Undesired bodily fluids, ringing ears, muddy everything and comedowns to the extremes. Sounds like a hot date with a multi-day festival.
If you think one day is intense then buckle up. Surviving a multi-day festival is a big feat, even for the most experienced bender-ers. However it can also be the most fun imaginable if you do it right.
With Falls Festival right around the corner (aka, next month!!) the festival planning should be underway. And, if you’ve ever been to a festival during the summer season then you’d understand the struggles of sweating your ass off.
You should already have the basics down pat – who you’re going with, where you’re staying, what you’re wearing – and now all that’s left is how the hell you’re going to bender on for 4 days straight in the middle of summer without getting heatstroke and damaging your serotonin levels beyond repair.
Never fear festival fiends because we’ve got you covered with our 10 Tips to Nailing a Multi-Day Festival without losing your friends, your minds or your dignity by ending the weekend wrapped in foil in the back of an ambo.
1. Preparation is key
With great fun comes great responsibility, and organisation is key if you plan on making it out alive. Make sure you pack all of the essentials before going into the festival so you aren’t stuck forking out the big bucks at the festival stalls buying yourself protective wear and bottles of water.
2. SPF Up
No one is saying lather on 24/7 and avoid sun at all costs, just put some kind of SPF sunscreen or even moisturiser on in the mornings to prevent getting burnt to a crisp and ruining your entire weekend. If you want to avoid looking like a greasy ghost face then we recommend getting yourself a tube of Sun Bum, smells like bananas and you can’t even feel it on.
3. Shower fast
Quick one’s a good one, especially when it’s in a dirty ass communal shower. Get yourself prepared for a speedy rinse and dry before you end up exposing yourself to some nasty fungal infection … ew.
4. Drink smart
Myth Busted: Drinking vodka lime sodas does not count as water. In fact it actually makes your more dehydrated, impairs your judgement and causes you to make bad choices like making a sex tape or eating way too many carbs … If you’re trying to hydrate yourself, ditch the booze and hit the hydralyte.
5. Stock up on ice
The best thing in the heat is to pack enough ice to fill a child sized pool. Ice will be your besties at any summer festival so make sure you load up to cool down.
P.S. Once it melts, you’ll have yourself a pool of ice cold water. You’re welcome…
This one’s a given. For nailing a multi-day festival without losing your mates, download SearchParty before planning anything else. Create a Falls Festie Party with your crew and you won’t have to spend the whole weekend sticking together or having to worry about dropping off from the pack when you need a quick taccy in the amphitheatre forest.
7. Don’t dress to impress
Let this be your festival mantra: “Practicality over Insta pics”
Don’t wear white and definitely don’t wear leather… dickheads. It’s hot AF and if you think the ‘Gram is worth getting heatstroke then it’s your death-wish darl, you have been warned.
Our no-go outfits this summer include leather pants, thick denim jumpsuits, fur coats and white anything. If you want a little festival fashion inspo for Falls Festival then check out our festival fashion blog with what you need to be wearing this summer season.
8. Avoid wearing denim overalls
Denim overalls may look cute in pics but nothing is worse than going to the toilet whilst having to pretzel your arms around your bag and drink and keep those overall straps from hitting that STD infested portaloo floor.
9. Cover your head
Protected head = minimal burns. Get a hat with a brim and some sunscreen with more than 6+ SPF. They may not be the most fashionable festival accessory but they sure as sh*t keep your face and neck protected. And when your mates are huddled under a tree in the shade you’ll be thanking yourself for packing one.
10. Water Park
Falls Festival is iconic for having a water park within the festival. If you disregard the thought of swimming in a small pool with 50% chlorine, 50% adult pee then snag yourself a lil dip before the sun start sizzling your soul for the day.
If you’re going to Falls Festival next month and you’re looking for that perfect pump up road-trip playlist to get you in the mood then give our SP_Falls Festival playlist a listen and let the summer festival hype begin.