Surviving a Summer Festival


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It’s Summer. It’s hot. You have your food, drinks, friends, and tickets; now is the time to sit back and enjoy. Right? Well, this plan could go very WRONG if you aren’t prepared.

Check out below for the top 7 tips of surviving a festival!

1. Don’t over extend yourself

Some festivals have over 100 bands playing in a span of a few days. This DOES NOT mean that you need to see each and every one of them- in fact, if you try, you’ll most likely spend the majority of your time walking and miss some of the best shows. Instead, listen, read, and understand which bands are at the festival and decide on your top three or four favorites.

2. Dress to Impress

You may think you look super cute with those tight leather pants and corset, but three hours into dancing and sweating you may change your mind. You can dress to impress even while dressing comfortably. Trust us, shorts and a t-shirt will be much better when the sun blares down on you at three in the afternoon, and if you must, you can even add a tutu or a fun hat.

Glamour magazine has some great fashion ideas for women that are both stylish and practical. Check here.

3. Take pictures

One thing many people forget to do at festivals is take pictures. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your surroundings. The days go by so fast, and there is so much going on that you may find yourself forgetting exactly what happened during your post-festival recap. Take pictures of everything, that way you’ll really know how the last three days went down.

4. Understand the Culture and Music/Fans

If you’ve never been to a festival, it can be like entering fantasy land where tutu’s and psychedelic clothing are everywhere. Sometimes, it’s even like creating a family; however, if you aren’t a die-hard fan, you may want to do your research before you dive into the crazy world of a festival.  Pick out your favorite songs, learn the band members, and do some reading, that way you’ll keep up with all of the Fandom talk within the crowd.

5. Be Alert

Festivals are so crowded that sometimes you can easily lose your group and your stuff. Only bring the necessities with you out to the stages, and if you are camping, leave someone there to watch your stuff (which isn’t always a bad thing-most of the time you can still hear the music, and can chill without the claustrophobia). Most of all, keep an eye out.

6. Walk with Authority

One thing that we’ve learned within the huge crowds of a festival is that people generally don’t like to be pushed and shoved out of the way just to watch you try and decide where to go next. Tip: Before taking the step into the crowd, know exactly where you want to go, or at least fake it. Sit tall, stick out your elbows just a little and make your way through the maze. As long as you don’t shove people, many of them will let you by without an issue if you use this technique. Just smile at them, bounce to the music, and no one should mind!

7. Pack the Ultimate Backpack

If the festival allows you to bring in a backpack, we highly recommend that you do. It’s an easy way to carry your necessity items around with you. (but don’t pack too much unless you want a sore back the next day!)

Before you head to the best few days of your Summer, remember to sit back and enjoy. This experience is all about YOU.


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