'Tis the season to bask in the sun and jam to your favorite bands/artists.
Music festivals (and concerts in general) are full of excitement, friends, vendors and booze, but there are often elements that are overlooked.
Heat, rain, lines, and other unexpected emergencies could seriously and easily put a damper on your fun, so it's best to be prepared!
You're going to need something to hold all this great concert gear, and of course that great merch you're planning on getting! A small backpack, fanny-pack (because apparently they're back "in"), or a cross body bag works fantastically! Just make sure everything fits.
Reusable Water Bottle
Along with sun exposure comes dehydration, and any music festival bottles of water will be $2 and up. Luckily the majority of festivals have a hydration station where you can fill a bottle up for free! Make sure to sip water throughout the day to prevent falling out early because of heat related illnesses. *Tip: Get yourself hydrated days in advance! This will help if you forget to drink enough at the fest.
The lobster look isn't really in, plus it's super uncomfortable. Slather it on at least 30 min. before heading out and try to reapply throughout the day.
Rain & Heat
It's definitely not uncommon for the weather to rapidly change and even if you check the weather before leaving there's always the off chance that your festival gets rained out. A rain poncho doesn't take up much space and doesn't cost a whole lot. If you're looking for an even cheaper alternative, there's the grungy garbage bag look.
As for heat, it's a good idea to bring along a bandana. Especially if the festival is out in a sandy or dirt filled area such as the beach or desert. A bandana will protect your nose, mouth and most importantly lungs!
Yep, toilet paper - or a pack of kleenexes. Especially for women. Nothing is worse than having to go to the bathroom (which might just be a port-a-pot) to find that there's no toilet paper, no paper towels, nothing. This is a major essential; just bring a couple squares just in case.
Some people don't mind dirty hands, but I feel like this is a must. Portable restrooms often run out of sanitizer and theres no need to spread germs.
A light jacket is a good idea if the concert is a few days or goes until the late evening. During summer nights can often be cool, and there's no need to cause yourself un-needed discomfort.
Comfortable shoes are a must. Find a pair of cute shoes that won't hurt your feet; since you'll probably be on your feet most of the day.
You can protect your eyes in style and avoid having to squint to see your favorite band amongst the sunny glare. These are super cute. But it's best to take a cheap pair that you wouldn't be heartbroken if they were lost.
Most of the time there's little charging stations for your phones - which you'll need if you'll be taking tons of pictures, ect.
⋆Extra Car Key
⋆Jumper Cables (keep in car)
Toiletries & Other Personal Items
⋆Face Wipes/Makeup Removing Wipes
⋆Baby Wipes - For a quick refresher.
⋆Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Mouthwash
⋆First-Aid Kit (Band-aids, Neosporin, ect.)
⋆Pain Meds - Ibuprofen, ect.
Tailor these lists to your personal needs as well and you'll be set!
☀Happy festival going. ☀