It’s music fest season, and you might already have your tickets printed and the destination entered in the GPS. But not so fast; it takes more than that to get ready for music festivals, especially if they last multiple days. What you pack (or don’t) can make or break the experience, so spend a little time warming up.
Depending on the type of festival, where it is, and who’s going with you, you might need a few different things. Here’s a list of seven things you must have or do in order to make the most of the event. Going without is asking for trouble. Have you checked these off your list?
It doesn’t matter if you “never burn” or you’d rather work on that tan. Damage from UV rays can lead to skin cancer, one of the most prevalent cancers in the US — and also the most deadly if it isn’t caught at an early stage. It needs to be reapplied every two hours. A non-greasy sports version is perfect for rocking out.
You’ve filled the cooler with microbrews, but there’s no such thing as too much water. You’re going to be dehydrated in the sun, especially if you’re imbibing, and water bottles for sale are going to cost an arm and a leg.
Purchase one of the mega water jugs that dispenses into your Nalgene bottle to save money and your liver. It’s the fuel you need for those daytime shows.
3. Extra clean socks and underwear
If you’re staying overnight for a music festival, grab a few extra pairs of socks and underwear. You might be able to go two days in the same pair of jeans, but these undergarments need to be fresh. You’ll be dancing, possibly getting wet or muddy, and you should feel comfortable. If you have extra swimsuits, go ahead and pack those, too.
4. Solar chargers
Don’t want to live with a dead smartphone or spend your time sitting in the car charging it? Multi-outlet solar chargers cost as little as $10 and can keep all your electronics up and running. It’s the ultimate gadget for music festivals, but just make sure you keep it in a safe place. It’s going to be tempting for someone to swipe it.
5. Baby wipes and dry shampoo
Multi-day festivals have everyone feeling less than fresh, and there probably aren’t any showers around. You can give yourself a sort of sponge bath by grabbing a box of baby wipes. It does the trick, and of course it’s gentle on your skin.
A can of dry shampoo keeps your locks grease-free so you won’t be embarrassed about being tagged in photos.
6. Something to autograph
Know all the bands/performers that will be there and pack something you’d like them to autograph. The chances of this opportunity arising is slim, but if you’re prepared you won’t have any regrets. This might mean picking up a vinyl of their last album, bringing a CD, or just packing enough fine-point Sharpies to be on ready for anything.
7. Check your insurance
Car insurance isn’t usually something you think about unless you bought a new car or you get into an accident. However, if the music festival requires a long drive, check with your insurance agency to make sure you’re fully covered.
What happens if you get tired and want a friend to take over driving duties? What if your car gets stuck maneuvering backroads — is roadside assistance on your policy? Prevent any mishaps before they happen. With a little planning, you can enjoy a stress-free summer.