Preparing for a camping music festival can oftentimes be like preparing for summer camp; though you don't want to overpack and get stuck lugging around your belongings like you just got kicked out of your girlfriend's apartment, you also don't want to be unprepared. Camping music festivals can oftentimes be unpredictable, what with the unreliable weather conditions, crazy crowds, and the loads of drunk people who could easily mistake your tent for theirs. To make your camping festival experience all the more enjoyable, we've compiled this list of hacks that will make your three-day weekend of partying and nonstop music one of the best of the summer.
Of course, it's understandable to ask yourself before embarking on such a crazy journey: how the hell does one make it through the weekend without a bed? How do you not lose all of your friends immediately? How do you avoid getting stuck in mud like a truck at a monster truck rally? While the idea of a camping music festival can be intimidating, the solutions to many of the problems that crop up over the weekend are not. Whether it's employing a buddy system, making friends with your neighbors, or making your campsite as homey as possible, any one of these suggestions will make you want to keep returning year after year. Now go ahead and get down with your bad self, because these camping music festival hacks will pretty much guarantee a safe and fun weekend. If you're wondering where to try out these ideas, check out our list of the best US festival lineups of 2020.
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Prepare for Any Type of Weather
Yeah, we know that the forecast said clear skies, but it's better to be prepared for torrential downpour than not. Be sure to bring a pair of boots you don't mind destroying, a poncho to protect the festi outfit you spent weeks picking out, and a light, down jacket for the chilly nights.
And we know that the rain cover on your tent is a hassle to put on, but the extra five minutes setting it up will save your belongings in case of a sudden shower.Is this a good tip?
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Placement of Your Tent Is Everything
Avoid camping downhill or on a slant; if the weather goes south over the course of the weekend, the last thing you want to deal with is being woken up by a flash flood destroying all of your belongings. Stay away from walkways as well in order to avoid having people trample through your campground. And most importantly, camp away from the stage!
Though it's more convenient to camp closer to the music, when you do eventually try to catch some zzz's, the last thing you want to hear is blaring music and rowdy crowds.Is this a good tip?
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Set Up Your Camp Upon Arrival and Then Explore!
Do not leave setting up camp till the last minute! We get it; after a long drive and a torturous trek to the campsite, you'll want to drop all your belongings on a plot of land and immediately start grooving. But setting up a tent in the dark is not the business, and having a little oasis to come back to after a long night of dancing will make the experience much less chaotic.
Plus once you're all set up, you can take the rest of the afternoon to explore the grounds, find shortcuts, and map out your adventures for the evening.Is this a good tip?
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Research Bands Before AttendingRather than just going for the main headliners, it's important to research the lesser-known bands on the bill as well. While yes, the main attractions are an important factor in buying a pricey ticket, the obscure groups usually have more to prove, and therefore will be motivated to put on a great show. And who knows, you may just leave the festival with a new favorite band.Is this a good tip?