The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide: How to Make the Most Out of Your Experience

Alas ladies! It is #FestivalSeason! Festivals are prime opportunities to not only make the most amazing memories that you will talk about forever, but you also get to let your inner boho-hippie-rockstar self out to play. Literally, I think the MS team and I agree that this is one of our most favorite times of the year. Whether it is a music festival, wine, food, or cultural festival - there is a method to making the most out of it. If you're down for learning the Mostly Sugar way of surviving festivals and having the time of your life, no worries - we've got you covered!

Survival Tip #1: Go With the Right People

Let's face it. Your crew can make or break your festival experience. You have to go with friends who are like you and are flexible. It makes no sense at all to invite your quite friend who hates crowds to a festival unless that is your vibe as well. Not only will you make them uncomfortable, but you will miss out on opportunities of networking and enjoying yourself to the fullest. Festivals are for having fun so choose a group or friend that is down for whatever you are. 

Survival Tip #2: Bring Enough Cash

Plan to spend money at these events. There will be plenty of vendors and although it is 2016, a lot of the vendors may not take cards. Bring plenty of cash to avoid long lines at ATMs + additional service fees. The rule of thumb is to bring $50 more than you expect to spend. You should have more than enough cash rather than not enough.

Survival Tip #3: Stay Hydrated

It is easy to get dehydrated at these kind of events. Especially if alcohol is involved. Make sure you are hydrated before you get there and keep a water source on you at all times. There will be plenty of walking, dancing, and sweating so you want to make sure you are replenishing your body with fluids. Dehydration is not a joke and it will surely ruin your experience.

Survival Tip #4: Bring Travel Wipes

Yes. The dreaded moment of having to use the porta-potty and there is absolutely no tissue. Avoid it, ladies, avoid it. Pick up a pack of travel wipes that can slip into your clutch. The last thing you want to do is try to drip dry in one of those should-be-forbiddenly-awful porta-potties. Come prepared.

Survival Tip #5: Pack Light & Efficient

I do not recommend a large bag full of your whole life because in less than an hour of being at the festival, you are going to want to ditch it. Pack light with a cross-body bag. All you need to bring along is 

Survival Tip #6: Reserve Your Battery

The first thing you are going to want to do is flick it up for the 'gram and snap your every move. DON'T. Seriously. You want to reserve your phone battery as long as you can. Take a few photos and maybe a short video or two and then put it away. The worst thing is being at a festival with a dead phone. You may need it to find someone or vice versa. Here are some tips to reserve you phone battery:

  • Keep your phone on silent. Vibrate and sound drains your battery. Just make sure you periodically check it.
  • Close all running apps. Your notifications can wait.
  • Take off the GPS and WiFi. Your phone will drain battery trying to find signals.
  • Turn the backlight all the way on dim.
  • Avoid frequent checks for time. Each time you press the home button to look at your phone it is draining battery.
  • Turn on battery saving mode.
  • If you are not expecting any calls or texts, place it on Airplane mode.

Survival Tip #7: If In A Group - Have a Buddy System

If you are in a group of 4 or more, have a buddy system. That means that if you or your buddy have to use the (disgusting) potty or want to check out another vendor, you have someone with you at all times. This can also maximize your experience if half of your group want to check out one band and the other half want to go get some food. You can take turns so you can keep your sweet spot at the front of the stage.

Survival Tip #8: Dress Cute, but Comfortable

This may break your heart, but if you are going anywhere near grass at the festival (more than likely you will) do not wear open toes. I know, I know... you just bought those fab gladiators that you wanted to wear right? All of the latest style articles say go for it right? From experience - if you want them to still look fab when it is over and prevent muddy, filthy toes - wear closed toes. There will probably be drunk people spilling drinks and not so great dancers stepping on your toes. Be prepared.

As far as clothes - anything goes! Just be cute and comfortable. The reason why most people usually choose to go boho or hippie style is not only because it is sooo cute, but because the clothes are slightly loose and thin enough to allow plenty of breeze in. Festival season is warm so stick to cute flowy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, shorts, open-back tops, tanks, and clothes of that nature. Also, you can really pile up the accessories. Here are a few articles that will show you just what to look for when shopping for festival-wear:

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Survival Tip #9: Be Safe & Live it Up

I'm going to sound like a mom here, but don't take random drinks from strangers, don't let Hairy Bob give you an "advil", don't wander off drunk (or period), and don't do anything or let your friends do anything you or they (or both) will regret in the morning. Other than that - live it up, girlfriend! Let loose and be free. That is what the Mostly Sugar life is all about - embracing the good times. 

I am sure if you remember these survival tips for Festival Season, you are sure to have a great time! Do you have any tips to add? Go ahead and leave them in the comments below.