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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TAMU chapter.

Festival Season 2014 is finally here. HELL YES!

Whether you’re new to the scene or you’re a veteran ready to rage your heart out, this guide is going to help you be more than prepared for the fun to come.

What to bring:

  1. Water—duh. No matter the weather, no matter the time of day, no matter the type of music, water is a necessity when it comes to music fests. Not all festivals allow you to bring your own water bottles, so make sure to check the website beforehand for their list of rules.
  2. Stacks—and of course by stacks I mean stacks of money. Maybe you want to buy a bunch of merchandise at the festival, and maybe you don’t; either way, cash is a must. You’ll never know what could happen. Just remember: when you don’t bring something, you end up needing it. Being safe is better than being sorry.
  3. Portable phone charger—self-explanatory. You’re going to be taking hundreds of videos and pictures, so trust me when I say that you will definitely end up needing it.
  4. Ziploc bag—well, this is if you don’t have one of those fancy LifeProof cases. Always prepare for the unexpected when it comes to music fests!
  5. Extra set of clothes—keep these babies in your car. This is just in case you get super wet, dirty, sweaty… yea you get the idea.
  6. Sunglasses should be at the top of this list. Protect your eyes
  7. Backpack/fanny pack—to put your stuff in. You’re not going to want to deal with a purse, ladies.

What to wear:

  1. Shoes—go to Wal-Mart or Target and get yourself some cheap shoes because they WILL get destroyed at a music festival. This should be a given, but make sure they’re close-toed.
  2. Bottoms—shorts are the way to go. Whether they’re high-wasted or low-rise, you definitely want to wear shorts. You’d die in jeans, and maxi skirts tend to get stepped on. Also, make sure your bottoms are easy to manage when it comes to going to the bathroom (which you’ll do about a thousand times). Just use common sense when it comes to your bottoms.
  3. Tops—this is actually up to you. Just don’t wear a super expensive shirt, because there’s about a 50% chance someone will do something to it (accidentally, of course). Personally, I like to wear crop tops and tanks.
  4. Flower crown—(optional) the only reason this is on the list is because I absolutely love flower crowns, and I mean…why not? A music festival is a perfect place to wear them.
  5. Sweater—(optional) because you might get chilly when the sun goes down (well, if you’re not in the crowd).

What to do:

  1. Have a good time! Music festivals are endless fun, so you definitely shouldn’t let any drama bog you down.
  2. Smile! A study conducted by me (kidding…) proves that a smile makes you ten times more attractive.
  3. Use the buddy system! You don’t want to be “that girl” that ends up lost, dazed and confused while not knowing where the rest of her friends are.
Leana is a communication major journalism minor at Texas A&M University. She loves writing, food, and keeping herself busy. Leana is an aspiring broadcast journalist and plans on attending law school after receiving her bachelor's.