You can’t say you’ve lived through a summer properly if you haven’t attended a summer festival. A while back we gave you a list of 10 European festivals you must attend and today we’ve got 10 very useful tips for attending summer festivals. If you want to not only survive a summer festival, but thrive and have the time of your life, you simply must take notice of our tips. A summer festival isn’t just a series of concerts, it’s a jungle where there are laws one must obey if one must get out alive. Read on and take notes!
10. Camp Somewhere Quiet
If the festival you’re attending is the kind where you have to camp in a tent, then the best thing you can do for yourself is to camp somewhere quiet and out of the way. Do not camp near pathways or next to public toilets. You’ll constantly hear people walking by and it will end up annoying you, no matter how much alcohol you have ingested that evening.
9. Wear a Hat
Wearing a hat in the dead of summer while you’re outside for up to 8 hours should really be mandatory. The festival people should hand them out at the entrance. A simple hat will keep you from getting a nasty sunburn on your face and it will also protect you from getting sunstroke. Keep it simple and stylish and make sure you take it off in the evening during the concerts, you wouldn’t want to block people’s view.
8. Don’t Use a Smartphone
Do not use a smartphone when going at a summer festival. Replace your fancy, I paid half of my salary on it smartphone with your old Nokia brick. You’ll feel less sorry if you lose it or drop it in the can. Also, don’t keep your phone in the back pocket! Besides, do you really need an internet connection at a festival? Watch the bands, not your screen and post photos once you get home.
7. Pack Lightly
One of the best tips for attending summer festivals is to pack lightly. You only need the bare essentials: some napkins, hand sanitizer, a t-shirt, a warm sweater and some socks and underwear. It might get cold at night, so make sure you bring something to keep you warm. Also, do not bring stuff that they won’t let you in with, such as knives or water.
6. Arrive There Early
Come on, you’re there to have fun and see your favorite bands, so why would you arrive late? Make sure you have plenty of time to get something to drink and get a feel of the place before you find a spot in front of the state. If your friends don’t want to come with you, that’s OK, you won’t get bored at a summer festival.
5. Make a Plan
It’s always nice to make a plan, even if you don’t stick to it. Think about what bands you want to see and make a list with all the things you want to bring along with you. Although it goes against the whole party feel of a summer festival, you will not regret being well prepared. You’d only regret being underprepared.
4. Use Hand Sanitizer
If you don’t want to catch something, then you should use hand sanitizer every time you put something in your mouth and before and after you use the toilets. Those things can get pretty nasty and you need to be careful, as there isn’t a reliable source of water inside summer festivals.
3. Eat Light, but Nutritious Foods
Make sure you eat when you’re attending summer festivals. We know that people tend to overlook this aspect, but it is very important you eat well just to have your strength and energy levels up. You’ll be doing lots of dancing and walking, so eat light but nutritious foods, such as granola or energy bars.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of water… or lots of beer. Whatever your preferred beverage is, make sure you drink lots of it, because in the heat of the sun, everything gets dehydrated, especially you! Dehydration will make you feel tired; you’ll have less energy and you won’t be enjoying the festival too much.
1. Use Sunscreen
This is the most important thing you could do for you, your skin and your general health. You’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun and you do not to get sunburned. Grab a high protection sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 and slather it all over your arms, neck face, ears and whatever piece of skin you’ve got showing.
Would you like to add more tips for attending summer festivals? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we could always use more tips for those awesome summer festivals.