Last year at this time I was getting ready to head to EDC Las Vegas – my very first music festival. I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I had the time of my life but there are definitely a few things I wish I would have been prepared for ahead of time. I’m here for all those nervous and curious first timers to tell you you’re about to have one of the best weekends of your life! Check out these simple tips to ensure an amazing first EDC experience.
EDC /Electric Daisy Carnival/: Celebrating 20 years under the electric sky!
- Wear comfortable shoes. This is key. You’re about to enter three days of NON STOP dancing and walking, you definitely want to keep your feet comfy so you never have to stop moving! Socks and tennis shoes were my life saver last year. You don’t have to wear sneakers if they won’t go with your outfit but make sure they are shoes you can dance in for 8+ hours!
- Bring your own water source. Insomniac allows empty CamelBak’s and other similar hydration packs inside. You can also buy a refillable Insomniac water bottle inside and refill it at the free water stations all weekend long. Whatever you prefer, have your own! You don’t want to be relying on someone else to stay hydrated in 100+ degree weather. It’s also ridiculous to keep buying water bottles when the refill stations are available for free. You will ALWAYS want to have water on hand so make sure everyone in your group has a way to make this happen!
- DRINK WATER! On that same note… can’t stress this one enough. You are about to spend three days outside in the intense Las Vegas summer heat. You should be drinking water from the moment you get up. Keep your water source filled and drink often during the event. Hydration is major key to a successful EDC weekend. If you can’t remember the last time you took a drink of water, take another one. Hydrated ravers are happy ravers!
- Make a plan & stick to it. It’s always wise to have a meet up spot whenever you plan to split from your group. Go in each day with a designated meet up spot for the end of the night. Whether it’s ending the night back left of Cosmic Meadow or meeting up in the shuttle line… have a plan of attack so you aren’t stressing about finding your group when your phone is dead or you can’t get any service!
- ALWAYS talk to strangers. I know this sounds so backwards from what we’ve been taught our whole lives, but EDC is a place you DO want to talk to as many strangers as possible. This is your chance to make new best friends, find others who have the same favorite DJ as you, fall in love… the possibilities are truly endless. Open your mind and your heart and I promise you will have a life changing weekend.
- Put your phone away. This one is hard and I still struggle with it often. But if there’s one piece of advise I could give to new ravers, this would be it. EDC is easily one of the most beautiful places you will ever experience. And by all means, take your squad pics and record a couple tracks of your favorite artist. But for the most part… keep your phone in your pocket or fanny pack. You will get the most from this experience if you really EXPERIENCE it! You are part of something so special when you attend EDC. Be present. Be in the moment. Soak up every second.
- HAVE FUN!!! I would hope this goes without saying but I’ve heard countless stories of ravers having a bad night because they were so concerned about their outfit that didn’t go as planned. Or their phone ran out of storage. Or they missed half of a set they were dying to see. This year’s EDC will be my one year rave anniversary and if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past year it’s that things rarely go as planned at the rave. Especially EDC. This is a MASSIVE event and a whirlwind of an experience. You won’t have time to be sweating the small stuff, I promise. Keep an open mind and roll with the punches. Not everything will go as planned and that truly is the beauty of it all.
Keep these tips in mind as you plan your adventure to EDC Las Vegas 2016. I’ll see you under the electric sky!
I am a wanderer, passionately in love with life. Dancing, loving, and documenting it all along the way.