and you’ve had more time beforehand to plan out some really awesome fits. Make sure those outfits can withstand any weather and that you wear comfortable shoes that you don’t really care about. Those puppies will definitely get trashed.
- Pack for anything
You need to be prepared for anything because music festivals will throw the wildest things at you. Remember to bring the essentials like water, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain poncho (the weather can get crazy), toilet paper, portable charger, etc. I promise you’ll thank me later. You might even want to get yourself a fanny pack or small backpack in order to hold your belongings in.
- Stay safe and have fun!
Always listen to your body and be aware of your surroundings! If you’re of the age to drink, do it in moderation. Don’t take anything from anyone you don’t know. Remember to continually drink water and eat. Make sure to get an efficient amount of sleep and shower. Most importantly though, have fun! Music festivals can be some of the best times of your life, so take in everything you can.
*Photo Credits: Eileen Peters*
Anastasia Niforos is a senior studying journalism and professional writing with a focus in media marketing, and editing and publishing. You can always find her hanging out with friends or binge-watching “Game of Thrones.” She also enjoys working out, playing IM soccer and making playlists on Spotify.