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Planning on attending a big outdoor concert or music festival this summer? It’s just as well. These fun events can definitely add a spark of excitement during this season. However, it doesn’t hurt to have a little preparation before the fun begins. Read on for your outdoor concert preparation guide for this summer.

Eat a full, healthy meal before you head out.

Music festivals and shows don’t usually have the best reputation for mouth-watering food. Most likely the food, if any is offered, will be reminiscent of a concession stand at a sporting event – not very healthy and not very appetizing either. True, you can always go out to eat after the show is over – or between shows if at a festival – but it’s always better to arrive full before the event starts.

That way, you can focus on enjoying the music!

Don’t take a big purse.

Take a small wristlet, or better yet, keep your must-bring items in your pockets. Big purses and tote bags are notoriously difficult to manage during a concert. If you’re standing up, you’ll likely want to keep your belongings with you at all times, meaning literally carrying the weight of your items on your shoulders, which can be uncomfortable and tiresome. If it’s the type of concert where you sit down, that means that your bag will likely be in your lap, weighing you down for lack of a better word. But if you keep items like your cell phone, keys, and cash in a tiny, secure wristlet or in your pockets, they’ll be easier to carry and keep track of during the show.


If the concert takes place during the daytime, put on sunscreen before leaving. No matter what time of day it is, put on bug spray. It’s easy to think of lathering on sunblock as simply a prerequisite for a trip to the beach, and bug spray for a trip to the woods. But the truth is, the sun can certainly cause damage to your skin at an outdoor concert, even if you’ve managed to find a shaded spot. And you can better believe there will be pesky insects flying around, especially if there are plants nearby the location. It’s probably not worth it to bring the spray can and sunblock with you, as these items can be a little bulky, but if you apply thoroughly before leaving you should be well protected.

Wear comfy and sturdy shoes.

This definitely isn’t the time to break in the six-inch heels, especially if you’ll be on your feet a lot (a likely scenario). Sore feet get old fast, and it’s not worth sacrificing your ability to dance around and jump and really enjoy yourself throughout the night just so you look cute in a few pictures. At the same time, you don’t want to pick out the crummy sandals you wore to every frat party in college, either. If your shoes fall apart during the concert, your feet will be subject to being stomped on by fellow concertgoers, not to mention all the trash that will inevitably end up on the ground. Moral of the story? You can’t go wrong with a pair of simple, plain, well-fitting flats.


If you drink alcohol while at the concert, buy a bottle of water, too. The last thing you need is to deal with at a show is dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness. Those unpleasant side effects ruin your enjoyment of the music. There’s nothing wrong with having a few cocktails throughout the night (it is a concert, after all), as long as you balance it out with some H20.

Got any other tips for preparing for outdoor concerts? Leave them in the comments below.

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