Make It Out Alive: 10 Pointers to Survive Summer Music Festivals

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Are you gearing up to go to your favorite music festival you hit every year, or a newbie getting ready to have the festival experience for the first time? It’s sometimes easy, in the hustle and bustle of getting out the door, to forget things you’ll miss later.

PLAN IN ADVANCE BECAUSE YOU ‘LL WANT YOUR OWN

Although festivals typically have a free drinking water source and somewhere to go to the bathroom, there are certain things you’ll need to have your own supply of.

You might be mindful of sun exposure; chances are you’re going to get some anyway. You don’t want to be uncomfortable from getting too much sun and this is an easy fix to plan ahead for.

There are bathroom facilities; you might consider bringing your own supplies for sanitary purposes in case there aren’t toilet paper or feminine hygiene items. Also, there is nothing worse than using a glorified outhouse and not being able to wash your hands. What do you do about this? Simple. Bring some hand sanitizer. You can get big bottles to carry on your campsite, and pocket-size ones to take with you when nature calls.

A number of other smart ideas that aren’t things you should have, but which might be helpful: ear plugs to hush all the potential noise if you’re trying to get some sleep (and yeah, make it a point to at least attempt to get some sleep or you’ll feel awful by the time the weekend is over), mosquito repellant, a hat, some chapstick, and a camping lantern or small flashlight to help you get around once the sun goes down. In this day of tablets and phones and GoPros, remember that you’re not going to be in a place where it will be convenient to charge these devices, so you’ll want to think ahead about that as well if you’re going to bring them. Keep in mind, though, that you may only want to bring things that you can physically keep on your person so you don’t take the risk of them getting stolen.

A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS

If this is your plan, come up with a meal plan for the few days you’ll be there so you’ll know how many coolers you need, how much ice to get, and how many 12-packs you need to purchase at the store. If, however, you’re just planning on getting food from vendors at the festival, know up-front that it can get expensive pretty quickly and you’ll want to budget money for that. Sometimes it’s the last thing we think of, and you don’t want to miss out on the whole reason that you went because you get heat stroke.

One other point about staying hydrated? Alcohol doesn’t count. Take it easy with drinking. Even though it may seem tricking because it’s liquid, you’re actually not hydrating your body when you drink it– or another substance-loaded beverage, for that matter. You don’t want to get so slammed that you won’t remember the bands you came to see. If you decide to drink, keep it in moderation. But … bottom line? Drink water, and lots of it.

Preferably by taking into consideration these few simple tips when you’re planning, you’ll be able to head out the door with peace of mind and have a safe, fantastic and fun weekend. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up seeing a band that will be the next one to make it big!

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