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5 Tips For Summer Music Festival Season

5 Tips For Summer Music Festival Season

With summer comes swimming, heat, the sunshine, and (my personal favorite) outdoor music festivals. If you’re not going to one of these 20 outdoor music festivals, perhaps you’re preparing to go to one of the other hundreds that happen in the U.S. and Canada every year. If you’re really lucky, maybe you’re even headed to your first one ever.

Whether you’re new, a veteran, or somebody that likes to dabble here and there, here are 5 ways to make sure your outdoor music festival season goes off without a hitch.

1. Set Up A Comfortable Tent and Sleeping Gear

When it comes to festival camping gear, you have different options to choose from. Budget campers like myself might opt for a small tent, but beware: just because it says it will comfortably fit three people doesn’t mean it actually will. Mine claims that a trio could sleep like babies, wrapped up in its innards, but in reality, it might fit one and a half. My significant other and I are cuddlers, so it was no problem. However, if you’re going with your best mate and spooning isn’t on your “guys’ festival-to-do-list”, opt for a larger tent. A good rule of thumb is to divide by two, so if you’ve got two people, shoot for a tent that claims to comfortably fit four.

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    Of course, this doesn’t account for all of the stuff you may be bringing with you. Some people recommend a four-person tent for those who want a lot of space and perhaps the addition of an air mattress. If you don’t go the air mattress route, you’ll want to consider throwing down a foam mattress pad, or at the very least a heap of blankets to soften a night or two of dirt and rocks you’ll be sleeping on.

    Another tip: make sure you know how to set your tent up before you embark!

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      2. Bring an Easy-Up Living Room for Rain or Shine

      Whether or not you’re going with a big group of people, you’ll still want a place to comfortably chill when you’re not in the festival grounds dancing your faces off. Lay down some old rugs for carpets, deploy the easy up canopy, and kick back in a lawn chair or two. Pack a couple of blankets in case you get cold at night, and remember to bring coolers to keep your food and drinks cold during the day.

      Folding tables also help keep things out of the dirt and grime, but they’re not essential. Basically, just bring all the things you’d want with you if you were spending a cozy night in your own backyard, minus the fire pit.

      Professional tip: Remember to clean while you party! Festival camping gets dirty, and trash bags are your best friend. Pack it in, pack it out.

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        Of course, if you have access to a mobile home, that’s also a fantastic commodity to utilize. A house on wheels that has a bathroom will save you from using the port-a-potties every time you have to relieve yourself. Additionally, most people forget that they don’t have easy access to electricity while camping, so a car battery will definitely do the trick if you need juice. Extra points for those who have solar panel roofing on their rig or simply bring their own solar charger.

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          3. Pack the Right Food and Drinks

          Everybody has to eat, right? When it comes to the food you bring, you’ll want to bring solid food that you can easily pack and store in a cooler. Not all festivals are going to have outdoor grilling areas, only some do (for example, What the Festival generally does). Unless you’re bringing your own portable grill, don’t pack anything that you wouldn’t eat if you couldn’t warm it up. My suggestion is to pack some junk food.

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          Remember that you’re going to probably dance all day and all night. Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples, and watermelons, all represent great health food packed with energy and water. Fighting dehydration is a major festival concern. Jerky, cheese, and granola bars are also great sources of energy.

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            Water is just as important to remember to pack, as food or at least receptacles/containers for storing it. Hydration packs are great for festivals because they double as a backpack as well as an H2O container. Athletic kinds of people like runners, campers, and bicyclists may already have them.

            When it comes to non-water beverages, remember that alcohol purchased inside festival grounds is going to cost an arm and a leg. First of all, if you plan on drinking, make sure you’re not mixing alcohol and other substances because you’ll have a bad time. Second of all, consider bringing your own bottles and mixers because they’ll be literally three times cheaper. Also, if you plan simply you can still create mixed drinks like margaritas at a much lower cost.

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              4. Festival Attire & Accessories

              I cannot stress enough, when it comes to not only clothing and accessories, but also to your camping gear, check the weather before you embark. If it’s going to be warm, pack accordingly. If it’s going to rain, bring a poncho or a waterproof jacket. Remember, if you’re going to dance hard, you’re probably going to soak your clothes in sweat. Bring at least two pairs of clothes for each day you’re going to be there, not including jackets and extra warming layers. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and it will definitely take up more room, but if you want the safest bet, that’s the way to go.

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                Of course, as we’ll see in the next section, you’re going to want to bust out your flair and get weird. Gaudy jewelry, face paint, masks, and footie pajamas tend to work for most people. A word on footie pajamas (or the “onesie” as it’s lovingly referred to as): I used to think wearing it was just a stupid fashion statement by the EDM crowd, but it turns out that onesies are actually nice and toasty when it’s cold out.

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                  Another important item that too many people forget is the all-important totem. Now, not everybody is going to need one, but if you’re going in a group, at least one person in your crew is going to need a proper totem. These are generally just really tall poles with signs on them, and while they’re usually entertaining, they also serve a more important purpose. When you’re in a crowd of 5,000 plus people, finding your friends is hard unless they’re flying a 15-foot totem that lets you know where they are at all times. Don’t forget a totem, unless you’re okay with getting lost and separated from your friends for a whole night.

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                    5. Have a Good Attitude and Prepare to Get Weird

                    The last but most important thing you’ll want to remember to bring to a festival is a good attitude. Things aren’t always going to go as planned, sometimes it will be too cold, and other times it will dump rain on you for 12 hours straight (What the Festival 2016). Remember, the only person able to make you have a bad time is yourself. With the right attitude, you can overcome any obstacle and remain happy about anything.

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                      Another thing to remember is that people at these festivals run around naked, and do all kinds of weird things. A friend, I like to go with to the music festivals has a tradition of brushing his teeth with whiskey and swallowing the mouth-goop mixture instead of spitting it out (don’t want to waste whiskey now!). The point is that if you’re going to go to one of these festivals, be prepared to get weird.

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                      I’m not saying you have to run around naked while doing weird things and brushing your teeth with whiskey to fit in with the crowd. I’m just saying that if you’re not prepared for weird behavior around you, you might be a tad bit uncomfortable. My advice? Be weird yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone a little bit. Shed the assumptions that you’ve been unknowingly burdened with by society and go a little crazy. You might be surprised at how liberated you feel.

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                        Bonus Tip: It’s Okay to be Frugal!

                        Festival tickets tend to cost a lot of money. For example, attendees of the pricey EDC Las Vegas spent anywhere between $900 and $1200 for their trips and tickets (not including camping costs). I’ll probably be going to five festivals altogether this year, which may cost a little more than that (I have my ways, though).

                        The point is, when you’re camping, you have the ability to be more frugal, spending less on hotel rooms, fancy drinks, $15 packs of cigarettes, and more on your own gear. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with spending money on festivals. Research has shown that many people don’t regret spending money on good experiences. So, if you can’t do it on the cheap, don’t fret; you’ll probably still have a good time anyway.

                        Conclusion

                        Above all, remember to be safe this festival season. Take the same precautions as if you were going to summer camp — bites, rashes, dehydration and heat exhaustion can all be major concerns. EDC 2016 had a zero death count, the lowest for the first time in three years. Here’s to hoping that the trend carries over to other festivals.

                        Peace, love, respect, and enjoy your festival season!

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                        35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

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                        Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                        But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                        The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                        While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                        While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                        If You’re Staying In

                        1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                        2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                        3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                        4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                          • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                          • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                          • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                          • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                            • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                            • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                            • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                              • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                              If You Want to Get Away

                              1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                              2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                              3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                  • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                  • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                  New & Exciting Experiences

                                  1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                  2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
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                                    • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                    • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                    • Experience white water rafting.
                                    • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                    • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                      • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                      • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                        • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                        • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                        • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                        Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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