Identity Magazine is all about achieving within your life and careerâ€”especially when it comes to having fun. If you’re heading to a festival, you’ll want to read these top tips for the best festival experience.
8 Music Festival Must-Haves
Whether youâ€™re a seasoned veteran or a first-time festival goer, it never hurts to read through a checklist of essential, must-have items to pack for your music festival.
Which one youâ€™re attending makes no difference; Lalapalooza, Coachella and Stagecoach fans alike should all be bringing these items along (or risk being majorly bummed)
Itâ€™s hot out there. Forgetting to bring SPF can earn you a major sunburn which might be severe enough to ruin your weekend (and create enough permanent damage to last you a lifetime).
Most festivals donâ€™t allow aerosol sprays inside, so opt for the creamy kind. Pro tip: when youâ€™re packing your lip balm, make sure it includes a minimum of SPF 15 to prevent your lips from getting chapped.
Shade can be hard to come by, so be sure to bring a hat to provide yourself some relief from those intense desert rays.
Sunglasses are also imperative to shield out the sun; bring a pair that offers actual protectionâ€”those translucent, colorful shades that are currently in trend wonâ€™t do anything for you.
Youâ€™ll also want something to cover your nose and mouth to protect your respiratory system from the copious amount of dust. Bring a scarf or bandana or risk coughing up black for a week after.
Whatever type of phone you have or whatever prowess you think it has does not matterâ€”it will die at the music festival. And pics or it didnâ€™t happen, right? But in all seriousness, youâ€™re going to want your phone, if not for social media then for practical reasons such as contacting your friends amongst 100,000 people.
You might be able to find a charging station throughout the festival, but you should just bring your own portable power bank instead. Itâ€™s always smart to have an established meeting spot if anyone gets lostâ€”just in case.
Your Fitbit will be happy as you log steps across the campgrounds; your feet will be happy if you were smart enough to pack comfortable shoes. Do not sacrifice comfortability in the name of fashion when it comes to your foot ware.
Bring practical shoes that provide support; otherwise you could be mad at yourself by day one. Pro tip: if youâ€™re buying a new pair of comfortable shoes, be sure to break them in beforehand or watch out for painful blisters to follow.
If youâ€™re all about the fashion component of music festivals, thatâ€™s fine, but we recommend making accessories your top priority. Theyâ€™re far cheaper to buy than purchasing entire ensembles, and they offer far more creative possibilities.
Wearing something thatâ€™s cute and trendy wonâ€™t be â€œcoolâ€ if it lacks sun protection, comfortability, or support. Instead, stand out within a sea of bohemia using bangles, earrings and watches for women.
Desert climates are prone to severe temperature changes; it can reach near the triple digits during the day and dip into the 60â€™s at night. Bring a jacket or appropriate nighttime wear to prevent getting chilly at night.
If youâ€™re camping this year instead staying of staying in off-site accommodations, keep this in mind and be sure to bring enough warmth to sustain you through the night (youâ€™re going to need that sleep!).
We recommend bringing a Camelbak to keep on your person for easy hydration; sip it throughout the day and refill it as needed.
Remember that everything is much more expensive once youâ€™re inside the gate. Even if you donâ€™t bring a hydration pack, be sure to hang on to any water bottle you buy and continue to repurpose it at the refill stations.
Camelbaks are convenient because they also offer storage space, which youâ€™re definitely going to need (to store all these items in, for example). Unless you have someone to carry everything for you, youâ€™ll want a backpack or purse to have your belongings on hand.
If you want to feel free and unencumbered, rent a locker instead. Be careful, though; these will fill up fast.
Spring and summer are nearly synonymous with festival season. Donâ€™t spend a fortune this year and show up empty handed. Check this listâ€”and check it twiceâ€”to make sure you have the most fun possible!
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powersÂ of Self-Acceptance,Â Appreciation, and PersonalÂ Achievement.Â We ask that every contributor and expert answerÂ Â the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with theÂ current article they have written.Â In that way, and as a team, we hope toÂ encourageÂ and motivateÂ each other, thus inspiringÂ you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally?Â Additionally, what are youÂ still working on accepting? Now, weâ€™re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that it is impossible to please everyone.Â Â I struggled for years to fit in with what I thought were the â€œcool kids,â€ but in the end I was unhappy because I felt I could never be my true self.Â
I now accept that to be my true self, as an individual, means that not everyone will like me, and that I canâ€™t please everyone.Â Â But I now understand that being myself brings to me the most fulfilling relationships.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally?Â On the other handÂ OR in contrast,Â are there elements of who you are that youâ€™re still working onÂ appreciating?
I have learned to appreciate my family more, flaws and all.Â Â When I was young, my parents had a very busy life, and struggled to just make ends meet in our family.Â Â As a result, I became resentful that they never spent enough time with my siblings and I.Â
Now I appreciate them more, because they worked so hard for our family, and I am grateful now that I can have a stronger relationship with them as an adult and have a truly fulfilling relationship with them.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell usÂ not onlyÂ what makes YOU most proudÂ but alsoÂ share theÂ goals and dreams that you still have.
The most rewarding thing I have ever done was when I decided to study abroad in Barcelona for a semester.Â Â I really felt like I broke out of my shell.Â Â Being in an unfamiliar place where you canâ€™t speak the language is difficult, but I gained so much confidence in myself that I can achieve my dreams in life.Â Â I still have a passion for travel.Â Â I would love to become a travel writer one day and circle the globe!
4.Â Of course, weÂ all have imperfections,Â orÂ so we think.Â In truth,Â we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways?Â Likewise,Â what imperfections and quirks create who you areâ€”your Identity?
Sometimes, I get self-conscious that Iâ€™m too weird for people.Â Â For example, I love to spend the day inside reading books instead of partying all the time.Â Â Despite staying home, Iâ€™m actually love being with people.Â Â So a lot of extroverts donâ€™t understand that I enjoy time alone too.
Not everyone gets that that is just me!Â Â I also have what I guess is a strange sense of humor.Â Â Some people call it an intelligent or witty sense of humor, and so sometimes my jokes fall totally flat.Â Â But this is all okay, because like Iâ€™ve said, thatâ€™s just what makes me, me!
5. â€œI Love Myâ€¦â€ is an outlet for you toÂ appreciate and expressÂ all the positive traits that make youâ€¦wellâ€¦YOU!Â In fact, sharingÂ what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!)Â Therefore,Â Identity challenges you to complete the phrase â€œI Love Myâ€¦?â€
I truly love my ability to connect with people through writing.Â Â To me, itâ€™s one of the most magical things out there.Â Â Itâ€™s pretty crazy that you can create a made-up character or story and someone, somewhere, will feel like they are understood.Â Â Itâ€™s an incredible feeling.Â
Thatâ€™s why I enjoy reading.Â Â Even if I just write personally for myself, I feel empowered that I can indulge in my imagination.Â Â Finally, I love my ability to have deep conversations with people.Â Â When people open up, I feel like our souls just meet in a space of harmony.Â
When we expose our humanity to each other, I think itâ€™s just a very beautiful thing.Â Â Also, I canâ€™t forget, I love my cat, Pancakes! There is simply no better pet out there.