Two words: music festival. What emotions do those words evoke? Extreme exhilaration? Do you smell those porter-potties? Dancing around your room dreaming of days in the woods, no showers, and festival friends old and new? It’s festival season people- here are a few tips to help you survive the delicious chaos!
Let’s just go ahead and get this one out of the way. Keep a bottle with you at all times. Free water station? Know where it is and visit it as much as possible. Investing in a Camelbak isn’t such a bad idea either.
Don’t Forget Tarps
If you are at a venue with primitive camping, make sure you have enough tarps in case of rain. This is a big downer if you aren’t prepared, resulting in soaked clothes and bedding that you get stuck sleeping with unless you are lucky enough to sleep oh-so-comfortably in the nooks and crannies of a car.
A Homemade Wash Station
All you need is a hard raised surface such as an ice chest, box or chair and one of those giant water jugs with a spigot that you can find at most any grocery store. Set the jug on top of the hard surface near camp and thank me later.
Water Proof Bag
This is great to invest in just because you never know what’s going to happen out there in the woods, on the beach, or just the outdoors in general. Keep your phone tucked away and with you at all times without worrying about it getting dirty, wet, or sweaty.
Porter-potties suck. But when it comes to festivals, it’s a part of life. Make circumstances a little bit easier by bringing along baby wipes. They are great for cleaning off seats, cleaning off your tush…pretty much when you’re at a grimy festival for days on end, a soft, moist baby wipe will make you smile no matter how you use it.
I would rather jump into a pool of bloodthirsty piranhas than find parking at a festival, especially in camp grounds, but such is festival life and when it comes to parking—proper planning is key. Get a group together in one car—the less vehicles there are, the more space there is for playing. Also saves on gas money, hello!
This is another common sense one that I don’t need to harp about. Nothing is worse than waking up in a daze only to realize that, not only are your terribly hungover, but ever inch of your skin is on fire…and it’s only day one of the darned festival.
First Aid Kit
Going mom mode on this one: You never know what’s going to happen—play it safe and bring along a cute little first aid pack. I’ve been to my fair share of festivals and witnessed some pretty painful and bloody scenarios. And even if something doesn’t happen to you, you never know if a fellow festivalgoer will need a Band-Aid and a hug!
Keep an Open Mind but Be Safe
This is the most important piece of survival advice when it comes to music festivals. Let’s not be naïve—there are going to be some interesting substances going around, a lot of alcohol, and some wacky characters. Yes, festivals are barrels of fun, but one bad decision and it can turn into your worst nightmare. Have a buddy, keep your cool, and play it smart. Remember what you are there for—getting funky with your friends in the outdoors and jamming to your favorite bands!
Courtney is a full-time writer covering soccer, travel and the outdoors. You can find her scouting out hole in the wall joints for the perfect carnitas taco, jumping in the ocean under the light of a full moon or exploring the beautiful Florida wilderness and documenting her adventures in her blog, www.localtravelgal.wordpress.com.