With the snow just starting to melt and spring and summer on the horizon, so comes the season of music festivals. With over 150 national music festivals set to grace the US, we’re preparing ourselves for what can only be a fantastic festival season. As many experienced festivalgoers may tell you, you have to expect the unexpected.
Those realities include inclement weather, safety precautions and the danger of going too hard. While having a great time is the ultimate goal of any festival trip, being prepared can make the difference between festival bliss and festival doom.
Surviving the Elements
Rain or shine, sleet or snow, the show must go on. Some of the most epic festivals on earth have taken place in foul weather—ever heard of Woodstock? It’s as if a collective bond forms between attendees when wet weather adds to the musical euphoria. That being said, maintaining comfort can only make your festival experience that more enjoyable.
Pick the Right Tent
While sleeping conditions vary depending on which festival you’re attending, you’re most likely going to be sleeping or setting up camp in an area next to a dozen other people. Many people choose to bring camping supplies such as tents, sleeping bags and lawn chairs.
If you don’t have your own gear that you are familiar with and trust, then we recommend you find a waterproof tent and sleeping bags that will keep you warm at night. Even if the forecast doesn’t predict rain, remember that dew can still make your morning wet.
Party Hard, Party Safe
While going over safety precautions may not appeal to most, it can save your life. In 2013, the Electric Daisy Carnival was cancelled after two festivalgoers fatally overdosed on molly (the purest form of ecstasy). Drugs and alcohol have become synonymous with music festivals, and if you choose to engage with them, there are ways to minimize the risk.
Hydrate, Eat and Get Some Sleep
Our biggest advice for all festivals is to stay hydrated. Drugs and alcohol dehydrate your body, and with the hot sun and your sweltering dance moves, your body will be dehydrating at an accelerated pace.
To combat dehydration, make sure to consume an abundance of water. Consider investing in a camelback backpack for when out at the stage.
Proper nutrition is also essential to giving you more energy throughout the day. Eating properly portioned, healthy meals will help keep your body from shutting down.
The other element that many people miss out on is SLEEP. While you may not want to miss out on any of the action, exhaustion can keep you from seeing that killer set that you have been waiting to see for months.
Having the right tools, food and equipment can really strengthen your camp and make you look like a festival professional. Food and drink can rack up a hefty bill, so it’s in your best interest to bring those munchies yourself. A portable grill comes in handy for hot dogs and burgers. And if you bring meat, make sure to pack a cooler to keep all your supplies cool and fresh.
Don’t Be the One Burnt to a Crisp
It’s also important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Bring sunscreen and sun gear: hats, sunglasses, fans, the works. We also recommend if at all possible that you bring some type of tent or tarp to provide shade.
Nothing can be more agonizing and uncomfortable than sunburn. Don’t let Mother Nature ruin your experience. If you take the right precautions, all can be overcome.
Have a Plan and Stay Calm
It’s also a good idea to locate the medical tent before venturing out to the stages. This way, if an emergency should arise, you’ll know exactly where to go. Be smart, and if something happens always remain calm.
Comfortable chairs and even an air mattress can make a world of difference for seating arrangements around the camp. Blankets both keep you warm and provide a personal touch that screams, “I got festival fever.” Bug repellent is a must if you’re not looking to be a feast for the mosquitoes. Lanterns and flashlights are also a necessity at the campsite.
Expect the Unexpected
Tool kits can come in handy for that unexpected situation that somebody will end up having. A pair of jumper cables is also a clutch if you don’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere once the festival is over. Yes folks, the right furniture, gizmos and gadgets can put you over the top in becoming the ultimate festivalgoer.
Now that you’ve been equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you can conquer that festival that you’ve been dying to go to. Plan for the weather, take the necessary safety precautions and pack all the right goodies and your festival experience should be divine.
And so begins the 2015 festival season. May it be ever in your favor.