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We love music here. We try to catch our favorite bands live when they’re in the area when possible. Occasionally, the opportunity for a larger show, an outdoor experience, presents itself. A couple of years ago I took a solo road trip to Ohio to go to Rock On The Range, a huge 3-day outdoor rock festival. This year I decided to make the trek to Ohio for the event once again, this time bringing my oldest along.
An outdoor music festival is a completely different experience than a small local show, or even an arena show. Here are twenty items you’ll want to be sure to bring with you this summer when you head to an outdoor concert or music festival.
Backpack – Backpacks are great because you can wear them with no real effort. some venues have lockers available, which make a nice home base where you can also store your backpack if you don’t want to wear it.
“Travel” wallet and Cash. Don’t bring your whole wallet to an event. Bring only what you need – driver’s license, tickets and cash. You want to bring cash because not all vendors or retailers accept credit and debit cards. And if there are ATMs they usually charge ridiculous fees. So be sure to have some cash on hand so you can purchase snacks and souvenirs.
Backup charger – All day festivals last many hours. It’s very likely you’ll be using your phone to provide directions to the concert, take lots of pictures, text friends to meet up, as well as call home to check in. Bring along a small portable backup charger so you can stay connected all day.
Earplugs – Concerts can get really loud, particularly if they are large events with multiple stages going. Keep a pair of earplugs in your bag for those moments where you want a little quiet.
First aid kit – Festivals get large crowds. People do fall and trip. Mosh pits and crowd surfing is also a possibility. Stash a small first aid kit in your backpack to help deal with the cuts and scrapes.
Throat lozenges – Chances are good you will be doing a good amount of singing, and perhaps even some screaming or cheering. Even if you’re on the quiet side, a couple of days in the heat may leave your throat a bit dry. Throat lozenges will help you get to feeling like yourself in no time.
Sunglasses – Many music festivals and concerts last for many hours. You don’t want to miss your favorite band because the sun is glaring down into you eyes and blinding you.
Sunblock – Speaking of the sun, you will be too busy rocking out to realize that you are getting a sunburn. On a long, hot summer day you don’t want to have a nasty sunburn that will cause you to not feel well later. Bring a tube of sunblock and apply often.
Bug spray – Lots of different bugs make an appearance on a hot summer day. Mosquitoes are the pits! Keep them out of your personal space by having a small can or tube of bug repellent with you.
Hat – A hat will also help to protect your face from the sun’s dangerous rays, as well as cut down on some of the glare.
Clothing – Wear the right clothing. Loose, lightweight white shirts are ideal for a super hot day. If it’s going to be super hot, don’t wear a long sleeved thermal shirt and jeans. If rain is in the forecast, be sure whatever you are wearing won’t become see-through. If you are going to an event that goes late into the evening, be aware of evening temps as they can drop. If it’s noticeable chillier after the sun goes down, keep a sweatshirt or long sleeved shirt in your backpack. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Open-toes shoes may be a little cooler and more fashionable than sneakers but they won’t protect your toes when you’re down front.
Rain poncho – Speaking of the rain. It’s unfortunate but it happens. Rain ponchos are super affordable (like $3 at Walmart). They’ll keep you dry and able to keep enjoying the show.
Blanket – Keep a blanket in your backpack or locker if “picnicing” is allowed at the venue and something you’d like to do.
Hand sanitizer – Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag or even on your belt loop. Bathrooms and porta-johns at these events are usually not the cleanest.
Tissues – Not only will the porta-johns not be the cleanest, they may not have toilet paper. Keep a travel size package of tissues on you and you won’t have to worry about finding a way to ask someone if they spare a square.
Baby wipes – Before you leave home, get a travel size package of baby wipes, or place some baby wipes inside a zippered plastic bag. Baby wipes are a great way to clean stick y hands, dirty faces nd other minor messes. Plus, they can help cool you off too!
Food and snacks – Food and snacks at a venue can be really expensive. And those lines! Plus, choice can be somewhat limited for some. If the venue permits concertgoers to bring in food, bringing in your own food and snacks can save you time and money. If you are bringing food, be sure to bring things that don’t require prep. Popular items include granola bars, jerky, chips, pretzels, and sandwiches.
Towel – Keep a beach towel in your car. In my experience, Murphy’s Law works overtime. It’s often quite a walk from the field/arena to your car. Getting drenched during a walk to the car may be refreshing for a hot second, but who really wants to make the three hour drive home soaking wet.
Change of shoes – Keep a second pair of shoes in the car. If it does rain you don’t want to be stuck in soggy sneaks.
Kitchen size trash bag – Keep a medium sized trash bag in your car. If it rains you now have a place to put your wet gear that doesn’t involve it sitting on your car’s carpet or upholstery for hours.
You can find many of these things already in your home, or check out online As Seen On TV retailers to get some of the newest gadgets for your next musical adventure.
Are there any essentials that you’d add to this list of items to bring to an outdoor concert?