Traveling to a music festival, a concert or a big event is a special experience worth trying at least once in your life. It can be a bit of a challenge when you look at it logistically, but sometimes all you need is a basic survival guide for both newbies and experts. Make sure you read this before you go!
Huge festivals such as California’s Coachella or UK’s Glastonbury will often require you to camp out during the event. While you might not necessarily put sleep on top of your to-do list, you will eventually want to take a breather despite the festivities. Decide ahead of the event on whether you want to pitch a tent, rent an RV or book a hotel and consider the pros or cons of each.
Dress for the event, but dress for the conditions too. You’re going to be on your feet a lot, so wearing a pair of practical, weatherproof shoes like sneakers will be a great idea. Wear something comfortable and expect your clothes to get dirty or wrinkled at one point. A poncho or a hat will also be handy depending on the weather.
You might be tempted to go all out with your alcohol intake, but stay on the moderate side to stay safe. You need your wits with you and it’s best to match every glass of alcohol with one glass of water. Most stalls selling alcohol will most likely sell it at an inflated price, so that’s another thing to consider before drinking up.
Camping out means little to no shower options so pack something for freshening up. Bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, some wet wipes and hand sanitizer. For dire situations where there’s no water supply, make sure you have Colgate Wisp, a disposable toothbrush that needs no water and no rinsing.
Most festival or event websites have a list of event guidelines so read up before you go. Festivals and big events can be a mix of fun and overwhelming, but staying informed can help you prepare and familiarize yourself with what to do and where to go. Don’t be so Type A about it though – leave room for spontaneity and wandering around.
You’re already in a new destination so make the most of it! Try to leave a day or two for exploring. This way, you can also add in more notable experiences outside the event you attended.
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