There are plenty of reasons why a lot of people choose to go traveling but there are few that are quite as exciting as taking a trip to a festival. Whether you’re driving cross country or heading abroad for a festival, the music, food, and atmosphere can be unlike anything else in the world.
You might think that the only things that you need for a festival is a flower crown and the perfect pair of shades but the truth is that there are a lot of things that you need if you really want to make sure that your festival experience is as positive as possible. With that in mind, here are some often forgotten things that everyone attending a festival needs.
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No matter where the festival is, or what the predicted weather might say, you need to be sure that you pack waterproof clothes. Something like a raincoat or poncho and a pair of boots are really all you need but if you don’t take them then you can be sure that the heavens are going to open and you’ll end up soaked to the skin and covered in mud. That can sometimes be part of the charm of a festival but that’s only the case if you actually have the right protection from the elements.
Here’s something that probably isn’t going to be all that shocking: music festivals can be quite loud. You’re shocked, right? Well, one of the most common mistakes that a lot of people make is that they don’t think about hearing loss prevention when they’re at a festival. No matter how great a live band might be, nothing is worse damaging your ears and ending up with tinnitus or worse. A pair of earplugs aren’t expensive and you can often find ones that protect your ears without sacrificing the quality of the sound when you’re watching your favorite band.
Do you know what you’re likely to spend the vast majority of your time doing at a festival? Walking. You’re going to end up walking from your tent to the festival ground, from one stage to another, from the burger stall to the bar. That much walking over several days can result in some seriously nasty blisters if you’re not careful. This is especially true if conditions are a little, or a lot, damp. A set of blister band-aids might seem like a small thing but they can be an absolute lifesaver by the third day where every step is agony.
Of course, these are far from the only things that you need for a festival. One of the best things that you can do is to make sure that you make a list well before you actually head off on your trip so that you can be sure that you don’t forget anything that you’ll end up really needing when you arrive. The last thing you want is to realize that you’ve forgotten something essential as soon as you get there.