It is here... Music festival season is HERE!
I am no stranger to festivals where the temps can be around 100+ degrees just as I am no stranger to events where the temperatures can plummet faster than the rise and fall of Britney's 55 hour marriage.
The key to any successful festival is preparation and education. I know, I know, it sounds like I am about to give you the lecture a dad would give, but truthfully good prep and smarts makes things a whole lot easier when it comes time for the event.
Know your event- Get a map, screenshot it, know your exits, know your taxi lines/ parking lots, medical tents, water stations and of course, the bars!
Weather- Weather moves in and out fast. It is important to check your weather the day you are heading out to the festival. You could have sunny and hot conditions all day, but the night may expect rain. Dress appropriately, including a baseball hat/ cowboy hat, a flannel, and layers.
Water- Ok, ok, ok... I know, we all like to go and have a good time getting a little tipsy here and there, BUT one lesson I have learned the hard way is that dehydration is no joke. Bathroom lines are annoying and porta potties are gross, but nothing is worse than being dehydrated. Most festivals allow you to being in an empty resuable water bottle and water stations for free. Use these! Or break down and purchase the $5 Dasanis they sell.
Battery Back Up- Between snapping pictures, streaming videos, updating your status and texting everyone and their mother, your phone is going to die. Some venues offer up charging port areas but that tie you to that location for a bit of time. This portable charger has changed my life and everyone needs. You can charge your phone several times and it will still have more life left to charge. Besides you may have to get that cute boys number or there could be an emergency.
Money- Obviously the times of "trade" over so money is a no brainer, BUT keep in mind some booths won't accept cash while others won't accept cards. Personally I always bring $100 cash and a card that way I am covered... Speaking of covered- don't forget your ID at home!!!!
Random shit I typically bring in a backpack- baby wipes (porta potties run out of TP regularly), sunscreen, baseball hat, lip balm with sunscreen, spray bottle fan, bandanna (here is looking at you Coachella and Stagecoach), hair ties, deodorant, and small snacks.
FUN- Whatever you do or don't bring, be sure to have fun!