You’re probably the most excited you’ve ever been, right? I mean, it’s time for you to finally experience your first festival! You’ll get to hang out with all of your best buds, watch your favorite artists, and make memories that will last a lifetime. But, wait! There are some really important things you should know before you start living that tent life and posting fire selfies on the ’gram. We compiled a list filled with the knowledge you’ll need to survive your first festival.

Comfort > Everything

Fashion is definitely important; I mean, have you SEEN our amazing selection? Anyway, don’t let fashion ruin your good time. Blisters are not your friend and high heels don’t belong in the desert. For the love of beat drops, wear loose-fitting clothing so you can avoid all the unnecessary and completely avoidable chafing.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Water is your best friend when it comes to festivals. There may be lines at the water fill-ups, but it’s essential to your body, so make sure you wait it out! Grab a hydration bag and you’ll have no excuse!

Practice Makes Perfect

If you’re planning on camping, it may be beneficial for you to do a test run. No, we’re not telling you to sleep in your backyard, but we do recommend putting your tent up so you know all the ins and outs before the big day.

Speaking of Camping…

Bring toiletries! Baby wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a toothbrush, and water bottles are just a few things you may take advantage of when you’re in a house. Bring all of these with you so you can stay clean!

Make a Plan

If you’re going to a large festival, there’s a pretty good chance some of your favorite artists may be playing at the same time. Instead of having a total freak-out on the day of, sit down with your group and make a list of where you what to be at what time. This way, you know exactly who you’re seeing and you’ll eliminate the unnecessary stress.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray

You are not too cool for either of these things, as much as you may think you are. Getting sun poisoning at your first festival will not give you that sun-kissed glow you always wished for. Wear sunscreen to prevent scorching your skin and ruining a good time. Bug spray does not smell great. It’s true. But, it’s going to prevent you from getting bit by little critters that give you the itchies. Plus, everyone is going to smell like sweat anyway.

E X P L O R E

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Make new friends. Listen to new music. Experience new things. This is the perfect opportunity for you to make memories that you would have never imagined. DISCLAIMER: Though most people are at the festival for the same reason you are, please be careful about who you trust!

Decide on a Meeting Point

Talk with your friends before you head out to the greatest weekend of your life. Decide on a time of day and a meeting point when you’ll all come back together. It’s likely that your group might want to split up and head to different stages, but at the end of the day, you should all meet back up before heading out for the night. Don’t roll your eyes, we’re not suggesting a curfew—just encouraging you to stay safe.

Bring the Essentials

Every festival is different, so make sure you visit the website before attending so you can be fully prepared. That being said, here is a list of must-have items we think you could throw in your bag before adventuring:

  • $$ CASH $$ (no one wants to lose a debit card)
  • Toiletries (we already said this)
  • Towels/picnic blankets
  • Snacks
  • Solar lights

Now that you have an idea of what to expect, a list of must-haves, and the excitement of a child on Christmas, we think it’s time you venture out to the festival of your dreams. Run free and be wild.