5 Steps to Surviving Festival Season

Gov-Ball-2011-Maxwell-Barnaby Helen Schultz

Spring is upon us, and in one more month,  it’s time to pack it up and head out for the summer. And with summer, comes the best of seasons: festival season!

Festivals are awesome, but they can go awry pretty quick if you aren’t prepared. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with ten tips to make Boston Calling, Cochaella, Bonaroo, or whatever else tickles your fancy the best weekend of your life.

  1. Pack smart. Check out the website for your festival before you go. Seems self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to gloss over information and end up in a pickle. Make sure that you aren’t bringing in contraband – don’t want to get your fancy new camera confiscated by security.
  2. Make a schedule. Spontaneity is awesome, but not so hot when you realize you missed your favorite band’s set. Write down what you want to see, where it is, and when it happens. While you’re at it, use that smartphone to follow your favorite bands and the festival on Twitter to see any schedule changes.
  3. Stay hydrated. Summer is hot. When you get hot, you’re going to need water. You’re not going to want to start feeling lightheaded when you’re in the middle of the pit for your favorite band, waiting for their encore. Invest in a reusable water bottle: most festivals will have free stations to refill them so you can enjoy the music thirst-free.
  4. Comfort over fashion. Festival fashion is the most exciting part of the summer for the chic and music-minded. But keep this in mind: those wedges look cute now, but will they still feel that way after standing up for five hours? Keep it cute, but make sure to ask yourself “can I spend all day in this?” If not, find another look.
  5. Keep an open mind. Festivals are a crazy, crazy thing and you never know what might happen. You might be late for a set, or your favorite band might bail. And then there’s the whole “camping out with thousands of strangers” thing. But you never know what might happen: you could meet some cool new people or discover the newest up-and-coming artist. Keep an open mind, enjoy yourself, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

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