For the past three years, music festivals have been a big part of my life. I have traveled to different countries and have had the best experiences. I’ve met new people, tried new food, and discovered new music. That being said, I know a thing or two about preparing for these events. This weekend, I’ll be attending Malasimbo and I’m in the middle of getting everything in order before we head out on Friday morning. Let me share with you what I have planned for the next day or so.
Check the weather
You can’t always expect the weather to be bright and sunny when you’re at a festival. A few years ago, I made that mistake and didn’t dress appropriately. Long story short, I ended up drenched and without a raincoat. Double checking the weather will help you plan what you’re going to wear and bring with you each day of the festival.
Get looks together
I don’t really like to plan outfits ahead too much because I never know how I’m going to feel that day. However, it is always good to have a few options in mind. This way, you don’t overpack—although I always do—and getting ready will be faster. Since you’ll be planning for a festival at least a month in advance, you have so much time to do this. Personally, I’ve shopped sale racks, saved clothes, and had pieces made. It’s also good to have the festival in the back of your mind when you’re shopping so you can add bits and pieces as the event draws nearer. Also check out local brands, most of them have designs that are perfect for festivals—and everyday life.
If the festival you’re heading to has a lot of stops, I suggest booking everything in advance. If you have to take multiple modes of transportation, get ready. Usually, there are scheduled buses and boats, but I always prefer buying tickets ahead of time or even booking a private option. That way, we’re not all stressed on the way to the grounds. Trust me, everything will run so smoothly if you do this.
Get your fanny pack ready
For all the festivals I’ve been to, I’ve always relied on a fanny pack for my essentials. I suggest getting one with multiple compartments so you can easily segregate and organize your things. Also look for a bag that has big zipper hoops. I use these to clip extras like a small water bottle, fan, and my reusable Kleen Kanteen cup. This also keeps your hands free so you can tear up the dance floor.
Bring all the cash
All festivals use different types of payment methods. Some go cashless with RFID bracelets and others use a chit system. Whatever the case, it’s always best to have extra cash with you so you can easily top up or convert it. Some grounds do have ATMs on sight but in case they don’t, at least you’re ready.
Art by Marian Hukom
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