Summer festivals are the highlights of the season. They’re where the magic happens, where you make memories to last you for a lifetime. We here at 10Awesome are planning to go to a few of them and we’ve asked around the office for some useful festival tips and that’s how this list got started. Read on and take notice!
10. Eat Nutritious Foods
Have a nice, sweet and nutritious breakfast before you leave the house. Don’t eat junk food, it will only make you feel sluggish, thirsty and may cause an upset stomach (and that’s the last thing you want at a festival, have you seen the toilets after one day of intense use?!). Instead, stick to nutritious foods, such as granola bars, curries, soups and even stakes. Be careful with your food and don’t keep it in direct sunlight for too long, it will spoil and you may get sick from it.
9. Pack Lightly
We know how it is: let’s say you’ve got three pairs of jeans you want to bring with you, because all of them are simply your favorite, but brining too many clothes will only add weight to your backpack and that’s about it. You’re not going to wear all of them! As for other objects, try to limit yourself to a few essentials.
8. Keep Your Clothes Dry
This tip is very important and you should try to keep all your clothes dry. Even if it’s not raining, they’re going to get wet if kept outside, because of the morning dew. The feeling of a moist T-shirt in the morning on your warm skin is absolutely horrible. Keep your clothes in plastic bags to avoid them getting wet.
7. Take Care of Your Eyes
This is a pretty good tip that you won’t come across too often – it’s very important to take care of your eyes when you’re at a festival. Eyes will get red and itchy because of dust and fatigue (and if your eyes are that way, you’re not going to enjoy your day), so wear sunglasses and maybe bring along some eye drops. Also, if you use disinfectant gel for your hands, whatever you do, do NOT rub your eyes after you use it, or you’re going to get alcohol in your eyes and it will sting like hell!
6. Don’t Put Your Phone in Your Back Pocket
This is probably one of the most useful festival tips out there. It’s not only going to save you some money, but also your dignity. So, remember this: do NOT put your phone in your back pocket for two reasons: one, it’s a thief magnet and you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, drinking and prancing around and having your phone in your back pocket is nothing more than an open invitation for thieves; two, public toilets – that’s all we have to say about this.
5. Watch Your Drinking
We know how easy it is to get carried away while having the time of your life, but you should really try and watch your drinking. Try not have more than you know you can handle, because you’re going to get sick, you’re not going to remember much of the night (why go if you can’t remember who played the night before?) and you’re going to oversleep. Also, try not to mix your drinks, because you’re going to get sick much quicker. Stick to something you know won’t cause any issues, and again, don’t overdo it.
4. Don’t Worry
Don’t panic! Don’t worry about things – try to get your thoughts in order before you go to the festival, but once you’re there, it’s time to let go, let the atmosphere of the place hook you, have fun, smile and enjoy yourself. Once you’re there, don’t worry about the things you forgot to bring, don’t panic because you’ve just realized you’ve left you camera at home. Simply relax, this is your moment and it’s not coming back.
3. Use a Solar Power Charger
Sure, there are tents where you can go and charge your cell phone, but why wait along with the entire festival crowd? Invest a bit of money in a solar power charger and you’ll be able to charge your phone, laptop and camera batteries directly from the sun. You can buy a really good one here. Things simply can’t get any greener than this – and that’s a good thing, because so much of the sun’s energy goes to waste!
2. Don’t Camp Next to the Bathrooms/Paths
This one is pretty clear-cut: if you camp next to bathrooms and paths, then you’re not going to get one moment of peace and quiet. We’re not saying that this is something one could want at a festival, but in those scarce moments when all you want to do is sleep, it’s best you do it without hearing people go to the bathroom or chat.
1. Use the Pincer Movement
The Pincer movement is a war tactic in which you get to move around the enemy to arrive at one place. The same tactic can be used for concert stages. There is no use to move through masses of people to get closer to the stage, when you can simply move around it. You’ll annoy less people this way and it’s faster!
Do you have any useful festival tips that we haven’t mentioned? Drop us a line in the comment section below and tell us about it!