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So for all of you who haven't made it out to a music festival yet might have a whole lot of questions. Your mind is boggled. What to expect? What are musts to bring into festival to ensure ultimate survival? What can to do to avoid heat stroke. Is it possible to look cute while still being gross and sweaty from dancing in the sun all day? What shoes should you be wearing? Body jewels or flash tattoos or henna or everything? Hair up or hair down? No bra or bra? To bring snacks or to not bring snacks? So many questions, so little time. Usually, when it gets down to it, there really is no real way to prepare for a full weekend of music festival madness, because you can be sure to always run into the unexpected. You will definitely be thrown off your game, but this just ensures ultimate music festival radness. Here are some tips from me to you, from my own experience, of course. I'm no music festival pro, but with four Coachella festivals in a row under my belt now, I think I have learned a little something to say the least. And thanks to American Eagle Outfitters, my weekend was made even better. Hope my little tips help!
Get your group together BEFORE heading into the festival. It makes it far easier to make plans within the festival throughout the day, such as setting up meeting points after certain shows, etc. Especially since the service is so bad int he festival, it's best to have an idea of what everyone's plans and directions are before getting inside. And make sure everyone sticks to the plan!
Drink a lot of water and pee before going into the festival. It'll keep you from getting too dehydrated early on, and the bathrooms aren't the greatest in the festival, so the less you have to use them the better.
Check the weather ahead of time while packing. It will always be hot during the day, but you never know once night hits. Layering pieces like a plaid shirt or a denim jacket will always be a must. These can also double as blankets for the grass if needed.
Bring sunscreen with you. Apply before and during. A burn on the shoulders, nose, etc. is never fun. Carry around a little stick applicator of SPF. It's light and easy to use.
I totally believe in swimsuits under your outfit during music festivals. You never know when it's going to get too hot, and you're gonna want to take some layers off. I love a bikini with an interesting neckline paired with shorts or mini skirt combination. When the heat is high, anything goes. Live and dress free!
Bags! Cross body bags or backpacks are the best bet. You will want full use of both your arms while dancing to your favorite band! Don't let overpacking weigh you down either. Bring just the bare necessities . . . like lip balm, your ID and a phone recharger!
Listen to some of the bands on the lineup that you have never heard of before heading to the festival. You never know who else is out there that you will love! Music festivals are the best reason to discover some new, awesome music.
When it comes to day drinking . . . PACE. YOURSELF. PEOPLE. You don't want to be passed out asleep on the grass in the middle of a huge crowd during the headlining act. Especially since it was that band you were waiting to see all day. Sip your drinks slow, enjoy the company, and keep the buzz going at a steady pace. I've been at festivals before and taken shots before noon. WORST IDEA EVER. It's never worth it in the end to get too crazy. Don't you want to remember your festival memories?
Everyone thinks that music festival dressing has to be over the top and bohemian to the max. You know I love anything boho (see crochet dress by American Eagle Outfitters featured here), but I also love some more toned down, minimal looks for festival season. If you want to keep it more simplistic for a music filled weekend, but still want to embody that free spirit feeling, then accessories are where it's all at. Chokers, layers of long and short necklaces, piled on bracelets and rings, a hat with a standout brim, a sick belt and sunnies combination. This way you can keep true to yourself, but still fit in with the vibe of the weekend that everyone loves.
Here's to more music festivals to come!