As we head into July, music festival season is in full swing. Several popular festivals, including Bonaroo, Firefly, Governor’s Ball, and Electric Forest, have come and gone, leaving us with sun soaked skin and music filled memories. The festival season is not over yet with Hudson Music Project, Gathering of the Vibes, and Lollapolooza still to come. For frequent festival goers, knowing what to expect and what to pack has become second nature. For those who are attending their first festival, there are several must-haves to make sure you have the best time possible.

 

1. Hat and sunscreen. Most festivals start at noon and go well into the night, but with the sun setting later in the summer months, that means a lot of time in the sun. This may seem like a no-brainer, but forgetting to bring sunscreen (and to reapply!) can mean a nasty sunburn that will make your time painful and less enjoyable. Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your delicate skin from premature aging and wrinkles. It is also a fashion statement and can make add to your overall festival-going look.

 

2. Hot dogs and PB and J’s. When going to a festival that lasts for days, do not expect to be eating a gourmet meal every night. Keep it simple with most cost effective and easy foods to make. Hot dogs require a grill (a must-have if you plan on cooking), but they are easy and will fill you up after a long day in the sun. If you do not plan on bringing a grill, it is possible to survive on PB and J’s alone, just make sure to buy the largest size peanut butter jar.

 

3. Rain gear and a tarp. When going to an outdoor festival, there is always the possibility it will rain. At your camping area, it is helpful to have a tarp to roll out when the ground is wet. Having a poncho for inside the festival grounds is also a good way to ensure you can stay relatively dry while you watch your favorite artists.

 

4. A “take it as it comes” attitude. With thousands of people, weather, and camping, there are a million different things that could potentially happen during your festival time, and not all will be positive. Be prepared for the possibility that anything can happen, and when it is not to your liking, just roll with the punches.

 

What are your must-have for festival going? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Twitter @whatsthesich