5 Not-So-Obvious Items to Consider Bringing to a Music Festival
As classes let out for the summer, and artists and DJs release new singles, it is time to get hyped for concerts and festivals. These next few months are jam-packed with festivals scheduled at multiple venues throughout the nation. I remember my first festival like it was yesterday, and ever since then, I have made sure to be in possession of very specific items when attending such festivities. So here are your 5 Not-So-Obvious Items to Consider Bringing to a Music Festival.
1. Allergy medicine – It might seem a bit odd for a concert-goer to carry an antihistamine in his or her pocketbook, however, most festivals are outdoors. With that being said, seasonal allergies will flare up, especially in the month of May. I highly recommend a medicine with a non-drowsy formula, such as Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin.
2. A jug of water – Not a bottle, a jug. Trust me, after hours of being out in the sun, dehydration will ensue. You can buy a gallon-sized jug of water at most super retailers for around a dollar, whereas most concession booths will charge you out the wazoo for a 16.9 fluid ounce water bottle.
3. Your smartphone – I am aware that most music cultures, especially EDM, emphasize the idea of living in the moment, however, it is important that you keep a mobile device on your person at all times. If someone in your group gets lost, you can easily find them by making a call or sending a text, rather than searching for them for hours at a large venue. You can also keep up with EDM news on our website.
4. A portable battery for said smartphone – These are relatively inexpensive and will come in handy, especially if you like taking pictures at festivals. Constant Snapchats of DJ sets and mini-photoshoots with the squad will drain your battery like crazy. Also, your phone may lose a lot of juice searching for signal at a crowded venue.
5. Cash – Oftentimes, souvenir stands and concession booths won’t accept major credit/debit cards. I would advise carrying at least fifty dollars in your wallet just in case you end up deciding to buy a t-shirt, or a snack, or a souvenir for a friend who couldn’t make it.