The popularity of outdoor music festivals has exploded globally. Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Glastonbury are just a few examples of festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of music lovers. The large crowds, dirt, heat, and long hours are just a meager price to pay for an unbelievable experience. First-timers might wonder what to wear or how to find the festival restroom trailers? The following preparation tips will help ease any worries and maximize the festival fun!
Draft a Plan
Many festivals will announce their schedule ahead of time through an app or social media. This is helpful when creating a general itinerary. Keep in mind, the greatest moments are from exploring the grounds, meeting people, and discovering new artists. Another factor to consider is becoming familiar with the festival map. Knowing the location of the water stands, ATMs, restrooms, first aid, and shaded areas can ease a lot of anxiety. This is notably useful for those who need ADA accommodations.
Before you pack, check the weather. Festival season is usually during the hot summer. Pack light clothes such as shorts, tank tops, dresses, T-shirts, and so on. If you’re camping overnight, it is recommended to add a sweatshirt, hoodie, or sweater in case it becomes chilly. As for shoes, expect a lot of wear and tear. Therefore, opt for a pair of comfortable sneakers or sandals. Aside from packing what you need, don’t be afraid to pack creative apparel. For the free-spirited, festivals are a place of expression, especially through fashion.
Dancing all day in the sun can overwhelm the body. Add dehydration, and it can ruin your experience, and more importantly, your health. Prepare your body days in advance by drinking twice the amount of your normal water intake. During the festival, always maintain a full water bag, or carry a water bottle. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, but don’t forget to drink water.
Most importantly, be realistic. Plans are just guidelines. Give in to the moment, and enjoy the adventure!