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June 21, 2018 2 min read

Heading to a music festival this summer?

Avoid these 8 common festival mistakes to get the most out of your music festival experience.


1. Forgetting Toiletries

When planning your festival trip don’t forget to pack some toilet paper, mini hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and a toothbrush.

I’m pretty sure anyone who has been inside a porta-pot after the first day of an event will agree with me, after using one you’ll feel like you want to take a bath in hand sanitizer.

And don’t forget there is a limited supply of toilet paper.

Do yourself and everyone who’s close enough to smell you a favor and plan on bringing toiletries to stay fresh.

2. Sunscreen

Don’t ruin your festival experience by forgetting to bring, as well as apply, sunscreen.

Trust me, you don’t want to spend the festival in your tent lamenting you forgot to put sunscreen on while your friends are getting their heads pumped up with bass.

Use a high SPF and, oh, yes, there will be sweat, so make sure its waterproof as well. Be sure to get your back, shoulders, ears, etc. lathered up and REAPPLY through-out the day.

3. Flip-Flops

Flip flops are not the ideal footwear for a concert. As anyone who has been to a concert will know, your feet will get stepped on.

It almost never fails though, someone in the group will forget to bring closed toes shoes. Don’t be that person and bring proper footwear.

4. Stay Hydrated And Wear Protective Clothing

Bring extra water bottles, a canteen or camelback to hold water. Drink twice the amount of water you think you’ll need. If your pee is bright yellow, it means you are dehydrated.

Also, consider bringing a bandana or hat to keep cool and some sunglasses for the rays.

5. Designate A Meeting Spot

Losing yourself in the music and the crowd is an incredibly easy thing to accomplish at a music festival. Make it easier for you and others in your group to find each other by designating an area that is easy for everyone to remember that you can meet up at in case you get separated.

6. Bring Munchies

Pack a fanny pack or backpack with a couple snacks so that you aren’t breaking the bank on food vendors.

Check out our list of the 25 cheap music festival snacks here.

7. Budget Your Money

Make sure you make a budget for your money; account for food, lodging/camping fees, drinks, gas, etc..

8. Overlooking Camping Necessities

Even if you plan on sleeping under the stars, its always good to have camping equipment in case the weather turns on you.

Check out our Essential Music Festival Camping Checklist for a quick guide to festival packing.

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