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May 15, 2017
Summer Music Festival Survival Guide
Music festivals like Coachella, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo are one of the best parts of summer. We put together a short guide to help make your festival experience the best it can possibly be!
Pack a snack like trail mix or fruit like bananas and apples—at some point during the day, you’re going to want to eat something besides greasy festival food. Don’t forget water, either; dehydration is no joke. You can bring other food and drinks to the camping grounds too, which will save you a fortune since festival food and drinks typically cost about $12 per meal and $8 per drink.
In terms of clothes, bring a hat to avoid a sunburned scalp and a hoodie to stay comfy during the cooler evening temperatures. You’ll also thank yourself later if you toss a back-up pair of comfortable shoes in your bag, since outdoor festivals can get muddy. You’ll want sunglasses, sunscreen, and a portable phone charger, too.
If you’re camping out for a multi-day festival, there are a few extra things you should bring in addition to the obvious pillow, tent, and sleeping bag: ear plugs so you’ll be able to get some shut-eye, a solar shower (and a bathing suit) to avoid long shower lines in the morning, and a safe to lock up your valuables.
Even if you have your heart set on a specific outfit, remember to check the forecast before getting dressed. Is it really worth it to uncomfortable all day just for some Instagram likes? (Hint: the answer is no.)
Staying lucid translates to staying safe. The last thing you want is to get sick, wander away from your friends and get lost, or end up in a situation you don’t want to be in.
Drinking in the heat is also risky, since it acts as a diuretic and will dehydrate you faster. It can be tempting, but try to choose water over beer. You’ll have a better time and remember it the next day.
Plan your pick-up with a taxi in advance to get home as soon as possible. We advise using a cab because if you choose to use a ride-sharing service, the inevitably high surge prices will likely put a damper on your night. If you’re a pro at avoiding surge prices and plan on using a ride-sharing service to get to and from the festival, make sure you download our free Know Your Rights guide to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Tell us your most memorable festival experience or your tips to make the most of the experience below or on Twitter!