Concert and festival season is in full swing. Unfortunately, so is the heat. In a highly populated, high-energy, high-temperature setting like an outdoor music festival, there are a few things you’re going to want to take into consideration.
Dress lightly – Not just light clothing, but light colors. You favorite band t-shirt might be black, but it isn’t a good idea to wear it. You’ll get a lot hotter a lot faster. Bleached (white) as opposed to dyed (colored) t shirts generally breathe a lot better, and absorb less heat.
Wear the right shoes – Sandals are comfortable and cool, but they may not be the best idea. Remember, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking and/or standing, and there’ll be plenty of other people doing the same thing. If somebody steps on your foot, and you’re wearing flip-flops, it’s going to ruin your day. Pick a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes.
Take water – For the love of God, do NOT ignore this one. Many festivals and events feature free water bottle refills during the summer, but it’s never a good idea to trust this. If there’s anything you take with you, it had better be water. You can’t enjoy your favorite band if you’re dead.
Take a backpack – If you’re the kind of person that likes to be prepared, this is an excellent idea. Water, a change of clothes, a towel, food, and – depending on who you are – the nuclear football are all things you may need. Believe it or not, the vast majority of summer festivals and concerts will have no problem with a concert goer carrying a backpack. Just make sure it isn’t overwhelmingly heavy.
Go unarmed – You may be the type of individual that carries. Whether it’s a firearm via a legal concealed carry permit, or a pocket knife, it’s really not a good idea. In a high-adrenaline setting like a festival, it becomes very easy for two people to antagonize each other. Carrying a weapon of any kind is just not a good idea. It adds to an already tense situation, and changes the stakes too dramatically. If you’re the kind of person that’s absolutely got to have something as a security blanket, try getting your hands on a Koga by Cold Steel. It’s exactly the right kind of potency you’ll want should the worst case scenario come to pass, but it avoids the grave implications that come with carrying a blade or a firearm.
Sunglasses and a hat – It’s hot and it’s bright out. This shouldn’t be a difficult decision to make. If you’ve got dark hair, you want a light-colored hat. Polarized sunglasses are also preferable to gas-station cheapies, but there’s nothing wrong with a regular pair.