How to Survive (and Thrive) at This Summer’s Festivals: BYO Foods and Other Tips


Festivals are a great way to have fun and let loose over the summer months. There are music festivals, travelling carnivals, outdoor trade shows, and so much more to take in this summer, it’s hard to know where to start, how to prepare and how to save money along the way. As thrilling as summer festivals can be, they can also be quite tiring if you don’t consider your comfort and well-being from all angles, and don’t take the time to sufficiently prepare. Here are some tips on how to survive (and thrive) at your next summer festival.

First and foremost, if you want to make the most of your time at the festival, it is important to eat well and stay hydrated. Today, we will discuss some of the best foods to bring in your backpack with you, as well as some other ways to stay energized and have a great time, the whole time!

Bringing your own food to eat is one of the most important tips – there’s nothing worse than spending $20 on a hot dog when you could have brought your own delicious and nutritious meal for much less. Even though you may want to treat yourself here and there at the festival with something deep fried or served on a cone (or both!), it is a good idea to plan for a few healthy meals and snacks while you’re there so you’re never chasing after sustenance in the hot sun or at the end of a long day.

Some of the best foods to bring to a festival are vegetables and hummus, fruit and cheese, trail mix, energy bars, and sandwiches. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a simple and easy pick-me-up, or even just a big ol’ container of fruit smoothies will do! And don’t forget the water! In addition to BYO foods, it’s important to drink plenty of water and take breaks and get off your feet periodically throughout the day. If you can find a shady spot to rest in, even better. Your body will thank you for taking it easy every once in awhile – and you’ll be able to enjoy the festival that much more.

Another tip is to wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking (and hopefully a lot of dancing), so you want to make sure your feet are comfortable. Sandals or sneakers are usually the best option, and bring a backup pair, just in case.

Bring a good attitude! Festivals are a great way to let loose and have fun, but if you go in with a negative outlook, you’re almost certainly going to have a bad time. Be open to new experiences, to meeting new people, and don’t forget to dance your heart out. Let go of any stresses or worries you may have – they may still be there when you get back, but they don’t need to ruin your time at the festival. So go out there and make some memories!

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