Heading to a festival this summer? We sure are!
And if there's anything we've learned over our many, many (many) years of festival-going, it's what to bring (and what not to bring) to make your time a rocking success. Beyond the basics (ticket, blanket, dancing shoes), these are our top 10 things we bring every time to ensure magical musical awesomeness:
Item number 1
Plastic Sandwich Bag
Why, you ask? To put your smartphone in if it starts raining! Your phone stays protected, but you can still snap your favourite artist to make your friends jealous. Genius!
Item number 2
Attach your balloon to a chair or cooler at your hang-out spot so that your friends can find you easily in the crowd after they hit the beer tent or the dreaded portaloos.
Item number 3
It may not be a glamourous hack, but it could save you from some very un-glamourous concert port-a-loo situations. Pack your own and save yourself from the dreaded end-of-the-night paperless potty.
Item number 4
Food and Drinks
Whether you opt for a bag of crisps and a six-pack or a full picnic of fruit, cheese, meats, charcuterie, caviar, and the fanciest wine in all the land, bringing your own food and drinks (when allowed) is always a smart move.
Item number 5
Fun? Check. Practical? Also check. Wave them around to show your enthusiasm, or clip them to your clothes so that your friends will have no trouble finding you in the rowdy crowd of dancers.
Item number 6
Magnetic Key Holder
If you think you’ll be dancing your pants off so much that your car keys could fall out of your pockets and be lost forever, consider a magnetic key hiding device. Put your car key inside, stick it under your car boot, and dance the night away without a worry.
Item number 7
One thing we love about festivals is that you don’t have to be in your seat and paying attention at all times. You can chat, roam, and even play some games during your not-so-favourite songs.
Item number 8
Pen or Marker
Think you might want to stick around and snag an autograph after the show? Don’t expect the musicians to have a pen tucked into their guitar strings. Make it easy on them and bring your own equipment.
Item number 9
Ever been to a concert that was so loud that you actually couldn’t hear the music very well? Rock concerts can reach dangerously high decibel levels — especially near the speakers — enough to give you hearing loss. So, pack some earplugs. You’ll be able to hear the nuances of the music better, and protect your hearing. Trust us, you won’t look like a dork, you’ll look like a smart music lover.