Festival survival tips

Festivals are cool. Who doesn’t love seeing three days’ worth of music for the price of less than one concert? This year, I felt like I might be a bit too old for a three day festival that opens up the season in the Czech Republic (and is mostly attended by teenagers), but Pav convinced me. And I didn’t regret it.

Pav and I started going last year. So, if you’re not fifteen and no longer think the lack of plumbing romantic, and you want to survive these things with a little sanity, follow our tips.

  1. If you’re staying in a tent, pay extra for the VIP area. Its cleaner (no trash waiting for you as you crawl out of your tent in the morning) and chances of survival are much higher – less people means smaller chance of your skull being bashed in by a random passerby who loses his balance and falls on your tent.
  2. Be nice to your tent neighbors. You don’t want to come back at 3am to find your tent in a pile on the grass. Offer them a shot right off the bat to cultivate good relationships. When the time comes for one of them to throw up, they will be more inclined to lean the other way.
  3. Whether you’re sleeping there or not – antibacterial gel. Toilets, grass, railings…who knows what you’re going to touch. And let’s face it – best festival food is eaten by hand. This leads me to…
  4. Don’t forget to eat. It might be fried and it’s definitely far from your normal healthy food lifestyle, but let’s face it – if you’re drinking there, you want to eat.
  5. Water, water, water….do I really need to elaborate?
  6. Go to bands you don’t know or aren’t really interested in. Worst case scenario, you’ll walk away. You might also find new music you like OR you might catch the interprets attention since you will causally be standing there fairly indifferent to what’s going on onstage which will make him try to catch your attention (true story).
  7. Have fun. Dance. Because when else can you let go than in an open field in the middle of the summer with some of your favorite bands playing?
  8. Packing list: antibacterial gel, hairbrush, water, warm socks and enough hair ties. What duct tape is to some, hair ties are to others. I recommend bringing a bunch. And tissues, there can never be enough tissues. Don’t forget to check out the weather forecast to see if you need a bikini top or rain boots. Or both :)

So, send this article to your friends and check out what festivals are coming up. You might even have unexpected fun :)


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