If you've already purchased your summer music festival tickets, now it's time to pack the essentials and get moving. In addition to having a map of the festival grounds -- being constantly lost isn't fun for anyone -- you should always come prepared with some key items that will make your experience a little be more comfortable. These will work just fine for Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, Lollapalooza or whenever you're headed.
Unless your version of attending a summer music festival is actually attending an underground rave, there's a 100 percent that you'll be exposed to the elements. Sunscreen is essential, if you want to avoid heading home looking like a lobster, or wincing in pain for the last two days of your three-day music binge. Practice safe sun, with SPF 30 or higher, kids.
Comfortable Shoes And Clothing
You'll be walking -- a lot, and the last thing you need while trekking across fields or beaches to catch your favorite band on time, is to be dealing with blisters, or limping because your foot hurts so much that you just can't do it. Piggyback rides are fun, but only for about five minutes. Do yourself a solid and pack those tried-and-true jelly sandals that you can count on. No go on the wedges. When it comes to clothing, same rules applies: Go for comfortable, and pack a few extra tanks or tees in case you need to change more than anticipated.
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It's worth it, I promise. By the time you send two Snapchat videos and one Instagram photo, your phone will be at 24 percent battery. Pack a portable charger so you can keep sharing every single moment, to make your friends at home jealous.
Reusable Water Bottle
It's important to stay hydrated when you're dancing in the sunshine all day, and you probably won't want to shell out bills for overpriced bottles of water at the concession stands. Pack a portable, easy-to-clean water bottle that you can refill and keep it moving. This will also come in handy when you're getting a little filthy from the sand, dust and sweat. A quick rinse, if you will.
This one is a no-brainer, but don't be silly and bring out your $300 Chanel glasses because you want to look cool. The cheap, $10 knockoffs will do just fine, because there's a good chance you'll dent or break these in the festival madness, and then you won't have to go home angry.
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At a music festival, disposable wipes (get some anti-bacterial wipes, too) are just as essential as having water or air to breathe. You can't run to a sink every time your hands get sticky, you spill a drink on your legs, or someone sweaty rubs up against you, so these come in handy for an easy refresh. A roll of toilet paper won't hurt, either. Have you ever seen the inside of a porta-potty during a festival? 'Nuff said.
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Hopefully, there's no rain on your parade, but you never know what will happen. Just to be safe, pack a small poncho in your bag that you can unfold and throw on in the middle of a show if necessary. Getting wet isn't the end of the world, but being soaking wet for the rest of the day sucks.
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Even if you're not camping, these come in handy. Stick a couple of portable chairs in the back of your car, and eventually they'll be useful when you're sick of standing around or sitting in the dirt. Maybe you want to dance your heart out for Mumford & Sons and just hang in the back, taking in the atmosphere for SBTRKT. If the chair is too much of a hassle, blankets work just as well.
Yes, of course you can purchase food at the concession stands, but it's not cheap and after awhile your stomach might be fed up of deep-fried everything. Before you enter the festival grounds, throw a few apples and some granola bars in your bag. You can snack between shows to keep your energy up, and when it's all over, you can treat yourself to a lavish meal before the long journey back home.