Rock Music Festivals - 5 Getting Ready Tips

So, you've decided on a rock music festival that you'd like to attend? How do you know if you're fully prepared to make the most of it? Here's the inside scoop on what you need to know to be prepared and have an awesome time:

1. Get directions. Make sure you know where is the festival grounds are located. Plan your route and determine how long it's going to take you to get there. Learn when the gates open, so you can time your arrival for ease of parking and grabbing your favorite band viewing location.

2. Accommodations. Where are you going to stay? Many rock music festivals provide convenient camp ground facilities, but you shouldn't just expect to show up and get a site. If you want to camp, verify that they have tent camping and/or if your size of camper will fit in the sites they have available. Whether you're planning on camping or staying at an area hotel, make sure to get your reservation made well in advance, or you may be out of luck!

3. Other Accommodations. Learn what types of food, drink and other facilities, such as restrooms (and showers -- if you're staying in a tent) are going to be available.

4. Plan for the weather. Rock Music Festivals are typically held outdoors, rain or shine. If you're concerned that there might be severe weather during the festival, bring your own radio receiver that has access to the weather bands, or bookmark on your laptop or smart phone the closest National Weather Service office to the festival location. Then, you can have the latest radar and warning information right at your fingertips. Make sure to pack your rain gear, as well as a hat to provide some shade from the heat.

5. Other Items. What else do you need to bring? Make sure you know what the seating area is like. The majority of festivals require you to provide your own blanket or lawn chair. They don't have bleachers. Learn ahead of time what most people do. You don't want to be the only one on a blanket on a flat piece of land when everyone else has lawn chairs! Check out the Rock Music Festival's website to learn about any activities and/or contests they may have. If you're creative and come prepared, you could win some pretty great prizes!

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