Camping before a concert is one of the best parts of the experience, but it is also one of the hardest. It is very easy to slip up and forget some of the most important things until you get there, and you’ll have to pay a lot more for what you need.
Since it is so easy to forget what you need, here are some tips in order to survive camping before a concert.
Bring water and food from home
Even if you are going to be in an area where you can buy food and drinks, you will want to bring it from home. Buying anything in an area around a venue is incredibly expensive, and it is also hard to get in and out of line closer to showtime.
If you are sitting in line from three in the morning until almost seven at night, you are going to need a lot to drink and a lot to eat. The best thing to do is bring a case of water, sandwiches you made at home and a lot of snacks with protein. Make sure you stay hydrated in line; the pit will be extremely hot.
Bring external batteries
You are going to be outside all day; you are not going to be able to charge your phone anywhere. Bring a portable charger or three. Once the concert starts, if your phone is dead, you will regret not being able to take the photos or videos you wanted to.
Instead of draining your phone’s limited battery all day, bring games to play in line. Playing games is also a good way to make friends with people around you in line. You are going to be surrounded by these people all day, so you should be friendly.
Some of the best games to bring are games that you can play with a large group. Everyone around is wanting to pass time so that they can get to the show.
Go to the bathroom
Once you are in the official line, there is no leaving. Go to the bathroom way more than you think you actually need to. Losing your spot in line because you have to go to the bathroom is the worst nightmare of someone who has waited in line all day.
In the pit, leaving to go to the bathroom will be almost impossible. So go to the bathroom right before the official line starts, and be prepared.
Dress up, and have fun
The most important tip to surviving camping is having fun. Camping is only worth your time if you enjoy it. The best way to do so is to enjoy the people around you, put on crazy makeup and keep your eyes off of your phone.
Using your phone is the easiest way to pass time while sitting in line, but camping out for a concert is an experience that you entirely miss if you sit with your head in your phone. Spending time with other people so passionate about music is the best part of camping, and it makes sitting in line all day worth it.