It’s that time of the year again ; FESTIVAL SEASON ! Let’s get music festival ready! And you festival enthusiasts are probably getting ready for some of the upcoming music festivals. Get ready for good music, lots of dancing and sweaty goodness! (blegh)
Festivals are a great place to have a good time and meet new people, but can get a little overwhelming at times especially if you have never been to one before. Anyway, I’m getting ready to go for Good Vibes Festival this coming end of July and I thought it would be a great time to share my tips for you first timers on preparing for the insanity of every music festival.
As much fun as dancing in the rain is, it comes with some consequences. The most obvious one being, getting sick. Or even ruining your hair and makeup you spent hours perfecting (GASP) It’s always a good idea to bring a raincoat along to any festival or concert you go to. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Believe me, nobody’s going to judge you with what raincoat you have on.
You can get raincoats at any hardware stores, petrol stations or even your neighborhood 7-Eleven store!
You can’t go to a outdoor concert and festival without sunscreen. You’ve got to slab that SPF on your skin.
Try to avoid making a rookie mistake of bringing along any sunscreen in aerosol cans as you might risk getting your sunscreen confiscated. Instead opt for a sunscreen lotion or sticks.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
This is so important. Always wear comfortable shoes or flats to a music festival. Don’t bother wearing your $600 Jimmy Choo’s and risk getting mud all over it. Wear something that has a good coverage and is just comfy to dance and jump around in. Perhaps a good pair of rain boots in case it ends up being a muddy festival.
The crowd at festivals like this can get a little overwhelming sometimes. I’ve had the experience of having a bad case of claustrophobia at a concert (I know, bad timing). But believe it or not, gulping down some water and splashing it on your face surprisingly helps! Keep yourself hydrated guys! You don’t want to be fainting halfway through the festival.
Try to avoid aluminum, steel, glass or metal water bottles as they might not allow you to bring it in. Try a collapsible water bottle!
Try our Banana Kale Smoothie you can drink before attending any festival to keep you energized throughout!
Go with Friends
It’s not really much fun partying alone. Friends always make a party better! So get your friends to come along too.
Though because of the crowd at music festivals, you could sometimes lose sight of your friends, with the crowd pushing you around. So make sure to have a designated spot where you guys could meet in case you get separated.
Plus, going with friends can also be much safer. Any events like these will definitely attract some shady characters. It’s super important that you use the buddy system and stay very aware of your surroundings. So, it’s always best to have a friend you trust with you at all times.
Some tips on staying safe:
- Never accept food or drinks from someone you don’t know. If you start to feel weird or sick, tell a friend or a guard immediately and have them take you safely to a first-aid tent.
- Be careful about wandering too far away from main areas, and schedule a specific meeting place and time for your group of friends in case your cell phone dies.
- Don’t carry too much cash with you, and be sure not to flash it around at vendors
- Never try experimental drugs. We do not condone taking mood enhancers or any type of supplements for festivals. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Wet Wipes & Band-Aids
You never know when an accident is going to happen. So it’s best to bring along some wet wipes & band-aids.
Wet wipes are also great especially to freshen up or clean yourself up a little from the grime of every music festival.
When going to any festivals, it’s always best to go a little early as the queue lines can get really long. And you wouldn’t want to be missing your favorite artists show, would you? Try going about an hour or 2 before the gates open, believe me, you’ll be thankful you got there early.
Embrace The Experience
Last but not least, just have fun. You’ll never be able to duplicate an experience of an outdoor music festival. Be sure to explore and really soak up the whole experience. Live in the now and enjoy yourself. Now’s the time to forget all your problems, dance your heart out and lose yourself in the music and positive vibes. But please be safe. Know your limits and lend a helping hand to a friend, or even a stranger, if in danger. Take care of each other and have a kick-ass weekend!