I’m 100% jealous of everyone at Lollapalooza this year. There, I said it. If there’s one thing that I don’t stress enough on my blog, it’s my absolute love for music. And not like mainstream music. No, I love all things alternative/indie and I love falling in love with super new and undiscovered artists. That’s one of the many reasons why I love Spotify so much.
But OMG what I would have given to watch Bloc Party, St. Lucia, Wild Child, and my girl Lana Del Rey perform this year. Oh well, attending a music festival is definitely on my to-do list this for the near future, so I’ll have to see which one Joe and I can make it out to.
But for those of you planning on being at Lollapalooza or any other music festival anytime soon, here are 10 music festival must-haves so you can have the best experience possible.
Who wants to carry a heavy bag around with them the whole weekend? Nobody does. Even if you’re okay with carrying 30 pounds on your shoulder for hours at a time, there’s just no room for it. You’re going to be bumping into people all day long, so do yourself and everyone else a favor and get a small bag. Bring a cute cross body or a nice little backpack, but definitely nothing heavy or bulky. Trust me, your shoulders will thank you.
I have really bad memories involving a Chilli Cookoff event I went to in college and the port-a-potty situation. I won’t get into details (you’re welcome) but it was less than pleasant. When you’re at a music festival, when you gotta go, you gotta go, but have some Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture handy to keep you nice and clean. Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture is designed to clean better, so you’re clean & confident enough to go commando. Definitely make sure to pack these so you can rock out confidently this summer.
If you’re gunna to be outside all day, you want to make sure your makeup doesn’t start melting away after a few hours. How embarrassing would that be? Make sure you wear waterproof mascara, and check out Naked’s Skin Beauty Balm (which has SPF 20) and Urban Decay’s Makeup Setting Spray.
Sun Protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Speaking of SPF, you’re gunna want to make sure to protect yourself from the freakishly hot sun. Even if it’s overcast, YOU WILL GET BURNED if you don’t wear sunscreen. No one likes a farmer’s tan, so make sure to apply (and re-apply) sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat so you don’t burn your head. And a pair of cute sunnies are absolutely necessary.
You’re gunna be standing up a whole lot, so you want to make sure to wear comfy shoes. Because I swear to God if you take your shoes off and walk around barefoot at a music festival, I’ll hunt you down and slap you. But just to be on the safe side, pack some moleskin to help you out if you start getting a blister.
Music Festival App
Most music festivals have some kind of app that you can download. This is super handy because you’ll have access to a whole bunch of important info. You’ll be able to check out the lineup, maps where you can find food and drink stations, and other cool stuff.
Lots of water
I can’t even tell you how important this one is. You absolutely have to stay hydrated at all times, so make sure you either bring water with you or you buy some. There’s nothing attractive about passing out from heat stroke, so stay hydrated.
Portable Phone Charger
Between Snapping all of your favorite sets and posting on Instagram, your phone’s battery life is gunna die at some point. So bring a portable phone charger with you so you can stay connected to your friends and avoid getting lost in the crowd.
You can definitely rely on your phone for pictures, but if you want better quality photos, pack a camera. Tons of people bring Go-pros to music festivals so that they can record their whole experience, and that’s not a half-bad idea. There’s gunna be so much going on, and so much of it you’ll want to remember. Remember to check out the festival’s FAQ section for allowable and prohibited items, because there ARE some things that you can’t bring. Like this year at Lolla, professional cameras and selfie sticks ARE NOT allowed.
So, like, what happens if it rains? Nothing really, if you pack a poncho. Otherwise, you’re not gunna have a great time. Most music festivals still cary on if it rains, so you don’t want to miss out on your favorite artists just because you weren’t prepared. Stuff a poncho in your backpack and you’ll be ready to keep going, rain or shine.
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