- Backpack or Small Bag: You’re going to need something to help you carry all of your stuff for the day. Something small, like a nylon drawstring bag, cross body purse or even a fanny pack will do nicely. Now, don’t be that person that takes a huge bag with them into a pit, and causes everyone around them to be more cramped than normal. We’re already dodging limbs and trying not to get stepped on, we don’t need to watch out for your huge backpack too.
- Water: Water might be the best thing you can ever take with you. Say it with me, hydrate. All day. Chances are you’re going to be outside in the sun all day and you’re not going to have a lot of chances to get water. Even if you do, you probably won’t want to pay the prices the festival is selling water for, so do yourself and your friends a favor and bring your own.
- Snacks: If you have any kind of a drive to get to the festival, make sure you pack a bag full of snacks that are easily accessible to everyone in the car. You can fuel up on food on the way there and it also helps at the end of the day as well. When you’re exhausted and running on pure adrenaline from the day’s festivities, snacks will help keep you awake and functioning for the drive home.
- The Ultimate Road trip Playlist: So you’re going to a festival, maybe to see your favorite band or a band you’ve never heard of, what do you take? Music. Make a playlist filled with your favorite songs, and some new songs that you can familiarize yourself with on the way there. A playlist is very important for the drive too and from the venue, so you don’t have your phone on shuffle the entire time, skipping every other song. You and your friends can roll the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs on the way there. (That’s my favorite part) And you can also reminisce about the day on the way home. Realizing that while the recorded version of your favorite song sounds great on the cd, it never compares to what it sounds like live. You can find my Ultimate Roadtrip Playlist Here:
- A Small Notebook and Pen: Sometimes at festivals artists will walk around or be at a booth for a certain amount of time. If this happens and you see your all time favorite artist walking around, you’re going to want to be prepared to have something for him or her to sign. You don’t miss what could be an amazing opportunity. Yes, you can take a selfie, and that’s great too. But, there is still something special about getting an autograph with a personalized message from your favorite artist.
- Tickets: You’re probably thinking, tickets really? Shouldn’t that be a given. Normally I would say yes and agree with you, but you’d be surprised how many times people remember to pack everything else, get halfway to the venue and realize they forgot the most important thing.. their way into the concert. If you’re anything like me you double, tipple and quadruple check that you have your tickets before you go, during the drive, and while you’re waiting to get into the venue. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so just go ahead and pack these first.
- Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses: Protect your eyes, skin, and face from the sun. You’re not going to be paying attention to how long you’ve been in the sun when you’re having fun through out the day. So pack these things and apply the sunscreen before you go.
8. Comfortable Shoes: These are a must have. Yes, your favorite pair of shoes, may be a cute strappy pair of open toed sandals, but do yourself a favor and leave them at home. No one will be looking at your feet. Those shoes may be cute, but your feet will hurt for days afterwards. So forgoe the cute sandals, and put on a pair of closed toed sneakers. Vans or converse will do for most festivals. But make sure they’re broken in and comfortable. You don’t want to make the mistake of wearing a new pair of shoes either. Trust me, your feet will be killing you in your most comfortable pair of sneakers at the end of the night, from standing, jumping and being stepped on all day. Also, if the festival is outside then chances are your shoes will be dirty by the end of the day anyway.
- Ear Plugs: Ear Plugs will save your life. I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to bring earplugs to a concert, and was miserable the rest of the day. Save your ears and get earplugs. Most people think that ear plugs distort your hearing and make the music sound muffled. While can be the case, the sound engineers at the festival work to make sure that the entire venue can hear the music that’s being played. Meaning that it’s going to be LOUD. Like eardrum splitting, your ears will ring for the next 3 days, loud. If you go to multiple concerts, it would be a good idea to invest in a nice pair of earplugs that you can always use, instead of the foam ones. But the foam ones will do too. If you’re feeling generous, bring the pack of earplugs with you and share them with the people around you.
- Cell Phone & Charger: Yes, I know it’s the 21st century and everyone has their cellphone on them at all times. At concerts, your battery is going to drain quickly, and there won’t likely be an outlet to charge your phone throughout the day. So a small inexpensive battery powered portable phone charger, will save your battery, and save you from missing an epic photo opportunity or the chance to record your favorite song played live.
- Friends: Now there is nothing wrong with going to a concert alone, I’ve done it on more than one occasion. But taking friends with you to a music festival will make the overall experience you have there 10 times better. You’ll have someone to watch your stuff, hold your spot in line if you have to go to the bathroom, and someone who can lift you on their shoulders if you can’t see. Also, it’s a safety precaution as well; the buddy system is always a good idea. You’ll also make crazy memories you can all tell your grandkids when they’re younger. But if you’re going by yourself, make friends with people at the festival. Some of my best friends I’ve met at concerts. If you’re shy, just remember you’re all there for one reason, because you love music and the artist on stage, so you already have one thing in common already!
There are the 11 things I think you should make sure to take with you when you go to a music festival, or any concert for that matter. Be sure to check everything off your list before you go, and have the great time!