Be Smart When You Prepare For Your Next Music Festival

The parents of the current generation probably know a thing or two about enjoying an outdoor music festival, and they've also probably learned some hard lessons in the process. So learn from their mistakes! If you're planning a trip to any major music event, especially one that's planned for several days at an outdoor venue like EDM music festivals, there are some things you simply can't afford to forget. Planning ahead will not only ensure that you get home safe, but with fewer worries on your mind you'll have a much better experience.

Pack for All Possibilities

You might be limited on space, time, or both, so it's a good idea to make the most of these limited commodities while you can. Start by considering where the festival will be at and the schedule of performers. Chances are at least a few will hit the stage after the sun has set, so it's a good idea to prepare for both warm and cool temperatures.

Dress in light layers, and pack at least two changes of clothes, but don't skimp on the socks. Outdoor events are prime targets for rain, water fights, and other things that can end with you squishing your way back to your vehicle. Change your socks at least once a day, and more often if you're sweating heavily or getting soaked regularly, to avoid ending up with a fungus that is more commonly known as trench foot. If you plan on being in the thick of the crowd, avoid anything with open toes.

Play Hard, but Play Smart

Most open air music festivals are rife with vendors selling everything from merchandise to food and drinks, but all of these will run out. Bring your own bottled water to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. The last thing you want is to end up as a heat casualty because you weren't getting enough fluids in your body.

If you can't bring in your own food or drinks, make sure you're cautious about what you do eat and drink. Make sure that drinks are sealed before you open them, and that food is either thoroughly cooked or individually packaged. This not only ensures that you're not going to get sick, but that your food and drinks haven't been tampered with.

There's nothing quite like spending a weekend at an open air music festival. With the right preparations you'll be sure to go home with good memories rather than lingering, painful reminders.