For many young people, summertime is unofficially known as festival season. While you might be stoked to have the time of your life, it still pays to be prepared. If you’re new to the festival circuit or you simply want to make your next adventure the best one yet, you might want to check out these summer festival survival tips.
Get the Right Gear
Festivals present a prime opportunity to be fashionable and show off your Instagrammable outfit. But don’t totally forget about function. Invest in a heavy-duty backpack, cross-body bag, or fanny pack to travel with — and be sure to keep it on your person. Make sure your clothing is breathable or moisture-wicking so you’ll stay fresh even in the hot temperatures. And remember to bring some comfortable shoes! Your aching feet will thank you by day two or three.
Listen To Your Body
It’s easy to get caught up in the festival fun and forget about protecting your body. But pay attention to what it’s telling you. That mean you need to remember to hydrate, for one thing. Drink plenty of water to stave off heat stroke and dehydration. While a human can last three or four days without fresh water, you won’t be able to enjoy your time if you succumb to the symptoms of heat stroke. Avoid eating too much junk and power your body with nutritious options you bring or buy. And always wear sunscreen (and remember to reapply!). Bring a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection, too.
Keep Track of Valuables
Unfortunately, some people will attend festivals in order to take advantage of others. Although nearly six out of 10 households report at least one resident has gone camping, spending time in the wilderness might not prepare you for dealing with others’ ill intentions. You will need to bring cash with you, since ATMs often break down, have long lines, or come with ridiculously high fees. You might consider tucking money in an interior pocket of your clothes or even in your undergarments. Be prepared to safeguard your belongings against those who might try to sneak in your tent at night, too. Keep these tucked in the bottom of your sleeping bag or underneath your blow-up mattress to be on the safe side. Don’t bring anything with you that you couldn’t afford to lose.
Remember to Recharge
Although you shouldn’t be constantly on your phone at a festival — what would be the point of going if you aren’t actually experiencing it? — no one expects you to totally detach and disconnect from social media. Considering that nearly 395 iPhones are sold every single minute and that many of those Apple enthusiasts want to capture all the action at Coachella, Firefly, and other events, festival-goers will need to recharge their phones every now and then. You probably can find portable chargers for sale there, but you’re going to pay a lot more for it. Bring along a charger with built-in cables so that you can charge your phone no matter what. Snap a photo or two and use your device to locate your friends; just don’t be glued to your screen the entire time.
Get Some Freebies
There are some festival offerings that cost quite a bit, but there are also a lot of freebies to be found. Up-and-coming and high-profile brands alike will probably be at the festival you’re attending, so take advantage of the opportunity to snag some swag at no cost to you. You might get some free food samples, a cute tote, or even better visibility for a band. Don’t turn down an offer before you’ve investigated; always use your best judgment, but feel free to explore in order to save some cash.
If you’re planning on heading to a festival or two this summer, these tips should come in handy. By prioritizing your health and remembering the essentials, you’ll be in great shape to have an unforgettable time.