With March on its way out and April quickly approaching, we’re looking ahead to one of the most exciting times of year: music festival season. Regardless of what genres you’re into, there’s a music festival for you. Both Coachella and Country Thunder kick off next month, meaning festival prep is already in full swing. Is the perfect boho-chic outfit and accessories already hanging in your closet? If this is your first trip to music heaven, you might want to rethink those super high heels. Due to their lengthy nature, music festivals are much more demanding than the standard concert. Coachella-sized festivals, which last days, require patience, endurance and preparation. Don’t worry — if you’re a festival novice, the Steve LeVine Entertainment and Public Relations crew has you covered. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you survive and thrive during festival season.

  1. Prepare for the Heat 


It’s important to keep from soaking in too many UV rays. Protect your skin by lathering on a generous amount of sunscreen before heading out to the stages. Store it in a purse or pocket and reapply every few hours. Bronze skin may be in, but no one wants to come home looking tomato red. It’s also important to bring plenty of water. Jumping and singing along to your favorite bands in the pre-summer heat is bound to make you thirsty. Make sure you’re well stocked on H2O — trust us, you’ll thank us later. Other necessities include hats and sunglasses to block the sun and help you stay cool.


  1. Wear Comfortable Clothing 


We know, we know, Coachella is one of the best places to go wild and put together an eye catching festival-inspired ensemble. However, there is a way to show off your unique style while staying practical. Remember, you will be standing for hours on end, so comfortable footwear is essential (unless you want to go full flower child and ditch shoes altogether, to which we ask you to please watch your step). Guys have this one a little easier. We’re looking at you, ladies! Opt for comfortable shoes, such as a pair of embellished sneakers, comfortable boots or strappy flat sandals. It’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes to provide some relief when your shoes start rubbing in all the wrong places. Wear clothing that’s easy to move in so you’ll be ready to dance all day and night long.

  1. Know the Schedule and Layout of the Venue  


Planning ahead is crucial to the festival experience! Each event provides a schedule online which allows you to see when your favorite artists take the stage. Prioritize which acts you most want to see, so you know where to be and when. It’s also helpful to familiarize yourself with the layout of the venue to ensure you know where to catch the next performance. Check out the maps and schedule online and print them before leaving home. You never know when your network connection will fail you on festival grounds.

That’s it for this week’s #TipTuesday! We’ll see you back here next week for another round of quick tips.