The Music Festival Checklist: What to Bring, Wear, and Do

BY: Groupon Editors | Mar 7, 2018

Summer brings more than beach days and camping—it's also the heyday of the music festival. To make it through the season in one piece, consult this music festival checklist and learn what you should bring, wear, and do to make the most of the experience. Because nothing puts a damper on the day like a dead phone or killer sunburn.

What to Bring to a Music Festival

What to Wear to a Music Festival

A lot of factors will affect how you should dress for a music festival: the weather, the location, and, of course, your personal style. Still, these suggestions should cover most situations.

Tips for the Day

Make a plan. Sure, wandering around and discovering new bands is a great way to pass a few hours (and that's something we highly recommend—you never know when you'll see the next big thing). But if you bought that Lollapalooza ticket because you desperately want to see Arcade Fire, you don't want to miss their set.

Reapply sunscreen. You brought it, now don't forget to wear it. Remember places like the tops of your feet, ears, the nape of the neck, and any part of the body that might be exposed when you sit (like your legs) or as the day wears on (around the collar or straps of your top).

Talk to your friends about sticking together. Phone reception can get iffy when you pack thousands of people into a small space. Make sure you and a friend are keeping an eye on each other, and arrange for a place to meet up afterward in case you get separated.

Stay hydrated. Beer doesn't count. You should be chugging (H2O, not booze!) all day long. That's not to say you can't throw back a few cold ones. Lots of festivals enjoy partnerships with craft breweries—sometimes they even have a beer brewed specifically for that event (read our recommended festival beer pairings). Just remember that beer may feel thirst-quenching, but it's not. For every pint you sip, plan on drinking a corresponding amount of water, at the very least.

Now that you've finished our music festival checklist, read our guide to the characters you'll meet at every summer music festival.
BY: Groupon Editors