If you’re attending any of the upcoming winter festivals in the U.S., you need to prepare for the cold weather. Whether it’s Florida, Texas, California, Colorado, or even Arizona, you need to to make sure you are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Even in warmer climates like Florida, it can get chilly at night.
A little bit of planning goes a long way and can ensure your wardrobe is climate ready. I’ve spent most of my time in the warmer states like Arizona and California, but I have some good tips to help you survive the upcoming winter raves. Just remember, during this time of year, you want to keep it cute and warm.
First things first, your will depend on where you are going. I'm debating between Countdown NYE’s Invasion 3.0 and Decadence NYE in Colorado. In 2019, I attended Countdown in Southern California. The weather was predicted to be in the 70-80s during the days and dropping near freezing temperatures at night. So, my clothing of choice was a onesie. It was great while I was exploring the venue, but when I hit the crowd and started dancing, it felt like a sauna in that outfit.
If you’re like me, you’ll be sweating and dancing the night away too, so I recommend wearing something that meets in the middle for any rave that you attend, that way you’ll be comfy and cozy no matter what time of day.
At the very least, plan to coat check a jacket so you don't freeze while you're waiting in line to get into the venue of whatever winter rave you're attending. You may think you can rough it, but splurging on a $5 coat check will be well worth it at the time.
Some of the most important accessories for winter raves are beanies, gloves, ear muffs, hand warmers, and warm or insulated socks. You can pretty much pick up any of those accessories at iHeartRaves. I just attended EDC Las Vegas and having a beanie on my head all three days helped keep me warm. I suggest packing any or all of these accessories for your winter rave adventures.
Layering up is key when attending a winter fest especially if it’s completely outside. It's important not only to bring a jacket or sweatshirt, but also some long sleeve shirts in case you need an extra layer to keep you warm. iHeartRaves has some outerwear that will not only keep you warm but will also make your outfit pop.
As you’re going from inside to outside and exploring the different stages and venues, remember to prepare for the worst and the best. Outside could be freezing but inside could be a little warm. So bring what you need to keep you warm, but use layers that can be easily removed when things start to heat up. Regardless of where you end up, I’m sure you’ll have the best time ringing in the New Year with the people you love most.