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It is nothing like being outside for a Praise and Worship Concert… But you must be prepared so you can get your praise on without any issues.

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6 Packing Tips and Considerations for Outdoor Music Festivals

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1. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.

I know this is probably a no-brainer, but I can’t think of an easier way to ruin your trip than to not have the right clothes with you. I know you smart girls will obviously check the weather forecast, but be sure to bring a pair of leggings, a hoodie, shoes that won’t get ruined in the rain, and an anorak. That way, you’ll be covered for any sort of surprises.

Also, sunscreen is completely non-negotiable (even for African-Americans).  Oftentimes, the days with the most perfect, breezy weather lead to the worse sunburns because you don’t feel the sun roasting your skin. A swimsuit, flip flops, and a wide-brimmed hat seem like good ideas, too!

2. Have a plan for looking fabulous.

Sure, I understand that at these festivals, you spend all day (and possibly all night) outside. That said, ignoring my hygiene and appearance for four whole days is more than I can handle. Here are the best tips that I rounded up for staying fresh at festivals:

  • Pick up some bio-degradable shampoo. I’ve heard that at some nature-centric shows (like Bonnaroo and Wakarusa) you’re allowed to wash up in swimming streams as long as your products aren’t toxic to the environment. Sure it’s not ideal, but it seems like it could be an awesome way to freshen up greasy, sweaty hair in a pinch. Add some leave-in conditioner or scrunch your hair with salt spray, and you’ll be ready to go!
  • If you hate going to bed feeling sticky, baby wipes will be your new best friends. They’re the perfect way to swipe the grime away from your neck, underarms, forehead, feet, and more. Bring a full pack to leave at your campsite, then pack a few singles in plastic baggies to bring with you during the day.
  • This sounds pretty crazy, but seems like it’s worth a try. If you want to wash your face, but don’t have access to a sink, pour water into an upside down Frisbee and use it to rinse. Genius! Also, I’m sure that you could probably get away with brushing your teeth using a water bottle to rinse as well.
  • Remember your old standbys from home, dry shampoo and make-up primer. Dry shampoo will make even the dirtiest hair last another day or two (see our post on the best dry shampoos), while a good make-up primer will keep any make-up you have on from melting all over your face. I know some gals love to go make-up free, but I’m just not one of them!
  • While we’re on the subject of makeup, leave as much at home as you possibly can. You want to stick to things you can apply quickly and easily, and not bring anything that at high risk for melting. Personally, I think I’m just going to try to survive the weekend with Chapstick, highlighting powder, and waterproof mascara and eyeliner, but to each her own!
  • This is obvious, but double check to make sure you have hair ties, deodorant, contact solution, and any other essentials you think you might need.
  • Again, do not forget sunscreen! This will probably be the most important thing you pack all weekend.

Although I did plenty of research, I’m not an expert on this subject by any means. If you have any good music festival beauty tips to share with the rest of us, please leave a comment and the end of this post and tell us!

3. Pack smart.

Now isn’t the time to bring that Vera Bradley duffel you got for graduation — fancy or designer items will make you and your campsite a target for theft. Other things to keep in mind:

  • Only bring clothes that you wouldn’t be devastated if you lost or accidentally ruined.
  • Be sure to think about comfort first. I know that you want to wear that adorable crocheted halter top you just bought, but would you really want to spend all day tugging at your uncomfortable strapless bra?
  • Double check that your shoes won’t give you blisters, your shorts don’t chafe your legs, and the tops your wear don’t require constant adjustment.
  • It would probably be a smart idea to have bandages, feminine products, aspirin, granola bars, Gatorade, and a couple extra water bottles tucked in your bags as well.

4. Have your essentials with you at all times.

Carry a small backpack, a cross-body purse, or even a fanny pack with you during the day and use it to store your cell phone, camera, cash, ID, keys, and anything else that’s crucial with you. Your regular purse won’t work — you’ll want to have your hands free, and not risk accidentally setting it somewhere and forgetting about it. I hear that these concerts are generally very peaceful and safe — most people are just there to listen to music and have a great time. But, at the same time, it’s important to be prepared and cognizant of the people around you. Speaking of which…

5. Safety first!

Any event that draws thousands of people will attract a handful of shady characters; It’s super-important that you use the buddy system and stay very aware of your surroundings. Here are a few general rules to follow:

  • Concert festivals are a great place to meet people, but don’t go back to another person’s campsite without one of your friends.
  • Be careful about wandering too far away from main areas, and schedule specific meeting times for your group in case your cell phone dies.
  • Don’t carry too much cash with you, and be sure not to flash it around at vendors.
  • Don’t accept food or drinks from people you don’t know. If you start to feel weird or sick, tell a friend or security guard immediately and have them take you to the first aid tent.
  • Remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

6. Embrace the experience.

You’ll never be able to duplicate an experience like an outdoor concert festival. Be sure to explore all aspects and really soak up the whole event.

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Have fun see you Saturday!