Smart Festival Partying Tips

My best friend, Emily and I have made Pemberton Music Festival our annual summer vacation. In addition to this we also go to a lot of different outdoor music festivals like the Squamish music festival and the Vans Warped Tour. Over some time, we’ve managed to collect some useful tips and advice for going to these types of music events and I thought it would be helpful to make it into a blog post.

Often, music festivals take place over the summer time so it can be insanely hot. The most important thing you will need to carry with you at all times is water. A lot of these outdoor concert venues are equipped with water filling stations so what you’ll need to bring with you is a water bottle. When I say water bottle, I don’t mean an empty Aquafina bottle. I mean a heavy duty, bottle, the kind that you would bring to a long 8-kilometre hike. I find it even more helpful if your water bottle comes equipped with a clip so that you can attach it to a bag while you’re moving about and dancing. Another option is to bring a Camelbak. for those who don’t know what that is, it is a small pouch roughly the size of a small backpack can fill up to 2 litres of water. With the Camelbak you’ll never have to worry about running out of water or missing your favourite band’s set because you are waiting in line to refill your water bottle.

Sun protection is also one of the top 10 things you will need to consider when going to an outdoor music festival. You would think that this is an obvious tip but I have so many friends who get awful sunburns from forgetting to put on sunscreen. Even if you don’t typically get burnt, I still think it is a good idea to have on a sunscreen with at least 30spf. What I like to do is to carry around a small bottle of spray of sunscreen so that I can reapply it throughout the day. In addition to sunscreen, sunglasses are also crucial. I strongly advise everyone to leave their favourite pair of fancy $300 Rayban sunglasses at home. The reason why I say this is because there is a 90% chance that you will become a drunken idiot and lose or break them. I usually like to bring 2 pairs of crappy sunglasses that I wouldn’t cry over if I lost.

Always arrange a meeting spot at the end of the night just in case your phone dies and you get separated from your friends. Also, make it a site specific spot. For example, my friends and I decided that our meeting spot if we ever got separated was the “Big Daisy” which was a large prop in front of the port-a-potties. Or, you could be extra smart and pack a portable charger if your phone ever dies. Personally, I don’t own one of these but my friend, Grace brought hers to the festival and it came in very handy when someone’s phone ran out of battery.

Lastly, here are some tidbits that you have the option of bringing. A bandana, I know that it looks dumb but trust me, they come in so handy. Keep in mind, festival grounds are usually dry and very dusty, that is why bandanas are so useful. If you spray the bandana with a little bit of water and then tie it around your mouth it makes breathing a little easier. Hand sanitizers and tissues are also useful just because a lot of times the port-a-potties don’t have these things. A mini flashlight can also be very useful. It tends to become very dark at night and it is handy to have it as a backup.

This sums up my advice on smart partying when it comes to an outdoor festival. The only thing I have to say is to be safe and to drink lots of water if you’re out partying this summer. I almost forgot to say that the last thing to remember is just to have fun. However be smart and conscious about your decisions and to not do anything that would put you, your health, or your friends at danger.

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