You’re going to a music festival and you’re probably very excited. There are blogs out there to tell you what to pack, how to pitch the perfect glam tent, and what to wear. But there isn’t much good advice out in the interwebs that simply sum up everything in between, like the little hacks that end up making a big difference to your overall experience—that’s where we come in.
The Little Hacks that Make a Big Difference
We’re not going to tell you which bands you have to check out or which flower crown pairs best with your fringe. But we will tell you little gems of precious knowledge that will all tie into you having a good time.
Maybe you’re a festival veteran who’s already been to a ton of these shindigs and this is not your first rodeo, (or—we mean, festival), or maybe this is your very first experience; regardless, you can treat these bits of wisdom as a simple review to build on what you already know, or you can treat it as gospel.
Food Hacks: Eat before you go to the festival grounds.
—and keep food around for when you get back to your rental, tent, home, etc.
We’re a meal kit company and diehard foodies, so we would be remiss not to remind you to put food first.
Eat before you get to the festival, whether it’s a tall stack of pancakes or a protein-dense breakfast bar because you will need that energy to power through the rest of your day to night. It’s not easy to elbow your way to the front of the stage if your blood sugar level is low. Also, the lines to get something to eat are always super long and it’s never cheap. Think $20 for French fries. Rip off.
You can probably guess what music festival these bars are inspired by—they earned the name. Whip these up at home and pack them to bring with you. They’re easy to make and they’re easy to store.
Hygiene Hacks: Remember dry shampoo and shower wipes.
Unless you’re staying in a rental or a hotel room, there’s a chance that you won’t have a moment to take a proper shower. The Queen of England might find this repulsive—but hey, it’s all a part of the experience. Our advice? Pack away some dry shampoo and shower wipes. It makes a huge difference.
Phone Hacks: share your location, portable chargers, rendezvous points
The festival grounds are very crowded so opt to share your location with your friends and have them do the same for you, just in case you get separated.
But your phone will probably die. The cellular servers usually get compounded in areas that are so dense with people, and not only does this interfere with your cell service, it also drains your battery. Knowing this, come up with a plan beforehand like investing in a portable charger or coming up with a rendezvous spot for everyone to meet at.
Anti-Theft Hacks: fanny packs and crossbody bags
Unfortunately, some people steal. This is a common problem whenever there are big groups of people. You might be enjoying the band that’s on stage and then—uh oh—where’s your wallet? Here’s how you can avoid this scenario: fanny pack and crossbody bags.
Don’t rest your fanny pack on your fanny, but position it to the front, so you can more or less keep a better eye on it and your belongings. And if you choose to wear a crossbody bag, wear one that has a flap to open, as the flap is a deterrent to those pesky music festival bandits.
What’s your dream music festival experience?
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