Festival season is in full swing and we are bursting with excitement we get closer and closer to Coachella weekend. Being immersed in a festival is an experience unparalleled to any other – and if you’re prepping for your first one, you may not know what to expect or where to begin. The Free People office is filled with seasoned festival-goers, so I thought it would be fun and helpful to share some festival tips from these wise minds! Do you have any festival tips? Share them below!
Instead of a shoulder bag, bring a lightweight yet spacious backpack. LIFESAVER. It holds everything you need, including a cardigan/sweater for night when it gets cold, snacks, camera, sunscreen, etc., so then you can still DANCE, DANCE, DANCE the night away and not feel weighed down by your shoulder bag. :)
Our web production assistant:
Bring a small booklet where you can write down who you want to see and what stages they are on. Try to pick your favorites and, if they are on different stages, leave time to walk there. If you don’t know the artist playing before your favorite act, go anyway! You might really like them and you will be there early enough to get a closer spot to your favorite act. Bring layers in your backpack to wear when it gets cold, and if you have free time in late afternoon use that time to change into them. This might make your pack heavier in the morning but it will be totally worth it when you can stay and dance til the very end of the festival. Don’t be afraid to talk to people around you and meet new people. I met some of my best friends at festivals!
Our PR intern:
Wear a scarf or sarong that can double as something to sit on, eat a healthy breakfast, and wear cute sunglasses with no makeup. Disposable cameras are fun, don’t look at your phone, and make sure you get a pedicure because shoes aren’t allowed.
Drink water, wear sunscreen, surround yourself with the ones you love and let the music carry you home. :)
Establish a meeting place with your friends in case your group gets separated because cell phone service might be sparse. It’s also helpful to have a “crew stick” – like a recognizable flag to raise into the air so that you can find your group!
I always like to have a light scarf with me – no matter what the festival you’ll find a use for it. If it gets chilly at night you’ll be grateful for it, and if it’s Bonnaroo you’ll use it to keep from inhaling dust…I usually end up wearing it as a headband or using it to cover up dirty, messy hair. :)
Hydrate. You might need to put some sunscreen on top of your head, too.
Tell us your festival tips below!
Photos by Brigette